“It’s that continual cycle of asking questions, loving what you’re doing, staying curious, that makes you better and better — a better division, a better NICU, and a better physician.”
Dr. Camilia Martin M.D. '92
As an academic medical center, our tripartite mission is what drives us forward: we thrive on providing world-class care to our patients, making groundbreaking discoveries that are changing the future of medicine, and teaching the health care leaders of tomorrow. The incredible spark that happens when these three pillars intersect is central to our ability to accomplish our goals — to transform the medical landscape around us and speed the most innovative cures and treatments to our patients. This synergy can be felt throughout our institution and well beyond our campus walls. In the simplest of terms, our uniquely collaborative spirit and interdisciplinary approach can be measured by our impact.
And, while this can certainly be seen with our broadest strokes — our dynamic centers of care and education throughout New York City and around the globe, our innovative scientific research on the international stage, and our leadership in mentorship, diversity and equity in health care — our impact can also be felt in our most intimate moments at the patient bedside. We see it when our students pursue their field of interest because of an awe-inspiring moment in grand rounds or at the lab bench with their mentor. And we feel it when our alumni, empowered by a Weill Cornell Medicine education, go out into the world to make discoveries and provide the best possible care to patients.
In this first issue of the aptly named Impact, our reimagined magazine, we are bringing you bold and moving stories that capture our pioneering efforts as we work to change medicine and meet today’s ever-changing health care needs with forward-thinking solutions. We are highlighting our incredible alumni community — giving our graduates an even stronger voice and space for us to share their valuable accomplishments. And we are elevating the conversation about research and its direct effects on patient care.
With the many new features of our magazine, we aim to provide you with an insider’s glimpse of what truly motivates the work of all of us here at Weill Cornell Medicine: the life-changing significance of our impact.
Augustine M.K. Choi, M.D. Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University
As an academic medical center, our tripartite mission is what drives us forward: we thrive on providing world-class care to our patients, making groundbreaking discoveries that are changing the future of medicine, and teaching the health care leaders of tomorrow.
Internationally acclaimed medical oncologist Dr. Jedd Wolchok, whose innovations in immunotherapy revolutionized melanoma treatment, was recently recruited as the Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine.
In the global scientific effort to understand vaccine and natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2, Weill Cornell Medicine’s location in Qatar, a country of only a few million people, has been making an outsized contribution.
The murder of George Floyd and the resulting national reckoning on race, along with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, galvanized creation of the Anti-Racism Curriculum Committee at Weill Cornell Medicine.