Mount Sinai Hospital

Ethiopian Doctor Here Breaking Barriers

Mount Sinai cardiology intern hopes to practice in Israel’s ‘peripheries,’ to help those with impoverished backgrounds.

09/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Wearing a white coat, name badge and stethoscope, Dr. Rachel Nega strides through the halls of Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital. To patients and visitors, she looks like any other doctor on duty — slightly preoccupied, with a deliberate air to her step. Yet her dark skin and almond eyes hint at her unique background. 

In her work as a doctor, Rachel Nega says she hopes to bridge some of "the huge gaps between different communities" in Israel.

Struck By Bicyclist, A Blind Marathoner Vows To Run In November

I’ve never believed in allowing my disability to define who I am as a person. From the moment I was born, I’ve lived my life not knowing what the people and things that surround me look like. I am blind. What some consider a curse, I consider to be a blessing, because my disability has given me the ability to perceive and experience life in ways that those born with the ability to see cannot. Being blind is all I’ve ever known, so I’ve only had but one choice in life: adapt or fail to survive.

Richard Bernstein
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