Touro College awards top honor to Payal Aggarwal for service, leadership, research and dedication
When Payal Aggarwal was just 6 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. 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!” she said. “I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”
Pediatric oncology entered the picture for Aggarwal after she volunteered at a camp for kids 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 she would take on during her journey to earning her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.