ForeverMissed
Dr. Jianming Li passed away on June 12 at the age of 58 in his home in Eagan, MN. Deeply loved by his family and highly respected by his friends and colleagues, Dr. Li lived life to the fullest with compassion for everyone around him, dedication to his career, and an infectious curiosity for the world. 

Born on September 24, 1962 in Jilin, China, Dr. Li graduated from Nanjing University with a B.S. degree in biochemistry in 1982. The following year, as one of the sixty students selected for a US-China CUSBEA Exchange Program, he went to the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center to study biochemistry and received his Ph.D. in 1988. After earning his M.D. from McGill University in 1995, Dr. Li finished his internal medicine residency at the University of Toronto and returned to the University of Texas, Southwestern on a cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship. In 2002, Dr. Li joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Department of Cardiology at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Li was the Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at VAMC and Professor of Medicine at the U of M. 

Dr. Li received many professional accolades over his two-decade-long medical career,  including the “Outstanding Contribution Award” (2013) from Chinese Heart Rhythm Society; the “American Heart Association Hero Award” (2013) for his outstanding contribution to cardiovascular care and research;  and the “Teacher of the Year Award” (2014) in Cardiovascular Medicine at the U of M. He was also past president of the Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians and Chinese American Heart Association. 

Dr. Li whole-heartedly embraced the simplest moments in life with childlike wonder and deep appreciation. He loved biking and taking adventurous road trips with his family, a tradition started when he met his wife in Montreal. Dr. Li also enjoyed travelling, taking pictures, and learning about anything and everything. A food enthusiast, he relished the meals thoughtfully prepared by his wife and the baked goods with which his daughters experimented.

We will miss Dr. Li’s youthful energy, loving presence, and keen eye for beauty, all of which lifted the spirits of everyone around him. Our loving memories of Dr. Li and the legacy he left behind will inspire us to work together to make the world a better place.
Posted by Rongqing Tu on August 1, 2020
我宁愿把剑明想成断线的风筝。小时候,看着高高的风筝突然断了线,惆怅挤满了心里。风筝越飞越高,越飞越远,直到视线也无法赶上。我虽好奇它会去哪里,只有潇洒的姿势在我心里。唯有思念再次连上断线的风筝。
Posted by Greg Olsovsky on July 13, 2020
Full of joy. Three words that best describe Jimmy. I had the honor of being his fellow from 2006-2007. The comments on this website speak volumes to how many he impacted, me being one of them. I could not have asked for a better mentor or role model. He always maintained a pleasant mood no matter the situation, he cared deeply for his patients, and his passion for teaching and learning was contagious. I will never forget how he would boast of his family during cases, and my deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace.
Posted by Alex ZHANG on July 4, 2020
长亭外,古道边,芳草碧连天。

晚风拂柳笛声残,夕阳山外山。

天之涯,地之角,知交半零落。

一壶浊酒尽余欢,今宵别梦寒。

长亭外,古道边,芳草碧连天。

晚风拂柳笛声残,夕阳山外山。

情千缕,酒一杯,声声离笛催。

问君此去几时来,来时莫徘徊。

草碧色,水绿波,南浦伤如何?

人生难得是欢聚,唯有别离多。

情千缕,酒一杯,声声离笛催。

问君此去几时来,来时莫徘徊
Posted by Delin Qu on July 3, 2020
JM’s 3 warnings

Nowadays, social media overwhelmed the usual friends talking. Two years ago, JM and I caught up at the repast of a prominent neurology pioneer. As we are in different professions, medical versus legal, it is always interesting to learn from the other, particularly with good advice.

We played volleyball as one team many years ago, JM advised me to refrain from eating eggs. That day I told JM that I would have no more than 6 eggs over-easy for breakfast when I traveled abroad. JM laughed and laughed and kindly warned me again.

Before that, we had not met for several years since I joined the New York firm. I told JM admiralty stories about ransom negotiations and compared Somali amateurs to Malaysia professionals, two areas where pirates still exist. When JM heard I would routinely stop in three continents over the course of 48 hours, he seriously warned me on the jet lag disorder to which I would still try to cope with, if not the COVID-19 thing.

JM’s 3rd warning came when he learned that I was assisting foreign companies in dealing with US’ unsettled SEC regulations on Cryptocurrency, JM warned me not to gamble on such, and I assured him that I would absolutely not to but legal service only.

I always consider JM a gentleman and a decent friend with style. The day I heard JM left, I was awake all night, scared, missing, and remembering him. 

