New York, in the throes of the pandemic, averaged 400 deaths a day. Queens, one of the most diverse, high-risk neighborhoods in the country, had become ground zero. Elmhurst Hospital, besieged and crushed by the onslaught of COVID-19 was to become one of the brightest lights in the city, sustained by the strength, wisdom, inexhaustible determination of its leader, Jasmin Moshirpur, M.D.—the chief medical officer for NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst/Queens and the dean for Elmhurst/Queens Programs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
At 82 and 50 years a stalwart of the hospital – her mantra is “listen to the patient – Dr. Moshirpur directed and supported her staff through their most testing time, with dignity, resolve and faith in her nurses, doctors, cleaners and support staff.
Through it all, Dr. Moshipur told Glamour – the magazine has honored her -- her relationships with her students and colleagues were paramount. She showed up, because that’s what she expected of her team. Her age, said her daughter, was not going to stop her.
Queensborough Community College celebrates Dr. Moshirpur as our Guardian of Queens. Unyielding, compassionate, and cerebral, she placed our community first, as she has for the last half century.
Focusing on the safety and well-being of students, Dr. Moshipur leads this year’s Queensborough Community College Coronavirus Community Fund campaign, for students impacted physically, emotionally and mentally by the pandemic.
“Like Elmhurst, Queensborough is vital to our community. We share a mission to educate, care for and address our community and its needs,” Dr. Moshipur said.
“In that spirit, I invite you to join me to meet this challenge with resilience, creativity and abiding care for one another as we join forces to raise $100,000 in of support of hundreds of students in need.”