Who We Are
NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the nation’s premier centers of excellence in healthcare, biomedical research, and medical education. Located in Manhattan, NYU Langone consists of four hospitals—Tisch Hospital, a 705-bed acute-care tertiary facility; Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the first rehabilitation hospital in the world, with extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs; the 190-bed Hospital for Joint Diseases, one of only five hospitals in the world dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology; and the Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, which encompasses the full array of children’s health services—plus NYU School of Medicine, one of the nation’s preeminent medical schools.
In addition, NYU Langone Medical Center offers ambulatory care services throughout Manhattan and in the outer boroughs, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties, bringing services directly to where our patients live and work. NYU Langone’s medical students, residents/fellows, and faculty also provide patient care at Bellevue Hospital Center, the nation’s oldest public hospital, and the Medical Center is affiliated with Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, Gouverneur Healthcare Services in Manhattan, and the New York Harbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The Medical Center’s trifold mission to serve, teach, and discover is achieved on a daily basis through the seamless integration of an academic culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education, and research.
Building on our legacy of pioneering medicine, we are also a leader in new healthcare innovations. As part of our strategy to provide access to services at the convenience of patients, we are continually expanding the scope of diagnostic and treatment procedures available on weekends, a time traditionally limited to emergency procedures only. We are also implementing new and convenient tools for patients to access their health information.
In a culture of humanism that emphasizes treating the whole person and not simply the disease, NYU Langone Medical Center is renowned for evidence-based clinical care across a wide array of specialties. Our five leading clinical areas are:
Cardiac & Vascular
The Cardiac and Vascular Institute (CVI) is a world leader in cardiovascular care. CVI’s cardiac surgeons pioneered minimally invasive heart surgery and mitral valve repair and continue to pave the way in the development of new techniques and procedures for treating heart rhythm disorders, aortic aneurysms, and congestive heart failure. Our cardiac and vascular physicians work collaboratively with our cardiac rehabilitation team to ensure patients move seamlessly from diagnosis and treatment to the rehabilitation phase of their care.
The Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, is recognized for translating knowledge about the roots of cancer into innovative therapies and advanced cancer care in a setting where the patient comes first. At our outpatient cancer centers, which include the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and the Joel E. Smilow Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center, we provide care that is simultaneously compassionate and state-of-the-art. Our patients have access to not only the latest prevention, screening, diagnostic, treatment, genetic counseling, and support services for cancer, but also broad access to cutting-edge clinical trials.
NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the nation’s premier hospitals for orthopaedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation and is ranked in the top 10 in the country by U.S. News & World Report in all three areas. Our specialists provide the full spectrum of musculoskeletal care, from treating the simplest sprain to the most complex spinal surgery and from chronic pain management to advanced minimally invasive procedures. Inpatient orthopaedic surgery is performed at our world-renowned Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics. HJD’s highly trained specialists are leaders in minimally invasive and robotic knee and hip surgery, joint replacements, and complex spinal surgery. Outpatient services are offered at our new, state-of-the-art Center for Musculoskeletal CareSM (CMC), the largest freestanding facility of its kind in the country. CMC offers patients the full spectrum of outpatient bone and joint care, from degenerative and congenital conditions of the hip, knee, and spine to sports injuries or pain associated with arthritis. Radiology, pain management, physical therapy, and wellness programs are provided at CMC, while same-day surgery is offered at the adjacent Outpatient Surgery Center.
Our Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the birthplace of rehabilitation medicine, has been ranked number one in New York for 22 consecutive years and continues to set the standard in rehabilitation care for every stage of life and every phase of recovery. Rusk Rehabilitation is world renowned for the full expanse of adult and pediatric rehabilitation, whether a patient is recovering from a stroke or other complex neurological trauma or needs physical therapy for a sports injury.
Neurology & Neurosurgery
U.S. News & World Report has recognized our expertise in these areas and has named us one of the top hospitals in the country for neurology and neurosurgery and number two in New York State. Our neurologists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of neurological diseases and deliver integrated care to patients who have had a stroke or are living with epilepsy, cerebrovascular disease, dementia, genetic and degenerative diseases, nerve and muscle problems, headache and pain syndromes, and movement disorders. We are also home to the largest multiple sclerosis program in New York.
From neonatal to pediatric and adolescent care, and from routine well-baby visits to intricate cardiac surgery on newborns, NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Pediatric Center serves our young patients with specialized care from a multidisciplinary team of talented and dedicated neonatal specialists, pediatricians, and pediatric surgeons. General pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, pediatric orthopaedics, pediatric congenital cardiac surgery, childhood cancers, and child and adolescent psychiatry services—just a few of the areas where NYU Langone excels—are all provided in a compassionate, family-centered environment.
Full Range of Services
In addition to our five clinical priority areas, NYU Langone treats the full range of medical conditions on both an inpatient and outpatient setting. Our ambulatory-care network brings our world-class care to members of surrounding communities at numerous practices. When more complex care is needed, we bridge the gap between the community-based patients and the hospital to provide a seamless healthcare experience. Our full range of services includes bariatric surgery, dermatology, diabetes and endocrine care, ENT and cochlear implants, gastroenterology, geriatrics, internal medicine, ophthalmology, pain management, psychiatry, pulmonology, radiology, reconstructive surgery, transplantation, urology, women’s health, and more.
