Office of the Dean

A Message from Dean Laurie Glimcher

“Making patients the center of everything we do at Weill Cornell is our ultimate goal, driving us to deliver the best patient care and novel therapeutics and discover better ways to fight human disease.”

Everyday as Dean, I continue to discover the greatness that is Weill Cornell Medical College. From our classrooms to our research laboratories I experience the remarkable energy and camaraderie that underpin a culture of collaboration and achievement at our institution.

More than 1,000 medical, graduate, and MD-PhD students at Weill Cornell train alongside our world-class physicians who provide comprehensive patient care in affiliation with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country.

The scientific endeavors of Weill Cornell's faculty span an amazing range of disciplines across the research continuum. Their work is further advanced through our innovative collaborations and groundbreaking partnerships with institutions of note – from The Rockefeller University in our own neighborhood to Cornell University in Ithaca, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Texas, and as far away as our medical school in Qatar, to name just a few.

Making patients the center of everything we do at Weill Cornell is our ultimate goal, driving us to deliver the best patient care and novel therapeutics and discover better ways to fight human disease. Critical to continuing to develop these new treatments is the ability of our clinicians, translational researchers, and basic scientists to meld ideas and share discoveries. Our interdisciplinary model is the future of biomedicine and we are transforming the way that medical research is conducted.

At Weill Cornell, a solid foundation is in place to further the institution as a world-class research enterprise. Thanks to the overwhelming success of our current $1.3 billion Discoveries that Make a Difference Campaign, in late 2013, we will open the Belfer Research Building, ushering in a new era in biomedical research. The building will double the Medical College's available research space and through the Research Leads to Cures initiative we will recruit some 30 top-tier physician-scientists who will become the next generation of clinical and research leaders.

Health care in this country is facing a watershed moment, and the challenges posed will require bold new ideas and a commitment to excellence. Today, we have a unique opportunity available to very few American medical colleges: to bend the curve in clinical care, graduate education and biomedical research. I am delighted to be here at this pivotal juncture in the history of Weill Cornell Medical College.

Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College
Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University


Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College & Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University


Dean in the News

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science: "Laurie Glimcher, 2014 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America"

(March 18, 2014)

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Dean's Blog

Elucidating the Link between Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes

(April 24, 2014)
Synergy in science can arise unexpectedly--but when it does, the potential can be enormous. Take one collaboration between bariatric surgeons and biochemists at Weill Cornell as an example. About fifteen years ago, surgeons performing gastric bypasses on obese patients with diabetes began noticing that shortly after surgery, the diabetes would sometimes go away. This effect would occur prior to any substantial weight loss, often within days of surgery, and continue for years. Surgeons at Weill Cornell, including Alfons Pomp...
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Dean's Letters

Dean's Letter - February 2014

(February 13, 2014)
Dear Weill Cornell Community: The official opening of the Belfer Research Building occurred on January 31, after more than seven years of planning and hard work. This new building comes at one of the most exciting moments in biomedical science, when we have the technological capacity and the knowledge to really harness the power of genomics and translational research. Discoveries made at the laboratory bench are being delivered to the patient's bedside at a faster rate than ever before. This...
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Interview with the Dean

Small Molecules Show Big Promise

(April 10, 2014)
Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, dean of Weill Cornell Medical College, speaks with Dr. Hazel Szeto, professor of pharmacology. Dr. Szeto's research focuses on mitochondria, the cells' powerhouse. A peptide Dr. Szeto created with a colleague has shown promise in treating what she calls "brownout diseases" -- Alzheimer's, heart failure and diabetes among them -- in which this "power plant" doesn't function properly. In 2006, Dr. Szeto founded the biopharmaceutical company Stealth Peptides. Its first drug candidate, Bendavia, is in clinical trials.
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