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Dean's Letter - May 2014

Dear Weill Cornell Community:

This spring, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and in Qatar both celebrated their most successful Match Days ever. In New York, 86% of our graduates matched to residency positions at the top 50 research medical institutions as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. In Qatar, all 25 students who applied for a U.S. residency were accepted. We are very proud of our graduating class of doctors and look forward to recognizing their many accomplishments at our Commencement ceremony in New York later this month.

Every day at Weill Cornell we are seeing advances across our mission. There are already a number of key laboratories up and running in the Belfer Research Building, where our physician-scientists are working across disciplines to speed the latest treatments and cures to our patients. We are in the process of launching a new and innovative academic curriculum that will teach our students to be the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, and we have welcomed a number of leading lights to our campus to join our outstanding faculty. But there is more work to be done. We are committed to further strengthening each of these areas in order to deliver the finest care possible to our patients.

In the pages to follow, I'm pleased to share recent developments that have taken place at Weill Cornell and our affiliated institutions. I'd like to briefly highlight a few items.

• We have named the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine and established the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Center for Metabolic Health in honor of the Weills' extraordinary lifetime generosity to the Medical College, and their recent $100 million gift in particular.

• Weill Cornell has entered into a research alliance with the biopharmaceutical company UCB New Medicines, which centers on three projects led by Ronald Crystal, Timothy McGraw, and me. We've also created the Daedalus Fund for Innovation to help advance early-stage translational research projects to the proof-of-concept phase, where they become more attractive to potential investors. Our goal is to foster increased collaboration with industry at Weill Cornell, in order to speed the translation of laboratory science to the clinical realm.

• Dr. Adam Stracher, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Weill Cornell Physician Organization's Primary Care Division, has been appointed Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs. In his new role, he will be working with senior clinical leadership, specifically in the area of Physician Organization clinical transformation.

• Terrie Wheeler will become the new Director of the Samuel J. Wood Library and the C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center, effective June 2. She joins us from the National Institutes of Health Library.

• Major studies from our faculty have been published in the past few months, in areas ranging from end-of-life care to triple-negative breast cancer to autism.

This academic year has been a whirlwind of activity, made especially eventful with the opening of the Belfer Research Building. As we continue to expand our research and clinical enterprises and prepare to implement our new curriculum this fall, I'd like to thank all of you who do so much for our institution. Together, we will keep Weill Cornell on the vanguard of medicine and healthcare. We are looking forward to a productive summer, and I am excited to see what new developments are on the horizon.

With warm regards,

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

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