Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

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Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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TypePrivate medical school
DeanLawrence G. Smith

The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell was established in 2008 by Hofstra University and Northwell Health.[1] The Zucker School of Medicine enrolls 99 students each year and offers these degrees: MD (doctor of medicine); PhD (doctor of philosophy, molecular basis of medicine); MD–PhD (dual doctor of medicine/doctor of philosophy, molecular basis of medicine); MD--MPH (joint doctor of medicine/master of public health); MD--MBA (joint doctor of medicine/master of business administration); and MD--OMS (doctor of medicine / oral and maxillofacial surgery), it also offers the Hofstra 4+4 Program, BS-BA/MD (dual bachelor of arts or bachelor of science/doctor of medicine).[2]


In October 2007, Hofstra University and Northwell Health announced plans to establish the first allopathic medical school in Nassau County, the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 35 years, and the first in New York State since 1963.[3] In March 2008, the parties executed a joint academic agreement establishing them as equal partners in launching the new school.[4] In June 2010, the school was granted preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) which is recognized by state and federal authorities as the accrediting body for U.S. medical education programs leading to the MD degree. Classes began in August 2011.[5][6] After receiving provisional accreditation from the LCME in June 2013, Zucker began construction of a HLW International-designed, 63,000-square-foot addition, bringing the facility to 113,000 square feet.[7][8] In May 2015, the school's inaugural class graduated with 29 students; all received residencies to institutions across the US;[9] also in 2015, the school attained full accreditation.[10]

In January 2016, the medical school changed its name from Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine to Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, reflecting the renaming of the health system to Northwell Health.[11] In August 2017, after a $61 million donation to the school, it was renamed the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.[12] [13]


In addition to the graduate degrees listed earlier, the Zucker School of Medicine offers graduate medical education (GME) and continuing medical education (CME). For students who have already earned a DDS or DMD degree, Zucker School of Medicine delivers the MD curriculum for a six-year medical degree integrated and certificate training pathway in oral and maxillofacial surgery (MD/OMS). Each year, the School of Medicine admits four MD/PhD students who, over seven to eight years, complete both the MD degree program requirements and the requirements for awarding of the PhD in the Molecular Basis of Medicine.[14]

In March 2015, the Hofstra University and Northwell partnership announced the launch of Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, offering these Master of Science degrees: cardiovascular sciences and perfusion medicine; family nurse practitioner (FNP); Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP); adult-gerontology acute-care nurse practitioner (AGANCP); and a dual degree with the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.[15][16] Hofstra's healthcare-professional education network also includes its School of Health Professions and Human Services.[17]

Since its establishment, the school has consistently been recognized among the top medical schools nationwide for medical research as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. In 2019, it was ranked #72 in research and #85 in primary care.[18]

Research is conducted by faculty and students at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Northwell's principal biomedical research facility. Approximately 70 percent of students engage in research during the summer after their first year of study, and nearly 100 percent do so by graduation.[19] Additionally, research is performed by students and faculty at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a strategic partner of Northwell.[20]

In 2016, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), $3.9 million for improper disclosure of research participants’ protected health information.[21]


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  3. ^ "Zucker School of Medicine website history page". Zucker School of Medicine. 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ "History | Donald and Barbara Zucker SOM | Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  5. ^ "Medical Students Enter the Doors of Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine for First Time". Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  6. ^ Chen, Pauline. "Rethinking the Way We Rank Medical Schools". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  7. ^ "E.W. Howell completes construction of 63,000 s/f North Shore LIJ School of Medicine addition; two-story building designed by HLW International; Grand opening held March 2". New York Real Estate Journal. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  8. ^ Xirinachs, Mike. "Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School Of Medicine Opens $36M Facility". CBS New York. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine's Inaugural Class Meets Their Match". Hofstra University. Archived from the original on 2015-09-08. Retrieved 8 August 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ "History | Donald and Barbara Zucker SOM | Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
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  12. ^ Ferrette, Candice. "Hofstra University, Northwell Health rename med school after donors". Newsday. August 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "Northwell, Hofstra rename medical school after donors who gifted more than $61M". Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  14. ^ "Zucker School of Medicine Research". Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine Research. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Hofstra University, North Shore-LIJ to Launch School of Graduate Nursing & Health Professions". Business Wire. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  16. ^ Ferrette, Candice (July 20, 2015). "Hofstra-North Shore LIJ graduate nursing program gets state approval". Newsday. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Hofstra University School of Health Professions and Human Services". 11 April 2019.
  18. ^ "US News & World Report Graduate Schools". Retrieved 16 May 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  19. ^ "Hofstra Medicine Research". Hofstra Medicine Research. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and North Shore-LIJ Announce Strategic Affiliation to Accelerate Benefits of Cancer Research to Patients".
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