Seth Perelman, MD, credits NYU Grossman School of Medicine—where he earned his medical degree 26 years ago—for his successful career as an anesthesiologist.
“The school really gave me the foundation and skills I needed to be a continual learner of medicine,” says Dr. Perelman. “It was a wonderful education. It was very challenging, but the curriculum was designed in a collegial way, which I think is a perfect way to learn.”
Grateful for his time there, Dr. Perelman has contributed to the school’s scholarship fund every year since graduating in 1989, enabling other students to have the same type of experience he did. “I’ve heard stories about some of the current medical students who would not have been able to pursue a medical education, let alone one at NYU, without having tuition assistance. I know the dollars are being used wisely,” he says.
He adds, “I’m sure physicians are not the school’s major financial donors. But I think that giving sends a message to the community, about how important institutions like NYU Langone and NYU Grossman School of Medicine are—to New York City and to the future of medicine in the U.S.”
Dr. Perelman’s passion for his alma mater appears to be contagious. Following in his footsteps, his daughter, Allison, just began her first year at the school. What advice does Dr. Perelman have for Allison? “I told her to expect the most challenging, albeit enjoyable, educational experience. And that she’ll make the best friends that she’ll ever have in her academic career.”
“It’s nice to see that some of the teachers I had are still there,” says Dr. Perelman, “and will be educating my daughter on aspects of medicine that were only touched on 26 years ago. Their longevity shows their love for teaching at NYU—and, I imagine, their good health!”