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Columbia University Medical Center

Coordinates: 40°50′28.3″N 73°56′26.9″W / 40.841194°N 73.940806°W / 40.841194; -73.940806

Columbia University Irving Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System
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LocationRoughly bounded by:
west: Riverside Drive
north: West 169th Street
east: Audubon Avenue
south: West 165th Street,
Washington Heights, Manhattan,
New York City, New York, U.S.
FundingNon-profit hospital
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityColumbia University
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Harlem Hospital Center
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
Isabella Geriatric Center
ListsHospitals in U.S.

Columbia University Herbert and Florence Irving Medical Center (CUMC) is an academic medical center and the largest campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. It includes Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing and Mailman School of Public Health, as well as the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Audubon Biomedical Research Park, and numerous other institutions.

The campus covers several blocks – primarily between West 165th and 169th Streets from Riverside Drive to Audubon Avenue – in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

CUMC was built in the 1920s on the site of Hilltop Park, the one-time home stadium of the New York Yankees. The land was donated by Edward Harkness, who also donated much of the cost of the original buildings. Built specifically to house a medical school and Presbyterian Hospital, it was the first academic medical center in the world. Formerly known as the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (CPMC), the name change followed the 1997 formation of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a merger of two medical centers each affiliated with an Ivy League university: Columbia-Presbyterian with Columbia University, and the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, with Cornell University's Weill Cornell Medical College.

CUMC is affiliated with Harlem Hospital Center and the Isabella Geriatric Center, which are located in Manhattan, as well as Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York and Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, New York.[1]

The Medical and Graduate Education Building was designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler with structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson Associates.[2]

In September 2016 the Campus was renamed for one of the Hospital and the University's greatest benefactors, Herbert and Florence Irving.[3] Herbert Irving is a co-founder and former vice-chairman of Sysco Corporation, the nation's largest food distributor.

It counts among its achievements the first successful heart transplant in a child,[4] the first use of the anti-seizure medication, dilantin, to treat epilepsy, and the isolation of the first known odour receptors in the nose.

It supported key discoveries related to how memory is stored in the brain, and Nobel Prize-winning developments in cardiac catheterization (1956) and cryo-electron microscopy (2017) - a technique used to reveal the structures of large biological molecules at atomic resolution.[5]




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  2. ^ Nadine M. Post (March 24, 2015), Mind-Bender In Upper Manhattan Engineering-News Record. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  3. ^ (September 21, 2016), Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Announce Naming of Medical Campus for Herbert and Florence Irving PRNewswire. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Evans, Heidi (April 13, 2003). "TALK ABOUT A GUY WITH A LOT OF HEART 1st kid to get new ticker wants to be doc". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Bec Crew (August 27, 2019). "The top 5 healthcare institutions for scientific research in 2018". Retrieved October 24, 2019.

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