This devotion is what fuels so much of our work at Weill Cornell Medicine. We are stronger when we work together to save lives.
While our clinical staff has diligently treated patients, our physician-scientists have been active in their laboratories. Researchers from every discipline have come together to combat this health crisis – to accelerate discoveries, develop new therapeutics and, potentially, a vaccine. As an academic medical center, we greatly value translational research, and always strive to link the lab bench with the patient’s bedside. This has never been more true than today, when up-to-the-minute patient data is immediately shared with our researchers, and groundbreaking findings are sped directly to the front lines, worldwide.
And our students – those who graduated early to help care for patients, those who quickly acclimated to remote learning, and those who altered their clinical experiences – have modeled grace and poise in the face of unforeseen hurdles. Their pledge to become the healthcare leaders of tomorrow has never waned and, for many, their commitment is even stronger.
During this difficult time, I have been so moved by the camaraderie and strength of the human spirit at Weill Cornell Medicine. And at the heart of these incredible efforts in each area of our three-part mission is you, our friends, alumni and donors, an essential part of our Weill Cornell Medicine family. Your outpouring of support during these challenging times has allowed us to reach further, to solve some of the most difficult questions, and to persist in the face of adversity. It is because of your inspired generosity that we have already accomplished so much, been able to move forward safely, and are well prepared for the future.
Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University