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Crowd Says ‘Ahh!’ as 17-Year-Old Gets M.D. Diploma

From Reuters

Cheered by fellow students, faculty and family, a New York teen-ager born in India claimed a place Friday as the youngest medical doctor in the world.

In a graduation ceremony held by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 17-year-old Balamurali Ambati was awarded his diploma, thus becoming Dr. Ambati and achieving a goal he set out to reach when he was a child.

“About 10 years ago I was reading the Guinness Book of World Records and saw the youngest doctor graduated in Italy at 18 years and 3 months old, so I thought I’d try it,” said Ambati, who was granted an exception to practice medicine by the Legislature even though he is under the minimum age of 21.

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Ambati, whose age is masked by his six-foot frame and the demeanor and vocabulary of a mature adult, said that “people are always astonished when they first find out my age, but I have not encountered any hostility from my peers, my patients and professors.”

He was born in Madras, India, and arrived in the United States at the age of 3.


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