Facts at a Glance

Economic and Social Impact


With 4,000 employees, Downstate is one of the largest employers in Brooklyn.

Over half of Downstate's workforce resides in Brooklyn.

Leader in Biotechnology

Downstate is leading efforts to bring the biotechnology industry to Brooklyn and New York City with its Advanced Biotechnology Incubator and Park and the BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal

Social Impact

  • Downstate has over 100 volunteer service projects that link students, faculty and staff to the community.
  • The Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness provides free screenings and health lectures to over 7,400 Brooklyn residents each year.
  • Downstate hosts pipeline and science enrichment programs for middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate students to spark interest in health careers.


1,846 Students

995 Residents

5 Schools/Colleges

  • Medicine
  • Graduate Studies
  • Nursing
  • Health Professions
  • Public Health
  • Training in 56 specialties
  • Assigned to 24 affiliated hospitals

Affordable Access to Health Sciences Education

  • 57% of all students are minorities
  • 39% are Brooklyn residents; 68.6% are New York City residents
  • 72% receive financial aid; close to $48M awarded in 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 of the borough's physicians
  • The College of Medicine (COM) ranks in the 96th percentile in terms of African-American graduates
  • COM ranks sixth nationally in the number of African-American faculty members holding a position at a medical school (out of 145 accredited medical schools)
  • Downstate is fourth among medical schools in the number of graduates who hold an active license to practice medicine
  • It is twelfth among medical schools in the number of graduates who hold faculty positions at American medical schools
  • COM is twenty-third in the number of graduates who are chairs of medical departments
  • In 2019, the College of Medicine received over 5,500 applications and admitted a class of 200 students
  • 99% of medical graduates from COM matched of those applying for residencies

Leader in Nursing Education:

  • The College of Nursing trains the next generation of nurses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels
  • The College of Nursing (CON) received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop innovative approaches to accelerated nursing education that can be taken to scale and replicated in a variety of educational settings
  • CON maintains close to 70 percent student diversity – while nationally, only 12 percent of the nation's 2.9 million nurses are minority group members

Leader in Health Related Professions Education:

  • The School of Health Professions is the only college in Brooklyn offering the MS degree in Medical Informatics
  • CHRP is the only public college in Brooklyn offering an MS degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Only public college in New York City offering a combined BS/DPT in Physical Therapy
  • First midwifery education program in the United States accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) to accept students with backgrounds other than nursing

Leader in Graduate Studies Education:

  • The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) awards PhD and MD/PhD degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neural and Behavioral Science
  • SGS awards PhD and MD/PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering which are offered jointly with the Tandon School of Engineering of NYU
  • MD/PhD program offered jointly with SUNY Polytechnic Institute (PhD in Nanoscale Science or Nanoscale Engineering)
  • The School of Graduate Studies is actively involved in pipeline programs and middle school mentoring with funding from the National Science Foundation 

Leader in Public Health Education:

  • The School of Public Health (SPH) is the first public School of Public Health in New York City
  • SPH is the first public School of Public Health in New York State to focus on Immigrant Health


$49.6 million in grant funding

  • Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (1998)
  • Birthplace of the MRI
  • In the top 5 of SUNY campuses for winning research grants
  • Third among SUNY's 4 medical schools for research expenditures

Centers and Major Laboratories:

  • Henri Begleiter Neurodynamics Laboratory
  • Brooklyn Center For Health Disparities
  • Cancer Institute - Centers of Excellence
  • Center for Cardiovascular & Muscle Research
  • Center for Treatment and Study of Endometriosis
  • Clinical &Translational Science Center (CTSC)
  • Dermatology Clinical Trials Unit
  • STAR Program
  • The Dr. Robert F. Furchgott Society

Technologies Developed and Available for Licensure:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) portable & accurate diagnosis method (Bergold)
  •  "Robo-Rat" remote surveillance in security, disaster situations (Chapin)
  • Glaucoma: long term intraocular treatment (Danias)
  • Allergic suppression drugs and biomarker (Joks/Durkin)
  • Cancer stem cell clinical assay methodology (Lange)
  • Demyelinating neuropathies: novel diagnostic method (Maccabee)
  • Lymphocyte (B,T,NK) functional assays for clinical lab use (Norin)
  • Blood tests for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disease proteins (Rubenstein)
  • Memory modulation via cell signaling pathways (Sacktor)
  • Novel CNS-targeted inhibitor useful in tinnitus, brain injury (Shulman)
  • Less invasive, implanted, cardiac defibrillator device (Stewart)
  • Blood test for early stage breast cancer diagnosis and monitoring (Tiedge)
  • Lupus neuropsychiatric disease diagnosis/treatment (Tiedge)
  • Novel preservation solution for improved intestinal transplant outcomes (Zhang)

Patient Care

University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB)

  • Two Locations – Central Brooklyn and Bay Ridge
  • Inpatient Visits – 12,000
  • Outpatient Visits – 303,000
  • Emergency Room Visits – 62,500
  • Ambulatory Surgery Visits– 4,500
  • People engaged at community health events – 7,400
  • People who received education or participated in a hospital-sponsored support group – 3,200
  • People who received free health screenings – 5,600

Satellite Centers

  • Midwood – 2171 Nostrand Avenue
  • Family Health Services – 840 Lefferts Avenue
  • Dialysis Center – 710 Parkside Avenue
  • Five school-based clinics located throughout Brooklyn