Weill Cornell Faculty Councils

The Medical College has two faculty governance bodies as provided for in the University Bylaws. The Executive Faculty Council consists of the University President, the Dean and Provost for Medical Affairs, the associate deans and department chairs of the Medical College, and such other persons as may be designated by the President from time to time. The General Faculty Council (GFC) is comprised of faculty representatives elected by the academic departments of the Medical College and faculty members elected to represent key affiliated organizations, such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Non-voting members of the GFC include representatives from every administrative area of the institution.

Together the two Faculty Councils have the duty to determine the entrance requirements for students; to prescribe and define courses of study for them; to determine the requirements for such degrees as are offered to students; to recommend to the Overseers/President candidates for degrees who have fulfilled the requirements therefor; to enact and enforce rules for the guidance and supervision of students in their academic work; and in general to exercise jurisdiction over the academic interests of students and all other educational matters in the Medical College.

The Faculty Councils also are a key component in the flow of information between the faculty and the administration. Members of the two councils have the responsibility to bring information and concerns forward from their constituencies to the Councils, as well as to serve as an information resource on policy and procedural questions emanating from the administration through the Council review and approval process. In addition to the general review conducted by the full Council, each Council has from time to time established topic-specific committees to address key areas of concern to their membership.

The Faculty Councils may be reached through the Weill Cornell Office of the Secretary by email to secretary@med.cornell.edu or by phone at 212-746-6010.

Executive Faculty Council 2016-2017

Augustine M. Choi, M.D. - Chair
The Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean and Provost for Medical Affairs
Ronald Adelman, M.D.
Co-Director, Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care
Todd J. Albert, M.D. (HSS)
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
David Artis, Ph.D.
Director, Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Jack D. Barchas, M.D.
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Charles L. Bardes, M.D.
Associate Dean (Admissions)
Lewis C. Cantley, Ph.D.
Director, Edward and Sandra Meyer Cancer Center
Frank A. Chervenak, M.D.
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
David J. Christini, Ph.D.
Associate Dean (Programmatic Development) WCGSMS
Ronald G. Crystal, M.D.
Chair, Department of Genetic Medicine
Donald J. D'Amico, M.D.
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Ronald P. DeMatteo, M.D.
Associate Dean (MSKCC)
Oliver T. Fein, M.D.
Associate Dean (Affiliations)
Matthew E. Fink, M.D.
Chair, Department of Neurology
Silvia Formenti, M.D
Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Leonard N. Girardi, M.D.
Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Scott J. Goldsmith, M.D.
Associate Dean (Continuing Medical Education)
Marc Goldstein, M.D.
Executive Director, Men's Service Center, Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Linnie Golightly, M.D.
Associate Dean (Diversity)
Richard D. Granstein, M.D.
Chair, Department of Dermatology
Lorraine J. Gudas, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Pharmacology
Hugh C. Hemmings, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Barbara Hempstead, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean (Education)
Associate Dean (Faculty Development and Diversity)
Costantino Iadecola, M.D.
Director Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute
Julianne Imperato-McGinley, M.D.
Associate Dean (Translational Research & Education)
Yoon Kang, M.D.
Associate Dean (Program Development and Operations of Medical Education)
Rainu Kaushal, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research
Sibel A. Klimstra, M.D.
Associate Dean (Academic Affairs)
Daniel M. Knowles, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Gary Koretzky, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Vice Dean for Research
Mark S. Lachs, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care
John P. Leonard, M.D.
Associate Dean (Clinical Research)
Gerald M. Loughlin, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Peter M. Marzuk, M.D.
Gertrude Feil Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs
Frederick R. Maxfield, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biochemistry
Interim Chair, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Fabrizio Michelassi, M.D.
Chair, Department of Surgery
Robert J. Min, M.D., M.B.A.
Chair, Department of Radiology
Carl F. Nathan, M.D.
Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Martha E. Pollack
President, Cornell University
Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.
Executive Director, Women's Service Center, Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Mark A. Rubin, M.D.
Director, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine
Jane Salmon, M.D.
Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs)
Peter N. Schlegel, M.D.
Chair, Department of Urology
Javaid Sheikh, M.D., M.B.A.
Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar
Randi B. Silver, Ph.D.
Associate Dean (Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences)
Rache Simmons, M.D
Associate Dean (Diversity)
Joel Stein, M.D.
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Michael G. Stewart, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean (Clinical Affairs)
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D, M.D.
Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
Carol Storey-Johnson, M.D.
Senior Advisor (Medical Education)
Stephen J. Thomas, M.D.
Associate Dean (Billing Compliance)
Mary Beth Walsh, M.D.
Associate Dean (Burke Rehabilitation)
Harel Weinstein, D.Sc.
Chair, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Dana Zappetti, M.D.
Associate Dean (Student Affairs)