Hey, JM.
Posted by Pradeep Mammen on June 30, 2020
To Jimmy Li's Family,
My name is Pradeep Mammen. Jimmy and I were cardiology fellows together at UT Southwestern. First of all, on behalf of Anna (my wife) and our 2 children, we want to express our great sadness on hearing the news of Jimmy's death. Know that Jimmy was loved by many as is truly evident by the many awesome tributes to Jimmy's beautiful life on this website. I have very fond memories of Jimmy and we shared many experiences together as fellows. Jimmy truly cared for his fellow man and had a huge heart. Above all, Jimmy was a great and humble gentlemen. Although over the years we lost touch we did occasionally meet up at AHA meetings as we both pursued our individuals careers .... Jimmy at UM and me at UT Southwestern. Although we all mourn of Jimmy's early departure from this world, know that Jimmy will always be looking down upon you all. He is truly a Blessed man who loved his family more than anything. I know Jimmy is in heaven and will watch over the three of you as you move forward in life. We all will miss Jimmy but I know God will take good care of his soul and all of you! I have always said that in the end God always takes care of good people. Jimmy was truly one of those "good people" in this world. May God always watch over each of you and your family. God Bless. With much love and many fond memories. The Mammen Family (Rachel, Jacob, Anna and Pradeep). Dallas, Texas June 30 2020.
Posted by Yingying Li on June 30, 2020
我与李剑明教授相交甚浅,他或许并不记得我是谁。很偶然,或许是缘分吧,有幸能够与您有一面“微信之交”。新冠肆虐的日子,学术会议都转移至网上交流。也正因为如此,拉近了与大洋彼岸教授们的距离。在杨杰孚主任的倡导和组织下,我们医院举办的学术会议CTSC规模也不断扩大,今年已经是第十一个年头,正是这次会议的线上举行,使我们国内的年轻医生有机会领略美国华裔心脏协会专家们的风采。而我是最幸运的一个,竟然可以私信这么多前辈和专家。李剑明教授的微笑极具感染力,隔着屏幕也能感受到他的和蔼可亲,平易近人。得知他突然离世正是半夜时分,无法相信,也彻夜难眠。。。明明就在昨天,我们还在这里听您的讲课。。。同时也满满内疚和自责,为了这次会议您辛苦熬夜,第二天还要上班。。。这也成了一个深深的痛,久久不能触碰。。。
感谢眭子建教授告诉我这个网址,让我有机会了解和重温李剑明教授的生平,我翻看了大家分享的每幅照片,缅怀他的留言和文字,他的聪明、谦和、勤奋,他学术上的成就,他对中美交流做出的贡献,他对家人的爱,一点一滴在我面前展开,音容笑貌历历在目,时间却定格在这里。。。
在这里寄托哀思,愿您天堂一切安好!
Posted by Aaron Ho on June 28, 2020
As one of the many cardiology fellows he has trained, I learned a great deal from him-- above all, I learned from how he modeled a tireless work ethic and practiced medicine with true kindness. He leaves a great legacy from all of his hard work and sacrifices. 
Posted by Delin Qu on June 22, 2020
思念之余,我查找到剑明兄弟和我最后一次和医学/法学无关的E邮来回。


delin qu
To:Jimmy
Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 10:46 PM
谢谢剑明。
革命尚未成功, 同志必须努力。
德霖致意

On Monday, December 30, 2019, 10:11:20 PM CST, Jimmy wrote:


谢谢德霖。
我每次读你的读书感言都学到了很多
谢谢你把自己的时间和见解无私的分享给朋友们。预祝你的书早日完成。期待阅读。新年快乐。
剑明

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Posted by Michael Bui on June 21, 2020
I was incredibly fortunate to have worked with, and have gotten to know Dr. LI. He treated me as family and over the years I came to see him as a teacher, mentor, father figure, and friend. He was incredibly kind, generous, and had an infectious laugh. He always believed in me, even when I didn't. Thank you for everything. May you rest in peace. 
Posted by Delin Qu on June 21, 2020
人看相, 剑明兄弟相好且善,难得。
Posted by Alex ZHANG on June 21, 2020
哭剑明,悼念兄弟!
6月12号凌晨(东京当地时间)一阵急促的电话铃声把我从睡梦中惊醒;耳畔响起了胡丹教授的痛哭声,告诉我剑明兄弟升仙的噩耗!刹那间一股撕心裂肺般的痛涌上心头!我无法接受这样的事实:去年10月泰国的欢聚竟然成了永别,我多么希望这只是一个噩梦而已!我恨老天不公:你悬壶济世拯救了无数的生命,却不让你去拯救自己的生命;我怨上苍不平:天妒英才,那么早就让你撒手人寰把你带去天堂!
哭兄弟,32年前我俩在蒙特利尔相识到相知结下了一辈子的兄弟情谊!我依然记得我俩第一次在McGill的草坪上挖野荠菜去你那儿包馄饨,包好了你却怕有“毒”不敢吃,发现好吃后马上狼吞虎咽;每次的Party还没开吃,你总要找借口溜进厨房“偷吃”几片我卤的牛肉……这么多年你我虽分居在大洋两岸,太平洋再宽却也阻断不了你我的兄弟情义!每一年无论是你度假或回国讲学我俩总是千方百计要找机会相聚:蒙特利尔、上海、北京、吉林、大连、香港、东京、山形、武汉、广州、曼谷、大理、丽江、曼谷…到处都留下了我俩满满欢快的回忆!无论是在武汉的街头我俩不顾斯文开心地啃咬着刚刚出炉的“锅盔”亦或是在日本的山形我俩头顶雪花泡在温泉池里喝着清酒把酒言欢的情景……而今这欢快的相聚却再也无法重现!我们不是约好今年你还要带全家再来日本一起去泡你喜欢的“腌菜缸”温泉吗,你为何要爽约?!!!从今往后我却只能在相片里与你相聚,叫一声“剑明”却再也呼唤不了你回来!你为何要把这无尽的心痛留给我们!想到这一切再也禁不住泪水盈眶!多么希望能再听到你那爽朗欢快的笑声!你那善良、慈爱、宽厚的人格魅力永远激励着大家!青山不语,苍天流泪!剑明:你在天堂一路走好!

你永远的好兄弟:张曜盈
Posted by Yongping Yao on June 20, 2020
依然清晰记得您每年来北京的讲学时侃侃而谈的授课,爽朗的笑容,温柔以待众人。怀念您,剑明教授!
Posted by Bing YANG on June 20, 2020
We miss you forever
Posted by Jason Jiang on June 19, 2020
  我们是一群年过半百的吉林人。我们今天在这里沉痛哀悼地我们的发小,好兄弟,好同学___李剑明。
  我们这些人认识剑明已有四、五十个年头,最早的要追溯到1969年。噩耗传来,没有一个人相信这是真的,因为就在几天前,我们还在微信中分享疫情的情况,关心着人类如何战胜病毒问题。但上天又一次倦怠了,没有好好呵护我们的同学。
  消息证实之后,我们心中的痛远不是“悲伤”二字可以代替的。在这个烈日炎炎的夏季,对少时玩伴的爱和不舍,让我们如入三九,寒风刺骨,痛彻心扉。
  这些天我们一直在回忆与剑明在一起的那些过往,一起走过的“人之初,性本善”,懵懂的青春岁月。当然更多的是剑明从小学到中学的那份学习热情以及对知识的渴望。剑明提前自学完课堂内容,刻苦钻研,奋发向上的过去,已成为了我们那个时代,那个小城的一个传奇。
 近些年,剑明经常回到我们那个城市,也经常与我们相聚。透过众多光环,剑明还是那个脸上永远挂着微笑,可以解答老师任何问题的,总是坐在第一排的同学。
  相聚的时候,我们一次次回到从前,笑语欢歌,无拘无束。再相聚,已是我们每次分别时的期盼。然而在这个夏天,这份期盼成为了永久的遗憾。

  “逝者如斯,而未尝往也;盈虚者如彼,而卒莫消长也。”
  剑明同学,一路走好,相信天堂没有病痛。如果天堂还要上课,请先不要自学,等着我们。有一天我们还能成为发小,同学。相聚天国,同处一室,面对同一块黑板。

剑明安息!

