Weill Cornell Medicine

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, a private Ivy League 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 benefactor and former Citigroup chairman Sanford Weill.

Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Former names
Cornell University Medical College, Weill Cornell Medical College
TypePrivate, nonprofit medical school
Established1898 (1898) (as Cornell University Medical College)[1]
Parent institution
Cornell University
AffiliationNewYork–Presbyterian Hospital
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

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 9th place on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools: Research" ranking.[4]

Weill Cornell Medicine is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, 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 #5 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]

The 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 cost-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]

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 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.[17]

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].

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "History". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. "Senior Leadership". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  3. "About our Faculty". Weill Cornell Medicine. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  4. "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. 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. 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. "Weill Medical College: Our years of achievement". Retrieved July 6, 2006.
  17. "New Weill Cornell Medicine Name Announced". October 6, 2015.
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