At a Glance

About Us


As we enter another academic year, we have much to look forward to, with our eleventh incoming class joining us this fall and the return to back-to-campus activities and learning.

We are excited to be together again, but I would like to take a moment to applaud the strength and courage of our Zucker School of Medicine community. Last year, we were tested like never before as we worked together to navigate uncharted territory in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. We have an exceptional group of people here—ones who contributed to the success of our school from afar, and ones who bravely came to campus and provided the crucial hands-on support an institution like ours requires. No matter where we were, our community remained united in one common cause: to keep us all safe while continuing to operate a top medical school for our future doctors.

Our students are fortunate to have a team of faculty and staff who are so devoted to educational excellence. Thank you for helping us to remain steadfast in our mission: to inspire diverse, promising students to lead and transform medicine for the betterment of humanity.

It is an honor to be your dean. I am very proud of what we have accomplished during this trying time, and I am confident and optimistic about our continued future successes as we venture into another year.

Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP
Dean, Zucker School of Medicine

Established in 2008, the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell was founded by two equal partners: Hofstra University and Northwell Health.

The school is built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of Northwell, as well as the robust research and academic programs of both Hofstra and Northwell’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The Zucker School of Medicine has been recognized among the top medical schools nationwide for medical research (U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), and enrolls a diverse community of over 400 students.


Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP, Founding Dean
David Battinelli, MD, Vice Dean


Fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education,


Joint School of Medicine Board
Standing Committees


MD: Doctor of Medicine
MD/PhD: Dual Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular Basis of Medicine
MD/MPH: Joint Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health
MD/MBA: Joint Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration
PhD: Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular Basis of Medicine
Hofstra 4+4 Program: BS-BA/MD: Dual Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine

STUDENTS 99 per class

Annual MD Applicants: Approximately 5,300
Median Overall GPA: 3.78
Median MCAT: 516


25 Academic Departments





Zucker School of Medicine staff and students participate in a variety of initiatives that connect to our local communities. These initiatives, many of which are annual programs, include health education in hospitals, community fairs, and elementary schools; mentoring young students interested in science and medicine; volunteering at local shelters and food pantries; and supporting medical research through fundraising for childhood cancer, women's health, and other causes. Students also engage with local and national organizations that support service-learning opportunities, including the school's free clinic, which serves the primary health care needs of uninsured patients.