Albany Medical College graduate gets surprise thanks from Jeter in ESPN COVID-19 feature

Dr. Melissa Leber was profiled as part of series honoring frontline healthcare workers in New York City on Mother's Day
Dr. Melissa Leber and Derek Jeter
Dr. Melissa Leber and Derek Jeter

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An Albany Medical College graduate was the subject of an ESPN profile on frontline healthcare workers in New York City where she was surprised with the chance to speak with New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter by video chat.

Dr. Melissa Leber was featured as part of a SportsCenter feature highlighting mothers working on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis in New York. The Albany Med graduate specializes in sports medicine and emergency medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital who has been an emergency room doctor for the last eight years.

After discussing the impact the pandemic has had on her work and personal life with reporter Tom Rinaldi, Leber — a former college softball player at Brandeis University — spoke about how Jeter has been one of her biggest inspirations.

Jeter then appeared in the video chat to thank Leber for her work during the crisis.

“I don’t know if this is real,” Leber said when she saw Jeter pop up.

Jeter thanked Leber and said “I’m hoping to meet you in person at some point,” offering to meet Leber and her family in Miami once the crisis passes.

“Anywhere,” Leber said. “I’ll come anywhere.”

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