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When you raise money for the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, you’re supporting a vast network of industry-leading clinicians, researchers, and educators who are committed to not only practicing medicine, but to changing it.

These experts, collaborating and working on the same campus, allow the medical center to bridge the gap between scientific discovery and clinical application, ensuring that patients have access to the best and most state-of-the-art treatments available.

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Driven by curiosity and a commitment to change the face of medicine, the researcher scientists at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center are constantly uncovering new knowledge and developing better, life-saving treatments. Columbia's proud history of medical breakthroughs includes:

  • The first successful heart transplant in a child
  • The identification of cystic fibrosis
  • The creation of the Apgar score to assess newborns
  • Many more developments that are now commonplace in hospitals across the world

It’s no surprise these researcher scientists are recognized internationally as leaders in the field.

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Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia University Irving Medical Center bring together academic rigor, innovation, and world-renowned faculty to create professionals with a lifelong commitment to inquiry and excellence. Columbia is the next generation of professionalism, biomedical expertise, and top-quality patient care.

The medical center offers programs to train physicians, surgeons, nurses, dentists, administrators, and researchers. The state-of-the-art teaching hospitals ensure that students emerge with a comprehensive understanding of the newest medical technologies and their applications. Graduates are also trained with an eye on the future, taught to anticipate future health care needs, and apply their knowledge and learning to finding solutions.

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Clinicians at Columbia demonstrate a unique approach of combining the most advanced medical technologies with highly personalized, compassionate care. Patients from around the country and the world seek out the expertise of Columbia’s health care providers, and it’s easy to see why. With more than 1,800 physicians, surgeons, dentists, and nurses serving patient needs in more than 230 specialties and subspecialties, the care coming out of the medical center is comprehensive and can meet almost any medical or dental need.

At the heart of all patient care at Columbia is the commitment to not only save lives, but to improve quality of life. The many happy, healthy patients and their families can attest to that. Read more about our inspiring patients.

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