Queens Resident Receives Award From Touro College
When Dr. Payal Aggarwal, DO, was just six years old, she visited her grandfather in India in the hospital. He had cancer and she told him the experience of their visits made her want to become a doctor when she grew up. “He said nothing would make him happier,” Aggarwal recalled in a recent interview.
She began volunteering at age 10 for the American Cancer Society. Fast forward to last month, when her dream became reality – she donned a cap and gown at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and joined the graduating class of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM). Last Saturday she began her residency at Brooklyn Hospital in pediatrics.
“I hope to pursue pediatric oncology, so I was thrilled to match into pediatrics! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store,” she said.
Pediatric oncology entered the picture for Aggarwal after volunteering at a camp for children diagnosed with cancer, Camp Happy Days, an experience that she wrote about in The DO magazine.
The camp would be one on a long list of challenging volunteer experiences the young doctor would take on during her journey to earning her doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree.
Dr. Aggarwal’s contributions were so numerous and achievements so exceptional that TouroCOM awarded her its highest honor at commencement, “Student DO of the Year,” for her outstanding service to the school, her leadership, research and dedication to the profession.