Thank you for choosing Marshall Health as your health care provider. We bring together the region’s top clinicians and researchers to provide world-class care to the tri-state region of West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and beyond.

Our medical staff of about 420 providers is committed to providing you and your loved ones with high quality care close to home. When you choose to receive your care from a Marshall Health provider, you become a part of the Marshall family—helping us teach medical students and provide advanced training to 289 resident physicians and fellows who represent the health care future of our region.

Marshall Health and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine employ more than 2,000 team members who are invested in training, growing and retaining a a skilled healthcare workforce dedicated to quality patient care. Marshall Health is proud to be the 18th largest private employer in West Virginia and recognized by Forbes magazine as one of "America's Best Employers by State" (2023).

Our Mission

To support the clinical, educational, research and services missions of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in order to build a healthier tomorrow.


The Marshall University School of Medicine was established in the 1970s through federal legislation, known as the Teague-Cranston Act, that authorized the creation of five new medical schools in conjunction with existing VA hospitals. The West Virginia Legislature appropriated funding for the school in 1975. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education granted provisional accreditation in 1977, and the first class entered in January 1978.

From the 1980s through the early 1990s, the medical school greatly increased the scope and depth of its clinical services. Initially, outpatient care was provided by medical school faculty physicians through the Family Care Outpatient Center, which was located in the former C&O Hospital on Sixth Avenue in Huntington. The family care center evolved into John Marshall Medical Services, Inc., and was later renamed University Physicians & Surgeons, Inc., in 1994.

By the mid-1990s, the need for new and expanded clinical space became clear. Beginning in 1998, Marshall opened three new multi-million dollar outpatient health care facilities—Marshall University Medical Center, Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center and Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.   

In 2012, the highly-qualified health care providers of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, became collectively known as Marshall Health. Our providers care for patients at more than 40 locations throughout southern West Virginia, southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. Offering the latest in multi-disciplinary care, Marshall Health is the largest, most comprehensive health care provider group in the region.