One of Our Own Remembered for Courage, Conviction, and Commitment to Excellence
So began a tweet from the US embassy in Kabul 1:54 AM - 24 Apr 2014.
Dr. Jerry Umanos, diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, was one of those Americans killed when a security guard opened fire as he approached the hospital gate.
A Chicago CBS Affiliate, Dr. Umanos’ hometown, gave this brief background report on the day of his death:
Dr. Jerry Umanos
“CURE Hospital is a Christian charity hospital set up by Americans: …but there are very few Americans among the doctors. The facility specializes in maternal and pediatric care. CURE is the first hospital recommended on the U.S. Embassy website for those seeking medical treatment in Afghanistan.
“This loss is a great loss for his family, for those of us he worked with, as well as for the people of Afghanistan. He was a loving, caring physician who served all of his patients with the utmost respect,” said Bruce Rowell, chief clinical officer at the Lawndale Christian Health Center.
Umanos completed medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and practices medicine in both the United States and Afghanistan. He also practices pediatric medicine in Kabul at a community health center and at the hospital – the only two training programs for Afghan doctors in the country.”
This was national news for a day before the country went on to other issues. Dr. Umanos’ death was senseless. But perhaps those of us who are diplomates of the American Board of Pediatrics might pause longer to reflect on the meaning of this remarkable life. With courage, conviction, and commitment to excellence, he went far beyond the requirements of a job and even beyond the high expectations of a profession and gave his all to serve his patients.
David G. Nichols, MD, MBA
President and CEO