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8th Floor, Suite 800
New York, New York 10032
Tel: (212) 305-8060
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Dear Friends:

Welcome to the Columbia University Medical Center's Office of Government & Community Affairs (GCA) web site.  Government & Community Affairs represents the interests of Columbia University Medical Center before the federal, state, and city governments.  This office also develops and implements programs with the communities surrounding Columbia University Medical Center and serves as the primary liaison between the Medical Center and the external community. 

GCA coordinates information on services and programs available at the Medical Center campus.  The office responds to and engages community stakeholders, local residents and community based providers as they seek to learn more about the various medical center programs, services, events and activities.  We work with various elected officials, medical associations and other organizations to advocate and educate policy makers on areas ofinterest of our faculty and staff.

If you have any need or desire to work with elected officials or community based organizations, I strongly encourage you to contact us to see if we may be of assistance.



Ross A. Frommer

Vice President and Associate Dean




Attend the CUMC Election Forum -- September 26th

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CUMC Rallies for Medical Research. Patricia Ducy, Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, and Natalie Voigt, School of Nursing student, participated in the 2016 Rally for Medical Research. They joined advocates from across the nation to urge Congress to provide the National Institutes of Health with increased fuding.


CUMC Hosts Sixth Annual “Project Medical Education”


Earlier this summer, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) held its annual Project Medical Education (PME).PME brings local residents, community leaders, policy makers, and opinion leaders to campus to learn about CUMC and its education, research, patient care, and community service missions.  The program is part of a nationwide initiative coordinated by the Association of American Medical Colleges. CUMC is the only PME site that focuses primarily on community residents and neighbors.

After a brief overview of CUMC finances, PME students learned about the medical education curriculum and got to spend time talking with current medical students.  They also heard a talk on histology and studied the difference between normal and malignant tissue.

The rest of the day included a visit to the Institute of Genomic Medicine where Columbia scientists are playing a key role in President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.  There were also sessions at the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where PME students had the opportunity to play public health investigator, install model dental implants, participate in an operating room simulation, and see cross sections of human brain being sliced as part of suicide prevention research.

Ross A. Frommer, Vice President and Associate Dean at the CUMC Office of Government & Community Affairs, which runs the PME program, said, “We host PME each summer because we want to give neighbors, policy makers, and others the opportunity to see first-hand and learn about our missions and the important and exciting work going on every day at CUMC”.

Participant Tenya Steele, Director of Environmental Health at WE ACT, noted, “My experience totallyexceeded my expectations.  This whole day was tremendous.” 

John Reddick, a Harlem resident and one of the Columbia University Community Scholars, added, “Very Impressive day!.  I especially liked the diverse interchange between speakers at the College of Dental Medicine.”

This was the 6th year that CUMC has hosted the PME and over 120 people have now been through the program.  The next program will occur sometime during the summer of 2017.







New Medical Education Building Unveiled by Greg McQueen








The 32nd Medieval Festival is Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11:30am-6pm in Ft. Tryon Park and volunteers are needed throughout the day at the largest annual NYC Parksevent. If you would like to volunteer, please email meatmcollinswhidc@aol.com.

About 80 volunteers helped last year and we will need that many again. Please choose from these opportunities.

• Volunteers Check-in Assistant (4 people needed, one per shift 7am-11am; 11am-2pm; 2pm-5pm; 5pm-8pm)

• Tent Set-up (12 or more people from 6:30am-9:30am)

• Tent Breakdown (12 or more people from 6:30pm-8:30pm)

• Information Booth (As many as possible in shifts from 11am-7pm)

• Hay Drop-offs (10 people from 7am-10am)

• Booth Decorators (10 or more needed starting at 9am)

• Costume Tent (10 people needed in shifts starting at 8:30am)

• Traffic/Parking (8 people needed starting at 7am)

Virtual Tour of the Washington Heights & Inwood communities:


MCNF Annual Appeal  To donate click on the pledge card, print and mail completed form to:

Office of Government & Community Affairs

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Medical Center Neighborhood Fund Brochure

Research Means Hope

Support Funding for the National

Institutes of Health



Last updated 9/23/2016

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