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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Brain Surgeon Working With His Heart

Photo and story by Thomas Stredwick

Dr. Bipin Shah is a retired neurosurgeon and American Red Cross
health services volunteer from Rochester, N.Y. He is lending
his expertise at one of many disaster assistance centers
positioned throughout Colorado following recent storms
that left many homeless and in need.
You don't have to be a brain surgeon to volunteer with the American Red Cross, but it helps if you are one. Dr. Bipin Shah is a retired neurosurgeon and Red Cross health services volunteer from Rochester, N.Y. He is lending his expertise at one of many disaster assistance centers positioned throughout Colorado following recent storms that left many homeless and in need. He spends his time helping displaced residents retrieve prescription medications, new eyeglasses and imparting critical health-related information.

Shah’s story with the Red Cross began three years ago, inspired by a commitment made to his daughter as she graduated from Georgetown University.

“My daughter told me that she would volunteer with Teach for America at the beginning of her career, if I would volunteer at the end of mine,” he said.

Growing up in India in a family of 12, Shah came to the United States in 1971 with $8 in his pocket and went on to develop a thriving practice after years of hard work.

“I became very successful by many people’s standards, but I realized that it was time to give back to others because I had been so fortunate,” said Shah. “I wanted to leave when I was at the peak of my career and could do the most good.”

His last three years have been devoted to the Red Cross on local and national disasters like the floods in Colorado. His tireless sacrifice serves as a reminder of the breadth and depth of Red Cross volunteers united by a common thread of humanitarianism.

Don't let Dr. Shah’s credentials intimidate you; let them inspire you to take action in your backyard today. Learn how you can become involved in your local community by visiting redcross.org/support.

1 comment:

  1. I had the honor of serving with Bipin in Health Services in Boston during the Marathon bombings. As we greeted clients at the World Trade Center, we jokingly asked "How many medical degrees does it take to hold a door open for clients? None! It takes a willing heart and giving hands." Thank you for your humble service. Joan Nyitrai, RN

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