Press Release

HS Students at St. Dominic Get “Hands-on Heart Lab” from St. Francis Cardiac Surgeons for Second Year in a Row

April 16th, 2018

ROSLYN, NY, April 16, 2018 – Nearly 140 students at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay will get firsthand experience today on the structure and function of the heart from two top cardiothoracic surgeons at St. Francis Hospital. Lawrence Durban, M.D., and Albert C. DiMeo, M.D., will conduct three sessions in the school’s state-of-the-art science lab: teaching aspiring doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals how to dissect pig hearts. Every student will get a heart to dissect during the hands-on laboratory classes.

“This is the second year our physicians are participating in this exciting educational program. We think it’s a great way to inspire students interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare field,” says Ronald J. Gulotta, M.D., VP of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer at St. Francis. “St. Dominic’s leading edge teaching lab provides an outstanding setting for two of our foremost surgeons to inspire students about the marvels of medicine.”

The program is an outgrowth of the school’s STEM Program, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s designed to give students an accelerated track to these four academic fields before they enter college. The initiative began through a $10 million endowment and partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Lab.

“The Hands on Heart Lab is an extraordinary opportunity for our students, especially those interested in pursuing careers in medicine. Our STEM Program is often cited as the reason why students choose St. Dominic High School. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Paul Woodstock and Drs. Durban and DiMeo for helping make this day possible,” says Maureen Appel, Principal.

The St. Francis surgeons will be teaching two labs in the morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by one session in the afternoon. The doctors hope that by the end of the day students could be convinced that medicine might be the right career choice for them.

Contact: Paul Barry, 516-563-7970,

             Rosemary Gomez, 516-563-7965,





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