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Yohannes Constable

Yohannes Constable

“My schooling at SUNY Downstate has been a fantastic experience. I have been around a diverse set of classmates, educators, and support staff who are committed to the mission of providing quality education to students and outstanding clinical care to patients."

Yohannes Constable was born and raised in White Plains, NY. The son of 2 pharmacists, he has had an interest in a healthcare-oriented career from a young age. Yohannes graduated from Fordham Preparatory School in 2008 and then studied Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard College, graduating in 2012. After college, he worked as a public health intern for International Orthodox Christian Charities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In 2014, Yohannes began medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In 2016, he served as the President of the Daniel Hale Williams Society, SUNY Downstate's chapter of the Student National Medical Association. Yohannes is also engaged in research and recently presented a poster titled, Is Robotic Repair Superior to Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair in Post Operative Pain Reduction.

Maurice Selby

Maurice Selby

“People are often shocked to see someone like them as a physician, but they definitely appreciate it”

Maurice Selby, a graduate of CUNY City College of New York, participated in our Early Medical Education (EME) Program. After successfully completing the EME program, he was accepted to SUNY Downstate’s College of Medicine.

During his time at Downstate, Maurice was an inspiration to other students who shared similar backgrounds. Maurice has always been actively involved on campus and in his community. While at City College, he served as the president of the Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS) and as a host for WHCR 90.3 FM’s “Health in Harlem” program.

Maurice continued his activism at Downstate through the Daniel Hale Williams Society (DHWS), our chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). In 2014, Maurice graduated from SUNY Downstate and entered a residency program in Emergency Medicine, where he continues to serve as a mentor for others who hope to follow in his footsteps one day.