St Thomas's Hospital Medical School

St Thomas' Hospital

St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in London was one of the oldest and most prestigious medical schools in the UK. The school was absorbed to form part of King's College London.


It was part of one of the oldest hospitals in London, St Thomas' Hospital established in 1173 but whose roots can be traced to the establishment of St Mary Overie Priory in 1106.[1][2][3] According to historical records St Thomas's Hospital Medical School was founded in about 1550. It was admitted as a school of the University of London in 1900 but remained a constituent part of St Thomas' Hospital until 1948 when it formally became part of the university. In 1982 it merged with the medical school at Guy's Hospital to form the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. In turn UMDS was absorbed by King's College London School of Medicine and Dentistry, but the dentists have since been split out into The Dental Institute.


Unlike the hospital which in recent times dropped the possessive "s", the medical school continued with the original spelling.[4]

Famous alumni

Famous alumni include


  1. "The Foundation of St Thomas's" (PDF). p. 1.
  2. "A Chronology of State Medicine, Public Health, Welfare and Related Services in Britain 1066-1999" (PDF). p. 11.
  3. "Our history".
  4. Crockford AL (December 1951). "History of St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School". Med Illus. 5 (12): 568–72. PMID 14910157.

Coordinates: 51°29′52″N 0°7′11″W / 51.49778°N 0.11972°W / 51.49778; -0.11972

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