Continuing their family's multigenerational connection to Columbia and support of its leadership in medicine, Philip (CC '71) and Cheryl Milstein (Barnard '82) have made a $20 million commitment to Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The pledge, through their family foundation, is the latest gift from the Philip Milstein family and is intended to support the medical center's campus revitalization, specifically, the new Medical and Graduate Education Building.
The new Medical and Graduate Education Building has been designed to support the intense training students receive at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) and the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The stunning design by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro includes innovative classroom and study spaces that will incorporate state-of-the-art information technology while facilitating collaborative, team-based learning. Work on the new building began in August 2012 and is expected to be completed by 2016. The Medical and Graduate Education Building is part of a larger plan to revitalize the medical center campus, which will also add green urban spaces for the benefit of everyone in the community, including patients who come to Columbia University Medical Center and its affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, for care.
"Over a lifetime of exceptional accomplishment, Philip Milstein has maintained an enduring commitment to his alma mater, and for that Columbia will be forever grateful," said University President Lee C. Bollinger. "The Milstein family's contributions to the University encompass everything from the Philip L. Milstein Family Library to financial aid and athletics. But nowhere has this generosity been more powerfully felt than at Columbia University Medical Center. This latest gift extends the family's ongoing commitment to ensuring world class medical training and the highest quality health care that saves lives and finds new cures."
"With this gift, Philip and Cheryl Milstein continue their family's tradition of extraordinary philanthropy to support the advancement of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center," said Lee Goldman, MD, dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and executive vice president for Health and Biomedical Sciences at Columbia University. "As a University Trustee since 1996 and a member of the CUMC Board of Advisors, Philip is a great friend to our institution, and we are grateful for his and Cheryl's important contribution to the revitalization of our shared CUMC and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia campuses."
Philip Milstein's family's interest in health care can be traced back to his maternal grandfather, Joshua M. Leiner, who was a neurologist and the first practicing psychiatrist in Bronx County. Philip's parents, Vivian and Seymour Milstein, began their association with Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in the 1950s. The family's support of medicine through the University includes the funding of research in the Mesothelioma Center and endowed professorships, including the Seymour Milstein Professorship of Cardiology, held by Allan Schwartz, MD.
Philip Milstein was named a trustee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2012 and his father, Seymour, served as chairman of the board of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital from 1989 to 1996. Together with his brother, Paul, and his sister, Gloria Milstein Flanzer, Seymour provided the lead gift for the Milstein Hospital Building, the main building of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. The Vivian and Seymour Milstein family made the transformational gift in 2005 toward the creation of NewYork-Presbyterian's Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, a 142,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that features advanced cardiac diagnostic technology and provides treatments that are frequently less invasive, more accurate, and require less healing time. Philip's wife, Cheryl, serves as vice chair of the Barnard College Board of Trustees. Philip's sister, Connie, has been a trustee of NewYork-Presbyterian since 2000, and his niece, Abby Elbaum (CC '92), serves on the Heart Center Steering Committee and the Sloane Hospital for Women Advisory Committee of NewYork-Presbyterian, and is an emeritus member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors.