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NYMC Honors the Legacy of Clarence Sumner Janifer Sr., M.D., Class of 1915

New York Medical College (NYMC) hosted a program and unveiling of a plaque honoring the legacy of Clarence Sumner Janifer Sr., M.D., Class of 1915, (1886-1950), on February 27, in recognition of Black History Month.

March 04, 2019
Hales Lobby group photo in honor of Sumner Janifer, Sr., M.D
NYMC Honors the Legacy of Clarence Sumner Janifer, Sr., M.D., Class of 1915

From left: Mill Etienne, M.D. ’02, M.P.H., clinical assistant professor of neurology, assistant dean for student affairs, and School of Medicine house advisory dean, served as the master of ceremonies; Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer, gave the background of Dr. Janifer and the provided the context of his time in history; Westchester County Deputy County Executive Kenneth W. Jenkins, gave remarks; Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs; and Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, M.S., executive vice president, Touro College and University System, offered reflections.

“The story of Dr. Janifer is yet another demonstration of the extraordinary history of NYMC in serving as a bastion against bigotry in medical education since its founding,” concluded Dr. Halperin after presenting his unique historical perspective on Dr. Janifer. “We take great pride in the fact that if you can make it to the door of our teaching hospitals, we take care of you. For the students and faculty of this College, there is no such thing as poor patients, uninsured patients, non-English speaking patients or illegal immigrant patients. There are only human beings in need of and deserving of our help. There is certainly no such thing as an illegal person. There are only people. This College understood that in every generation there were those who tried to deny their fellow humans medical care and a medical education because of their birth, and we chose to remedy that form of bigotry.”

Be sure to stop by and take a look at the poster honoring Dr. Janifer, on display outside of the Health Sciences Library in the Basic Sciences Building. 

NYMC Honors the Legacy of Clarence Sumner Janifer Sr., M.D., Class of 1915