Allen M. Spiegel, M.D.
Allen M. Spiegel, M.D.

Dean’s Letter to Einstein Community

Today marks one of the most important and transformative events in Einstein’s history. Yesterday, an agreement was signed between Yeshiva University and Montefiore Health System to transfer financial and operational responsibility for the College of Medicine to Montefiore.

The agreement, which took most of this year to negotiate, transforms our 50-year affiliation with Montefiore—formerly our University Hospital and academic medical center―from a partnership to a single institution in which the College of Medicine will function as a new 501(c)(3) that is part of Montefiore. From a historical perspective, this transition further reinforces core values that Einstein and Montefiore share, including a deeply held commitment to social justice.

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Einstein-Montefiore Timeline

1955 1963 1969 1980 1990 2009 2012-2014 2015
1955 Two years after scientist and humanitarian Albert Einstein agrees to lend his name to a new medical school, the College of Medicine welcomes its first class of students (pictured here on graduation day, 1959).
1963 Einstein affiliates with Montefiore. Seated, from left: Jacob W. Schwab, president, Montefiore Hospital; Samuel Belkin, Ph.D., president, Yeshiva University. Standing, from left: Marcus D. Kogel, M.D., dean, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Martin Cherkasky, M.D., director, Montefiore.
1969 Montefiore assumes operational responsibility for Einstein’s Jack D. Weiler Hospital.
1980 The Einstein and Montefiore departments of medicine merge, combining the strengths of both campuses. Louis Sherwood, M.D., becomes the first unified chair of medicine.
1990 Montefiore employs joint Einstein-Montefiore faculty.
2009 Dean Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., and Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore, sign a renewal agreement reaffirming the partnership between Einstein and Montefiore. The two institutions agree that Einstein will administer research grants awarded to Montefiore.
2012-2014 Continuing the effort begun in 1977 to develop unified departments, each headed by a single chair, Einstein and Montefiore jointly recruit Judy L. Aschner, M.D. (pediatrics), pictured above; Mark P. Schoenberg, M.D. (urology); Matthew N. Bartels, M.D. (physical medicine and rehabilitation); and Sharmila K. Makhija, M.D. (obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health).
2015 The YU-Montefiore agreement is finalized. Montefiore has operational and financial responsibility for Einstein, and Einstein becomes its own legal entity. Transfer to Montefiore of Einstein clinical programs (e.g., the Division of Substance Abuse, the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center) is complete.