Glimcher among Crain's "Most Powerful Women of 2015"
Monday, June 29, 2015
Dr. Laurie Glimcher has written multiple prescriptions for improving health care and updating medical education since taking over Weill Cornell Medical College in 2013. Last year, Weill opened the Belfer Research Center. It nearly doubled the school's lab space to 480,000 square feet, paving the way to the hiring of 50 scientists—one of whom is a Nobel laureate—working on a wide variety of conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The 64-year-old also introduced a curriculum that shortens classroom instruction to 18 months from two years to allow students to begin patient interactions sooner. In addition, teams of students can now follow a group of patients with a chronic illness under the supervision of an adviser.
Dr. Glimcher, who is on the boards of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the New York Blood Center, has proved to be an accomplished fundraiser, too. Weill Cornell, which is the nation's fastest-growing medical school, has raised $581 million during her tenure, and the endowment stands at $1.4 billion.