A Look Back: A Famous Name for a New Medical School

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A Look Back: A Famous Name for a New Medical School

Seventy years ago the world’s foremost physicist gave his name to a graduate school of Yeshiva University. That school—Albert Einstein College of Medicine—would become the first medical school to be built in New York City in more than half a century. In the photo above from March 1953, Albert Einstein, Ph.D., is pictured with Yeshiva’s president, Samuel Belkin, Ph.D., far left, and Michael Nisselson, second from left, Einstein’s director of development. In the fall of 1953, after ground was broken for the new college, Dr. Einstein wrote a letter to Dr. Belkin, stating that the medical college “will be unique in that, while it will bear the imprint of a Jewish university devoted to the Arts and Sciences and will represent a collective effort by our people to make its contribution in the field of medical science, it will welcome students of all races and creeds.”

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