       吉林市昌邑二十小学695班,吉林一中老9班,3班全体同学。
Posted by Guoji Xiao on June 19, 2020
                            不敢忘却的纪念

   那是一个下午,在电话里听到了剑明的噩耗,那种震惊是无以复加的,我和谈莉坐在那里相对无言,在十分钟里不约而同作出了一个决定,那就是把房间里的走步机给扔了,因为实在无法面对这样的消息。
  不曾想起,不敢忘记。三年前剑明和春萌在我家,我们一起海阔天高谈天说地那一幕还历历在目,怎么转眼就成了昨天,记得那天临别时你还对我说:老肖,以后你和谈莉心脏方面有什么问题我来帮忙,这声音还言犹在耳。可是此刻的我是锥心的痛,剑明,还记得你的承诺吗?你又在哪里呢?问苍天,抬头,苍天无言。
  生命是短暂的,友情是永远的,我相信,在我们朋友的每一个聚会,在我们的每一次回忆,剑明就在我们的身边,好像从来就没有离开过,真的,从来就没有离开过。
  节哀吧,胡敏,我想这也是剑明对你的期待,逝者已逝,除了面对,我们别无选择,为了剑明,我们必须活的更好,这不只是对剑明的承诺,更是我们对生命的交代。这一刻,说什么都显得多余,请相信:在没有剑明的日子里,我们就站在你的身边,当你需要的时候,我们不会缺席,这是我们对剑明共同的怀念。
 
剑明,一路走好!我们想念你。

肖国基,谈莉
Posted by Will S on June 19, 2020
    悼劍明兄

去年今日(6/15/2019)還歷歷在目,如今你怎麽就如此匆匆地走了呢?

平日裏,我這個文科出生的人并不是一個很善於形象思維的。(并不是説我强於邏輯思維)。可是不知道爲什麽這些天,自從得知劍明兄的噩耗以來,好兄弟的音容笑貌就一直時時出現在眼前。。。與你們一家子交往二十幾年來的樁樁件件往事就像放影視片段一樣,頻頻浮現在腦海裏、歷歷在目。。。

6/13/219晚上我們飛抵明尼阿波利斯機場,你和胡敏來接,久別重逢大家非常興奮和歡樂。接下來的幾天,你們夫妻倆和兩位千金一家人熱情地接待我們,帶我們去了北面大湖邊的一個僻靜的度假村,與我們分享了每一分鐘的歡聲笑語。不料去年6/19與你明市機場就此一別,如今竟與你陰陽隔阻成為永恆!

2017年聖誕節前,我們兩家相約同游冰島南部半圈自駕游。游覽了南部絕大部分的旅游景點,包括瀑布、冰湖、冰川、冰洞、大陸板塊峽谷和火山博物館。我們在首都的大教堂度過了一個非常難得的聖誕夜。我們相約一定要再度去冰島旅游完成北部景點或全環自駕游。一定要看到北極光!我們還有好多地方要一起同游啊!

2017九月,我和太太一起飛去你家,與你們度過了一個非常愉快的周末。你們陪著我倆瀏覽了雙城的處處好景。我們還一起去北邊看了燈塔、碼頭、和大湖。

2015年夏天我太太回國去了,九月中旬我心血來潮,想飛去明尼阿波利斯看看你和胡敏。到了你們家,你倆告訴我說,我可趕得正巧啊,今天是劍明的生日。那時,你們已經安排好一家人要去北邊大湖區的度假村過個周末,於是帶上我就一齊出發了。你們一家人難得的一個清净輕鬆周末,你倆就大大方方地跟我一起分享了。。。我心裏十分的感激。

人的一生,可以交心交肺知根知底無話不談的知心朋友,其實不多。除了中學裏的好朋友以外,在成人以後能夠遇上那麽一個知音知己,就是很幸運的了。

劍明兄於我,就是這樣難能可貴的知己。

我們兩家的緣分還是從多倫多開始的,可是我們那時并不認識,也不知道。
1997年,我們從多倫多移居達拉斯。1998年,劍明夫妻倆也從多倫多移居達拉斯。他們臨行前,一位我們兩家共同的在多倫多的好朋友把我們的通訊聯係方式介紹了給他們。於是,不久我們兩家就成為在達拉斯經常走動的好朋友了。

劍明夫婦特別好客,經常請客聚友。劍明知識豐富淵博,見多識廣,善於言談,上至天文下至地理,他無所不知且都有自己獨到的見解。他談笑風生妙語連篇,真誠開朗和睿智,處處顯示出他對世事的敏銳的洞察能力。和他在一起,就會不由自主地被他的人格魅力所折服。。。

假如我有煩惱和苦悶,他也縂是不厭其煩地幫我分析開導排憂解難。。。

這樣的朋友一旦離開,我這幾天竟感到就好像一部分的“自我”或“魂靈”離開了我。。。因爲世上少了一個把酒談心的知音知己。。。

記得有一次我們聊天的話題是關於對平行宇宙的認識,我多麽希望現在能夠知道劍明你在哪個宇宙呢?我一定也要去你那裏會會你啊!

