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Effective this month, the Columbia University Health Sciences Division – consisting of the medical, dental, public health, and nursing schools – changed its name to the Columbia University Medical Center.

The new name provides maximum positive recognition for research, education, and clinical care offered by Columbia's faculty and students, and it ties the four schools more closely to the university while leveraging the stature and value of the Columbia University name. It also reduces public confusion about the hospital, which changed names after merging with New York Hospital and now has affiliations with – and hospital campuses near – the medical schools of both Columbia and Cornell.

"Improving the way we are identified and perceived is necessary in moving forward with the strategic plan for the 168th Street campus," says Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences. "Being known as Columbia University Medical Center is essential to facilitating our growth and maintaining our continued success."