In Remembrance

Susheela Sangwan, MD

Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues of Susheela, Susheela was a dear friend of mine. I send my thoughts and love to you all, in sorrow but also, with pride, to be able to say that she was one of my very best friends.

I met Susheela ten years ago at the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting where she was lecturing. We became fast friends ever since then, having a similar job and common likes of opera, clothes, jewelry, books and travel.

Susheela was very kind and came rushing up to San Francisco in December when I received the news that my sister had inoperable metastatic cancer. She was gentle, caring and so loving - we spent many hours talking and we cared for each other so much. I will really miss growing old with her.

She loved life - a recent email said "just got back from Barcelona - a wonderful trip. What are we doing in medicine, we should be independently wealthy!" When we spoke she told me what a great time she had, the restaurants, clothes, and wine - and when was I coming to visit. We had a lot of plans for the rest of the year, a Bocelli concert, trips to Napa, Vancouver and to LA and I don't want to have to go without her.

Susheela didn't stand for any nonsense; she was brave, intelligent and beautiful. For the rest of my life I will hear her telling me "don't take any of that rubbish." She was so forthright and so much fun, it is just not fair that the life of such a strong wonderful person was taken so abruptly.

Submitted by: Isobel Russell, MD

Note: For many years, Dr. Sangwan was instrumental in the success of the Society's Pediatric Anesthesia Workshop. She was scheduled to speak at the SCA Annual Meeting as well as the Pediatric Anesthesia Workshop in Vancouver.

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
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