每次見面,我倆經常聊天的一個話題是關於國際時事和中美關係。去年此時在你們哪兒的度假村,一天晚飯后,咱倆踏著月色出去在公路邊散步,來回大約走了兩個多小時。中心話題就是對中美關係對抗走勢的深深的擔憂。。。顯見得你那憂國憂民的拳拳赤子之心。由於我們聊天忘了時間,手機訊號又不好,等我們回到住處,兩位太太都着急了。

記得你好幾次跟我談起過多麽想以後退休了去深山老林荒蕪人烟的叢山峻嶺上找一個山清水秀的地方過極其簡單、自給自足的生活而終老山林,那將會是多麽愜意的事啊!你咋這樣一個人說走就走了呢???

劍明啊,記得你喜歡下圍棋,你在達拉斯的時候,我倆一有機會見面總會殺上一兩盤。當然啦,通常是我輸得多。後來棋下得太緊張,會引起我頭疼。我不好意思對你明説,有時對你邀我下棋不太積極響應,你一定已察覺我閃爍其詞顧左右而言它吧?。。。我現在老實跟你坦白了吧,我被你殺怕了吧,心裏很喜歡跟你下棋,可是又怕頭疼。。。人真矛盾啊!後來在你的建議下,我去醫院做了一次腦CT檢查頭痛原因。。。

我知道我此時的任何語言都是蒼白無力的,都無法表達對你的追思和懷念。

不過我還是想以下面一首小詩爲你送行:

去年今日此湖(山)(你家)中,人面夏風相映红。人面不知何处去,牡丹依旧謝東风。

- 逸寬遙寄哀思羈與達城
Posted by Anu Gupta on June 19, 2020
Though I am heavy with sadness, I am honored and fortunate to have met and worked with Dr. Li during his last days with us. Maya Angelou says, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” No better words can express who Dr. Li was because of his generous spirit. In the last days, we spent together, not only did he share the beauty of his family with me the stories about his wife and daughters, we shared stories about favorite Netflix series, recent health goals, Montreal beauty, his experience at med school, the trees he had planted, amusing antics by his cat, and about his orchids. I gained a type of friendship with him which otherwise takes many years to cultivate. His passion for life was contagious. His altruistic nature wasn't just evident in the way he made everyone feel included, but extended to his work as well. He had an equal commitment to patients as he did to his colleagues elevating all who crossed paths with him. Because of him, my life is richer today. There will be a void at the workplace as well as amongst friends and family. He will be missed immensely. Our prayers and strength for the family!!!!

Posted by Annette LAWTON on June 19, 2020
Dr. Li was a kind, gentle soul. I learned so much from him over the years. He was such a great teacher and friend. The thing I will remember him for most is the love he had for his family. They meant everything to him. With as much as he did for the EP community and cardiology community he remained very humble and dedicated. But, again, it was family that was always in his heart. He is greatly missed and hearts are broken.  My most sincere sympathy to his beloved wife and daughters.
Posted by Rajat Jhanjee on June 19, 2020
My name is Rajat Jhanjee. I graduated from the University of Minnesota EP program in 2011.
I want to take this opportunity to remember my mentor, my Professor, Dr. Li.

I am extremely saddened by his untimely departure. Even though I only saw him one time since my graduation from University of Minnesota EP fellowship in 2011, his loss has left me a very heavy feeling in my heart which is lingering on.

Dr. Li was not only a great Electrophysiologist but was also a great teacher and a good human being. I want to share some of my fond memories of him.
During my initial few days of fellowship training, I was observing a catheter ablation case. He gently asked me if I understood concealed entrainment. I shook my head. Then, instead of making fun of me, he explained me the concept patiently. He treated me like an elder brother and that made me very comfortable.
EP studies with Dr. Li were always very interesting. He would talk about many different things. Aside from the actual EP study, he would give his views on social issues, political issues, talk about his family, his likes, his dislikes, his frustrations. He would pour his heart out. So, we got to know him very well. As one example, I remember talking about how he used to enjoy taking his daughters out for biking and vacationing with his family. 
Every EP study would be filled with his infectious laughter that would begin slowly and then pick up. It would be easy to hear Dr. Li’s laughter even when you were not inside the EP lab. I will miss his laughter.
Another memory that I have of Dr. Li was that after one of my Friday morning presentations, he told me that he learnt something new from my presentation. This meant a lot to me and increased my confidence. It also signified to me that Dr. Li was a very humble person to have said that to me.

I still discuss some of Dr. Li’s techniques in EP lab in the hospital where I work. One example is the famous  ‘Jimmy curve’ used to curve the stylet while placing a RV lead. 
Dr. Li once told us that when he was in school in China, there was a fire in his house. However, he was so busy studying that he didn’t notice the fire and kept on studying. His mother had to pull him out of the house. My children have heard this story many times as an example of what being studious means. I have also shared this story with my staff in the EP lab.
I also saw Dr. Li during stressful times, when things would not turn out as expected in the EP lab. I saw how he picked himself up next day and kept on working. This memory still gives me strength when this don’t go as expected in the EP lab for me.
Most importantly, I remember Dr. Li for being kind to me and treating me like a family member during my fellowship.
Dr. Li, I will miss you and I hope that be a good human being like you. RIP...

Respectfully 
Rajat Jhanjee
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 18, 2020
剑明的大哥深情、沉痛悼念弟弟

