P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Babacar Cisse, 2004

Neurosurgeon, Weill Cornell Medical College

Babacar Cisse is an immigrant from Senegal

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Columbia University

BABACAR CISSE joined the department of neurological surgery in June 2010. He was in the MD/PhD program at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University.

Babacar immigrated to New York with the dream of attaining a higher education and won the green-card lottery.

Babacar received his BA in chemistry from Bard College, where he won an National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship, a Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the Reamer Kline Award, given to Bard College undergraduates who contribute significantly to the vitality of the college.

As a physician, he wants to help those in his immediate surroundings in America; as a research scientist, he hopes his future work will have penetrating effects abroad. Babacar has also been a big brother for orphans from the Hudson region.

Babacar and his wife, Fatou Toure, have three children named Maryam, Aishah, and Faatimah, they live in New York City.

  • MD Medicine | Columbia University 2010
  • PhD Immunology | Columbia University 2009
  • MA Immunology | Columbia University 2006
  • BA Chemistry | Bard College 2003
Work History
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Neurosurgeon
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