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Weill Cornell Medicine

Coordinates: 40°45′52.38″N 73°57′14.93″W / 40.7645500°N 73.9541472°W / 40.7645500; -73.9541472
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Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
The York Avenue entrance to Weill Cornell Medicine in December 2021
Former names
Cornell University Medical College, Weill Cornell Medical College
TypePrivate medical school
Established1898 (1898) (as Cornell University Medical College)[1]
Parent institution
Cornell University
AffiliationNewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
DeanDr. Robert A. Harrington[2]
Academic staff
1300 York Avenue, New York City, U.S.

40°45′52.38″N 73°57′14.93″W / 40.7645500°N 73.9541472°W / 40.7645500; -73.9541472

The Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University [5] (/wl/) is Cornell University's biomedical research unit and medical school in New York City.

The school and associated research organization is affiliated with several hospitals and medical centers including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University, all of which are located on or near York Avenue and Sutton Place.[1] Weill Cornell has also been affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital since 2004.[1]

In 1991, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University joined Weill Cornell to establish the Tri-Institutional MD–PhD Program.[1] In 2001, the school opened a campus in Qatar.[6]


19th century[edit]

Weill Cornell Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine's facade on the East River
Cornell Medical College's Stimson Hall on the main campus in Ithaca in 1910

The Cornell Medical College was founded on April 14, 1898, with an endowment by Col. Oliver H. Payne. The college was established in New York City because Ithaca, where the Cornell main campus is located, was deemed too small to offer adequate clinical training opportunities. James Ewing was the first professor of clinical pathology at the school, and for a while the only full-time professor.[7][8][9]

20th century[edit]

The college founded the medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon on October 13, 1904.[10]

A branch of the medical school operated in Stimson Hall on the main campus. The two-year Ithaca course paralleled the first two years of the New York school. The Ithaca location closed in 1938 due to declining enrollment.[11]

The school became affiliated with New York Hospital, now NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, in 1913.[1] The institutions opened a joint hospital-educational campus in Yorkville in 1932.[1]

In 1927, William Payne Whitney's $27 million donation led to the building of the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, which became the name for Cornell's large psychiatric effort. Its Training School for Nurses became affiliated with the university in 1942, operating as the Cornell Nursing School until it closed in 1979.[11]

In 1936, the Swiss professor and psychiatrist Oskar Diethelm [12] contributed a collection of more than 10,000 titles related to the history of psychiatry, helping to build up the Oskar Diethelm Historical Library.[13] [14]

The school was renamed the Weill Medical College of Cornell University after receiving a substantial endowment from then-Citigroup Chairman Sanford I. Weill in 1998.[15]

21st century[edit]

In 2015, the school was renamed Weill Cornell Medicine.[16]

On September 16, 2019, Augustine M.K. Choi announced Weill Cornell Medicine would make the cost of attendance free for all students who qualify for financial aid, made possible by a $160 million gift from The Starr Foundation, directed by Weill Cornell Medicine overseer Maurice R. Greenberg, in partnership with gifts from Joan and Board of Overseers Chairman Emeritus Sanford I. Weill.[17]

In March 2024, Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, professor and former Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, was accused of altering data for two decades in his research on animals.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

Anthony Fauci, a 1966 Weill Cornell Medicine alumnus[19]
Elizabeth Nabel, a 1981 Well Cornell Medicine alumnus

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Lewis C. Cantley, Meyer Director and Professor of Cancer Biology at the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Mario Gaudino, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, principal investigator of the ROMA trial, a multinational trial of radial artery grafting in CABG
  • Antonio Gotto, cardiologist and dean emeritus
  • Amos Grunebaum, obstetrician and gynecologist
  • David P. Hajjar, dean emeritus, Professor and Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry, and the Frank Rhodes Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Biology and Genetics
  • Yoon Kang, Richard P. Cohen, M.D. Professor of Medical Education and the senior associate dean for education
  • Ben Kean, Professor of Medicine, founder of the Tropical Medicine Unit, chief of the Parasitology Laboratory at New York Hospital, and personal physician to the Shah of Iran, whose health and treatment was a factor in the Iran Hostage Crisis[20]
  • Otto F. Kernberg, psychiatrist
  • David Kissane, Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and inaugural Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Bruce Lerman, cardiologist, the Hilda Altschul Master Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory at Weill Cornell Medicine and the New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Fabrizio Michelassi, Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • John P. Moore, virologist and professor at Weill Cornell Medicine[21]
  • Georgios Papanikolaou, Former professor of clinical anatomy at Cornell University Medical College, inventor of the Pap test[22]
  • Rajiv Ratan, professor, administrator, scientist, and the Burke Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine[23]
  • Douglas Scherr, surgeon, medical researcher and Clinical Director of Urologic Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine[24]
  • Harold E. Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning scientist and the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine[25]
  • Radu Lucian Sulica, Professor and Chief, Laryngology and Voice Disorders[26]
  • Ruth Westheimer (born Karola Siegel, 1928; known as "Dr. Ruth"), German American sex therapist, talk show host, author, professor, Holocaust survivor, and former Haganah sniper

