Office of External Affairs

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Office of External Affairs representatives advance Weill Cornell Medicine as a global academic medical institution and support excellence in research, education and patient care by engaging the public through fundraising, communications, marketing, community relations and advocacy. These services are led by three programmatic External Affairs divisions:

  • Development, which includes fundraising and alumni relations.
  • Communications & Marketing, which includes development and institutional communications, editorial projects, multimedia, media relations and social media as well as enterprise branding and Weill Cornell Medicine Physician Organization marketing.
  • Government & Community Affairs, which serves as a liaison for government agencies, elected officials, civic organizations, community leaders and residents throughout New York City.

To explore career opportunities in the Office of External Affairs, check out Weill Cornell Medicine job postings.


Lucille M. Ferraro
Lucille M. Ferraro
  • Assistant Vice Provost for Development
Mason Essif
Mason Essif
  • Assistant Vice Provost for Communications & Marketing
Gloria Kao
Gloria Kao
  • Director of Operations
Daniel Pollay
Daniel Pollay
  • Executive Director of Government & Community Affairs

Weill Cornell Medicine Office of External Affairs 1300 York Avenue, Box 314 New York, NY 10065 Phone: (646) 962-9476

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September 18, 2020

As the newly appointed senior managing director with the Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) at Cornell University, Dr. Lisa Placanica will lead technology licensing efforts at...

September 17, 2020

Dr. Sallie Permar, an eminent physician-scientist who focuses on the treatment and prevention of neonatal viral infections, has been appointed chair of the Department of...

September 11, 2020

Weill Cornell Medicine has awarded eight grants of $100,000 each to faculty for a variety of research projects on COVID-19, funded by the institution’s Board of Overseers and...