SUNY Upstate Medical University

SUNY Upstate Medical University

SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is also the region's largest employer with 9,460 employees.

Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate's mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care.


At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • University/Academia


State University of New York
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210-2375

Organization Mission

SUNY Upstate Medical University's Mission:

The mission of SUNY Upstate Medical University is to improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research and health care.

Upstate Medical University Vision Statement:

The vision for Upstate Medical University is to be the leading regional academic medical center in the nation. 

SUNY Upstate will be:

  • A catalyst in the delivery of patient-centered health care that addresses our region's most pressing concerns;
  • A highly-regarded resource for the education of health professionals, especially in shortage areas;
  • A global resource for research that improves understanding of health and disease;
  • A place to work that recognizes excellence.

University Hospital's Vision Statement:

  • University Hospital will provide comprehensive, seamless and innovative patient and family centered health care to improve the health status of the communities we serve.
  • University Hospital will be the preferred area employer by offering an environment where employees and volunteers are personally and professionally valued, recognized and supported.
  • University Hospital will be a clinical center of educational and research excellence by continuously evaluating and adopting innovative practices in technology and health care.

This Mission is achieved through our shared values:

We drive innovation and discovery
by empowering our university family
to bring forth new ideas and
to ensure quality.

We respect people
by treating all with grace and
dignity and embracing diversity.

We serve our community
by living our mission.

We value integrity
by being open and honest
to build trust and teamwork.

Upstate's Diversity Commitment
Consistent with our mission and values, Upstate strives to attract and cultivate diverse and culturally sensitive faculty, staff and students.

Area of Focus

Upstate Medical University's educational mission is anchored by its four colleges—Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Studies (biomedical sciences). Since 2006, student enrollment has grown by 30% as Upstate responds to the needs of the region.

As a biomedical research enterprise, Upstate focuses on the most prevalent human diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, nervous system disorders, vision, and infectious diseases. The quest for treatments and cures is built upon expertise in structural, molecular and systems biology. Upstate also offers many clinical trials for patients.

The Upstate University Health System serves 1.8 million people, often the most seriously ill and injured, and includes Upstate University Hospital; Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus; Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, and numerous satellite sites.