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 Sanford I. Weill 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. Read More

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

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News & Highlights


Dr. Sonnenberg and Colleagues Publish Breakthrough Findings in Science: Gut Immunity

Dr. Gregory F. Sonnenberg, newly recruited to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has published breakthrough findings in Science on how the immune system prevents chronic inflammation in the intestine.
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Headstrong Project Receives the Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge: A Model of Success for the Treatment of PTSD

The Weill Cornell Headstrong Project has been selected by Morgan Stanley as one nine recipients to receive the Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge. The "Challenge" will assist the Headstrong Program in NYC to replicate their model of treatment for PTSD in post-9/11 veterans who live in other cities in the U.S.
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Dr. Garrett-Bakelman a Featured Speaker at the 2015 AMEC Conference (SNMA)

Dr. Francine Garrett-Bakelman recently spoke at the SNMA's Medical Education Conference (AMEC) held in New Orleans. An Instructor in Medicine, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, she was highlighted as one of four physician-scientists at the conference's Grand Rounds opening session.
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Dr. Schafer Gives Keynote Address for the Royal College of Physicians in London

Dr. Andrew I. Schafer gave the Keynote Address at the spring meeting of the Royal College of Physicians in London on Feb. 27, 2015, to an audience that included HRH Princess Anne. In his address, Dr. Schafer talked about the future of academic medicine, comparing and contrasting the situations in the U.S. and the United Kingdom and Europe, in areas such as medical education and research funding.
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Dr. Patterson Receives 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award from the ACC

A world-renowned leader in the field of molecular cardiology, Dr. Cam Patterson has received the prestigious 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The award, which recognizes major contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge, was presented to Dr. Patterson at the College's 64th Annual Scientific Session.
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Five Weill Department of Medicine Faculty Accepted to the Association of American Physicians (AAP)

The Weill Department of Medicine has had five of its faculty elected as members of the Association of American Physicians (AAP) as determined by the AAP's Council: Dr. Carl Blobel, Dr. Lionel Ivashkiv, Dr. Fernando Martinez, Dr. Ari Melnick, and Dr. Thomas Walsh. Membership to the AAP is a coveted honor and reflects remarkable dedication to the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.
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Weill Cornell Department of Medicine's Employee Recognition Program: Three Superstars Announced

The Employee Recognition Review Committee (R3) of the Weill Department of Medicine completed its bimonthly review of all nominees, and three "superstar" winners were announced: Sarah Ahmad, Program Specialist, and Sarah Schneider, ANP-BC, Staff Associate/Nurse Practitioner, both from the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Lisette Torres, Senior Patient Coordinator, Division of Cardiology.
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