Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research comprise the research arm of Northwell Health.[1] Feinstein is home to 50 research labs, 2,500 clinical research studies, and 4,000 professional and support staff.[2] Feinstein researchers have made breakthroughs in molecular medicine, genetics, cancer, brain research, mental health, autoimmunity and bioelectronic medicine, among others, and continue work in those and other areas. Feinstein is the laboratory and faculty home of the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine. Additionally, students without an MD degree may earn a PhD in molecular medicine via the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, as part of the medical school's MD/PhD or PhD programs.

The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
ChairpersonLewis S Ranieri
PresidentKevin J. Tracey, MD
Vice-presidentJack J. Ross, Michael A. Epstein
Location, ,
United States

The Feinstein Institutes acquired assets from the closing of the Picower Institute for Medical Research, founded in 1991 by Anthony Cerami and funded by Jeffry Picower.[3][4] In 2001 the institute's funding was withdrawn and it closed;[5] in 2002 it was acquired by The Institute for Medical Research at North Shore-LIJ.[6] In 2005 board member Leonard Feinstein, co-founder of Bed Bath & Beyond, made a $25 million gift that led to its renaming The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.[6] In 2016, Feinstein and his wife, Susan, committed another $25 million.

In 2019, Feinstein comprised 5 institutes:

  • Institute of Bioelectronic Medicine, led by Yousef Al-Abed, PhD
  • Institute of Molecular Medicine, led by Betty Diamond, MD
  • Institute of Cancer Research, led by Richard R. Barakat, MD
  • Institute of Health Innovations & Outcomes Research, led by Thomas McGinn, MD MPH
  • Institute of Behavioral Science, led by John Kane, MD

Feinstein publishes two open-access, international peer-reviewed medical journals in partnership with BioMed Central, part of Springer Nature: Molecular Medicine and Bioelectronic Medicine,

The Feinstein Institutes bestow two major academic awards: the Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine, starting in 2013, and the Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine.[7]

Support Services and Cores.

Feinstein has the standard support services and scientific cores to support basic research.[8] Support includes:

  • Animal Welfare Office - IACUC & IBC
  • Biostatistics Unit
  • Center for Comparative Physiology
  • Center for Research Informatics & Innovation
  • Environmental Health & Safety Office
  • Human Research Protection Program
  • Office of Clinical Research
  • Office of Intellectual Assets Management
  • Office of Research Compliance
  • Office of Research Policy & Training

The cores include:

  • Flow Cytometry Core
  • Microscopy Core
  • Molecular Biology Core Facility
  • Nursing Core
  • Quantitative PCR Core Facility

In 2016, the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), $3.9 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy and security rules and to undertake a substantial corrective action plan to bring its operations into compliance.[9]


  1. ^ "Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Receives $25 Million". Philanthropy News Digest. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Feinstein Institute web page". Feinstein Institutes and Researchers. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  3. ^ Stevens, William K. (1 August 1991). "Noted Scientist And Staff Leave Rockefeller U." The New York Times.
  4. ^ Edwards, Ivana (1 September 1991). "How a Major Research Institute Got to Long Island". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Jacoby, Mary (December 29, 2001). "State: Foundations' founder yet to donate $67-million". St. Petersburg Times.
  6. ^ a b "With donation in hand, institute sets expansion". Long Island Business News. 23 September 2005. Archived from the original on July 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "Awards". Awards. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  8. ^ "For professionals | Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research". feinstein.northwell.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  9. ^ Rights (OCR), Office for Civil (17 March 2016). "Feinstein Settlement". HHS.gov.

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