In their hands
Although the room door was unlocked, there was a knock knock!, at the same time that it opened—I wish I could find the right words to describe the amazing and sublime feeling that enveloped me when I saw Dr. Komotar walk in. I immediately knew it was him, even before he introduced himself. He didn’t come alone, he came with a colleague: Dr. Sargi would be his partner for my intervention. As I lay just looking at them carefully, I felt how the slight sensation of fear that laid concealed in me began to disappear, until it vanished altogether.
Dr. Komotar sat at the end of the bed, slightly hunched over, hands resting on his knees. Dr. Sargi was standing in front of us and, after he introduced himself, he began explaining every detail of the surgery procedure, its risks, and the role of the devices that were to be used, and their own specific role.
…While Dr. Sargi talked to me, Dr. Komotar looked at me intently, very calm, and this is what I felt: peace, serenity, and sincere trust.
They wanted to ensure I was aware of the type of surgery and the risks involved. I looked at them, smiled and told them that what I had before my eyes was not only two doctors, but two big angels that I knew were going to give me back my life and that all my faith was in their hands, and in their knowledge.
They smiled and told me to remain calm, reassuring me that everything was going to be fine…
I did not object to anything, I did not question anything, I just allowed them to do their job, fully trusting each one of them. They knew exactly what they were doing.
My case was one with plenty of specifics to keep in mind before taking the right steps, and they did not miss any.»
Dr. Komotar is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in neuroscience from Duke University, spending a year at Oxford University in England to focus on neuropharmacology. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with highest honors and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at Columbia University Medical Center/The Neurological Institute of New York, followed by a surgical neurooncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to specialize in brain tumors.
As Director of the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative, Director of Surgical Neurooncology at the University of Miami, Director of the UM Neurosurgery Residency Program, and Director of the UM Surgical Neurooncology Fellowship Program, Dr. Komotar’s main clinical interests are surgical and radiosurgical (Gamma Knife) treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as meningiomas and pituitary lesions. Dr. Komotar is an internationally recognized leader in the field of brain tumors and performs nearly 700 procedures for these conditions each year using advanced cutting-edge surgical/radiosurgical techniques, making him one of the highest volume brain tumor surgeons in the world.
His research interests include clinical trial development and translational neurooncologic investigations designed to pioneer new therapies for brain tumors. Author of over 500 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and invited editorials, Dr. Komotar has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as other national and regional grants. He has served on the Executive Committee for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Executive Board for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors. He is Founder and Director of the Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament to benefit brain tumor research. He is a member of the Society of Neurooncology and reviewer for both Neurosurgery and the Journal of Neurosurgery. Dr. Komotar is also an Emmy ® nominated physician for his work on the series “Breakthrough Medicine”.
Dr. Sargi is originally from Lebanon. He graduated from Medical School in 2000 at Saint Joseph University and earned a very competitive position for Otolaryngology residency. He completed his residency training at Hotel Dieu de France Hospital / Saint Joseph University in June 2005. Following residency, he came to University of Miami where he completed a first fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base surgery in 2006 and pursued another two-year fellowship in Head and Neck Cancer ablative and microvascular reconstructive surgery. Dr. Sargi subsequently accepted a full time Assistant Professor position in 2008 and has been working as faculty in the department of Otolaryngology since. He started a Master in Public Health during his fellowship and earned the degree from University of Miami in 2013. He was promoted to Associate Professor in June 2014.
Dr. Sargi is very interested in the education and training of students, residents and fellows. He was the proud recipient of the W J Goodwin teaching award in 2010. He served as Clinical Clerkship director between February 2011 and December 2012. He was named Director of the Residency program research in July 2011 and was assigned to oversee the research activity at the level of the residency and fellowships programs. Dr. Sargi continues in this role and serves as mentor for several students, residents and fellows in their research activities.
Fragment of the book: Divine Intervention – The fine line between life and death
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I am infinitely grateful to
… My doctors: Dr. Eric D. Hansen, Dr. Ricardo J. Komotar, Dr. Zoukaa B. Sargi, as well as their team of experts, assistants, and residents, for their eminence, merit, and knowledge.
And of course, Orquidea Ruiz, Andrea Vieira, and the extraordinary and passionate team of nurses, specialists, and administrators who are part of the Health System of the University of Miami, in particular, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and The University of Miami Hospital, for their dedication to their work, their overwhelming kindness, commitment, and care. Thanks to all of you I was able to continue writing my story…