Weill Cornell Medicine

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Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
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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
DeanAugustine M.K. Choi, M.D.[2]
Vice DeanMichael G. Stewart, M.D.[2]
Academic staff
Address, ,
40°45′52.38″N 73°57′14.93″W / 40.7645500°N 73.9541472°W / 40.7645500; -73.9541472Coordinates: 40°45′52.38″N 73°57′14.93″W / 40.7645500°N 73.9541472°W / 40.7645500; -73.9541472

Weill Cornell Medicine /wl kɔːrˈnɛl/, officially the Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University,[5][6] is the biomedical research unit and medical school of Cornell University. The medical college is located at 1300 York Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, along with the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. The college is named for its benefactor, former Citigroup chairman Sanford Weill.

As one of the most selective medical schools in the United States, Cornell enrolls approximately 100 students per class from a pool of over 6,000 applicants, interviewing 700-750 applicants.[7] For the class of 2022, the average undergraduate GPA and MCAT scores for successful applicants were 3.85 and 518, respectively. The Weill Cornell Medical College is currently tied for 19th place on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools: Research" ranking.[4]

Weill Cornell Medicine is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University, all of which are located nearby on York Avenue.[1] Weill Cornell's clinical affiliates rank highly, with the New York-Presbyterian Hospital ranked #1 in the region and #4 in the nation,[8] the Hospital for Special Surgery ranked #1 in the nation for orthopedics and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Center #2 for cancer.[9]

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University joined Weill Cornell to establish the Tri-Institutional MD–PhD Program in 1991.[1] In 2001, the school opened a campus in Qatar.[10] Weill Cornell has also been affiliated with The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, since 2004.[1] On September 16, 2019, Weill Cornell Medicine announced students who qualify for financial aid would attend debt-free.[11][12]


The school was founded on April 14, 1898, with an endowment by Col. Oliver H. Payne. It was established in New York because Ithaca, where the 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 was the only full-time professor.[13][14][15]

NewYork–Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

A branch of the school operated in Stimson Hall on the main campus. The two-year Ithaca course paralleled the first two years of the New York school. It closed in 1938 due to declining enrollment.[16]

Weill Cornell became affiliated with New York Hospital, now NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, in 1913.[1] The institutions opened a joint 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.[16]

In 1936, the Swiss[17] professor and psychiatrist Oskar Diethelm started to build up the Oskar Diethelm Historical Library, a collection of more than 10,000 titles related to the history of psychiatry[18] and a project to which he donated his own library collection and mainly committed after the retirement, while visiting public libraries across America and Europe.[19]

In 1998, New York Hospital merged with Presbyterian Hospital, the affiliate hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The combined institution operates today as NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital. Despite the clinical alliance, the faculty and instructional functions of the Cornell and Columbia units remain largely distinct and independent. Each hospital in the NewYork–Presbyterian Healthcare System is affiliated with one of the two colleges.

Originally called Cornell University Medical College, 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.[16] In 2015, the school renamed itself Weill Cornell Medicine to better reflect its mission.[20]

Weill Medical Center from Rockefeller University

On September 16, 2019, Dr. 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.[11][12]

Weill Cornell Medical College founded the medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon on October 13, 1904.

Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights[edit]

Founded in 2010 in partnership with Physicians for Human Rights, the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights (WCCHR) provides services to torture victims seeking asylum in the United States on grounds of racial, gendered, religious, sexual, or political persecution. Run by medical students, the WCCHR provides forensic medical evaluations for survivors of torture; clinicians provide clients to prepare an affidavit in support of a client's asylum application. It is the first U.S. medical school-based asylum clinic run by students.

Notable alumni[edit]

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
  • David Hajjar, Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry; Frank Rhodes Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Biology and Genetics
  • Ben Kean, Professor of Medicine, founder of the Tropical Medicine Unit (1962) and chief of the Parasitology Laboratory, New York Hospital; personal physician to the Shah of Iran, his treatment of whom led to the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979-1981.[22]
  • Bruce Lerman, cardiologist; the Hilda Altschul Master Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, 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, the 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
  • Rajiv Ratan, professor, administrator, and scientist; the Burke Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Harold E. Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning scientist; the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • David Kissane, Professor of Psychiatry (2003–2012); concurrently Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and inaugural Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Radu Lucian Sulica, Professor and Chief, Laryngology and Voice Disorders

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "History". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Senior Leadership". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "About our Faculty". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Best Medical Schools: Research". U.S. News & World Report. 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Institutional Information". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Weill Medical College Profile".
  7. ^ "Weill Cornell Medical College Selection Criteria".
  8. ^ "2019-20 Best Hospitals Honor Roll and Medical Specialties Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ "U.S. News 2019-2020 Best Hospitals".
  10. ^ "Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar". Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  11. ^ a b https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/16/us/weill-cornell-free.html NYT-'Cornell’s Medical School Offers Full Rides in Battle Over Student Debt' 16 Sept 2019
  12. ^ a b https://news.weill.cornell.edu/news/2019/09/weill-cornell-medicine-eliminates-medical-education-debt-for-all-qualifying-students RRESS RELEASE-Weill Cornell Medicine Eliminates Medical Education Debt for All Qualifying Students 16 SEPTEMBER 2019
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ James B. Murphy James Ewing Biographical Memoir National Academy of Sciences Washington D.C., 1951.
  15. ^ The Register (Volumes 15-18 ed.). Cornell University. 1915. p. 110.
  16. ^ a b c "Weill Medical College: Our years of achievement". Retrieved July 6, 2006.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Cornell University Medical College Announcement. Cornell University. 1970. p. 12. Archived from the original on October 30, 2020. at the Internet Archive.
  19. ^ Hunter, Richard (July 1, 1972). "Medical Dissertations of Psychiatric Interest Printed before 1750" (PDF). Med. Hist. 16 (3): 30. doi:10.1017/S0025727300017907. ISSN 0025-7273. OCLC 679362370. PMC 1034996.
  20. ^ "New Weill Cornell Medicine Name Announced". October 6, 2015.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ [1] Benjamin H. Kean Papers, Weill Cornell Medical College

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