Conversations with Judge Richard Gergel and Robert Rosen

By: Jewish Historical Society

August 22, 2021
South Carolina Jews and Medicine: Session I
Jewish Quotas for Admission to Medical and Dental Schools, 1920’s -1960’s: A National Perspective.

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Read Frank Porter Graham, Isaac Hall Manning, and the Jewish Quota at the University of North Carolina Medical School [PDF]

From the early to mid-20th century, medical schools in the United States had quotas on Jewish students. Join us as we discuss the topic with two distinguished guests who have done exhaustive research. What were the implications of quotas on South Carolina’s Jewish students?

With special guests

Edward C. Halperin
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer of New York Medical College (NYMC) and provost for biomedical affairs of the Touro College and University System, is a pediatric radiation oncologist, medical historian and health sciences educator. Dr. Halperin has supervised a major expansion of NYMC’s footprint with the development of new academic buildings on the main campus, construction and opening of campus housing at an affiliate hospital, and construction of a biotechnology incubator, disaster medicine training center and clinical skills center. Fundraising has risen, the research program has expanded, and in recent years the percentage of under-represented minority students in medicine rose to the highest percentage in the U.S. for a historically white-majority M.D. program and rose 25 percent in the graduate programs. Under his leadership the College launched new academic programs including New York State’s first new dental school in half a century, M.S. in biostatistics, a professional M.S. for the biotechnology industry, M.S. in biomedical ethics, a B.S. in Nursing, a certificate in pediatric dysphasia and a M.S. in clinical laboratory sciences. Prior to joining NYMC in 2012, Dr. Halperin served as dean of the School of Medicine, Ford Foundation Professor of Medical Education, and professor of radiation oncology, pediatrics, and history at the University of Louisville, and in 2011 took on the additional position of university vice provost. He was also on the faculty at Duke University for 23 years, serving as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, vice dean of the School of Medicine and associate vice chancellor. He received a B.S. in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his M.D., Cum Laude, from Yale University, and an M.A. from Duke University. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Stanford University and his residency and chief residency at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.  He is the co-author/editor of the first through sixth editions of Pediatric Radiation Oncology, the fourth through seventh editions of Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology and more than 220 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific, historical, education, and ethics literature. Dr. Halperin teaches graduate level history and oncology classes and practices medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan Hospital Medical Center in Harlem, N.Y., and Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y.

Dr. Perry Brickman
Dr. Perry Brickman has a long history of involvement in the Atlanta community. A retired oral surgeon, he was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While attending Emory University, he met his future wife, the former Shirley Berkowitz. They have been married 66 years. Three children and six grandchildren.

Perry practiced oral surgery in the Atlanta area from 1961-2005. He was a founding member and past President of the Georgia Society of Oral Surgeons. He was appointed by Gov. Zell Miller to the Ga. Board of Dental Examiners and served for seven years. He is an Honorable Fellow of the Georgia Dental Association. 

From 1990 to 1992, Perry served as President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

In 1992, awarded the Dekalb County Medical Society Julius McCurdy Award. This award was established in 1973 to recognize outstanding community service by a DeKalb County physician.

United Way of Atlanta Two-time General Chairman of the dental division.

At the December 26, 2012 Centennial meeting of Alpha Omega International Fraternity, Perry was awarded the “Presidential Citation.

Dr. Brickman is the author of “Extracted: Unmasking Rampant Antisemitism in America’s Higher Education

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