College of Physicians and Surgeons

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College of Physicians and Surgeons
Established 1804 (1891)
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Dean Lee Goldman
Degrees MD
Enrollment 1,004 students (2005)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons (or P&S) is Columbia's medical school. It is affiliated with NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.


P&S is not Columbia's original medical school. King's College established a medical school and conferred the first MD in North America in 1770. The school was refounded in 1791 after Columbia was reopened after the war, but only lasted until 1813. The original dean of medicine left Columbia and founded the renegade College of Physicians and Surgeons, competition from which led to the trustees of Columbia to fold the med school. In 1860, P&S became Columbia's medical department and the President of Columbia signed the degrees. In 1891, with Columbia University rapidly on the rise, and P&S in financial trouble at the time, a formal merger was executed, bringing the schools full circle.


P&S has programs in Medicine, Human Nutrition, Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.


Number of faculty listed in brackets.

Clinical health sciences departments (1667)

  1. Anesthesiology Department
  2. Biomedical Informatics Department
  3. Dermatology Department
  4. Medicine Department (very large department)
  5. Neurological Surgery Department
  6. Neurology Department
  7. Obstetrics and Gynecology Department
  8. Ophthalmology Department
  9. Orthopedic Surgery Department
  10. Otolaryngology Department
  11. Pediatrics Department
  12. Psychiatry Department
  13. Radiation Oncology Department
  14. Radiology Department
  15. Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine Department
  16. Surgery Department
  17. Systems Biology Department
  18. Urology Department

Basic health sciences (182)

  1. Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Department
  2. Genetics and Development Department
  3. Microbiology and Immunoology Department
  4. Neuroscience Department
  5. Pathology and Cell Biology Department
  6. Pharmacology Department
  7. Physiology and Cellular Biophysics Department
P&S Class of 1933
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Affiliated Institutions
BarnardJewish Theological SeminaryTeachers CollegeUnion Theological Seminary
Defunct Schools
PharmacyLibrary Service