Babacar Cisse immigrated to the United States from Senegal with just $26 in his pocket and a lesson from his parents to always give back. Now a neurosurgeon, Cisse heeds those words in every interaction with his patients.
“Being a neurosurgeon and a researcher, for me it’s really the ideal situation for giving back,” said Cisse, the Leonard and Fleur Harlan Clinical Scholar, an assistant professor of neurological surgery and of neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, and a neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “You give back as a human being to humanity. When I go to Senegal, and I see kids who are playing soccer with bare feet, like I used to do, you’re hopeful that one of them can go further than you have gone in life.”