Welcome from the Deans

Welcome from Lee Goldman, MD

Welcome from the Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine


Welcome to the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, part of a unique collection of health sciences schools that make up the Columbia University Medical Center. We are proud to share this campus with, and be an integral part of, our Washington Heights community, one of New York City's most diverse neighborhoods. Our home here reminds us daily of why we chose careers and lives in medicine. Every day our faculty, staff, and students work towards our mission - to care, to discover, to educate, and to make life better for people in need.

P&S provides international leadership in educating physicians, physician-scientists, and research scientists; in caring for patients ranging from those who can select any physician in the world to our neighborhood's most vulnerable residents; and in conducting basic, translational, and population-based research to improve human health.

One of the nation's most research-intensive medical schools, P&S is consistently ranked among the best medical schools in the nation. P&S attracts students with idealistic values and the highest aspirations for excellence. Our students have MCAT scores and grade point averages that are among the highest in the nation, and we have one of the most diverse student bodies. Also, our graduate research programs have been judged among the most productive as measured by their scholarly contributions. Our major teaching hospital affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, is ranked 6th among the nation's hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.

P&S is the second oldest medical school in the country, founded two years after the University of Pennsylvania established the nation's first medical school in 1765, but P&S granted the first M.D. degree on American soil and has continued to make history in the nearly 250 years since. P&S became part of the nation's first academic medical center in 1928 when P&S and Presbyterian Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital) moved to a 20-acre campus in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. The medical school and hospital were soon joined by the New York State Psychiatric Institute, renowned for pioneering treatments for some of humanity's most intractable mental problems. Medical advances of our faculty include such wide-ranging contributions as the creation in the 1950s of the Apgar score to assess the health of newborns, more recent Nobel Prizes for research about the molecular basis of memory and smell, and identification of a new genetic link for age-related macular degeneration.

White coat ceremonies - now ubiquitous at medical schools around the world - were first conducted at Columbia in 1993, when faculty member Arnold P. Gold found at P&S a student body eager to endorse his foundation's ideals for humanism in medicine. The school's P&S Club, now more than 100 years old, is considered unique among medical schools in providing organized activities for students to pursue interests beyond medical studies, whether staging theatrical productions, performing symphonic music, or playing competitive rugby. These are just a few facets of the P&S experience that give this medical school its special character. P&S is broadly international while also being intensely local. We care for patients from around the world and sponsor multicenter, international clinical trials that change the face of medical care for millions who never step on our campus. At the same time, we are respected within our neighborhood, throughout our city and state, and across the nation for our historic contributions to medical progress and for our continued commitment to improve the health of individuals and populations.

P&S shares the Columbia University Medical Center campus with Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, College of Dental Medicine, and School of Nursing, as well as many allied research centers and institutes. Our educational programs are integrated in the training of the nation's leaders in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and biomedical research.

Whether you are interested in P&S as a new or prospective student, a potential faculty or staff member, a patient, or someone just wanting to learn more about us, I invite you to discover what I have learned since joining Columbia in 2006: P&S is filled with people with a deep sense of purpose to maintain the highest of standards for renowned patient care, award-winning research, superior education and training, and unparalleled involvement in the world around us.

Lee Goldman, M.D.
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences

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