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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Facts at a Glance

Economic and Social Impact


With 8,000 employees, Downstate is the fourth largest employer in Brooklyn.

60% of Downstate's workforce resides in Brooklyn; of our nurses, 75% are Brooklyn residents. Downstate's estimated economic impact is over $2 billion. For every dollar invested in Downstate, $12 are returned to the local economy.

Leader in Biotechnology

Downstate is leading efforts to bring biotechnology industry to Brooklyn and New York City.

  • Advanced Biotechnology Incubator and Park
  • BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal

Social Impact

75 community outreach programs

Community Service Program links students to community programs

Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness - free screenings, health lectures

Pipeline programs science enrichment programs for students interested in health careers


1,751 Students 1,049 Residents
5 Colleges
  • Medicine
  • Graduate Studies
  • Nursing
  • Health Related Professions
  • Public Health
  • Joint Biomedical Engineering program with Brooklyn Polytech

• Training in 57 specialties
• Assigned to 23 affiliated hospitals

Affordable Access to Medical Education

  • 55% of all students are minorities.
  • 41% are Brooklyn residents; 70% New York City residents.
  • Age range is 20 to 64 years old.
  • 75% receive financial aid.

Serving New York State's Health Education Needs

Leader in Physician Education:
  • More New York City physicians have trained at Downstate than at any other medical school.
  • In some specialties, Downstate has trained more than half the borough's physicians.
  • First among New York State medical schools in the number of minority students and eighth nationally.
  • Eighth in the number of graduates who hold faculty appointments at American medical schools – ahead of Johns Hopkins, NYU, UCSF, Cornell, and Yale.
  • Eleventh in the number of sitting chairs at American medical schools.
  • Fourth nationally - only behind the 3 Historically Black Medical Colleges - in the number of minority faculty on staff.
  • 66% increase in applicants in the last 6 years (from 3,250 to 5,351) compared to an increase in the national applicant pool of only 17%.
  • In the top decile in the nation in terms of the number of graduates who match each year – in 2012, 99% of Downstate students matched compared to 95% nationally.
  • First among all schools in New York State in the number of under-represented students.
Leader in Nursing Education:
  • College of Nursing grant awards total $1.6 million.
  • Accelerated BS in Nursing Program designated by HRSA as a "Best Practice" model - one of only 7 programs nationwide
  • Nursing Dean Daisy Cruz Richman, EdD, is one of 6 deans appointed to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's National Task Force that is revising core competencies for the baccalaureate nursing degree.
Leader in Health Professions Education:
  • Only college in Brooklyn offering the MS degree in Medical Informatics
  • Only college in the tri-state area offering the BS degree in Sonography
  • Only public college in NYC offering a combined BS/DPT in Physical Therapy
  • First midwifery education program in the US accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) to accept students with backgrounds other than nursing.
Leader in Graduate Studies:
  • PhD degrees in Cell Biology and Neural and Behavioral Science
  • MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering offered jointly with Polytechnic University
Leader in Public Health:
  • First public School of Public Health in New York City


$62 million in grants funding
  • Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (1998)
  • Birthplace of MRI
  • 46% increase in federal research expenditures in the last 4 years
  • In top 4 of SUNY campuses for winning research grants
  • Second among SUNY’s 4 medical schools for research expenditures
  • 8 technologies in pipeline for licensure

Centers and Major Laboratories:

  • Brooklyn Center for Health Disparities
  • Northeast Terrorism Preparedness, Training, Education, and Research Center
  • Center for Cardiovascular Muscle Research
  • Cancer Research Focus Group
  • Center for Treatment and Study of Endometriosis
  • Henri Begleiter Neurodynamics Laboratory (Genetics of Alcoholism)
  • HIV Center
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research Program
  • Center for Biomedical Imaging
  • Center for Drug Delivery
  • Center for Neurorobotics and Neuroengineering
  • Largest concentration of scientists in the country studying memory disorders.
  • December 2006 - Recognized in Science magazine for a “Top Ten Science Breakthrough of the Year.”
  • Birthplace of MRI - first human studies performed at SUNY Downstate

Technologies Developed and Available for Licensure:

John Chapin - “Roborat” Technology, Homeland Security
Helen Durkin - Allergen Suppressing Therapies
Elizabeth Kornecki - Drugs for Cardiovascular Disorders
Seth Manoach - Pelvic Splint for Trauma
Josef Michl - Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
Alexsandr Pekar - Endotracheal Tube Introducer
Todd Sacktor - Drug Screen to Treat Neurological Disorders
Henri Tiedge - Early State Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Patient Care

University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB)
  • 3 Locations:
  • Inpatient visits - 18,000
  • Outpatient visits - 253,000
  • Emergency Room visits - 60,000
  • Ambulatory Surgery - 9,000
  • Dialysis Procedures - 24,000
  • Health Fairs & Health Lectures - 750
  • Free Screenings - 10,000
Satellite Centers
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • Midwood
  • Family Health Services (Lefferts Avenue)
  • Dialysis Center (Parkside)
  • Sleep Center (Flatlands & Flatbush)

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