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Chancellor Halperin Hosts Museum Visit

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., second from left, chancellor and chief executive officer, and third-year medical students on their surgical rotation at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, from left, Kevan Mamdouhi, Efime Popovitz, Peter Halibozek andMolly Kobritz, stepped out of the wards for a fine arts excursion to the New York University Grey Art Gallery on March 28. They travelled downtown to visit "The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal," the first U.S. museum exhibition of his drawings. He is known as the father of modern neuroscience proving that independent neurons, or nerve cells, are the building blocks of the central nervous system. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1906 and his detailed renderings of the brain and scientific knowledge are still widely used in medical education today. "Our visit to the museum was a great opportunity to learn more about influential historical figures in medicine while appreciating the brilliant artistic work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, and how he blended science and art to make timeless and informative pieces," said Mr. Halibozek. "Perhaps the most inspiring part of seeing the works of Cajal, was the level of dedication and detail put into each work, for the purpose of broadening our knowledge of the human body," said Mr. Popovitz. "As a medical student, such an experience drives me to bring a higher level of devotion and attention to the care of our patients and to answering the puzzles in medicine that have yet to be solved."