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Downstate Times

The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn

Working with Local Community Groups


At Thanksgiving, fourth-year medical school student Maurice Selby and fellow members of the Daniel Hale Williams Society raised funds to provide local families with holiday dinners. Reaching out to the community is a strong tradition for the Society, which is Downstate's chapter of the Student National Medical Society.

This year, Michael Harrell, MPA, assistant vice president for community and government relations, helped facilitate the gift to Urban Strategies, a local charity that provides a range of services, including housing, to some of Brooklyn's neediest residents.


Downstate's Daniel Hale Williams is named for an African-American physician who, in 1893, was the first to perform open-heart surgery in which the patient survived.