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Grant Writing: Resource Descriptions: Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) overview

Weill Cornell Medical College

Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC), Cornell University's medical school located in New York City, is committed to excellence in research, teaching, patient care and the advancement of the art and science of medicine, locally, nationally, and globally. The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGSMS) was founded on the premise that the convergence of two great institutions, WCMC and the Sloan Kettering Institute, could offer exceptional training for future generations of biomedical researchers. Weill Cornell physicians and scientists are engaged in cutting-edge research from bench to bedside, aimed at unlocking mysteries of the human body in health and sickness and toward developing new treatments and prevention strategies. Weill Cornell is the birthplace of many medical advances, including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer, the synthesis of penicillin, the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the United States, the first clinical trial of gene therapy for Parkinson's disease, and most recently, the world's first successful use of deep-brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious, brain-injured patient. WCMC is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where its faculty provides comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. WCMC is also affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist Research Institute. For more information, visit and

The Medical College is divided into 27 academic departments: seven focus on fundamental biomedical research and 20 focus on clinical research and care. Faculty and students thrive in its collaborative environment, one that, since 2001, has also included The Rockefeller University in its tri-institutional programs. WCGSMS has 443 full-time faculty and offers Ph.D. degrees in seven Programs of Study: Biochemistry & Structural Biology; Cell & Developmental Biology; Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis; Molecular Biology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; and Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology. In addition to the doctoral programs, WCGSMS also offers nine master's-level degrees in: Biomedical Imaging; Clinical & Translational Investigation; Clinical Epidemiology & Health Services Research; Computational Biology; Executive MBA/MS in Leadership; HPR - Biostatistics and Data Science; HPR - Health Informatics; HPR - Health Policy and Economics; and Health Sciences for Physician Assistants. Beyond these 16 programs, WCGSMS also partners with Memorial Sloan Kettering and Cornell University to offer a Tri-Institutional Ph.D. in Computational Biology & Medicine and with Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan Kettering for a Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology Ph.D. 

Currently, WCMC provides training and education for 464 medical students (including 91 MD-PhD students), and, in conjunction with the Graduate School, provides training and education for 846 graduate students (517 Ph.D. and 329 master's degree) and 374 post-doctoral fellows. WCMC has 2,155 full-time faculty distributed across 27 academic departments, institutes, and centers, focused on basic science, clinical care, or both. 

The basic science and clinical departments are located primarily along the “Corridor of Science” in Manhattan, with multiple clustered buildings between the East River and First Avenue and 63rd and 72nd Streets on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  WCMC currently has 494,228 net square feet (NSF). Total research support is in excess of $427 million, of which $328 million represents federal government and non-federal government sponsored research grants, training grants, and fellowships.


Source: Susan Vuong & Yeiro Rodriguez, Office of Analytics & Institutional Reporting            

Date: August 17, 2023