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "History". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dr. Robert Harrington named dean of Weill Cornell Medicine".
  3. ^ "About our Faculty". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "2023-2024 Best Medical Schools: Research". U.S. News & World Report. 2023. Retrieved Nov 25, 2023.
  5. ^ "Onboarding New Team Members | Population Health Sciences". phs.weill.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2022-12-08.
  6. ^ "Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar". Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Brand, RA (March 2012). "Biographical sketch: James Stephen Ewing, MD (1844-1943)". Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 470 (3): 639–41. doi:10.1007/s11999-011-2234-y. PMC 3270161. PMID 22207564.
  8. ^ James B. Murphy James Ewing Biographical Memoir National Academy of Sciences Washington D.C., 1951.
  9. ^ The Register (Volumes 15-18 ed.). Cornell University. 1915. p. 110.
  10. ^ "History". phide.org. Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  11. ^ a b "Weill Medical College: Our years of achievement". Retrieved July 6, 2006.
  12. ^ Rollin, Henry R. (May 27, 1972). "Demonic Possession—the Psychiatry of the Past". Br Med J. 2 (5812): 539. doi:10.1136/bmj.2.5812.539. OCLC 677166716. PMC 1788353.
  13. ^ Cornell University Medical College Announcement. Cornell University. 1970. p. 12. Archived from the original on October 30, 2020. at the Internet Archive.
  14. ^ Hunter, Richard (July 1, 1972). "Medical Dissertations of Psychiatric Interest Printed before 1750". Med. Hist. 16 (3): 30. doi:10.1017/S0025727300017907. ISSN 0025-7273. OCLC 679362370. PMC 1034996.
  15. ^ Arenson, Karen W. (1998-05-01). "$100 Million Donation Set For Cornell Medical School". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-05-21.
  16. ^ "Weill Cornell Medical College Rebrands - The Cornell Daily Sun". cornellsun.com. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  17. ^ Hassan, Adeel (2019-09-16). "Cornell's Medical School Offers Full Rides in Battle Over Student Debt". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-01-25.
  18. ^ Cefola, Marisa (20 March 2024). "Former Weill Cornell Medicine Dean Allegedly Faked Data for Two Decades — Now PETA Is Going After Him". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 2024-04-17.
  19. ^ a b Rosenbaum, Emma (23 March 2020). "How Cornell's Dr. Anthony Fauci Became America's Most Trusted Disease Expert". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  20. ^ [1] Benjamin H. Kean Papers, Weill Cornell Medical College
  21. ^ "Moore, John P". vivo.weill.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2024-06-06.
  22. ^ "George Papanicolaou: Biography | Weill Cornell Medicine Samuel J. Wood Library". library.weill.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
  23. ^ "A New Strategy for Protecting the Brain After Strokes". WCM Newsroom. Retrieved 2024-06-06.
  24. ^ "Dr. Douglas Scherr, MD: Urologist - New York, NY". Medical News Today. Retrieved 2024-06-06.
  25. ^ "Harold E. Varmus, M.D." National Institutes of Health (NIH). 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2024-06-06.
  26. ^ "Dr. Lucian Sulica, MD: Otolaryngologist - New York, NY". Medical News Today. Retrieved 2024-06-06.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gotto, Antonio M. et al. eds. Weill Cornell Medicine : A History of Cornell's Medical School (Cornell University Press, 2016) online; also see online book review
  • Gotto, Antonio M., and Jennifer Moon. "Walter Niles and the Cornell Pay Clinic." Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association 128 (2017): 243+. online

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