Chairman of the Board
Gabriel A. Sara, MD is a Senior Attending Physician in the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai West (former Roosevelt Hospital) where he serves as the Medical Director of the Chemotherapy Suite. In addition, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Gabriel received his early medical training in Beirut, Lebanon and his Doctorate of Medicine in Paris, France. In 1981, He moved to New York and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and then a fellowship in Hematology and Medical oncology. He is triple-board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology.
He has been cited in several yearly publications: the Castle Connolly directory “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area”, the New York Times “Super Doctors” yearly edition and the New York Magazine yearly list of “Best Doctors in Oncology”. He was the recipient of the 2004 “Wholeness of Life” award for St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. In 2014, he was the recipient of the “Listener of the Year” award from the “International Listening Association” (http://www.listen.org/listeneryear). In 2015, he was the recipient of the “What a Wonderful World Award” from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine for his contribution of the advancement of Music in the world of Medicine. In 2005, along with his close friend Fuad Sawaya (promo 1979) and in memory of Fuad’s late wife Helen, Gabriel cofounded the “Helen Sawaya Fund,” a philanthropy program whose mission is to enhance the experience of cancer patients through art, music, reflexology, a travel program and more. Additionally, along with his wife, Nada Sara and other JAUS members, he was a co-founder of the Jamhour Alumni US and serves presently as the chairman of the board of JAUS. Since 2003, he has led a program for coaching nurses and physician about resilience in the work place with a popular monthly meeting that was eventually written up in the Wall Street Journal as a model of “Training Doctors to manage their feelings” (05/19/2016). This program was instrumental in the emotional and psychological support of the staff of his hospital during the traumatic experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beside participating in several articles in the field of hematology and oncology,
Dr. Sara co-edited the textbook “Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain”.
Gabriel’s wife, Nada, initiated a project of a book reflecting Gabriel’s philosophy and approach to the cancer patients. In 2019, Gabriel met the French movie director Emmanuelle Bercot and shared with her his philosophy in caring for ill patients, and the book idea was transformed in a movie project where Emmanuelle Bercot offered Gabriel to be the doctor in the movie. The movie “De Son Vivant” casting Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel and Cécile de France was completed in 2020 and was selected in the “Out of Competition” Category for the 2021Cannes Festival. It will premiere in France in November 2021.
Gabriel remains very active in the teaching of students, residents and fellows at Mount Sinai West as well as serving in various associations to help Lebanon.