Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

In June 2014, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation made an unprecedented $110 million gift to Thomas Jefferson University’s medical college. The Foundation’s gift was one of the five largest ever given to a medical college.

“To say it’s transformational is an understatement,” said Stephen Klasko, President of Thomas Jefferson University. The money from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation, among other things, funds research, attracts and retains distinguished faculty, and ensures the highest quality facilities and technologies in today’s medical education and training sector. Most importantly, it funds merit scholarships to attract the brightest students.

Sidney Kimmel chose Jefferson because he believes in the school’s leadership, particularly the new energy brought by Klasko. It also solidifies Mr. Kimmel’s hometown of Philadelphia as a premier destination for medical education.

Renamed to honor Mr. Kimmel, the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University has awarded over 31,000 medical degrees since its founding in 1824. Today, around 20-25% of all medical school applicants in the United States apply to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.