Maryam Bita Tabrizi, MD, FACS
Director, North Shore Medical Center Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

I was raised by a single mother who taught me the importance of hard work, dedication and persistence. She taught me how to be hopeful, about how the world is much bigger than us as individuals and the power of love. Because of her, I knew that love was the only healer of wounds.

My mother brought me and my brother to the United States alone to provide us with a better future. Her strength taught me to be strong. Her patience taught me to never give up hope. Her kindness has helped me heal in many ways. I grew up watching her stand up tall and strong, raising her children in a foreign country with no family support. Above all, what stood out for me was her compassion for others in need. No matter what she was going through, she would make sure she gave back to the world. She would always tell us, “what goes around comes around.”

When I was ill in the hospital, I can recall the pain, but what made the pain bearable was my mother’s kind hands over mine giving me the true sympathy one deserves when in such pain and in such a vulnerable state. As a surgeon, there is nothing more important to me than to make my patients feel safe, loved and at peace. I entered health care to make my mother proud and to prove to myself that women are as strong as men, if not stronger. This is not just a man’s job, but the job for that person with the most empathy and care, no matter the gender. Women in health care bring a certain personality to the field and I am so incredibly proud to have taken a small part in the role women play in health care and patient care.