General Faculty Council

The General Faculty Council (GFC) is comprised of faculty representatives elected by Weill Cornell Medicine’s academic departments, as well as faculty members elected to represent key affiliated organizations, such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hospital for Special Surgery. Non-voting members of the GFC include representatives from every administrative area of the institution.

The GFC, together with the Executive Faculty Council, has 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 Board of Fellows and university president candidates for degrees who have fulfilled the requirements therefore; 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 at Weill Cornell Medicine.

The faculty councils also are key components 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, 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 or by phone at (212) 746-6010.

PDF icon General Faculty Council Bylaws

General Faculty Council Meeting Dates

General Faculty Council Committees

Leadership Group List: 

General Faculty Council 2023-2024

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Alexis Halpern, M.D.
  • GFC Chair
  • Emergency Medicine Rep.
Michele Fuortes, M.D., Ph.D.
  • GFC Vice Chair
  • Research Rep. - Cell & Developmental Biology
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Susan Samuels, M.D.
  • GFC Secretary
  • Psychiatry Rep.
A. Arkhavan
Ardavan Akhavan, M.D.
  • Urology Rep.
alan astrow
Alan Bennett Astrow, M.D.
  • Area Affiliate Rep. - NYP/Brooklyn Methodist
Samprit Banerjee
Samprit Banerjee, Ph.D.
  • Population Health Sciences Rep.
Steve Behrens, M.D.
Steve Behrens, M.D.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Rep.
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Jingli Cao, Ph.D.
  • Cell & Developmental Biology Rep.
amy chadburn
Amy Chadburn, M.D.
  • Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Rep.
Manjil Chatterji, M.D.
  • Radiology (Imaging-Research) Rep.
Justin Chen
Justin Chen, M.D.
  • Psychiatry Rep.
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Michelle Chi, M.D.
  • Rehabilitation Medicine Rep.
Babacar Cisse
Babacar Cisse, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Neurological Surgery Rep.
carl crawford
Carl V. Crawford, M.D.
  • Medicine 5 Rep.
Alessandro De Camilli
Alessandro De Camilli, M.D.
  • MSKCC Rep.
sandra demaria
Sandra Demaria, M.D.
  • Radiation Oncology Rep.
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Miguel de Mulder Rougvie, Ph.D.
  • Genetic Medicine Rep.
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John Falcone, M.D.
  • Voluntary Faculty Rep., Endocrinology
Bishoy Faltas
Bishoy Faltas, M.D.
  • Hematology & Oncology Division Rep.
Brendan Finnerty
Brendan M. Finnerty, M.D.
  • Surgery Rep.
bernice grafstein
Bernice Grafstein, Ph.D.
  • Physiology & Biophysics Rep.
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Peter U. Hámor, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate Rep.
ashutosh kacker
Ashutosh Kacker, M.D.
  • Otolaryngology Rep.
Deirdre Kelleher
Deirdre Kelleher, M.D.
  • Anesthesiology (Early-Career Rep.)
Louise Klebanoff
Louise M. Klebanoff, M.D.
  • Neurology Rep.
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Elena Lister, M.D.
  • Vol. Faculty Rep. - Psychiatry
Susan Loeb-Zeitlin
Susan Loeb-Zeitlin, M.D.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Rep.
Charles A. Mack
Charles A. Mack, M.D.
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Rep.
C. Ronald MacKenzie
C. Ronald MacKenzie, M.D.
  • Medicine 4 Rep.
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Vidya Menon, MBBS
  • Area Affiliate Rep. - Lincoln Hospital
john moore
John P. Moore, Ph.D.
  • Microbiology and Immunology Rep.
Nekee Pandya
Nekee Pandya, M.D.
  • Med 1 (General Medicine Plus)
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Elena Piskounova, Ph.D.
  • Dermatology Rep.
Kristen Pleil
Kristen Pleil, Ph.D.
  • Pharmacology Rep.
Nishant Prasad
Nishant Prasad, M.D.
  • Area Affiliate Rep. - NYP/Queens
Marc Schiffman
Marc Schiffman, M.D.
  • Radiology (Procedural) Rep.
Liang Shen
Liang Shen, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Anesthesiology (Mid-Late Career) Rep.
Melanie Smith
Melanie Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
  • HSS Rep.
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Hagen Tilgner, Ph.D.
  • Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute Rep.
Meredith Turetz
Meredith Turetz, M.D.
  • Medicine 3 Rep.
Sarah Van Tassel
Sarah H. Van Tassel, M.D.
  • Ophthalmology Rep.
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Hanano Watanabe, M.D.
  • Pediatrics (Early-Career Rep.)
Vivien Yap
Vivien Yap, M.D.
  • Pediatrics (Mid-to late Career Rep)

GFC Senior Councilors

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Mukesh Prasad, M.D., FACS
Dr. Szilard Kiss
Szilárd Kiss, M.D.
Steven Gross
Steven Gross, Ph.D.