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By Ken Shulman

All through middle and high school, David Heller ’18 wanted to be a doctor. In January 2016, the second year MIT student travelled to Togo with a few of his GlobeMed classmates with help from the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. The center—founded in 1988 and later named for one of its founders, the wife of former MIT president Paul Gray ’54, SM ’55, ScD ’60—connects MIT students with public service projects around the world. In Togo, Heller and his classmates helped staff at HIV clinics computerize their records, and he began to think of how he could make an impact in public health in a different way.

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