Situated on a 20-acre campus in the Washington Heights community of northern Manhattan and comprising roughly half of Columbia University's nearly $3 billion annual budget, Columbia University's Medical Center provides world-class leadership in:
Faculty members from its four schools (College of Physicians & Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, and Mailman School of Public Health):
- Scientific research
- Health and medical education
- Patient care
(Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, http://cumc.columbia.edu/about, 2010, About Us)
- Carry out the school's core mission of educating and training future generations of health care professionals.
- Conduct basic research with the ultimate goal of translating discoveries into new techniques for fighting disease and improving health.
- Are responsible for a number of significant clinical breakthroughs - among them, the first blood test for cancer, the first medical use of the laser, and the first successful transfer of genes from one cell to another.