University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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State University of New York at Buffalo
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences also known as Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is a medical school in the city of Buffalo, New York. Founded in 1846, it is one of the oldest medical schools in the U.S. It is the only medical school in Buffalo and is part of the SUNY system through the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The school's philosophy is based on the advancement of health and wellness across the life span for the people of New York and the world through the education of tomorrow’s leaders in health care and biomedical sciences, innovative research and outstanding clinical care. It offers degrees in various field such as Biomedical Sciences undergraduate majors, Biotechnical and Clinical, Laboratory Sciences, Master’s programs in Biomedical Sciences, PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences, MD program, Graduate Medical Education residency program, Continuing Medical Education, Postdoctoral programs, as well as Dual-degree programs.


The school was established by U.S. President Millard Fillmore in 1846. Buffalo was a boomtown on the Erie Canal and the gateway to the West. Leading citizens — primarily physicians and lawyers — proposed that an institution of higher learning be established, which led to the founding of the private, nonsectarian University of Buffalo. The Medical School, or Medical Department, as it was called, was the first decanal unit within the university, and 40 years passed before other departments were added. Medical classes began February 24, 1847, with an enrollment of 66 students. The medical school’s first permanent location was next to Buffalo General Hospital in downtown Buffalo. In 1893, the school relocated to High Street in the city, where it remained until 1953, when it moved to its current location on the university’s South Campus.

In 1962, University of Buffalo merged with the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The Medical School then became the School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Throughout its history, the university has not owned or operated a teaching hospital, but instead has instructed students in affiliated hospitals throughout the city. Today’s network of teaching affiliations was formalized in 1983 as the Graduate Medical Dental Education Consortium of Buffalo. It offers students a wide range of clinical experiences and training opportunities, and has served as a national model for graduate medical education.

In 2015, the school's name was changed to Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo in response to a $30 million donation by the Jacobs family.[1] The Jacobs family includes Jeremy Jacobs, the owner of the Boston Bruins. Before that, in 1987, the school’s name was changed to the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in recognition of the basic sciences underpinning medical knowledge. Today, the school enrolls 140 medical students each year, 110 doctoral students, 28 MD/PhD students, 65 master’s students and 445 undergraduates.[2]

A new campus is planned and being designed by HOK.[3][4] Presently the school is located in the University at Buffalo's south campus, however the school is set to move to the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus / University at Buffalo's downtown campus in the Spring of 2018.[5]

Hospital and research affiliations[edit]

Unlike many other medical schools, UB does not own or operate its own medical center. Rather it has affiliations with almost every major hospital in the city of Buffalo. These include:

  • Buffalo General Medical Center-Located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Buffalo General Medical Center offers a wide spectrum of clinical inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.[6]
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo-This regional center for specialized pediatric and women’s health care has achieved national recognition and is ranked among the top 20 pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.[7]
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital-Located in one of the area’s fastest growing suburbs, this 200-bed community hospital supports our residency training programs in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice.
  • DeGraff Memorial Hospital-A 70-bed community hospital primarily serving the needs of patients in towns north of Buffalo.
  • Erie County Medical Center-This 550-bed medical center is one of the area’s leading health care providers. It serves as a regional center for trauma, burns, rehabilitation and cardiac care.
  • Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System-The Buffalo VA Medical Center provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient programs. It is the main referral center for cardiac surgery, cardiology and comprehensive cancer care for Western New York and northern Pennsylvania.
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital-Buffalo’s first hospital and a Designated Stroke Center, Sisters of Charity Hospital is a Certified Cancer Center and a Bariatric Center of Excellence. It serves thousands of patients each year in its inpatient and outpatient facilities.
  • Mercy Hospital of Buffalo-Mercy Hospital is a Center of Excellence for Stroke and Cardiac Care. It recently revamped emergency department is a model for emergency health-care treatment.
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI)-A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. For more than a century, RPCI’s physician-scientists have made fundamental contributions to reduce the cancer burden and helped set national standards for cancer care, research and education.


U.S. News and World Report ranked the School of Medicine 67th in the Best Research category and 77th in the Primary Care category nationally. SUNY Buffalo is the best ranked public medical school in New York in the primary care category for 2018.[8]


  1. ^ "Jacobs Family Makes Historic $30 Million Gift to UB Medical School".
  2. ^ "Our History - Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences - University at Buffalo".
  3. ^ University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences-HOK HOK
  4. ^ Center, Foundation. "University at Buffalo School of Medicine Receives $5 Million From Oishei Foundation".
  5. ^ "Quick Facts - Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences - University at Buffalo".
  6. ^ Health, Kaleida. "Buffalo General Medical Center - A Kaleida Health Facility – Buffalo, NY".
  7. ^ "Oishei Children's Hospital". Oishei Children's Hospital.
  8. ^ "University at Buffalo--SUNY (Jacobs)". U.S. News and World Report Education. U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved 12 December 2017.

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