BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - History is taking shape in Buffalo Tuesday morning as the city and the University at Buffalo break ground on a new medical campus.
Not only is it changing the face of Buffalo, but it’s going to change the way people view Buffalo as a medical hub. This is the first part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 20/20 plan. It took years to happen, but Cuomo says good things do sometimes take awhile.
Cuomo said, “We owe a great debt of gratitude to all the people who work so hard to make it happen. You can have a great idea, but then you have to get it done. The getting it done is often the hard part.”
U.B. President Satish Tripathi said, “This is a critical milestone toward realizing our UB 20/20 vision, a vision of establishing UB among the ranks of the world’s greatest research universities.”
UB’s new $375 million state-of-the-art medical school will bring 2,000 faculty, students and staff to downtown Buffalo. They will be near teaching hospitals where classroom lessons can be applied to real life patient care.
The eight story, 540,000-square-foot building will bring medical students into a medical hub of hospitals and research centers destined to be on par with Pittsburgh, Cleveland and St. Louis.
"Companies start moving in, and more companies start moving in, and young people start moving in, and more young people start moving in, and then there is an upwards spiral," Cuomo said.
The new facility will make a difference for UB medical students who know just what the new campus will offer them.
UB Medical Student William Stendardi said, “We're going to be seeing patients every day. We're going to be around physicians, researchers, other health care professionals, and we're going to be around health care every day we go to class.”
Students will be within walking distance of Buffalo General Hospital and the new Gates Vascular Institute, as well as Roswell Park Cancer Institute and world class research centers. The new medical school will be the first project funded by a NYSUNY Challenge Grant, and it's already attracting top talent.
Dr. John Tomaszewski was recruited from the University at Pennsylvania.
"To practice that sweet spot in academic medicine where you combine patient car, teaching, and research all in the same spot," he said.
The location of the new medical school is very close to the location of where the original UB medical school stood in the 1800s. It will open in the fall of 2016.
The university will tear down Cary, Farber and Sherman halls on its south campus after the new medical school is erected. More recent additions, including the education and research buildings, will still be used.
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