Vassar on the Front Lines

Voices from a Pandemic

Donnele Daley ’06

Dr. Donnele Daley is a surgical oncologist. After Vassar, she graduated from the New York University School of Medicine. She works in New York City and is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

Submitted May 12, 2020

It has been a humbling experience to observe our healthcare system completely taken over and overwhelmed by the coronavirus. Health care workers and resources from all areas of medicine were instantly redirected to treating and preventing the spread of the virus. As a result, this also meant that many patients with other life-threatening medical problems, like cancer, had to halt or significantly delay their treatments. As an oncology physician, it is equally frightening to imagine the death toll that will arise in the aftermath of the pandemic due to the unpreventable disruption of necessities like cancer care.

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