Where will Sherif Zaki be buried?

Just a month ago, more than 250 people gathered in Madison Square Garden in New York to honor the memory of Dr. Sherif R. Zaki. A renowned disease detective, this Harvard-trained pediatrician was Dr….

Where will Sherif Zaki be buried?

Just a month ago, more than 250 people gathered in Madison Square Garden in New York to honor the memory of Dr. Sherif R. Zaki.

A renowned disease detective, this Harvard-trained pediatrician was Dr. Zaki’s patient, and the last person to remember him.

“Dr. Zaki always said he couldn’t do his job without me,” said Heidy Alvergne, an Egyptian-born pediatrician who spoke at the Sept. 7 tribute.

A native of Sudan, Dr. Zaki, a Type-1 diabetic, spent 34 years in Egypt, where he served as a pediatrician at the Amne El Harb Hospital in Cairo. He eventually became an attending physician at Cairo’s large hospitals, and he served as professor of pediatrics at the American University in Cairo from 2007 to 2015.

In 2014, Dr. Zaki was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. A few months later, in the middle of chemotherapy, he was sworn in as a New York City cop.

Dr. Zaki always thought of his patients first. “The relationship between the doctor and the patient is never adversarial,” he said in a 2013 CNN interview.

Heidi Schaeffer, CEO of medical imaging company BioQuest, met Dr. Zaki at Columbia University Medical Center in 1973, where she worked in their section on the pathology and pathologist unit. Schaeffer remembered his infectious smile, his infectious optimism, his genius and his heart.

“On a perfect day he was on a respirator, and on bad days he could be the most upbeat and positive person you ever met,” Schaeffer said in an interview. “He had this great and infectious and long life.”

“He was one of a kind,” she said. “He was just a wonderful gentleman.”

There is no word yet on where Dr. Zaki will be buried. CNN’s Oliver Darcy contributed to this report.

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