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Accessing Student Support Services

Weill Cornell Graduate School is committed to providing students with comprehensive, accessible student support services.  Below are guidelines for how to access the various staff who can help provide assistance and support.

For any personal issues, ranging from depression or relationship issues to substance abuse to counseling, students can first contact Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Avery, 212-746-3738,  Dr. Avery is a psychiatrist and will work with students to assess their needs and provide the appropriate referral or ongoing support.

Students seeking counseling/psychiatric services can speak with a mental health professional by contacting the Student Mental Health Program at 212-746-5775.  You will be asked to leave a message and the program director, Dr. Richard Friedman, will be in touch with you as soon as possible (typically within 24 hours). 

For all immediate medical-related issues students should contact or visit Student Health Services, 230 East 69th Street, 646-962-6942.

For academic-related issues students should first contact their program directors, listed below.  If students or faculty feel they need to elevate the discussion, they should contact Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Randi Silver,

Program Directors


Dr. Michael Overholtzer , 212-639-7820,                                                                        

Dr. Mary Baylies, 212-639-5888,       

Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Dr. Sabine Ehrt, 646-962-6215,

Dr. Joseph Sun, 646-888-3228,


Dr. Giovanni Manfredi, 646-962-8172,


Dr. John Blenis, 212-639-2090,

Physiology, Biophysics & Systems Biology

Dr. Emre Aksay, 212-746-6207,          

On-campus housing questions or concerns should be directed to Joe Vece, Assistant Director for Student Housing,

For other confidential issues students should contact the Student Ombudsperson, Dr. Henry Murray, who can be can be reached at 212-746-6330 and For more information about the Student Ombudsperson’s role visit

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Weill Cornell Medicine
Graduate School of Medical Sciences
1300 York Ave. Box 65 New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-6565 Fax: (212) 746-5981