Dear Weill Cornell Medicine Community,
The past six weeks since being named dean of this great institution have been exhilarating. I have been meeting extensively with Overseers, senior administration, faculty, staff, students, and partners and learning even more about the many different ways we are working collaboratively to advance Weill Cornell Medicine's mission. I am continually struck by the passion and commitment of members of our community working across fields and departments, and I thank all of you for your support, your feedback, and your enthusiasm in helping Weill Cornell Medicine attain even greater heights of excellence.
Progress continues across our mission to care, discover, and teach. Weill Cornell Medicine began 2017 with an array of new programs and increased capabilities it did not have previously. These include clinical services launched with partner NewYork-Presbyterian, including robotic heart surgery, specialized ambulances for stroke patients, and telemedicine to help patients connect more easily with our physicians. Our research enterprise--spanning basic science, translational, and clinical efforts--is stronger due to increased grant writing support and several new initiatives designed to assist our investigators in bringing drug candidates to clinical trial and then to the marketplace. In the educational realm, students and trainees will benefit from new, joint programs with partner institutions in fields including bioethics, rural medicine, and healthcare leadership.
In just the past few months, we've also had several key advances I'd like to highlight:
Many more developments have occurred and are detailed in the full report. As we move into the warmer months and the end of the academic year, I anticipate a further intensification of efforts. I look forward to sharing additional updates and more details about the strategic vision that we are collectively shaping for Weill Cornell Medicine.
Augustine M.K. Choi, M.D.
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University