September 11, 2013

Weill Cornell Medical College Receives $100-Million Donation

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Weill Cornell Medical College has received a $100-million gift from Joan and Sanford I. Weill ’55 that will help it launch two new research centers and bolster its research in medicine, the University announced Tuesday.

With the Weill family’s gift, the University is launching a $300-million fundraising campaign called Driving Discoveries, Changing Lives, according to a University press release. The campaign is aimed at helping Weill Cornell “build on its track record of unprecedented growth,” the campaign’s leaders said in a statement.

“We are perfectly poised to usher in an era of personalized and ‘tailored’ medicine. We must keep our students on the frontlines of medical discoveries and patient care, and provide our faculty with the best opportunities and resources possible,” campaign leaders Sanford Weill, WCMC Dean Laurie Glimcher, Robert Appel ’53 and Jeffrey J. Feil said in the statement.

The medical school is hoping to recruit top scientists, fund medical research, establish new endowed professorships and medical student scholarships, reform the medical school’s current curriculum, expand and improve clinical and laboratory space and invest in new medical technologies, according to the fundraising campaign’s website.

The New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where the arraignment of Yoselyn Ortega on murder charges took place in New York, Nov. 28, 2012. Ortega, who is still hospitalized, pleaded not guilty to the charges of fatally stabbing two children she cared for as a nanny. (Michael Appleton/The New York Times)