RPI student overcomes major medical setbacks to earn PhD

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Created: June 11, 2020 08:15 PM

The human spirit is able to persevere and overcome obstacles in ways that often surprise us. That is the story of a young woman who came to RPI to earn a bachelor's degree. A setback caused her to leave school, but this month she adds a PhD to her bachelor's and master's.

Alli Morgan wants to become a doctor and chances are she will be a great one.


Her fight to overcome numerous medical challenges almost guarantees it.

It all began in her sophomore year of high school near Utica. She tore her ACL playing field hockey and then a problem developed. She had ongoing complications from her surgery.

There was a second surgery - reconstructive, but unfortunately, things didn't go as planned again. She developed an infection and had to have her leg amputated.

Moran didn't wallow. When she recovered four years later, she went back to RPI a freshman again – with her mind set on becoming a doctor.

She became an emergency medical technician for the campus ambulance service and made the Dean's List six times. However, it would be a science and technology course looking at culture that persuaded her that she needed to become a primary care doctor.

Learn more about what factored in her decision, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

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