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Mount Sinai School of Medicine Commencement Honors Leaders in Genetics and Global Health
Date:5/13/2010

as problems in health care continue to grow across the country. “In the next few years, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and in the near future each of you, will be faced with challenges that will test your values, and the oath you will take today. Leave here with the same values that attracted you to Mount Sinai, which Mount Sinai practices every day, and that will hopefully guide you in the turbulent times that lie ahead,” he said.

Doctor of Humane Letter degrees were given to four pillars in the local and international communities for providing access to quality care:

 
  • William J. Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993-2001. His current activities include support for a range of humanitarian causes through the William J. Clinton Foundation, its Global Initiative, and its Climate Change Initiative. President Clinton was named the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti in 2009, and teamed with President George W. Bush to create the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in the aftermath of this year’s earthquake. President Clinton will be this year’s Commencement speaker.
  • Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, is the 17th President of Dartmouth College. He has been a Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was a co-founder, and later Executive Director, of Partners in Health along with Dr. Paul Farmer. Dr. Kim served as director of the Department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization (WHO). In this role, he led the “3x5 Initiative,” which sought to treat three million new HIV/AIDS patients in developing cou
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