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KAZEM FATHIE, M.D. Kazem Fathie, M.D., 91, passed away April 19, 2020. He was a neurosurgeon, a poet, a man of great compassion, and a father. Born in 1928 in Tehran, Iran, he completed his Medical Degree shortly after losing his own father, moving to the U.S. in 1956. He interned at Chicago's Mt. Sinai Hospital, Lutheran Deaconess Hospital, and received his general surgical residency training at Harper Hospital in Detroit. He completed a neurosurgical residency (1958) at the Medical College of Virginia, followed by a Fellowship at the Sahlgrenska Institute (Goteborg, Sweden) under early neurosurgery innovator Dr. Gosta Norlen, then completed a Fellowship/Chief Residency in Neuro-surgery at Emory University's Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He began his private practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he practiced neurosurgery solo for 16 years and was a member of Linn County Medical Society. He relocated to Las Vegas in 1979, where he practiced Neurosurgery until 2004. He held leadership positions in Clark County (President 1998) and Nevada Medical Societies and was an Associate Professor of the University of Nevada Medical School. He was a proud member of the American and International Colleges of Surgeons (ICSUS-President 2001) and the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery (AANOS), Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Academy's Journal 1994-2013. Dr. Fathie's role in AANOS paved the way for new medical board organizations challenging the ABMS to come to fruition. His neurosurgical innovations include Fathie Carotid Shunt and the development of the drug Skelaxin. His too numerous to list awards include Physician of the Year (1994), Harold Lee Feikes Award, Distinguished Man of the Year, Doctor of the Year Golden Gloves (twice) as a ringside boxing physician, Humanitarian Award for Rotary International (40 times), U.S. Section of the International College of Surgeons Recognition Award for his lifelong commitment and service to humanity, International Literary Poets Society Poet of the Year. He was an expert featured on television shows. He wrote over 28 books of poetry in Farsi, including an seven-volume Encyclopedia of the Poets of the Persian Empire, found on Amazon. His passing was premature due to lack of compassion for his family's powerful role in his survival. After finally making headway from a grueling four-month-long illness, he unfortunately died alone without his family. This event created the most significant pain this medical family has had to bear. Dr. Fathie's dedication to compassionate medicine was made clear during an address he made in 1998 when inducted as the Clark County Medical Society President, "... For as long as men and women have lived, the healing arts have been held sacred...That it is not knowledge that heals...The spark, in the healing arts, the spark that sets knowledge into motion is compassion." Unfortunately, he became a victim of abuse of power due to a lack of compassion, respect, understanding, and love, which he had always strived for in his life. Anyone fortunate to have ever known him or read his works truly understands the compassion that existed in this unique individual, best father, and husband of nearly 62 years, and it only fits for him to remembered on Father's Day. He is survived by his wife, Birgitta; children, Arman, Arezo and Ramin; four grandchildren, Noah, Alex, Aria, Ayla; two brothers, Akbar and Mehdi; and numerous cousins. Further information may be found on Fathie.com and YouTube.com- Fathie. An extended version of his obituary and messages to the family may be found at www. kraftsussman.com. Donations may be made to Three Square, 4190 N. Pecos Road, Las Vegas, NV 89115 or the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 15152, Las Vegas, NV 89114. The family asks for privacy in their grief. Due to Covid-19 lock down, a Celebration of Life has been postponed to be announced at a later date.

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July 1, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Dr. Fathie's passing. My family held him in high regard. We will remember him warmly. My deepest sympathy for your great loss.

Valerie Mathews Zarrinkouh

valerie mathews
July 1, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Fathie family. I have very fond memories of Dr. Fathie from when I would attend the AANOS and International College meetings as a child with my father, Dr. Mathews. Dr. Fathie and Gitta were always so nice to me and pleasant to be around. My father and mother both spoke highly of him as a leader, doctor, and man. He will be missed.
Kyle Mathews
June 27, 2020
Thank you Dr. Fathie from a grateful family!

On May 4, 1988, Patrick Thomas Rose was driving to Lake Mead with a friend to enjoy a day out on the water. What happened next changed
Pat's life forever.
He suffered a severe head injury when the PEPCON explosion in Henderson, NV occurred. The concussion from the explosion propelled
a rock through Pat's truck roof striking his head. Emergency services were rendered in Henderson and he was Flight for Life transported to Valley Hospital. Dr. Fathie was just finishing a surgical case there and was then ready to care and surgically intervene for Pat.
Dr. Fathie was most definitely at the right place, at the right time, and most importantly with the right medical and surgical expertise to care for Pat. If not for Dr. Fathie we may have lost Pat that day. Dr. Fathie gave Pat 29 years and 4 months more life. The Rose Family will be forever grateful for Dr. Fathie!
RIP Kazem Fathie MD and condolences to his wife and family.

