Canadian Medical Association

Edmonton; graduated from medical school in Iran, 1989; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Jan. 8, 2020, aged 56, when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was shot down near Tehran, Iran. Survived by her husband. The Edmonton Journal reported: “More than 200 people paid their respects as they grappled with the deep loss to their community of Dr. Shekoufeh Choupannejad and her daughters Sara Saadat, 23, and Saba Saadat, 21, in Wednesday’s air crash in Iran. Choupannejad was an obstetrician and gynecologist at the Northgate Centre Medical Clinic in Edmonton and was always one of the first people to help in fundraising initiatives for the community. Close friend Shayesteh Majdnia, organizer of the vigil, said she would reach out to Choupannejad whenever she needed assistance in organizing initiatives for the Iranian community, such as raising funds to build schools in Iran after severe flooding in the spring of 2019. ‘Her heart, we are missing. We lost a big person, a big person in her heart,’ Majdnia said.” The Northgate Centre Medical Clinic stated: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our dearest physicians and her 2 daughters in a tragic plane crash on Jan. 8. She will be truly missed.” Global News reported: “Friends and family said that Dr. Choupannejad often helped new Iranian-Canadians in the city find health care options.”

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