Since 1978, the Cornell University-Hospital for Special Surgery Program has existed between the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) and Hospital for Special Surgery (affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College). The rationale for the Program is to formalize strong ties between the institutions so as to promote collaborative research, teaching, and patient care projects.
The Program is supervised by the Dean of Engineering at Cornell and the Surgeon-in-Chief at the Hospital. The Administrative Officer for the Program is Marjolein van der Meulen, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell and Associate Scientist in the Research Division of the Hospital. A budget for the Program shared by the two institutions has been established to cover travel, office supplies, and communications (including dedicated videoconferencing capabilities). The Program has served as a model for linkage programs between the Ithaca and New York City campuses, fostering educational and research programs between engineering faculty and students at Cornell and clinical and research staff at HSS. The Program has also been instrumental in the development of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Cornell, which has broadened the linkage beyond biomechanics to include other biomedical programs such as nanobiotechnology, imaging, instrumentation, and tissue engineering.
For more details on the Cornell-HSS Program in Biomechanics, go to http://www.bme.cornell.edu/bme/research/mechanics.cfm.