Dr Nadine E. Sabbagh, philanthropist and STEM pioneer, 73 years old | community, general news

NEW YORK – Dr Nadine Sabbagh, MD, a strong advocate for the Hellenic professional community as well as the professional women community, women in STEM and young professionals, passed away on July 30. She was 73 years old.

Her eldest daughter, Christine E. Salboudis, made the announcement after the 40 days of great mourning, noting that “she and my maternal grandparents were the inspiration for my efforts to establish the Philo4Thought initiative, which continues will continue with a special scholarship dedicated to sponsoring young university-related professionals who have overcome great financial and / or medical adversity to achieve their dreams and goals.

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Nadine Sabbagh in a passport photo, Egypt, circa 1971. Photo: French Embassy in Egypt / Courtesy of the family

Sabbagh was born on September 10, 1947 and attended the School of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and the Academies of the Mother of God in Cairo, Egypt, for the duration of her elementary studies, then at the Academy of the Sacred Heart for his secondary studies. She was one of the first of about fifteen women to complete the Full Medicine (MD) program at Cairo University (Kasr AlAiny School of Medicine) and pursued specialized training in pediatric surgery through a scholarship. at the Cité Universitaire in France. . She then returned to Cairo to participate in the Doctors Without Borders initiative and completed various advanced medical trainings and certifications before being recruited to St. Vincent Hospital in New York for her residency and scholarship in Pediatrics and Allergy. . A diligent student and aspiring doctor, Sabbagh has retained first place throughout her university career.

She has dedicated her life to helping others as a physician specializing in pediatrics and allergy. In this capacity, she served the communities of St. Vincent Hospital, St. Clair Hospital and Hotel Union; She has also completed pro bono internships at six other local hospitals and clinics in New York’s five boroughs, in addition to running her own private practice in pediatrics and allergy.

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Nadine Sabbagh and her family, Egypt, 1971, from left to right: Georges Sabbagh (younger brother), Nadine Sabbagh (eldest), Jean Sabbagh (middle brother), with parents Elie Sabbagh (seated, left) and Annette Sabbagh (seated, right). Photo: French Embassy in Egypt / Courtesy of the family

In the years that followed, Sabbagh was recruited to work for the New York City Department of Health & Human Services (NYC DOHHS), where she was the first woman to hold each of the following titles: Medical Director of Quality Assurance , responsible for STD Control, deputy commissioner, acting deputy commissioner. In this capacity, she (1) managed the resolution of several major flaws in the city’s health system, (2) created enduring checks and balances on reviews and reports that are still used today, (3) she has worked vehemently in the mitigation and rescue of those who have experienced AIDS / HIV, sexual assault, and more, (4) spoke at several elementary and secondary schools as well as in leading colleges and universities to educate young people on preventive medical protocols, etc.

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Nadine Sabbagh and her daughters, Gimbles in New York, 1987, from left to right: Nadine Sabbagh, Anne-Marie Sabbagh (younger daughter) and Christine Salboudis (eldest daughter). Photo: Courtesy of the family

Sabbagh has won several recognition awards, including a special plaque for his outstanding efforts in the medical industry from former President George HW Bush.

Family spirit, unity and love were core values ​​in Sabbagh’s life and the greatest legacy she left to her daughters, Christine and Anne-Marie, and to her grandchildren, Keegan. and Zoe. Always wise and generous hostess of our hearts, everyone was always welcome at their table, welcome to confide in and welcome to seek refuge or assistance. Like the widow of Mark 12: 41-44, she gave all that she was, body, mind and soul, in the service of her family, friends and the greater community. Through every word and every action, Sabbagh truly transmitted the values ​​of faith, courage, wisdom and care at work and in life.

Family and friends are invited to share some of their stories and memories on the Tribute Wall: shorturl.at/nyX29. The family expressed their thanks to everyone who shared memories of Nadine, beloved daughter, sister, cousin, mother, grandmother, doctor, mentor and friend.

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Nadine Sabbagh and her family, Gimbles 1987 in New York, Nadine Sabbagh (top center), Anne-Marie Sabbagh (left), Christine Salboudis (right), Annette Sabbagh (mother, seated, right) and Elie Sabbagh (father, seated, left). Photo: Courtesy of the family

The funeral took place on August 14, the burial on September 10 and the memorial mass on September 12. A commemorative mass will also be held on December 19. Further details will be emailed to family and friends separately.

As a strong advocate for families and youth in the United States and beyond, the family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Philo4Thought Inc., the Hellenic Mentoring Initiative: https: // philo4thought.org, which was inspired by the philanthropic and professional work of Nadine and her parents, Elie and Annette Sabbagh. Paypal donation link: https://bit.ly/3oqLEf9.