胡敏、莹莹、睿睿、各位来宾:
首先,我代表李氏家族和所有亲人,衷心感谢各位前来参加我弟弟的追悼会。
剑明骤然英年早逝,令我和我的家人无比的悲痛。所有亲人都无法相信,也无法面对这一残酷的现实,都为我们失去一位优秀的亲人而痛哭流泪,更为世界失去一位出色的医学人才而惋惜!
记得剑明小的时候,聪明勤奋、品学兼优、尊老爱幼、谦虚待人,他是同龄人的佼佼者,是老师和大人们最喜欢的学生和孩子。剑明是以十六岁的小小年纪跳级考入南京大学,八十年代初,他作为中国首批大学生赴美留学,并获得了一个硕士学位、两个博士学位,之后,逐渐成长为国际驰名的专家、教授。这也是我父亲,我们兄弟姊妹及整个家族引以为骄傲和自豪的事情。
剑明辞世后这几天,海内外医学界的机构、协会、名人、朋友都以各种方式悼念我弟弟,给予他很高的评价,这是我与我的家人没有想到的。这足以证明我弟弟的一生虽然短暂,但却体现出无限的价值。他实现了自己的理想和追求,为家族增了光,也为世界添了彩。
这几天,剑明辞世的消息迅速传遍了海内外,很多医学组织和成员、剑明生前的朋友、学生、患者等纷纷向剑明的家属致哀和慰问。我代表剑明在中国的所有亲人,向你们表示诚挚的谢意。
剑明走了,愿他在天堂一切美好,也愿胡敏和两个孩子忍痛节哀,尽快走出悲痛,恢复正常生活。你们的幸福,是全家的心愿,也一定是剑明的牵挂。剑明在吉林的家永远是你们的家,是你们坚强后盾,全家人永远和你们在一起!
作为剑明的哥哥,因为当前疫情关系,我难以现场参加今天追悼会,也没有能为剑明后事做一点点事情。虽然遗憾终生,但是同时也有幸看到和体会到了剑明和胡敏的朋友们浓浓的真情厚意。尤其要感谢组织此次追悼会的各位志愿者朋友,是你们牺牲了宝贵时间,精心组织、策划,才把剑明的葬礼办得如此体面;也是你们这些天的陪伴和安慰让胡敏及两个孩子在最悲伤的时候得到亲人般的慰藉,可以有所依靠。你们是我们李氏家族的恩人,我们万分感激!(鞠躬)
安息吧,我亲爱的弟弟!
世事难料奈何人。
英年早逝亲人痛,
从今骨肉分两世,
但愿来生再弟兄。

李剑英 于中国吉林 
2020年6月20日
Posted by Yi You on June 18, 2020
惊悉李建明医生仙逝噩耗,让人难以置信。他从来是那么平易近人,谦虚热情。他是明州华人医生协会的第三任会长,他一直热心为社区服务,在他任会长及以后的岁月里,他来华夏之家为华人社会服务中心的老人们做过很多次医学讲座, 耐心地为老人们解答问题,也多次义务为老人们及新移民们打感冒等预防针。他为社区服务从来都是热心帮忙,不厌其烦,他的离去真正是明州的巨大损失。我们将永远怀念他。祝愿李医生在天家安息!愿家里人节哀顺变,向家里人表示深切哀痛和问候。
Posted by Melody Zhou on June 17, 2020
From: 明州国际中文学校

惊闻李剑明教授仙逝,吾及明州国际中文学校全体同仁痛心疾首,深表哀悼!

感怀李教授去年11月来我校做急救常识讲座,谦逊和蔼,谆谆教导,深获家长和社区的敬仰和爱戴。昨日笑貌音容,今日尚历历在目!然斯人骤远,社区痛失英才,亲朋刻骨难抒,真可谓山河同悲, 日月同泣!

人生于世,得天独厚若此,李教授或可慰藉,含笑九泉!

李剑明教授千古!

明州国际中文学校
校长:周舒
2020 年 6 月 17 日
Posted by Steve Martin on June 17, 2020
Jimmy, we will miss you more than you'll ever know! It has been my honor to work with you in serving Veterans, it didn't feel like work since your demeanor brought joy to the everyday routines of life. 
 - Among my work colleagues, we called you "The Ambassador" because you had the ability to bring people together. I try to emulate this skill, but for you it was natural.
 - I remember your voice calling "we are heroes" when we reached the top of a rugged portion of the Great Wall. During your life you were a hero to many people.

God bless, may your sweet soul rest in peace.
Posted by Michael Li on June 17, 2020
悼念老同学李剑明

一个宁静的早晨,下着棉棉细雨,带着微风。

咋晚惊愕老同学剑明辞世,心情一直不能平静,无法入睡。

外面的棉棉细雨,像是苍天的眼泪,痛述英才早逝。

阵阵微风,吹过耳边,像是在叮嘱,珍惜生命始于健康。

不知什么原因,我对李剑明印象深刻,也许是他的耸壑昂霄的才华,孜孜不倦的追求,务实格致的风格,厚德仁慈的人品。这些近于模糊的印象,构成他的人格魅力,也垫定他在我脑海中的痕迹。但现在这些成为了永远的记忆。

愿棉棉细雨,带着哀思,送老同学最后一程。

愿微风,带着悲伤,怀念我们共同拥有过的时光。

愿逝者安息!

励强,June 17, 2020
Posted by 王 凯文 on June 17, 2020
惊闻剑明离世,非常难过!
我和剑明是中学文艺班的同学,他吹小号,我吹黑管,在中学的时候就是尖子生,德智体全面发展,打球骨折在家休息,把毛选四卷都读完了,78年中学没毕业,我们俩个就提前一年考到南京读大学,他读南京大学,我读南京铁道医学院,我们学校离的不远,又可以经常见面,他在大学期间不但成绩好,还学了流利的英语法语,所以毕业就考上了美国的奖学金项目,然后去广州中山大学集中培训英语,我刚好考到广州中山医科大学读研,他临出国前还特别到我宿舍来告别。虽然我后来移民温哥华,但一直也没机会见面,约40年前的这一切仿佛就在昨天。
愿老同学在天堂安息!妻女节哀!
Posted by Niyada Naksuk on June 16, 2020
I was grateful to get to know Dr. Li. He was a very kind, knowledgeable and humble cardiac electrophysiologist and teacher. Dr. Li would always find time to teach and discuss with trainees. Last visit at the Minneapolis VAMC over a year ago, he gave me a very warm welcome and made me feel home. We spent almost 2 hours discussing about our ongoing research projects and I remembered his energetic manners. My deepest condolences to Dr. Li ‘s family. Dr. Li, you will be solely and forever missed. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Julie Wang on June 16, 2020
Anyone who has ever met Jimmy will remember his smile. He’s got such a cheerful soul and a lovely wife who you could tell is the love of his life. My husband and I had the pleasure meeting the couple through a mutual friend. Our lunch together at MoA was so pleasant and memorable because of their warm hospitality.
I can’t imagine how much pain his family is going through right now for losing such a loving husband and dad. Best wishes for Min and the girls.
Posted by Debra Condon on June 16, 2020
My deepest condolences to Dr. Li's wife and family in this time of sorrow. Dr. Li was a very kind, humble, and compassionate health care provider and mentor. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Posted by Rajat Kalra on June 15, 2020
I first got to know Dr. Li as one of the hundreds of cardiology Fellows that he trained while he was faculty at the Minneapolis VA. An outstanding general Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, it seemed to me that Dr. Li’s clinical abilities were only surpassed by his ability to connect with his patients, juniors, and colleagues through his happy-go-lucky nature and his unforgettable laugh – an unrestrained expression of joy of his own that always brought joy to those around him.

