Location: Potsdam, New York, United States
Behrooz Bassim, MD, Pathologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
When Dr. Bassim was four-and-a-half years old in a 1930s Russia, his father Esmail Bassim was running a high fever. A young Dr. Bassim and his mother Goharieh Bassim put moist cloths on him to bring his fever down. Dr. Bassim recalls that it felt good to work on healing his father and that his father told him he would make a good doctor one day. Then, in the middle of the night, two army officers knocked on the door to send his father to Siberia. He was one of the last non-communist men to be sent to Siberia. After a long six months, Esmail Bassim was released from prison and the family rejoined his family in Iran.
When Dr. Bassim was in the fifth grade, his father was overseeing a building project for the Medical School for Tehran University. He took Dr. Bassim there and asked an engineer to show him what they were building. The engineer obliged and Dr. Bassim saw a room with cement walls, floor and ceiling, with a hole in the top but no door. The engineer informed him cadavers were left in the formalin-filled room for preservation for six months to a year so the medical students can learn anatomy from them which greatly impressed Dr. Bassim. His father said that he was doing his best to make the best building at the university in hopes that one day Dr. Bassim would go to school there and learn medicine in a building he built. Growing up having attended institutes thinking about medical school, Dr. Bassim considered problems in the world and decided he was going to become a physician to help solve problems and care for others.
Dr. Bassim committed himself to a life on learning and wrote his first book in the fifth grade and his second book in the ninth grade, which he still has. He earned a Doctor of Medicine from Tehran University in 1961 before migrating to the United States in 1964. He worked as an Intern at the Barberton Citizens Hospital in Ohio from 1964 to 1965, a resident in pathology at the New York Medical College of New York City from 1965 to 1979, and an associate pathologist at Paterson General Hospital in New Jersey from 1969 to 1972. Dr. Bassim has also served as the director of laboratories at Central St. Lawrence Health Services from 1973 to 1979, director of the Healthcare Laboratory from 1979 to 1991, and privately practiced medicine from 1980 to his retirement in 1991, all in Potsdam, New York.
In order to share his knowledge with others, Dr. Bassim wrote the books “Beyond Communism, Beyond Capitalism,” “The Absolute Proof,” “About God,” and most recently “Human, Human Being, Sub-Human: People Rated According to How They Behave” published in 2019. He has been associated with the St. Lawrence County Medical Society, New York State Medical Society, and 350.org, and maintains pro-peace and pro-climate stances. As a testament to his success, Dr. Bassim has been featured in the 21st and 22nd editions of Who’s Who in the East.
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