A neurosurgeon’s path from emerald fields to operating room

  GOTHAM GIGS A neurosurgeon’s path from emerald fields to operating room A New York state–funded diversity program helped this immigrant become a neurosurgeon By Robin D. Schatz Photo: Buck Ennis As a Colombian native, Nieto can relate to his patient’s needs and welcomes the challenges and rewards that come with his work. Dr. Jaime… Read More

Pipeline Program Leads Single Mom from GED to MD/PHD

Emma Wallace’s life is a study in unexpected outcomes, so it shouldn’t be surprising that she will soon graduate medical school with a dual MD/PhD degree. Yet, it is. “I didn’t think women in my situation could have these opportunities,” she said. Born in England to a West Indian mother and British father, Wallace spent… Read More

Pipeline Program Graduate Plans to Practice Medicine in Hometown

Britney Nathan, a first-year medical student at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and graduate of Hofstra University, grew up in the town next door and has no intentions of leaving anytime soon. She aspires to serve her community of Uniondale, NY as a primary care physician or OB/GYN because she says she sees disparities in… Read More

First-Generation Student Blazes Trail for Family on Route to Med School

James Osei Sarpong was born and raised in the Bronx by immigrant parents, neither of whom had pursued education beyond high school. But James had a desire to earn a college degree and a passion for science—biology in particular—so he worked hard to navigate the college admissions process. “It was on me to figure it… Read More

NY’s Diverse Doctors: a Bronx Story

Andre Bryan grew up in the Bronx. This summer, after he graduates from NYU School of Medicine and Stern School of Business with a dual MD/MBA degree, he’ll head back to his home borough to begin his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. The road to this residency was paved by diversity in medicine pipeline programs… Read More


Jaime Nieto, M.D., Director of Neurosurgery, New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital Dr. Nieto came to the U.S. from Colombia at age 19 without fluency in English. Undaunted, he graduated from Mercy College with a B.S. in Biology just a few years later and was determined to become a physician. SUNY Upstate Medical University recognized his… Read More

Capital Tonight: Increasing Diversity in Medicine

Medical school is expensive. So, the Associated Medical Schools of New York is hoping to make it more affordable for all. The organization is calling for a state-funded diversity in medicine scholarship program, assisting students from economically and educationally underserved areas. Doctor David Milling, Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs at the University… Read More