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

Weill Cornell Medical College

Weill Cornell Medical College, 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 was founded on the premise that the convergence of two great institutions, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Sloan-Kettering Institute, could offer exceptional training for future generations of biomedical researchers. Physicians and scientists of Weill Cornell 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. Weill Cornell Medical College is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where its faculty provides comprehensive patient care at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Medical College is also affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist Research Institute. For more information, visit and

The Medical College is divided into 25 academic departments: nine focus on the sciences underlying clinical medicine; and sixteen encompass the study, treatment, and prevention of human diseases, and maternity 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 310 full-time faculty and offers  Ph.D. degrees in 7 Programs of Study: Biochemistry & Structural Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis; Molecular Biology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; and Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology. In addition to the 7 doctoral programs, WCGSMS also offers 5 master’s of science degrees in: Health Policy & Economics; Health Informatics; Clinical Epidemiology & Health Science Research; Clinical & Translational Investigation; and Health Science for Physician Assistants. Beyond these 12 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 our Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology Ph.D. 

Currently, WCMC provides training and education for 406 medical students (including 61 MD/Ph.D. students), and, in conjunction with the Graduate School, provides training and education for 617 graduate students (475 Ph.D. and 142 master’s degree) and 374 post-doctoral fellows. WCMC has 1519 full-time faculty distributed across 25 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 (Appendix 2).  WCMC currently has 502,055 gross square feet (GSF) of research space. Total research support is in excess of $264 million, of which $159 million represents federal government and non-federal government sponsored research grants, training grants, and fellowships.  WCMC was ranked #15 in the US News and World Report annual medical school survey in 2015.


Source: Milana Vaynerman, Budget and Planning              

Source: Stephen Hunt, OSRA

Date: July 21, 2015