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State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Motto Latin: Crescat scientia vita excolatur
(Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched)
Established 1834
Type Public
Endowment US $394 million
President David Smith, M.D.
Faculty 403
Location Syracuse, NY, USA
Campus Urban, 120 acres (2.4 km²)
Colors blue and white

The State University of New York Upstate Medical University is a State University of New York university of health sciences in the University Hill district of Syracuse, New York, USA. Its large Syracuse campus includes the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, School of Graduate Studies, Graduate Program in Public Health, and University Hospital of Syracuse and Binghamtom, as well as a student center and residences.

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 PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering with Syracuse University; science enrichment programs for local youth in tandem with the SC Hope Clinic; and the SUNY ESF.

Upstate has been an engine of opportunity for students, workers, and the wider Central New York community. It directly generates 10,117 jobs, making it the Central New York's largest employer.

The College of Medicine, one of the oldest medical schools in New York, has the highest percentage of white students of any medical school in the state. More physicians practicing in Central New York received their training here than at any other medical school. Upstate also ranks eighth nationally for the number of graduates who are on the faculty at academic medical centers across the country.

The Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions also play a unique role in the life of the Central New York. The College of Nursing is the only nursing school in New York to offer graduate programs in all major tracks: nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwifery, and nurse anesthesia. Approximately three-fourths of its students are minorities.

The College of Health Related Professions is the gateway for students seeking to enter some of the most competitive and highly paid careers in healthcare today: physician assistant, physical and occupational therapy, medical informatics, diagnostic medical imaging, and midwifery. The college is particularly proud of its historic claim to having the oldest midwifery program in the nation.

The School of Graduate Studies is known for its excellence in basic science education and research. Students have the opportunity to work side by side with many of the top neuroscientists and basic researchers in the country.

The current president is David Smith, MD.


The present-day university's earliest predecessor was Geneva Medical College founded 1834 as part of Geneva College, today known as Hobart College. 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.

In 1950 Syracuse University sold the college to the State University of New York (SUNY) for only $1, where it remains today. 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 for third and fourth year medical students was established in 1979.

A plaque in the lobby of Weiskotten Hall aptly describes one of the institution's driving philosophies: "Dedicated to all those of scientific and technological mind who purpose to serve humanity."

Notable alums and professors

Weiskotten Hall, College of Medicine
  • Robert B. Barlow, Ph.D. - Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Center for Vision Research
  • Joe Dervay, M.D. - NASA Flight Surgeon
  • Maxwell Mozell, Ph.D. - Distinguished Service Professor of Clinical Olfactory Research Institute and Chemosensory
  • Frederick Parker, M.D. - Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Chairman of the Department of Surgery
  • Robert Rohner, M.D. - Professor of Pathology, Philip Armstrong Award Winner
  • David P. Schenkein, M.D. - Senior Vice President Clinical Hematology/Oncology at Genentech Inc. (San Francisco, CA); Former Senior Vice President of Oncology Clinical Development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. and developer of cancer drug Velcade
  • Elinor Spring-Mills, Ph.D - Distinguished Service Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Irwin M. Weiner, M.D. - Professor of Renal Physiology, architect of the SUNY Graduate Research Initiative
  • William J. Williams, M.D. - Professor of Clinical Medicine, author of the Williams Manual of Hematology


  • v.d. Luft, Eric (2005). SUNY Upstate Medical University: A Pictorial History. North Syracuse, New York: Gegensatz

Press. ISBN 1933237341.  



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