UMHS honored its graduates at the Seventh Annual Commencement Ceremony at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on Friday, June 8, 2018. The “next generation of physicians” was celebrated and venerated with 10 candidates for Honors, 18 for High Honors and 19 for Highest Honors.
Graduates for June 30, 2017; July 31, 2017; October 31, 2017; November 30, 2017; December 31, 2017; January 31, 2018; February 28, 2018; March 31, 2018; April 30, 2018; and June 1, 2018 were listed in the official program.
The UMHS Endeavour looks at this special day for UMHS graduates, their friends and families.
As is now tradition, the West Village Quartet performed “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The Welcome Address was given by Jerry W. Thornton, Ph.D., followed by President Warren Ross, JD.
Geoffrey Tabin, MD was the keynote speaker. Dr. Tabin is cofounder of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Fairweather Foundation, and Professor of Ophthalmology and Global Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Tabin spoke about his work in Tibet, Nepal and the developing world to help eradicate blindness and implementing a model for sustainable ophthalmic care. In 2009, he was named an “unsung hero” by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Tabin talked about being the fourth person to climb the Seven Summits, the highest points in the world, and also about his work as a doctor in this part of the world.
Dr. Tabin, who specializes in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, earned an MA in philosophy at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, followed by an MD at Harvard Medical School. He spends a large amount of time working abroad throughout the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa to help people with eye problems. Dr. Tabin’s speech encouraged graduates to achieve their personal and professional goals in medicine.
President Warren Ross and Prakash Mungli, MD, MBBS awarded the degrees to graduates. Dr. Mungli is Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Chairman of Molecular Sciences and Course Director and Professor of Biochemistry at UMHS.
Obteene Azimi-Ghomi, MD, this year’s valedictorian, was the Graduate Honors Speaker. Dr. Azimi-Ghomi and George H. Shade, Jr., MD, FACOG, FACPE, along with the graduating class, all recited the Hippocratic Oath.
Congratulations to all UMHS Class of 2018 graduates. We salute the gifted young men and women who are continuing on to prestigious residencies after successfully completing their medical education at UMHS St. Kitts and matching at great hospitals.
CANDIDATES FOR HIGHEST HONORS
Leanne Stephanie Brown
Kenneth Brian Brownell, Jr.
Melissa M. Burman
Roger Gerard Elliott
Alicia Rocio Liendo
Elio Paul Monsour
Alfredo Jose Rafucci Velazquez
Jazmine Alexandra Ramsey
Devyn Leila Rohlfs Rivera
Joshuam A. Ruiz Vega
Christine Anjarette Sipple
Michael V. Sorrenti
CANDIDATES FOR HIGH HONORS
Fernando Javier Del Valle Morales
Andrew Geoff Mirocke
Kalina Yeh Nedeff
Sonia Abirmai Sugumar
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