UMass Medical School Points of Pride

  • UMass Medical School, which enrolls 1,103 students, is internationally recognized as a major center for research and is at the forefront of contemporary life sciences research into gene therapy, RNA biology, systems biology, ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases and stem cell biology.

  • Faculty continue to be recognized for world-leading achievements, as evidenced by the recent election of a fifth faculty member, Professor of Molecular Medicine Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. Green joins Lasker Award winner Victor Ambros, PhD, Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD; renowned ALS researcher Robert H. Brown, Jr. MD, DPhil, and Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences John Ware, PhD, as a member of the national academies.

  • UMass Medical School is ranked first among all New England medical schools for excellence in primary care education by U.S. News & World Report in the 2020 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

  • UMass Medical School ranks near the top among public medical schools in the Northeast in the amount of funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Federal and private research grants and contracts at the medical school rose from about $2 million in 1977 to more than $244 million in FY 2014, making it one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the United States.

  • Seven medical school faculty members are Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, supported by one of the most prestigious research foundations in the world.

  • Professor Craig C. Mello was the 2006 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries related to RNA interference (RNAi), a cellular process that offers astounding potential for understanding and, ultimately treating, human disease.