Since its inception in 1978, Bastyr University has been an innovator in science-based natural medicine. Its founders named the school after their beloved teacher and noted Seattle naturopathic physician Dr. John Bastyr. With meager startup funds, the founders created a vision for an accredited natural health school that is now recognized as the leading health arts and sciences university in the world. Founding president emeritus Dr. Joseph Pizzorno saw the university through significant growth during his 22 years of service, including the move to the current 51-acre campus in Kenmore, Washington, to accommodate the university's growing student body. Although the university started as a naturopathic medicine college, Bastyr now offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs. Building on its science-based foundation, the university has been the recipient of a variety of multimillion-dollar research grants from the National Institutes of Health.