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

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Clinical Trials

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News & Highlights


Champions of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Win Championship Award

The department's Quality Improvement Patient Safety Committee (QIPS) has received a Learning Health System Champion Research Award from the American Association of Medical College (AAMC). The award recognizes innovations in medical education, care delivery, research, and diversity.
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Dr. Bardes

Dr. Bardes Receives the 2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

The Weill Department of Medicine congratulates Dr. Charles L. Bardes on receiving the 2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
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Donation to Weill Department of Medicine Enables iPads for all Internal Medicine Residents

With stewardship provided by the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the Weill Department of Medicine recently received a donation from New York Cardiology Associates that has enabled iPads to be distributed to every resident training in internal medicine.
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Dr. Cantley
Dr. Cantley

Dr. Cantley Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM)

Dr. Lewis C. Cantley, Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor in Oncology Research, has been elected to the IOM. This is a highly prestigious honor for Dr. Cantley who is the Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell.
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Dr. McNairy
Dr. McNairy (2nd from left) during rounds

New Fellowship Launched in Weill Department of Medicine: Global Health Research on the Move

The department announces a new fellowship, Global Health Research, which is designed to train generalist clinician-scientists for careers in global health research.
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Dr. Bykerk
Dr. Bykerk

Prestigious NIH Award Announced in Support of Clinical Research in Rheumatology

Drs. Vivian Bykerk, Lionel B. Ivashkiv, and Alessandra B. Pernis of the Division of Rheumatology will serve as key researchers in one of the 11 research groups across the United States that comprise the NIH AMP Program.
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Circadian Rhythm

Dr. Choi and Colleagues Publish Noteworthy Findings in Nature Communications: Master Clocks, Circadian Rhythms, and Lung Inflammation

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi and colleagues have published a pivotal paper in Nature Communications that has uncovered a new line of discovery regarding circadian rhythm and lung inflammation.
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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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