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Dr. Jonel Daphnis

Published January 14, 2011

Dr. Jonel Daphnis is currently a fourth year Clinical Assistant Instructor of the Emergency and Internal Medicine Combined Residency Program at Kings County/Downstate. He received his Medical Doctorate from Stony Brook’s School of Medicine (SUNY). He obtained his Bachelors in Science in Development Sociology from Cornell University and his Masters in Public Health from the Division of Population and Family Health at Columbia University.

Dr. Daphnis describes himself as the product of many centuries of struggle, education, blood, sweat, tears and laughter. He believes his life's goal is to honor those who came before him (especially his Haitian parents) and create a foundation for those who will come after him by learning/teaching whenever possible. By doing so Dr. Daphnis feels he will realize his fullest potential. Achieving this has meant taking advantage of numerous opportunities that have presented themselves, included traveling the world documenting moments as a cultural ethnographer and photographer, shadowing an OBGYN in Accra, Ghana and assisting in establishing the Margaret Sanger Center International in Johannesburg, South Africa.

More recently Dr. Daphnis has been instrumental in beginning the process of marrying Kings County Hospital's resources with a rural clinic in Northern Haiti. He also spent four months in Rio de Janeiro working within the Ministry of Health, photographing and documenting the Universal Health care initiative at work.  He has also been an administer at an African-centered Saturday School in Ithaca, NY.

After successfully completing the MPH program Dr. Daphnis then used the knowledge learned in a rural hospital – the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelles, Haiti. Additionally, he’s taught children in Philadelphia, Yonkers and NYC, Dr. Daphnis helped initiate the Public Health Interest Groups at Stony Brook University, and he served on the Local, Regional and National Boards of the Student National Medical Association. His hope and desire is that his Medical Doctorate will enable him to better operate in his destined role as a perpetual student, teacher and servant to the past, present and future.

Written by BET-Staff

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