The Holy Cross High School community was honored to welcome Dr. Seydou Badiane, a world renowned neurosurgeon from Senegal to campus. He addressed students in the Neuroscience and Psychology classes prior to presenting to faculty and students at the Yale School of Medicine and Columbia University.
A member of our Crusader family brought Dr. Badiane to our campus. Allegra Temporale Itsoga '98, who currently serves as the Director of America Friends of Le Korsa, was aware of Dr. Badiane's work and knew he would be in the area.
"Allegra spoke about his history and background," said Erik Lanese, Science Teacher. "She knew he would be in the area and thought he would be a great person to bring to Holy Cross."
Dr. Seydou Badiane is Chief of Neurosurgery at the Fann Hospital as well as a professor at the medical school at the University of Dakar. As head of the department, Dr. Badiane consults on all cases and guides his colleagues to ensure quality care is possible even in the most difficult of circumstances. He is a sophisticated, multi-lingual medical professional of the highest order who attends international conferences and is one of the world's experts in his field. In addition to the day to day patient care, Dr. Badiane spends a great deal of time focused on helping to compensate for these needs by creating partnerships with NGOs such as AFLK and ensuring that his staff has access to the best international training available. He arranges for them to travel to Europe and throughout Africa for certifications in the latest techniques, which they can then bring back to Fann and offer to patients in this part of Africa.
"The students were glued to him," said Mr. Lanese. "He spoke for about an hour about his work in Senegal working under difficult circumstances...For me, in the classroom, we spend so much time with fact and theories and problem solving. Whenever you bring in a speaker, it brings a real world application. It inspired the kids to see what they can become. It can affect the trajectory in their academic lives."