The following is an excerpt from Dr. Salerno’s OpEd on CityLimits:
CityViews: The Sims Statue Debate Might be Over but the Issue of Health Inequality Remains
By Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS, Academy President
When I first assumed the role of president of The New York Academy of Medicine last September, I never imagined that one of the first public issues I’d address would be the fate of an old Central Park statue across the street from my office. But our ongoing opposition to the bronze of 19th century doctor J. Marion Sims is particularly relevant during Women’s History Month. He symbolizes the continuing inequity in health and health care for women of color – an issue our Academy is striving to fix.