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PHOTOGRAPHER: Provided Dr. Sophia Conroy Published Feb. 25, 2021 in Outlook

Hiding under a blanket on a bus at a Chinese military checkpoint in the Himalayas, Sophia Conroy had letters and photos in her backpack. She was determined to deliver the items from Tibetan refugees to loved ones persecuted in mainland China.

An elderly Tibetan woman appeared stunned after learning from the American activist’s dispatch that her son scaled the treacherous peaks to safety in India.

The man lived. The woman cried. Conroy didn’t forget it.

That occurred in 2003, while Conroy worked overseas for Human Rights Watch. Her humanitarian work ranges from sending letters to working for philanthropist George Soros at the Open Society Institute.

“In my case, I feel like the work I did over the years helped to mature me as a human being. That, I think, in terms of the skills of doctoring, was something that I was able to build on,” Conroy said.In a 2005 pivot, Conroy began taking part-time classes at Columbia University, NYC College of Technology and Hunter College to get into medical school. After entering Albany Medical College’s bioethics doctorate program — par for the course, per Conroy’s past — she became president of a […]

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