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 Overseers 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 iconGeneral Faculty Council Bylaws

General Faculty Council Meeting Dates 2018-2019

General Faculty Council Committees

Leadership Group List: 

General Faculty Council 2018-2019

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Mukesh Prasad, M.D., FACS
  • GFC Chair
  • Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Rep.
J. David Warren
J. David Warren, Ph.D.
  • GFC Vice Chair
  • Biochemistry Rep.
Szilárd Kiss, M.D.
  • GFC Secretary
  • Ophthalmology Rep.
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Ardavan Akhavan, M.D.
  • Urology Rep.
Daniel Barone, M.D.
  • Neurology Rep.
Naomi Bishop, M.D.
  • Pediatrics (Mid- to Late Career Rep.)
Maria A. Bustillo, M.D.
  • Anesthesiology (Mid-Late Career Rep.)
Eugene Cha, M.D.
  • MSKCC Rep.
Sandra Demaria, M.D.
  • Research Rep. - Microbiology & Immunology
Jason Dumelie, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate Rep.
Lora Hedrick Ellenson, M.D.
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Rep.
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David R. Fernandez, M.D., Ph.D.
  • HSS Rep.
Alexis J. Feuer, M.D.
  • Pediatrics (Early Career Rep.)
Michele Fuortes, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Research Rep. - Cell & Developmental Biology
Richard R. Furman, M.D.
Richard R. Furman, M.D.
  • Medicine 2 (Hematology/Oncology)
Michael Glass, Ph.D.
  • Research Rep. - Neuroscience
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Bernice Grafstein, Ph.D.
  • Physiology & Biophysics Rep.
Zachary Grinspan, M.D.
Zachary Grinspan, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Healthcare Policy & Research Rep.
Steven Gross, Ph.D.
  • Research Rep. - Pharmacology
Alexis Halpern, M.D.
  • Emergency Medicine Rep.
Yelena Havryliuk, M.D.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Rep.
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Erin Iannacone, M.D.
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Rep.
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Marc Kanter, M.D.
  • Area Affiliate Rep. - Lincoln
Sylvia Karasu, M.D.
  • Psychiatry (Vol. Faculty Rep.)
Luke Kim, M.D.
  • Medicine 3 (Cardiology, Pulmonary/Critical Care)
Laura Kirkman, M.D.
  • Medicine 4 (Infectious Dis., Geriatrics, Rheum., Allergy/Immun., Public Health, Clin Epi/Eval Sci)
Rekha B. Kumar, M.D., M.S.
  • Medicine 5 (GI, Nephr., Endocr.)
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Joseph Lane, M.D.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Rep.
David C. Madoff, M.D.
  • Radiology (Imaging-Procedural) Rep.
Christopher Mason, Ph.D.
  • Research Rep. - Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology
Justin Mohatt, M.D.
  • Psychiatry 1
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Sushmita Mukherjee, Ph.D.
  • Research Rep. - Biochemistry
John Ng, M.D.
  • Radiation Oncology Rep.
Sumit N. Niogi, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Radiology (Imaging-Research) Rep.
Odelya Pagovich, M.D.
  • Genetic Medicine Rep.
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Susan Pannullo, M.D.
  • Neurological Surgery Rep.
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Elena Piskounova, Ph.D.
  • Dermatology Rep.
Arleen B. Rifkind, M.D.
  • Pharmacology Rep.
Robyn E. Rosenblum, M.D.
  • Area Affiliate Rep. - NYP/Queens
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Susan Samuels, M.D.
  • Psychiatry 2
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Beate Schwer, Ph.D.
  • Microbiology and Immunology Rep.
Michael Sein, M.D.
  • Rehabilitation Medicine Rep.
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Manu Sharma, Ph.D.
  • Feil Family Brain & Mind Institute Rep.
Jason A. Spector, M.D.
Jason A. Spector, M.D.
  • Surgery Rep.
Debbie S. Suk, M.D.
  • Area Affiliate Rep. - NYP/Brooklyn Methodist
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Judy Tung, M.D.
  • Med 1 (General Medicine Plus)
Zachary Adam Turnbull, M.D.
  • Anesthesiology (Early Career Rep.)
Jessica Tyler, Ph.D.
  • Research Rep. - Molecular Biology
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Gil Weitzman, M.D.
  • Medicine (Vol. Faculty Rep)

GFC Senior Councilors

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Ethel Cesarman, M.D., Ph.D.
Patrick Flynn, M.D.
Alan M. Weinstein, M.D.