Wake Forest School of Medicine to Be Built in Midtown Charlotte

Charlotte will soon be included on the list of the largest U.S. cities with a four-year medical school. Leaders from Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University have announced they've chosen a 20-acre site in midtown Charlotte, at the current corner of South McDowell Street and Baxter Street, adjacent to US-277, for the second campus of Wake Forest School of Medicine.

“Through our partnership with Wake Forest School of Medicine, today we fulfill a long-held desire for Charlotte to have a four-year medical school that will usher in a brand-new era of healthcare education, innovation and social impact," said Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health. “The significant investments we are making will not only enrich countless lives as we train the next generation of top-tier clinicians but will also be a pivotal economic driver that will propel us forward as we emerge from the pandemic, stronger than ever."

The school of medicine campus will be located less than three-quarters of a mile from Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center.

“This location for Wake Forest School of Medicine's Charlotte campus will provide our students the perfect mix of expertise," said Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag, chief academic officer for Atrium Health and dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. “And with the latest technology, whether students are learning in Winston-Salem or this new, second campus, their immersive experience will be second to none. In addition to having the opportunity to learn from some of the finest minds in academia and take part in life-changing research, Wake Forest School of Medicine students and residents will have easy access to the renowned experts practicing at our combined world-class service lines across multiple specialties."

In addition to the location of the medical school, Woods announced Atrium Health has established the Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Scholarship Fund to support the continuing education of those who live in underserved communities.

Through an initial seeding of $5 million, the Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Scholarship Fund will benefit those who are in pursuit of a degree in health sciences at an Atrium Health-affiliated college or university, including Wake Forest School of Medicine, Carolinas College of Health Sciences and Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. Atrium Health will be engaging the community to match the initial $5 million to create a $10 million fund by the time the first students are seated at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Charlotte in 2024.

Wake Forest School of Medicine – Charlotte is expected to break ground in the first quarter of 2022, soon after completion of the zoning approval process.

More information at, www.Atriumhealth.org.