heilman - Muhammad Jaffer 11/30/10 Report #4: Interview...

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Muhammad Jaffer 11/30/10 Report #4: Interview with a Professor Professor Kenneth M. Heilman Doctor Kenneth M. Heilman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Ever since he was a young child, he knew that he wanted to do research in medicine. In his high school yearbook, the caption under his name stated, “Ken wants to do research in the medical field”. Although he claims he was interested in the medical career for as long as he could remember, Dr. Heilman believes that his motivation for becoming a scientific researcher stemmed from his realization of all the terrible suffering in the world. He understood that science and medicine relieved much of this suffering, and even as a small boy, he wanted to leave the world a better place. He wanted to be remembered for the good he did in the lives of those around him, and he knew that medicine could offer him the privilege of achieving this goal. Dr. Heilman's motivation to pursue medicine led to an unwavering commitment to pursue his studies. He attended the University of Virginia from 1956 through 1959 as an undergraduate, pursuing his degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. He then went on to pursue his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, completing the program in 1963. Soon after, he sought an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Cornell University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in New York. After receiving this standard training as a medical practitioner, Dr. Heilman finally put his skills to the test by serving as Chief of Medicine in a hospital overseas. In the heat of the Vietnam War, from the years 1965-1967, he joined the United States Air Force and served in a NATO hospital located in Izmir, Turkey. After observing all the trauma and shell shock that afflicted many as a consequence of the war, Heilman's interest in the field of neurology began. As a result of his experiences overseas, Professor Heilman knew that neurology was his ticket to alleviating suffering in the world.
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