One lasting memory of Dr. Li that is seared in my mind is the manner in which he described his rationale for working at the Minneapolis VA. After finding out that Dr. Li had trained in Parkland, I could not help but wonder why Dr. Li had left Dallas winters for Minnesota winters. Before I asked, Dr. Li went on to describe that working for the VA fulfilled an immense sense of social responsibility for him. He felt this strong sense of responsibility to America’s Veterans, the United States of America, and, above all, to the ideal of providing unrestricted, high-quality patient care to all who came to seek it. Such was his dedication to his craft and his ideals. This left an indelible impression on me in the first few months of my cardiology fellowship.

Dr. Li, we will very, very sorely miss you. While it is difficult to accept your loss, I am immensely grateful for the time that I did spend with you. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Suzy Liu on June 15, 2020
2009年五月底接到一个不认识的电话。 对方介绍:自己叫 Jimmy;说看了我申请电生理fellow的资料想邀请我去明大面试。 我谢了他,告诉他我已经接受了其他地方录取。 剑明还是凭着三寸不烂之舌把我说得Minniapolis 走了一遭。虽然我们错过了师生情,但是不耽误在之后的11年里愈来愈深的友谊:我们不仅是同行,还成为非常合得来的好朋友。 He had lived his life to the fullest. Rest in peace! 
Posted by Wobo Bekwelem on June 15, 2020
Dr. Li will be sorely missed. I’ll never forget the many lessons I learnt from him as his fellow. Incredibly smart, kind and always willing to help. With his departure, the world has lost a little bit of light. Rest In Peace Jimmy!
Posted by Mario Bradley on June 15, 2020
I am so happy that I got to see Dr. Li again recently and I will never forget that interaction. Like always, Dr. Li was welcoming, joyful and gave an enthusiastic hand shake. This particular conversation was especially meaningful as I shared the news of the birth of my child and he was so excited that my wife and I had a daughter. He was such a proud "girl dad" and told me how much I will love watching her grow as he has with his daughters. Wisely, he cautioned me how fast time goes as he looked at my photos of her at just five months old. We also reminisced about some memories of the past years that I was amazed he remembered. I will always have tremendous respect and appreciation for Dr. Li's kindness and feel very fortunate to have known him. My sincerest and deepest condolences to Jianming's family. His passing was much too soon, but may he rest in peace.
Posted by Delin Qu on June 15, 2020
Celebrating JM's Life in Loving Memory!

老朋友突然离去,我彻夜难眠,记得一起打排球时他的团队精神, 记得一起聚会时他的真知灼见,记得劝我不要早餐吃六个嫩煎蛋,更记得2009年金秋,剑明兄弟为新书出版在上海书城座谈和签字,我当时正好在上海出差,赶到书城会议室,难得尽一把已经不是地主的地主之谊,为剑明兄弟助兴。 唉,就这样离开了?
Posted by Alan Berger on June 15, 2020
I got to know Jian Ming during our travels to the Chinese cardiology conferences with Fei Lu. He was a positive spirit, always seeing the good in people. He was an inspiration to the cardiology fellows and had a passion for educations. He was loved by many and will truly be missed. My supportive thoughts go to him and those he left behind.
Posted by Gary Wang on June 15, 2020
惊悉剑明不幸离世,非常难过。他是我两个好朋友的好朋友。虽然我以前没有见过他,但经常听到朋友提起他的聪明才智和热情为人,很想有日相见。今年元月五日有幸在洛杉矶会面,仿似如故。他自信的谈吐和爽朗的笑声至今历历在目。本想有日再见,没想到...... 安息吧!

I was very sad to learn that Jian Ming had passed away unexpectedly. He was a good friend of my two good friends. Although I hadn’t seen him before, I often heard friends mentioning his ingenuity and enthusiasm, and I really wanted to meet him. We were fortunate to meet in Los Angeles on January 5th of this year, as if I knew him all along. I have vividly remembered his confident talk and hearty laughter. I thought I would meet you again, but ... Rest in peace, my friend!
Posted by Kevin Song on June 15, 2020
Dr. Li was my very first attending in residency. He was a brilliant, humble and compassionate mentor. His jovial personality was infectious. I will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Posted by Asrar Khan on June 15, 2020
I got to know Dr. Li very well since January, as I'm his clinic fellow and worked with him every week. He was a good man, a joyous man, and a humble man. One of my last interactions with him I will never forget. We saw an energetic and full of life elderly patient, and I said off hand "don't we all wish we could be like him when we're old." Dr. Li, forever the insightful and profound person, replied "True, but don't we all wish we could get a chance to grow old at all." I was honored to work with him, he was an outstanding teacher, and I express my utmost condolences to his wonderful family.
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 世界华人医师协会

尊敬的李剑明教授亲属:
惊闻李剑明教授离世消息,我们都万分悲痛。世界华人医师协会和我本人对李剑明教授的不幸逝世深表哀悼。
我们无比感谢他对祖国和华人医师事业的热爱和贡献!深切缅怀他对医学特别是专科领域做出的的杰出成就!望李教授亲属 节哀顺变。

