The foundation stone of B.R.D. Medical College, Gorakhpur was laid on 8th November 1969 by late Shri C.B. Gupta, the then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The institution was named after “Baba Raghav Das”, a devoted freedom fighter and Sarvodaya leader of this area. The appearance of a medical college in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, so-called ‘Purvanchal’, improved the availability of tertiary health care in this relatively backward area.
The first batch of 50 students was admitted in August 1972. MBBS teaching was started on 8th August, 1972 under the dynamic leadership of Professor P.L. Shukla as the Founder Principal, and Professor of Anatomy at Government Polytechnic College for the next 1½ years, as the building construction was in progress.