Resolution J4500-2013

Honoring Dr. Naji Abi Shahin upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by Lutheran HealthCare on May 17, 2014

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 11, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dr. Naji Abi Shahin upon the occasion of
his  designation  for  special recognition by Lutheran HealthCare on May
17, 2014

WHEREAS, Individuals who give of their time and energies and  serve  the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr. Naji Abi Shahin has given not only of his time and ener-
gies but also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and  conse-
quently has been designated for special honor; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr. Naji Abi
Shahin upon the occasion of his designation for special  recognition  by
Lutheran  HealthCare,  to be celebrated at its 131st Annual Dinner Dance
on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Born and raised in Lebanon, Dr.  Naji  Abi  Shahin  has  been
called  upon  to  contribute his time and talents to countless civic and
charitable endeavors and has always given of himself unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Naji Abi Shahin, Medical Doctor, Fellow, American College
of Surgeons, is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at  Luth-
eran  HealthCare; he has been a valued member of the Lutheran family and
the communities it serves for 43 years; and
  WHEREAS, Prior to immigrating to the  United  States  with  his  wife,
Goldy,  Dr. Naji Abi Shahin earned his bachelor's degree from the Ameri-
can University of Beirut in 1965, and received his medical  degree  from
the American University of Beirut Medical School in 1970; and
  WHEREAS,  After  briefly  settling  in  Ann  Arbor, Michigan, where he
completed a surgical residency at the Detroit General Hospital, Dr. Naji
Abi Shahin and Goldy moved to Brooklyn, New York, to  complete  a  four-
year  surgical residency at Lutheran Medical Center; in his last year of
residency at Lutheran, he served as chief resident and began what  would
be  a  long  successful  journey as a committed medical professional and
physician leader at the medical center; and
  WHEREAS, Since first joining Lutheran Medical  Center  in  1971  as  a
surgical  resident,  Dr.  Naji Abi Shahin has also served as chief resi-
dent, emergency room surgical director, trauma surgeon, and vice  chair-
man of the Department of Surgery; and
  WHEREAS,  Among  his  countless  duties in this capacity, Dr. Naji Abi
Shahin has operated his own private practice in Brooklyn since 1976; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Naji Abi Shahin is highly respected for being  an  active
and  pioneer member of the Physician's Advancement Committee at Lutheran
Medical Center, a small group of dedicated physicians who have helped to
build a culture of philanthropy at Lutheran Medical Center; and
  WHEREAS, A diplomate of the American Board of Surgery,  Dr.  Naji  Abi
Shahin  is  a  member  of  the  Brooklyn Surgical Society, the Bay Ridge
Medical Society, and a fellow of the American College  of  Surgeons;  in
addition, he is board certified in general surgery; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to his wife, Goldy, with him throughout have been
their  three children, Tania, George and John, as well as six grandchil-
dren, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of his life  and  rejoice
in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  entire  period  of his community service, a
period of constructive  involvement,  Dr.  Naji  Abi  Shahin  has  stood
constant in dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual  for  the  benefit of others which Dr. Naji Abi Shahin has displayed
throughout his life; and

  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dr. Naji Abi Shahin upon  the  occasion  of  his  designation  for
special recognition by Lutheran HealthCare; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Naji Abi Shahin.

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