Black History Month Event at Metropolitan Honors NYMC Alumna Myra Adele Logan, M.D. '33
College affiliate NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan closed out a series of events celebrating Black History Month with a program on February 27 featuring NYMC alumna Myra Adele Logan, M.D. '33. Dr. Logan was the inaugural recipient of the Walter Gray Crump Sr., M.D., Scholarship, created in 1928 specifically to support minority medical students. She was also likely the first woman to perform open heart surgery and was among the first African American women elected a fellow to the American College of Surgeons. As an NYMC medical student, she spent much of her clinical training in the wards of Metropolitan. She died on January 13, 1977, at the age of 68.
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, addressed the crowd via video to unveil a plaque dedicated to Dr. Logan. Another plaque commemorating Dr. Logan is on display on the Valhalla campus just outside of the Health Sciences Library.
The event included a keynote address from Aaron Barnette, director of strategic partnerships and mentoring services from the Eagle Academy Foundation, a network of schools for at-risk inner city young men, and a performance by the IMPACT Repertory Theatre Performance Company, a Harlem based youth group who uses current events and their own personal experience as material to explore the issues facing young people in America. NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer, Alina Moran, M.P.A., pictured with the commemorative plaque, provided closing remarks.