Obituary: Memorial service for Nassief May 9

A memorial service for Abdullah M. Nassief, M.D., associate professor of neurology, will be held at 1 p.m. May 9 in Moore Auditorium at the School of Medicine.

Nassief, one of the region’s premier experts on stroke, died Feb. 3, 2009, of coronary artery disease while playing soccer. He was 43.

Nassief was co-director of the Cerebrovascular Disease Section in the Department of Neurology, director of the Neurology Residency Program at the School of Medicine and of the Clinical Stroke Center and of Acute Rehabilitation Services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

He spearheaded the team that led to Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s naming as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and played a central role in developing Washington University Medical Center as one of the premier stroke centers in the country.

Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for an award for doctors in training to honor Nassief’s dedication to teaching and compassion for patients.

Checks may be made payable to Washington University and sent to the Department of Neurology, Office of the Chairman, Box 8111, 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63110.