Canadian Medical Association

Toronto; University of Toronto (U of T), Class of 2026; student, MD/PhD program. Died at age 23 on Jan. 8, 2020, when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down near Tehran, Iran. U of T Medicine reported: “An MD/PhD student at the Faculty of Medicine, Asadi-Lari was in the second year of the 8-year program. After visiting family in Iran, he was travelling back to Toronto aboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 when it crashed. Also with him was his sister, Zevnab Asadi-Lari, who was a student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Among his many accomplishments was helping to found the Canadian Association for Physician Innovators and Entrepreneurs (CAPIE). Reflecting on Asadi-Lari’s legacy, Dr. Alexandra Greenhill, board chair of CAPIE, said ‘his incredible mind, heart and energy will be missed. Being a truly gifted forward-thinker and systems-thinker, we know he would want us to focus on the future, on innovating and on contributing, so let’s remember him for all the can-do and must-do attitude he brought into the world.’ ” Dr. Patricia Houston, vice-dean of the MD program at the U of T, added: “Mohammad Asadi-Lari was a remarkable young man who touched many in his short life. He always gave much more than he ever expected in return. It is a great loss for all of us and for his family, who have lost 2 of their children.”

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