Former President Barack Obama on May 8 saluted the “medical professionals [who] continue to put their lives on the line to make sure we’re able to get through this moment.” And the professional that he mentioned by name was Weinberg College alumnna Dr. Sherene Fakhran ’99.
Fakhran, who majored in biological sciences at the College, is now a physician specializing in pulmonary and critical care, She earned a medical degree and master’s degree in public health from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 2003, and has been working at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital for the past decade.
Obama expressed gratitude to Fakhran and her colleagues for their efforts to battle the pandemic and keep the community safe.
“These last few months have been difficult, but [Fakhran] credits the efforts of the entire hospital — the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, custodians, and support staff — for doing their part to keep the hospital going to tend to COVID-19 patients in critical need,” Obama wrote in an Instagram post that garnered more than 800,000 likes.
The former president quoted Fakhran:
“I have been working with critically ill patients for many years, [but] this experience has been very emotional. What gives me the most hope is how people have come together to support in whatever way they can — from bringing in food to making [personal protective equipment] for our staff. Most importantly, seeing some of our sickest patients recover and actually go home has been the best feeling of all.”