Edward C. Halperin was born in 1953 in Somerville, New Jersey. He received an MA from Duke University and his MD from Yale University. Halperin served on Duke faculty for twenty-three years as a professor and chairperson of the Department of Radiation Oncology, vice dean of the School of Medicine, and associate vice chancellor.
In 2006, he became the Dean of the School of Medicine, Ford Foundation Professor of Medical Education, and professor of radiation oncology, pediatrics, and history at the University of Louisville. He also served as a vice provost at the University of Louisville. In 2012, Halperin became the chancellor and CEO of the New York Medical College and provost for biomedical affairs for the Touro College and University System.
Halperin's research focuses on pediatric cancer, adult brain tumors, the role of radiotherapy in organ transplantation, ethics, and the history of racial, religious, and gender discrimination in higher education. Along with his scientific publications, Halperin has written about Duke history and medical history.
This oral history interview was conducted with Dr. Edward Halperin on May 29, 2007 by Jessica Roseberry.