Welcome to the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD Sanford I. Weill Chairman, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine

Welcome to the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine of Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. We are responding to the unprecedented challenges of academic medicine at the beginning of the 21st century with an uncompromising commitment to leadership and innovation in our interdependent missions of patient care, education and research. This commitment is built on the foundation of a long and rich tradition of preeminence in American medicine.

As the newly appointed Chair of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine, I look forward to the extraordinary journey ahead with the greatest of enthusiasm. We are indebted to those pioneering physicians and scientists who drove the major discoveries over the past century, but we cannot rest on their laurels. Today’s world of translational research offers undiscovered vistas to explore that will open the door to life-saving therapies. An ever-expanding universe of biomedical sciences, genomics, and technological tools will provide the key. We are on the precipice of targeted patient therapies that will not only save lives, but will enable a new style of more personalized and individualized treatments.

New York City offers an ideal setting for our pursuits, a multicultural academic mecca providing a full spectrum of patient cohorts and diseases that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Our researchers are collaborating on projects nationally and internationally, and with colleagues at the Clinical and Translational Science Center here at NYP/WC, as well as with neighboring world class institutions, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Hospital for Special Surgery. Their research addresses the medical concerns of our time - from cancer, obesity and diabetes, to lung, heart, kidney and infectious diseases - to name a few. We are also fortunate to be utilizing laboratory space in our campus’s spectacular new hub for science, the Belfer Research Building.

The Department is set to experience exponential growth in its clinical care mission. A newly recruited cadre of physicians and scientists are bringing the highest levels of expertise in their specialized fields of medicine. Our outstanding physicians treat patients from New York City, the tri-state area, the nation, and all corners of the world. Patient care services have expanded to encompass NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, as our many satellite and affiliated locations continue to evolve. We remain committed to providing all patients with the high-quality healthcare, compassion and dignity they deserve.

Home to one of the country’s top tier residency training programs, our department is known for its innovative approach to education. Residents-in-training, fellows, and Weill Cornell medical students enjoy an environment of camaraderie, replete with a wide array of clinical and research opportunities. Our extraordinarily dedicated faculty implement a proactive style of mentoring that is geared to building a young physician’s career path – whether it be physician-scientist, clinical educator, or academic leader.

With a passion for medicine, unwavering focus, and the remarkable talents of our faculty, we are using today’s scientific tools to unravel tomorrow’s medical discoveries. We look to a new era in life-saving therapies. Our patients deserve nothing less.

Best regards,
Augustine M.K. Choi, M.D.

Annual Report

The Annual Report provides an in-depth view of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine's latest news in patient care services, breakthrough research, innovative educational programs for residents and fellows, Honors, Awards and a Financial Report. (click here)

Residency Training Program in Internal Medicine

The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine is home to one of the premiere internal medicine residency program in the country.
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Historical Tours of Medicine

View our interactive timelines. The first installments covers advances in Vascular Biology and Clinical Pharmacology. More divisions coming soon. Take the Historical Tour

Clinical Trials

Are you a patient or healthy volunteer looking to join a research study? Click here for a complete list of clinical trials in the department.

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News & Highlights


Dr. Choi
Dr. Choi (center) with investigators in the Choi Lab

Dr. Choi and Colleagues Uncover New Pathway for Targeting Novel Therapies for the Treatment of COPD: Groundbreaking Paper Published in Journal of Clinical Investigation

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Sanford I. Weill Chairman of the Weill Department of Medicine, and his laboratory have published findings in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that suggest a new pathway for targeting novel therapies for the treatment of COPD.
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Dr. Rhee
Dr. Jennifer Downs

Dr. Downs and Colleagues Publish Paper in Academic Medicine on Promoting Women in Global Health

Dr. Jennifer Downs, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, is first author on a paper published in Academic Medicine (August 2014), entitled “Increasing Women in Leadership in Global Health.”
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Dr. Rhee
Dr. Kyu Rhee

New Function of a Well-known Enzyme Linked to Virulence of TB Bacterium: Dr. Rhee and Colleagues Publish Findings in Nature Communications

Dr. Kyu Rhee, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and colleagues have uncovered a link between the function of a well-known enzyme and the virulence of the TB bacterium.
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Dr. Rafii
Dr. Shahin Rafii

Vascular Bed to Bedside: Engineered Blood Cells Could Cure Diseases

In an advance that could eventually offer patients with blood disorders curative therapies derived from their own cells, researchers at the Ansary Stem Cell Institute, WCMC, have been able to directly reprogram vascular cells to long-lasting blood cells that resemble bone marrow stem cells capable of forming the various components of blood necessary for life. Read full story

Drs. Augustine M.K. Choi, Jamie Mullally, Brian West, Kevin Wood, Alexandra Racanelli, and Holly Andersen
(L to R): Drs.
Augustine M.K. Choi (Chair), Jamie Mullally, Brian West,
Kevin Wood,
Alexandra Racanelli,
and Holly Andersen

The 2014 David E. Rogers Memorial Research Award Finalists Announced at Medicine Grand Rounds

Established in 1995, the David E. Rogers Memorial Research Award encourages medical residents to continue their investigative research in internal medicine. Each year, senior medical residents submit research abstracts, and four finalists are chosen to present their work during medical grand rounds.
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Jessica Martinez, Dr. David Nanus & Virginia Hernandez
(L to R): Tony Nepomuceno,
Thomas Cunningham,
Elizabeth Garcia

Weill Cornell Department of Medicine's Employee Recognition Program: Four Superstars Announced

The Employee Recognition Review Committee (R3) of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine completed its bimonthly review of all nominees and four superstar winners were announced: Ashley Miltenberger, Research Coordinator (Infectious Diseases), Sloane Carrico, Senior Medical Secretary (Hematology/Medical Oncology), Tony Nepomuceno, Patient Coordinator (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism/Weight Management and Metabolic Research Center), and Nadine Sylvain, Payroll Manager (Weill Department of Medicine Administration). Read More

(L to R): Drs. Augustine M.K. Choi (Chair), José Alemán, Ashita Batavia, and Sarah Rutherford
(L to R): Drs.
Augustine M.K. Choi (Chair), José Alemán,
Ashita Batavia,
and Sarah Rutherford

The 2014 Fellow Award in Research Finalists Announced at Medicine Grand Rounds

Initiated in 2002, the Fellows Research Award is presented annually to fellows within the Weill Department of Medicine who have presented outstanding research. This year's finalists were announced at the June 10 Medicine Grand Rounds (12th Annual). Click for Finalists