李剑明教授千古!
世界华人医师协会
会长 张雁灵
2020 年 6 月 14 日
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 南方国际心血管病会议会务组

沉痛悼念李剑明教授
李剑明教授家人及生前好友、同仁:
惊闻李剑明教授于 2020 年 6 月 12 日突然离世,国内同仁悲痛万分,无不深感惋惜,恨天 妒英才。谨以此向李剑明教授的离世表示沉痛哀悼,并向其亲属表示亲切慰问。
李剑明教授虽身在美国,却在时刻支持着祖国医学事业的发展,为中国的起搏电生理事业发 展大力培养人才,传授知识,与国内同仁探究前沿学术发展。多年来,李教授不辞辛劳,频 繁往返于美国和大陆,支持各项学术活动的开展,不仅带来其个人的最新研究成果,更为年 轻医生和学者树立了榜样,每一位同仁将铭记其治学严谨,科研求精,诲人不倦的精神。每 年南方国际心血管学术会议上为青年医生举办的基础电生理培训班给年轻医生学习规范的电生理研究过程打造了十分优秀的平台。
生活中,李教授和蔼可亲,平易近人。我们深知,李教授为子孝顺至极,为父慈爱有加,夫
妻相敬如宾;对去美留学的学子予以无私的资助,对国内企业的同仁亦能出谋划策,不遗余力。我们为失去这样一位好同事、好战友、好老师、好朋友深感痛惜。
李剑明教授永垂不朽!
南方国际心血管病会议会务组
2020 年 6 月 14 日
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 中国生物医学工程学会心律分会

惊闻李剑明教授骤然离世噩耗,万分悲痛,沉痛悼念!
李剑明教授是杰出的心血管病专家、教育家,曾担任美国华裔心脏协会主席、
明尼苏达华裔医生协会主席以及世界华人心血管医师协会委员,治学严谨,学术
功底深厚,传道解惑,待人真诚。李剑明教授是中国心律学会的好朋友,为中美
两国心脏电生理事业交流及推动中国起搏电生理事业发展做出了巨大贡献,多次参与长城国际心脏病学术大会、中国南方国际心血管病学术会议、东方心脏病学会议等会议,在多个学术大会上举办起搏电生理学习班并亲自授课,关心我国青年心脏电生理医师的成长。他非常重视心律植入装置并发症及电极导线管理的规范化处理,承担共同主席共举办七届国际研讨会,是中美交流合作的重要桥梁。
痛失李剑明教授,必是中美心血管领域的巨大损失。但李剑明教授对学术和祖国的赤诚,是留给所有心血管人永远的精神力量,我们必不会忘记!
在此沉痛悼念剑明教授!并向李剑明教授家属致以最诚挚慰问,万望节哀珍重!
中国生物医学工程学会心律分会
2020 年 06 月 13 日
Posted by Maria Anderson on June 15, 2020
When I stopped by his office for advice, he made me tea and had me sit to talk. When we did procedures together, I learned a great deal from him, but he always asked my opinion. He was always excited about an interesting teaching point. Every conversation with him was interesting. He laughed so joyfully and easily, you couldn't help but feel happy.
Posted by Sasha Prisco on June 15, 2020
I am deeply saddened by Dr. Li's passing. He was my staff attending every month that I was on the inpatient cardiology service at the VA as a resident and fellow. He was a great teacher and clinician. He was always very kind to the trainees, staff, and patients. I will miss him. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Posted by Scott Sakaguchi on June 15, 2020
Jimmy was an incredible colleague and friend. He brought boundless energy to everything he did. From the "top" he was the force that allowed us to expand our training program, and "in the trenches" he was a dedicated one-on-one teacher that all appreciated and motivated some to pursue electrophysiology as a career. Most of all, we will miss his infectious enthusiasm and endless smile. It was always a joy to be in his presence. Our deepest condolences to his family from ours.
Posted by David Benditt (Cell Email... on June 15, 2020
Jimmy was an amazing friend and colleague to so many; a great leader, educator, and bridge-builder. He was a thoughtful kind clinician. and an innovative academic. Jimmy was always challenging current knowledge and assumptions, but ever polite and respectful of others.
Jimmy could be counted upon to do the heavy lifting whether it be with developing new worldwide relationships, enhancing educational opportunities, or undertaking research. He was there to help whenever and wherever needed.
We will always remember his perpetual smile and wonderful sense of humor; neither ever failed to light up the room.
A lovely man gone much too soon.
We will miss Jimmy dearly.
David B.
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: Chinese American Heart Association

Dear CNAHA members and friends: 
 
We are all extremely saddened that our beloved friend and former CNAHA president, Dr. Jianming Li, passed away on June 12th, 2020 from illness.  Our deepest sympathies to his wife, who has lost a loving husband, and his two daughters who have lost an amazing father.  CNAHA has lost a great leader and mentor and we have all lost a dear friend.
 
Dr. Li is an accomplished and internationally respected cardiologist and electrophysiologist.  He devoted his life to patient care, education, and public awareness of cardiovascular diseases.  With his kind and warm heart, clear vision, firm commitment, strong leadership skills and tireless effort, he made a tremendous impact on so many people. For CNAHA members, Dr. Li was the backbone of our organization. As the third president of CNAHA, his leadership helped navigate our organization through unique challenges, steering us to the strong position that we are in now.  He made constant efforts to promote the development of CNAHA, and oversaw collaborations between CNAHA and many large professional societies (such as the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, and American Society of Echocardiography).  
 
Dr. Li was instrumental in CNAHA’s scientific communications with various Chinese cardiovascular societies.  His substantial contributions in educating Chinese physicians and promoting cardiovascular health for Chinese people are and will continue to be recognized and appreciated, as evidenced by the condolences that have been pouring in over the past two days. 
 
Dr. Li is a dear friend, and has been a role model for me personally, as well as for many of our members.  While our time with him may seem brief, his impact on us will be forever lasting. He will always live on in our memory! 