General Faculty Council 2016-2017

Alan M. Weinstein, M.D. - Chair
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
(Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology Research Representative)
Mukesh Prasad, M.D. – Vice Chair
Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology
J. David Warren, Ph.D. – Secretary
Associate Research Professor of Biochemistry
Daniel Barone, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Jaspreet Batra, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate in Urology
(Postdoctoral Representative)
Naomi Bishop, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Nicholas Caputo, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Lincoln Medicine Center
(Affl. Rep.)
Eugene K. Cha, M.D
Assistant Professor of Urology
Scott G. David, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Urology
Lora Hedrick Ellenson, M.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Gynecologic Pathology
Ernie Esquivel, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
(General Medicine Plus Representative)
Susan Evans, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry
Daniel Fitzgerald, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine in Microbiology and Immunology
(Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Research Representative)
Michele Fuortes, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology (Education)
(Cell & Developmental Biology Research Representative)
Richard R. Furman, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
(“Medicine at Large” Representative)
Daniel Gardner, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics in Neuroscience
Zachary Grinspan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Steven S. Gross, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology
(Pharmacology Research Representative)
Alexis Halpern, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
(Emergency Medicine Representative)
Natalia Ivascu, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Sylvia Karasu, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
(Vol. Fac. Representative)
Luke Kim, M.D.
(Vol. Fac. Representative)
(DoM Rep 3)
Laura Kirkman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
(DoM Rep 4)
Szilárd Kiss, M.D.
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Joseph Lane, M.D.
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Christopher Lau, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Garrick H. Leonard, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
David Madoff, M.D.
Professor of Radiology
Jordi Magrane, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
(Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute Representative)
Sushmita Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Research in Biochemistry
(Biochemistry Research Representative)
John Ng, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Odelya Pagovich, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine
Arleen Rifkind, M.D.
Professor of Pharmacology
Robyn Rosenblum, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
New York Hospital Queens
(Affil. Rep.)
Beate Schwer, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Michael Sein, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Steven Silber, M.D., D.D.O.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine in Medicine
New York Methodist Hospital
(Affil. Rep.)
Mark M. Souweidane, M.D.
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics
Jason Spector, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
Jessica Tyler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
(Molecular Biology Research Representative)
John A. Wagner, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
(Neuroscience Research Representative)
Matthew Walters, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor of Genetic Medicine
Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
(Vol. Fac. Representative)
Arthur M. Yee, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine (HSS)
Jonathan H. Zippin, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Dermatology


John Barnhill, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Ethel Cesarman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Patrick Flynn, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

GFC Standing Committees 2015-2016


Daniel Gardner, Ph.D. - Chair
Michele Drotman, MD
Lora Hedrick Ellenson, MD
Alexis Halpern, MD
Jennifer Langsdorf, MD
John Wagner, PhD

Biomedical Research Committee

John A. Wagner, Ph.D. - Chair
Daniel Fitzgerald, MD
Steven Gross, PhD
Michele Fuortes, MD, PhD
Jordi Magrane, PhD
John Ng, MD
Beate Schwer, PhD
Jason Spector, MD
J. David Warren, PhD

Clinical Affairs Committee

Natalia S. Ivascu, M.D. – Chair
Ernie Esquivel, MD
Richard Furman, MD
Szilárd Kiss, MD
Joseph Lane, MD
Christopher Lau, MD
John Wagner, PhD
Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, MD

Education Committee

Jonathan H. Zippin, M.D., Ph.D. – Chair
Ernie Esquivel, MD
Michele Fuortes, MD, PhD
Daniel Gardner, PhD
Lora Hedrick Ellenson, MD
Matthew Walters, PhD
Alan Weinstein, MD

AD HOC IT Committee

J. David Warren, PhD – Chair
Alan Weinstein, MD
Michele Fuortes, MD, PhD
Daniel Gardner, PhD
Jason Banfelder
Jonathan Victor, MD, PhD
George Shih, MD

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