We Are Weill Cornell Medicine | Dr. Babacar Cisse

I grew up in Senegal, in the outskirts of
Dakar, in a poor family. We were always on the receiving end; but my
parents always told us to give back. I came to the U.S. for an education; I came
with 26 dollars. And this was the first time ever that I left
Senegal. It was a mixed feeling: I was hopeful, because
if I focused myself and worked hard, maybe there was a chance for me to succeed in life. But I was confused, because I did not know
what was ahead of me here in the United States. Having had a lot of unanswered questions and
concerns when I first came here helps me a lot when I interact with my patients, who
come to me with questions. So it puts me in a position to make them comfortable. –This was totally expected– Being here at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, you are surrounded by people who care – people
who are out there to help you do what you want to do, in terms of giving back –pick the cases that we think we feel comfortable with– Starting with Dr. Philip Stieg, who from day one has been really a personal mentor,
who’s just been out there to make sure that I succeed. Being a neurosurgeon and a researcher, for
me it’s really the ideal situation for giving back. You give back as a human being to humanity. When I go to Senegal, and I see kids who are
playing soccer bare feet, like I used to do, you’re hopeful that one of them can go further
than you have gone in life.


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