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VALHALLA, N.Y., May 17, 2012–A noted radiation oncologist, medical historian and educator will deliver the Commencement address to graduates of New York Medical College (NYMC) on May 31 at 7:00 p.m. in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., recently named chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer at NYMC and provost for biomedical affairs, Touro College and University System, will speak on “Slave Medicine and the Banality of Evil,” examining the role of white physicians in the medical care of enslaved African-Americans prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, and its lasting significance for the medical profession.

The College will award 174 doctor of medicine (M.D.) degrees, 29 doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degrees, 11 doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, 62 master of science (M.S.) degrees, 81 master of public health (M.P.H.) degrees and 5 doctor of public health (Dr.P.H.) degrees to the Class of 2012. Karl P. Adler, M.D., immediate past president of the College, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

As a physician-scientist who specializes in radiation therapy for children with cancer, Dr. Halperin maintains a wide scope of interests. His research has focused on pediatric cancer, adult brain tumors, the role of radiotherapy in organ transplantation, various ethical issues, and the history of racial, religious, and gender discrimination in higher education. He has more than 200 published articles and multiple editions of two seminal textbooks to his credit. His article “The Rise and Fall of the American Jewish Hospital” appeared in the May Academic Medicine, and later this month he will present a paper at the University of Chicago’s inaugural National Conference on Medicine and Religion.

Prior to joining NYMC on May 1, Dr. Halperin served as dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he was the Ford Foundation Professor of Medical Education and professor of radiation oncology, pediatrics, and history. He received a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.D. from Yale University, and an M.A. from The Graduate School of Duke University. He did his internship in internal medicine at Stanford University and his residency in radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Halperin served for 23 years on the faculty at Duke University, where he held endowed chairs in radiation oncology and medical education, and was chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology and vice dean of the School of Medicine.