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, the James M. and Marsha McCormick Director of Biomedical Engineering and Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and a Senior Scientist in the Research Division of the Hospital for Special Surgery. A budget for the Program shared by the two institutions covers 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.
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