Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons (VP&S), part of a unique collection of health sciences schools that make up the Columbia University Irving 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. Each day our faculty, staff, and students work towards our overall mission—to care, to discover, to educate, and to make life better for people in need.
VP&S is ranked consistently among the best medical schools in the nation and is one of the most research intensive. Our students have MCAT scores and grade point averages among the highest in the country.
VP&S is the second oldest medical school in the U.S., and became part of the nation's first academic medical center in 1928 when VP&S and Presbyterian Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital) moved to a 20-acre campus in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. Today this neighborhood represents a microcosm of our global neighborhood, which in turn leads to a very diverse patient population, especially for those interested in pursuing a career in family medicine in an urban environment.
VP&S shares the Columbia University Irving 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 with one another to train the next generation of leaders in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and biomedical research.
Whether you are interested in VP&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: VP&S is filled with people dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of patient care, research, education and training, and involvement in the world around us.
Lee Goldman, MD
Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Chief Executive of Columbia University Irving Medical Center