In Memoriam

Dr. Michel Slim

(1929-2013)

(from Dr Hoballah, Chairman of Surgery at the American University of Beirut)

I am deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Dr. Michel Slim on Saturday, January 12, 2013, after ten months of fighting complications of multiple strokes. Dr. Slim is the father of Pediatric Surgery in Lebanon and the Middle East. Through his devotion and passion to Pediatric Surgery, he was a role model and an inspiration to many students and physicians and touched the lives of so many people.

Slim received his MD from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1954 and completed his General Surgical Residency at AUB in 1958, which was then followed by additional surgical residency training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He then moved to the University of Pittsburgh where he obtained his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship followed by a Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Slim returned to AUB in 1962 and stayed on faculty till 1986. During that period he was instrumental in developing Pediatric Surgery in Lebanon and the Middle East. He played a major role in initiating Pediatric Cardiac Surgery teams at AUBMC and the region. In 1986 Dr. Slim joined New York Medical College and became the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and the Director of Pediatric Trauma. While in the USA, Dr. Slim continued to support AUB and AUB graduates in every possible way. Dr. Slim retired in 2006 and was honored as an Emeritus Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College. He continued to be active in teaching medical students and residents until he suffered a stroke two years ago.

Dr. Slim authored and co-authored a large number of papers and book chapters and was a pioneer in Pediatric Surgery. He was a member of most prestigious surgical societies and served as the president of the AUB Surgical Alumni Society of North America.

Dr Slim was a great teacher and a talented surgeon. He had a big smile and big heart. He was passionately devoted to each and every patient in his care. He mentored and supported many students , residents and physicians and was very committed  to AUB.  He is survived by his wife Norma and his three daughters: Julie, Lina, and Nayla and his five grandchildren. He will be dearly missed. May God bless his soul.

The Department of Surgery  will be holding an hour of prayer and remembrance to pay tribute to Dr Slim at the AUB Alumni on Wednesday January 23, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Slim family will hold a memorial service for Dr. Slim at Resurrection Church, 910 Boston Post Rd, Rye NY 10580 on Saturday, February 2nd, at noon. In lieu of flowers, The Slim family requests that contributions be made "In memory of Dr. Michel Slim" to either Maria Fareri Children's Hospital through the Children's Hospital Foundation or the American University of Beirut. Kindly make checks payable to AUB, and send to Ms Sujatha Vempaty, Associate Director of Development, American University of Beirut, 2 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Fl., New York, NY 10017.

Read Dr. Slims' obituary, which was published on NYTimes.com from January 18 to January 19, 2013.