State University of New York Upstate Medical University

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The State University of New York Upstate Medical University (SUNY Upstate or Upstate) is a public medical school in Syracuse, New York. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. SUNY Upstate is an upper-division transfer and graduate college with degree programs within the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Professions, and the College of Graduate Studies. Its Syracuse campus includes Upstate University Hospital. Upstate University Hospital is also the region's only Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center.[9]

State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Upstate Medical University Seal.png
Other name
Former name
Syracuse University College of Medicine
Motto"Education, Research, Health Care, Service"
TypePublic medical school
Established1834; 187 years ago (1834)[1]
Parent institution
Endowment$110.7 million (2020)[2]
PresidentMantosh Dewan[3][4]
Academic staff
676 (2017)[5][6]
Students1,547 (Fall 2018)[7][8][6]
Undergraduates249 (Fall 2018)[8]
Postgraduates1,298 (Fall 2018)[8]
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban, 30 acres (0.12 km2)[6]
ColorsBlue & white

In addition to affiliations with Binghamton Hospital and 22 other hospitals throughout central New York, where much of the core clinical teaching takes place, Upstate has numerous partnerships, including a joint Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering with Syracuse University; science enrichment programs for local youth in tandem with the SC Hope Clinic; and SUNY-ESF.

It directly generates 9,849 jobs,[6] making it Onondaga County's largest employer.[10]


Geneva Medical College
Syracuse University College of Medicine, Class of 1876

Upstate's earliest predecessor was Geneva Medical College founded 1834 as part of Geneva College, today known as Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The new medical college was located in Geneva, New York, and became the first college to grant a full M.D. to a woman, Elizabeth Blackwell, in 1849. In 1871 the college was disbanded and its assets donated to the recently founded Syracuse University, which subsequently founded a medical college.[1]

In 1950 Syracuse University sold the college to the State University of New York (SUNY), where it remains today.[11] After carrying the names "SUNY Upstate Medical Center" (initially) and "SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse" (1986), the institution was renamed to its present nomenclature in 1999.

A clinical campus in Binghamton, New York, was established in 1979.

A plaque in the lobby of Weiskotten Hall, named for Herman Gates Weiskotten,[12] aptly describes one of the institution's driving philosophies: "Dedicated to all those of scientific mind and investigative spirit who purpose to serve humanity."

New York State historic marker at Upstate Medical University


The university's main campus is located in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York flanking Interstate 81. It includes Upstate University Hospital, the Institute for Human Performance, Setnor Academic Building, Central New York Gamma Knife Center, Jacobsen Hall, Regional Oncology Center, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, Weiskotten Hall, the Health Sciences Library, Silverman Hall and Geneva Tower residence hall. A clinical campus in Binghamton, New York was established in 1979. Medical students spend their first two years of medical school in Syracuse, New York and then approximately a quarter of the class completes their training in Binghamton.

Upstate University HospitalEdit

Upstate University Hospital is a 734-bed non-profit, teaching hospital located in Syracuse, New York.[13] Upstate University Hospital is a part of the Upstate Health System, as the flagship hospital in the system. As the hospital is a teaching hospital, it is affiliated with the SUNY Upstate Medical University.[14] The hospital is also an American College of Surgeons verified Level 1 Trauma Center, the only in the region and one of 21 in New York.[15] Additionally, the hospital has a rooftop helipad to handle the emergent transport of critical patients to and from the hospital.[16] Attached to the hospital is the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital that treats infants, children, teens, and young adults aged 0-21.[17]


Units of Upstate Medical University include:

  • The College of Medicine is one of the oldest medical schools in New York. More physicians practicing in Central New York received their training here than at any other medical school. Upstate ranks eighth nationally for the number of graduates who are on the faculty at academic medical centers across the country.[citation needed]
  • The College of Nursing offers a bachelor's degree for RN prepared nurses and graduate programs in: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MS), Family Nurse Practitioner (MS), Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MS), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
  • The College of Health Professions is the gateway for students seeking to enter some of the most competitive and highly paid careers in health care today: Physician Assistant (MS), Physical Therapy (DPT), Cardiovascular Perfusion (MS), Medical Technology (BS and MS), Medical Biotechnology (BS), Radiation Therapy (BS and BPS), Respiratory Therapy (BS), Medical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray)(BS), and Ultrasound (BS and BPS).
  • The School of Graduate Studies is known for its basic science education and research. Students have the opportunity to work side by side with neuroscientists and basic researchers.[citation needed]
  • The university operates the Southern Tier Center on Aging in conjunction with the SUNY Binghamton.[18]

Notable alumni and professorsEdit


  1. ^ a b "History of the College of Medicine SUNY Upstate Medical University". Archived from the original on 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  3. ^ Mulder, James T. (16 November 2018). "Psychiatrist named interim president of SUNY Upstate". Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  4. ^ Holly, Liapis (4 November 2020). "New Campus Leadership Announcements: SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Presidents at Old Westbury, Upstate Medical, and SUNY ESF Campuses". SUNY Office of Communications (Press release). Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Upstate Medical University," Archived 2018-12-29 at the Wayback Machine College Navigator, National Center for Educational Statistics. Accessed: 29 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "SUNY Upstate Facts at a Glance," Archived 2017-07-17 at the Wayback Machine Upstate website. Accessed: 26 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Fast Facts - SUNY".
  8. ^ a b c "Upstate Medical University," Archived 2018-12-29 at the Wayback Machine National Center for Educational Statistics website. Accessed: 29 December 2018.
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  10. ^ Center State Corporation for Economic Opportunity. (2010, November), "Major Employers in Onondaga County." Archived 2018-07-01 at the Wayback Machine Onondaga County website. Accessed: 1 July 2018.
  11. ^ "College of Medicine Records A description of its records at the Syracuse University Archives". Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  12. ^ Luft, Eric v d (2009). SUNY Upstate Medical University: A Pictorial History. Gegensatz Press. ISBN 9781933237350. Archived from the original on 2018-12-28. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  13. ^ "American Hospital Directory - Upstate University Hospital (330241) - Free Profile". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  14. ^ "Locations/Directions:SUNY Upstate Medical University". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  15. ^ "Trauma Centers". American College of Surgeons. Archived from the original on 2021-01-06. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  16. ^ "AirNav: 75NK - Upstate Medical University Hospital Heliport". Archived from the original on 2021-01-06. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  17. ^ "Emergency Medicine | SUNY Upstate Medical University". Archived from the original on 2021-01-06. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  18. ^ "Southern Tier Center on Aging". SUNY Binghamton. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-10-17.

Further readingEdit

  • Luft, Eric von der (2005). SUNY Upstate Medical University: A Pictorial History. North Syracuse, New York: Gegensatz Press. ISBN 1-933237-34-1.

External linksEdit

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