Welcome from the Dean
I’m honored to have been appointed dean of the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University. The educational partnership between Weill Cornell Medicine and Sloan Kettering Institute has never been stronger. While I earned an MD rather than a PhD myself, I’ve been engaged in biomedical research almost every year of my life from the beginning of high school. I’ve had the privilege of serving as mentor for 33 PhD students in my own lab and as a thesis committee member for many others. I helped establish the Tri‐Institutional MD‐PhD program and served as its director for the first 3 years. It’s a privilege to continue my commitment to the value of graduate education as dean of WCGS, along with my colleagues Vice Dean David Christini, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs Randi Silver, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life Marcus Lambert, PhD, Director of Administration Jake Sneva, PhD and Manager of Educational and Enrollment Operations Matt Cipriano, MA.
Our goals are to train the next generation of scientific leaders in biomedical research by:
- Positioning our students to make innovative scientific discoveries
- Showing them how to work in laboratory, local and global communities of scholars, with science as a bridge across national, cultural, political, religious and ethnic identifications
- Matching them with skillful mentors who guide them to independence and support them thereafter
- Equipping them to compete in the biomedical workforce and related areas with strong skills in multi‐disciplinary technologies; in the analysis, visualization and statistical evaluation of data; and in written and verbal communication
- Developing in them habits for life‐long learning that grows in depth and breadth
- Inculcating in them principles of ethics, honesty and rigor in research
- And preparing them to articulate, defend and demonstrate the value of evidence‐based reasoning in civic life and public policy.
We welcome those who want to share in this endeavor.