The Department of Medicine continues to thrive in all of its basic science and clinical research programs that are grant funded by the National Institutes of Health, other government agencies, scientific organizations such as the American Heart Association, and industry. As a marker of research productivity, the department is the most published section at New York Medical College, and a leader among other academic departments in New York State. Two faculty members recently passed the 1,000 publication level.
Together with Westchester Medical Center, the college comprises a major academic medical center, enabling physicians to be active in the basic sciences, and in translational and clinical research. Department physicians and scientists collaborate with their basic science colleagues at the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences and with public health and allied medical colleagues at the School of Health Sciences and Practice of New York Medical College. International reputations have been developed in research areas that include Lyme pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention and treatment; cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, geriatrics, renal disease and influenza. The research studies are conducted by more than 250 basic science and clinical investigators on campus.
Recently, the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the Department of Medicine was the site of discovery for the cardiac and vascular stem cell and a demonstration of the regenerative capacity of the heart. A phase 1 clinical trial is currently underway elsewhere to validate the basic research on cardiac regeneration that took place on the Valhalla campus during a 30-year period. Other fundamental discoveries have been made in the department’s renal and cancer institutes, and by clinician scientists in the various divisions of the department.
The department also provides research mentors for students, residents and fellows. As a result these trainees publish widely and have won various national research competitions. The department office is also an editorial site for The American Journal of Medicine, The Year Book of Medicine and by Cardiology in Review, an affiliated journal of the American Heart Association that is co-edited by Harvard Medical School and The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. We have published multiple scientific textbooks on AIDS, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Hypertension, Geriatrics, Renal Physiology, Myocardial Regeneration and Cell Therapy, and Alternative Medicine.