With over 50 centers, 29 academic departments, and 479,000 square feet of research space, NYU Langone has been the incubator for groundbreaking discoveries, some of which have led to Nobel Prizes, and all of which have helped advance the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Perlmutter Cancer Center
The research mission of the Perlmutter Cancer Center is to discover the origins of cancer and use that knowledge to eradicate the personal and societal burden of cancer in our community and around the world. Fifteen research programs are organized as scientific research programs, focused on the fundamental biology of cancer in general, and as disease-specific research programs centered on individual types of cancer, such as breast or lung cancer. Translational research, a hallmark of the institute, is finding new ways to integrate the extraordinary growth and understanding made in basic research with the ever-growing need for the development of new therapies and approaches in the clinic to a variety of cancers that have remained difficult to treat. To help translate discovery into clinical practice, the Perlmutter Cancer Center has five primary areas of investigation: cancer targets and novel therapeutics, community and environment, integrative health, molecular oncology/cancer genomics, and immune- and stem-cell-based therapies.
Clinical & Translational Science Institute
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a collaborative effort with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), is designed to develop ways to more rapidly advance science from the lab to the bedside and out to the community, as well as to explore the underlying cause of health disparities. Enhancing ties between NYU and HHC researchers and the community helps enable these scientists to identify health problems and apply their knowledge to promote new evidence-based medicine within communities, thereby reducing healthcare disparities.
The Medical Center is ushering in a new era of neuroscience, expanding on our existing strength and extensive expertise in neuroscience research, focused on the goal of understanding the role of the nervous system in health and in disease. The new Neuroscience Institute is a collaborative enterprise of clinicians and scientists from a wide range of related disciplines, including developmental genetics, molecular systems, and behavioral and clinical neuroscience, across the Medical Center and NYU.
Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine
More than 275 investigators at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine conduct research in the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the way organisms function in four areas: developmental genetics, molecular neurobiology, immunology and pathogenesis, and structural biology. Past research has led to important discoveries in many areas, such as autoimmunity and origins of allergic diseases, cell migration, specification and renewal, cell polarity, the structural basis of signal transduction and membrane transport, neural differentiation, synapse formation, and neural networks. Researchers have developed models for host-pathogen interactions in inflammatory disease and for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, discovered the molecular basis for antidepressant function, and provided key evidence for the role of the K+ channel in the etiology of T-cell-mediated colitis.
Dynamic Breadth of Research
Interdisciplinary research to address the entire range of biomedical science is conducted in numerous other programs and centers, including the Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, one of the oldest and most distinguished centers for research into the health effects of environmental pollution; the Center for Biomedical Imaging, one of the premier imaging research centers in the world; the AIDS Clinical Trial Unit, focused on advancing research, promoting care, and sharing discoveries with the public here and abroad; and numerous emerging research initiatives in population health, including our new Department of Population Health and the Comparative Effectiveness Research Program at our Health Promotion and Prevention Research Center, focused on, among other health issues, hypertension and colorectal cancer health disparities in African-American men.
As the focal point of our translational research efforts, the 13-story Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center houses multidisciplinary research teams dedicated to such fields as cancer, cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, dermatology, genetics, and infectious diseases. And to ensure that our scientists have access to state-of-the-art technology, the Medical Center runs more than 20 core facilities, or shared resources and technology, from analytic chemistry and bioinformatics to tissue banking and vaccine therapy.
Since 1841, NYU School of Medicine has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history and enrich the lives of countless people. An integral part of NYU Langone Medical Center, the School, at its core, is committed to improving the human condition through medical education, scientific research, and direct patient care.
The School has 29 academic departments in the clinical and basic sciences and more than 50 divisions, programs, and centers that provide the broadest educational experiences available anywhere. The School also maintains affiliations with area hospitals, including Bellevue Hospital, one of the nation’s finest municipal hospitals, where students provide care to New York City’s diverse population, enhancing the scope and quality of their education and training.
Degree & Training Opportunities
In addition to the medical degree, the School collaborates with New York University to offer dual master’s degrees in public administration, public health, clinical investigation, and bioethics. The School also sponsors more than 65 residency and fellowship training programs, as well as postgraduate medical education courses for practicing physicians. Our Physician Scientist Training Program is designed to give residents and fellows the research skills needed to conduct the highest caliber science. Our Sackler Institute, a division of the NYU Graduate School of the Arts and Science, offers programs in the basic medical sciences, leading to a PhD and, in coordination with the Medical Scientist Training Program, combined MD/PhD.
Transforming Medical Education
We are transforming medical education with our new Curriculum for the 21st Century, or C21—a patient-centered and learner-centered curriculum. C21 is a model of medical education based on a spiral curriculum, or pillars, where learning wraps around and builds upon specific areas of medicine. The pillar concept aids students in making connections between the increasingly complicated mechanisms of disease and clinical concepts. This fosters student knowledge both through a study of the scientific underpinnings of a disease and, at the same time, through direct patient care. This innovative approach allows students to better connect mechanisms of disease to the care and treatment of patients. Currently, the four pillars in the curriculum are atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and tuberculosis. Starting with the incoming class in 2010, students see patients beginning the first week of medical school and follow many of these same patients throughout their four years of study.
The School is also on the forefront of leveraging technology to enhance medical learning through the Program for Medical Education and Technology, which includes web-based training in surgery, as well as a variety of initiatives that use simulation modalities for clinical teaching, including a pioneering online 3D interactive virtual human body called the BioDigital Human™ and the New York Simulation Center for Health Sciences, a partnership with City University of New York. The Simulation Center, the largest urban health simulation and training facility of its kind in the country, is used by medical students and a variety of health professionals.