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The Hospitals

Columbia University Medical Center

The primary site of the residency, Columbia University Medical Center (formerly known as Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center), is located on a 20 acre site in Upper Manhattan at Broadway and 165th to 168th Street. Columbia-Presbyterian was established in 1928 as a joint project between Columbia University and the Presbyterian Hospital. It was one of the first such academic medical centers to combine clinical care, research and teaching at one campus.

The center is composed primarily of the following institutions:


  1. Milstein Hospital Building.
    Opened in 1989, this hospital has replaced the original Presbyterian Hospital Building as the primary site of adult in-patient medical care. It is an approximately 745 bed hospital with 30+ operating rooms located on the 3rd and 4th floors, with 2 dedicated hybrid operating rooms.  The surgical ICU has 16 beds, the cardiac surgery ICU another 20 beds, and the post-anesthesia care unit and advanced recovery unit function as an additional 33 critical care beds.  There is also a separate neurological ICU for neurosurgery patients.

  2. Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian.
    The nation's first hospital for children, Babies andChildren's Hospital opened its doors in 1887. In November, 2003 an entirely new in-patient facility was opened at the corner of 165th and Broadway. (This also involved a name change). It consists of an approximately 200 bed pediatric hospital including 27 pediatric intensive care unit beds. There are 8 dedicated pediatric operating rooms with staff dedicated specifically to the operative care of children.

  3. Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center.
    This free-standing 142,000-square-foot, 6-story cardiac hospital was completed in 2009, and offers patients the most advanced diagnostic technology and treatments in cardiac disease. It is intimately connected to the adjoining Milstein Hospital and Herbert Irving Pavilion.

  4. The Health Sciences Campus of Columbia University.
    Columbia University schools and facilities located at the medical center include the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the School of Nursing, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the Health Sciences Library and other academicinstitutions. Other portions of the medical center, most of which had their own history prior tojoining the medical center, include: the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the New York Neurological Institute, the Sloane Hospital for Women, the Squier Urological Clinics, Harkness Eye Institute, and the Irving Center for ClinicalResearch.

The Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York(including Babies' and The Allen Pavilion) merged in 1998 with New YorkHospital (Cornell's primary teaching facility), to form the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  As the university hospital of Columbia and Cornell, the two campuses at CUMC and New York Weill Cornell have over 2,200 beds. In addition, as part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, the hospital forms the centerpiece of afederation of top-quality hospitals, specialty institutes, and continuing care centers throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  This provides an expanded referral system whichdraws patients from throughout the tri-state area to its flagship academic medical centers.

While the hospitals have become financially and adminstratively integrated, the medical schools and residency programs remain independent institutions.  Some faculty members hold joint appointments and teach at both centers, but the surgical residencies remain separated.


The Allen Hospital

A 300-bed community hospital originally opened in 1988, the Allen Hospital brings Columbia-Presbyterian closer to the communities of northern Manhattan and the Bronx.  In addition to admitting patients through its own emergency room, the Hospital also takes transfers of those patients not requiring the full services of a quaternary care center from Columbia-Presbyterian.  It has 4 operating rooms and provides residents with exposure to the laparascopic and open access surgical procedures of a community hospital.


Overlook Hospital

Located in Summit, New Jersey and part of the Atlantic Health System, Overlook is a 490-bed hospital serving the suburban community of Union, Morris and Essex Counties.  It provides an invaluable counterpoint to the tertiary and quaternary surgical experience at Columbia-Presbyterian.  Residents in PGY1-4 spend approximately two months per year at the hospital during which they have the opportunity to operate in a community surgery environment.


University Hospital Newark

An affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), University Hospital is located in downtown Newark and provides the Columbia residents with an intensive exposure to a busy inner-city trauma program in their 3rd year of training.  Columbia residents function as an integral part of the trauma team at the New Jersey Trauma Center, which admits more than 2500 trauma cases per year to the hospital.