Neurosurgery Celebrates Resident Graduation 2021

On Saturday, June 12, 2021, the Weill Cornell Medicine Neurosurgery Department held a festive outdoor graduation celebration for Dr. Whitney Parker and Dr. Justin Schwarz, who have completed their seven-year training period in neurological surgery here. The graduation ceremony was especially celebratory this year after last year’s Zoom graduation, featuring the annual toasts and roasts to celebrate the freshly minted neurosurgeons.

“We are extremely pleased that our program attracts and trains the best young talent in the country, exemplified by Drs. Parker and Schwarz," says Dr. Michael Kaplitt, residency director. "Their accomplishments while training with us have been extraordinary and their accolades well deserved.  As they go forward into their careers, we will always be proud of their association with Weill Cornell.”

The graduation event includes an announcement of the winners of the Christopher Gaposchkin Research Prize (Dr. Evan Bander) and the Apuzzo Award for Creativity and Innovation (Dr. Benjamin Hartley). See more about the award-winning papers here.

The slide show below captures a few small slices of the event, in which our two most recent graduates were celebrated on completing this long journey and beginning their next stages. Dr. Parker will begin a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Dr. Schwarz will join our neurosurgery faculty here at Weill Cornell Medicine. Click the gray icon to begin the slide show.

Neurosurgery Residency Graduation 2021


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