The story behind the downtown move of the medical school began
with then-President John B. Simpson, his successor President Satish
K. Tripathi and Michael Cain, MD, vice president for health
sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical
What they saw in Buffalo was an opportunity to create a strong
academic health center to improve the health of the community and
boost the local economy.
In 2011, Governor Cuomo signed into law NYSUNY 2020 and
UB’s new medical school building became the first project to
receive NYSUNY Challenge Grant funding.
The new building will allow the Jacobs School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences to:
- Expand. Expansion of medical schools is a national and
regional necessity today. Physician shortages in our region range
from moderate to quite severe in some specialties, including
primary care. With the opening of the new building, we are
increasing our class size 25 percent, from 144 to 180, in line with
recommendations by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The increase will translate to more doctors serving our
- Modernize. The new medical school houses modular
state-of-the-art learning environments, embodying an innovative
teaching environment. Updated classrooms and laboratories
will allow faculty and students to achieve the world-class
education and research they aspire to, and foster the
cross-disciplinary synergies that are so critical to medicine
- Help improve patient care. One out of four UB
medical school graduates stays and practices in Western New York.
Therefore, enrollment growth in UB’s medical school will
increase the number of physicians in the region, bringing
much-needed clinical services and offering innovative treatments
- Recruit new faculty. The new building’s
21st-century facilities are helping UB recruit more than 100
talented physician-scientists and medical specialists to Western
New York. UB faculty will pioneer new medical treatments and
technologies and help advance medical care worldwide.
- Strengthen the region’s academic health
center. Across the country, academic health centers
combine superior medical education, clinical care and research to
provide premium care to patients in the nation’s largest
cities. Buffalo’s academic health center will leverage the
resources of UB’s medical school and its partners, including
Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Woodward
Medical Research Institute —to provide world-class care and
educate the next generation of physicians.
- Help strengthen the local economy. A new medical school
populated by talented physicians and medical students will bring
2,000 more people to downtown Buffalo each day. New research and
treatments generated by UB medical faculty will help transform
Buffalo into a major health care destination. Moving the medical
school downtown will also strengthen the biomedical sector as a
catalyst for the region’s economic transformation. New
medical innovations are expected to spin off businesses and create
jobs as the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus continues to grow. The
move builds on UB’s many successful research investments in
biomedicine downtown, including UB’s New York State Center of
Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Clinical and
Translational Research Center, Institute for Healthcare Informatics
and Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics.