The Columbia University Medical Center has long been recognized as a national and global leader in clinical care, research, and education. The Medical Center was formed over 60 years ago when The Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University joined together to form the first modern medical center in the world. In 1998, Presbyterian Hospital merged with New York Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of Cornell University's Weill College of Medicine to form NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the largest and most comprehensive health care institutions in the world. The Health Sciences Campus of Columbia University includes the Schools of Medicine ("P&S"), Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health, and several Institutes.
In addition to the provision of tertiary and quaternary care for patients from neighboring suburbs and other parts of the world, the Medical Center serves as the principal source of primary care for the residents of the surrounding medically underserved communities of Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem in upper Manhattan. These ethnically diverse neighborhoods are often cited as prime examples of the highly acclaimed urban renaissance which New York City has undergone in the last decade.
A short subway ride from the Medical Center are all of the world class institutions which are synonymous with New York City including the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, Broadway shows, etc. Millions of visitors also flock to the city every year to enjoy its rich texture of restaurants, shops, galleries and street fairs. For outdoor enthusiasts, opportunities for hiking, biking, sailing, skiing, sailing, and swimming are easily accessible.