Patrick Thomas Rose Family
The Rose Family
June 26, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Patricia Hendricks
June 23, 2020
Dear Arezo Joon and the loving Family, as we saw the shared memories that were expressed about your Father today, it reminded us that we need to speak about his wonderful character, humanity, compassion, a man of gravitas and sincerity,considerate, simpathatic, tolerant, approachable and many more. Our friendship with him and the family started nearly quarter of century ago. One of the high lights of the relationship was your lovely and beautiful wedding. We spent so much time in and out of his house with all the events that were taken place continually. Meeting and getting to know people of different walks of life. I remember the time that we spent together while I was in Europe. It was a wonderful and quality time for me to learn and enjoy his company. Also, remember when our Son Pasha was playing violin and your Dad would play music with him. We have so many films,videos and memories of all the wonderful things that we were involved together. I remember, like it was yesterday, that he surprised us with you, your beautiful daughters and your lovely Mom on my birthday. From him we learned: The significance of what family and friends are for, how to deal with life and it's complexities, and a lot more... He touched our lives more than we expected and of that we are grateful that God made him one of the puzzle pieces we need to carry on. He was a wonderful, Loving and sincere individual,he was deeply Loved and adored by his peers, friends and family alike. A shining light in so many peoples lives. We miss his sweet smile, great sense of humor, generosity, giving heart and down to earth attitude. He had enourmous knowledge on so many different subjects and more... His legacy will live on through all the great works that he did. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers! May We all find comfort and strength to cope with his loss! Although we've lost a beautiful soul we are blessed with the love he gave us and the hope he inspired. This is a fragile time...a time to be gentle with yourself and give your heart permission to grieve, to feel, to remember. Strength and hope will come again, but for now... do what you need to honor this sorrow, letting your heart and spirit heal! He is forever remembered, forever Loved. Hope you can feel the love that surrounding you in all the ways you need!! With our Deepest Sympathies and Sorrows!! The Sabouri's
Bob H Sabouri
June 22, 2020
Dear Birgitta and family:

It was with much sadness that I read about Dr. Fathies passing. What a most remarkable soul he was! Always considerate, thoughtful, compassionate, and kind, ever compelling ones mind and heart to know more about the essence of life. Even though I last saw both of you 30 years ago, I have not forgotten the inner peace and joy you both evoked. One of his books proudly sits in my library and I smile when I see it, remembering his passion for writing and healing the world. Thank you, Kaz, for leaving the world a better place.
Kathy Stewart Val
June 22, 2020
He was an amazing person ,full of passion and love that i never saw in my life .I always admired him and never forget him ,i loved him like my second father.
Fathia fathie
June 21, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the entire Fathie family, his lovely wife Gitta, my dear friend Arezo and her daughters, Aria and Ayla and his sons Ramin and Arman; your entire family and circle of friends.

Kazem has left a legacy through each of you whom he loved dearly and was so very proud of, through all of us, whom he mentored, befriended and loved, and colleagues and friends he influenced; everyone whose life he has ever touched. He set an example as a brilliant humanitarian in this world. His poetry is legendary. He will be sorely missed but not forgotten. I will greatly miss my dear friend, mentor and colleague.

When I completed my Neurosurgical training, Kazem brought me under his wings and groomed me to follow in his footsteps as a leader in our specialty. He uniquely recognized my expertise and knowledge, technical abilities, Neurosurgical and leadership skills and always supported my dreams and efforts to succeed. We worked closely together for a little over the past decade plus. He brought me into his life, his Neurosurgical and global leadership world of colleagues and friends and into his family. He was always kind, knowledgeable and funny. He often shared wonderful stories. He had a heart of gold. He always encouraged me to continue making a difference and forge frontiers while on our unique paths that had crossed during our lifetimes, never limited by any barriers in Neurosurgery or otherwise. He exemplified and encouraged compassion and expertise in our specialty, the never ending acquisition of world and Neurosurgical knowledge, professional skills and continuous education and the indefatigable pursuit of excellence.

Kazem was a great man with a big heart and soul, and he meant a lot to me. May he Rest In Peace and his memory be forever for a blessing. I will remember him always

Clara Raquel Epstein, MD, FICS
Bruce Kowkabany

*Picture from a momentous occasion we shared, when he bestowed upon me one of the greatest honors - "Clara Raquel Epstein, MD, FICS was the recipient of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons' Lifetime Achievement Award in Neurosurgery on June 7, 2013, presented by Kazem Fathie, MD, PhD, FACS, FICS, Past Chair of the AANOS and Past President of the US Section of ICS at The Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida"
Clara Raquel Epstein, MD, FICS
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