- Posted on: Feb 20 2019
Dear Dr. Sasson,
You are a gift to humankind!
Your effervescent personality in the operating room and loud acclamation to “Let’s have some fun” before I went into the twilight zone will put the most nervous patient at ease. Please continue to diffuse that positivity for all to embrace.
Unbeknownst to you, my sister Lisa and I have given you the nickname of Rock Star. You went through a lot for me to have the most normal life I can have prior to the traumatic finger amputation and Dr, Sasson I do not take your benevolence and professionalism for granted.
It is imperative that I write this unsolicited letter. God has used you as an instrument to make a positive
impact in the lives of many people and you have ardently embraced your responsibility. I have observed at times that you appear uncomfortable with compliments, so I kindly encourage you to humbly receive and accept them knowing that they are sent from a place of love and appreciation because of the services you rendered. Ultimately, all honor and glory goes to a higher power. In your day to day interactions with patients, a few may not be as joyful as I am about your expertise but please do not let the dissatisfaction from the minority distract your purpose.)
The main reason I felt compelled to pen this letter is that in your capacity as a professor it is vital for you to instruct your students not only to master the clinical aspect of the profession, but of equal importance is the human connection a practitioner makes with the patient. Dr. Homayoun Sasson, I can attest to the fact that your impeccable bedside manners, jovial disposition, and empathetic nature assisted in pacifying any fear or anxiety that I entertained.
Part of your legacy should be to inculcate the humane side of the profession to students and peers so future generations of practitioners will not neglect the importance of etiquette and empathy. As the old adage states, “it is not how much you know but how much you care.” With this in mind, years from now your students can proudly boast of their expertise because they were under the tutelage of Dr. Homayoun Sasson a.k.a Rock Star.
Dr. Sasson, we met during a season of tests and trials in my life, and through it all, God has showered me with His love, and by His design, He has placed angels like you to accompany me throughout this journey. I value you for looking beyond your challenges, seeing the pain in others, and uplifting their lives. Thank you for being you, and may God continue to bless you, your loved ones, and your practice.
I will leave you with this quote from Khalil Gibran: “You give but little when you give your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”