Dr. Mazen Khalil, a hematologist/oncologist at St. Bernards, has been recognized as this year’s Living the Mission Physician at St. Bernards.
He was recognized at the annual medical staff meeting yesterday by his peers for “living the mission” of St. Bernards, providing Christ-like care to those in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. The award is given annually, with nominations coming from staff at St. Bernards. After a selection committee narrows nominations to three, physicians on the medical staff select the recipient by secret ballot.
A quote from his nomination form:
“I have never known a more patient-centered physician. He truly, and genuinely, cares about each patient he comes in contact with. He wholeheartedly gives himself to each patient and creates a care plan with their best interest and outcome in mind. His compassion and giving spirit are never-ending.”
Dr. Khalil went to medical school at the University of Tishreen in Syria before moving to Syracuse, New York four years later. He then moved to Ohio to do research at the Cleveland Clinic where he met his wife, Linda. He began an Internal Medicine Residency in Pittsburgh, followed by a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology in San Antonio, Texas.
He worked in private practice in Knoxville for two years before coming to St. Bernards in 2008.
Dr. Khalil and Linda have two children – 19-year-old son Samer, who is studying at St. Louis University, and 9-year-old daughter Maryam.