Zijian Xu, MD, PhD, FACC
President
Chinese American Heart Association
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 中国医师协会心力衰竭专业委员会
中华心力衰竭和心肌病杂志

美国华裔心脏协会及李剑明教授家属:
惊闻李剑明教授驾鹤西游,哀痛之至!
李剑明教授曾担任美国华裔心脏协会主席,作为国际心血管病学领域的一代宗师,李剑明教授一直致力于中美心血管疾病研究的合作与交流。他在推动中国心脏专科医师培训的工作上殚精竭虑,甘为人梯,奖掖后学,为我国心血管疾病的防控做出了不可磨灭的贡献。
李剑明教授严谨的治学风范定会在心血管领域的后辈中传承光大。龙船五月待新棕,岁岁端阳忆剑明。李剑明教授安息!

中国医师协会心力衰竭专业委员会
中华心力衰竭和心肌病杂志
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From:南京大学78生化班
黯悉劍明学友英年早逝,吾全班学友不胜惋悼,哀伤难舍。剑明年轻,属全班最年幼者之列,却先行我等而去,岂不痛哉,悲哉[Sob]
    追忆往事,历历在目。高考恢复后,剑明从吉林来到南京,和我们共组南大78生化班。这是一个特殊年代的特殊群体,而劍明是这群体中最突出的一员;这是一个拼搏年代的拼博群体,而劍明是其中最勤奋的一员;这是一个创新年代的创新群体,而劍明是其中最有独立见地的一员。4年的同窗生活中,我们记住了他起床号前已在锻练的身影,我们记住了他息灯后仍在学习的情景。我们记住了他对师長的敬重,我们记住了他对学友的友善,我们更记住了他的小号声,那么淸淅,暸亮,就象他的为人,而这些,随着他的离去,变成了永恒.... 其思之深,见之远,仁之厚,一切一切仿如昨天,怎不感念畴昔。僅于此表达全班学友的哀伤,愿剑明一路走好。
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
唁电
From: 浙江省医学会心血管病学分会
浙江省医师协会心血管内科医师分会
浙江省心血管学会
钱江国际心血管病会议组委会

李剑明教授家属及美国华裔心脏协会:
 
惊闻李剑明教授不幸离世的噩耗,我们深感悲痛!
 
李剑明教授是华人心血管病学界杰出的医生、科学家、教育家,长期深耕心脏电生理领域,治学严谨、功底深厚、成果丰硕、桃李芬芳,曾担任美国华裔心脏协会主席、明尼苏达华裔医生协会主席以及世界华人心血管医师协会委员,获美国心脏协会年度心脏医生英雄奖。
 
李剑明教授对祖国一片赤子之心,他为我国心血管事业的发展倾注了大量心血。作为中美心血管领域交流合作的重要桥梁,从2016年起,他领导的美国华裔心脏协会与浙江省医学会心血管病学分会建立了良好的合作关系,每年在钱江国际心血管病会议上举办美国华裔心脏协会专场,传递心血管病领域前沿进展。此外美国华裔心脏协会与浙江大学医学院附属第二医院定期举办网络病例讨论会,大力推动我国青年心血管医师的规范化培训与成长。
 
医者无界,大爱无疆是对李剑明教授一生的最好写照。李剑明教授猝然离世是中美心血管领域的巨大损失,他的精神和意志将继续激励我们不断前行,探索心血管事业的新高峰,造福广大心血管病患者。
 
我们谨向贵协会并通过贵协会向李剑明教授的家属表示沉痛悼念和诚挚慰问!恳切希望李剑明教授的家属节哀顺变,保重身体!                   王建安代表
 
浙江省医学会心血管病学分会
浙江省医师协会心血管内科医师分会
浙江省心血管学会
钱江国际心血管病会议组委会
2020年6月14日
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
唁 电
From: 中国心血管健康联盟
世界华人心血管医师协会
东方心脏病学会议组委会

美国华裔心脏协会及李剑明教授家属:
惊悉李剑明教授骤然辞世,令人扼腕,谨致沉痛哀悼!
李剑明教授是华人心血管病学界杰出的医生、科学家、教育家,毕生致力于悬壶济世、治病救人,传道授业、教书育人。长期深耕心脏电生理领域,治学严谨,功底深厚,成果丰硕,桃李芬芬。
李剑明教授对祖国一片赤诚,他为中美两国心血管事业的发展倾注了大量心血。曾担任美国华裔心脏协会主席、明尼苏达华裔医生协会主席以及世界华人心血管医师协会委员。曾获中国心律协会心脏起搏杰出贡献奖和美国心脏协会年度心脏医生英雄奖。作为中美心血管领域交流合作的重要桥梁,他非常重视我国年轻一代心血管医生的成长和全民心血管健康,在他的组织下,“青年心锋”中美青年医师临床心技能大赛已经成功举办两届;他倡议并联合葛均波院士、霍勇教授等一大批中国心血管病专家于2019年启动中国心肺复苏周,两年来,心肺复苏周很好地激发了全民学习心肺复技能的热情,显著提升了我国心脏急救能力。医者无界,大爱无疆是对李剑明教授一生的最好写照。李剑明教授猝然离世是中美心血管领域的巨大损失,但是他的精神和意志将继续指引所有心血管人不断向前,探索心血管事业的新高峰,造福中美乃至全世界的心血管病患者。
谨向贵协会并通过贵协会向李剑明教授家属致以最诚挚慰问,万望节哀珍重!


中国心血管健康联盟
世界华人心血管医师协会
东方心脏病学会议组委会
2020年06月13日
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
唁电:
From: 长城心脏病会议组委会

美国华裔心脏协会及李剑明教授家属:

惊悉李剑明教授不幸逝世的噩耗,我们深感悲痛!

李剑明教授曾任美国明尼苏达大学医学院教授,美国退役军人医疗中心心脏起博和电生理中心主任,明尼苏达华裔医生协会主席和全美华裔心脏医生协会主席,是国际著名的心血管专家,心脏起搏器手术和心律失常诊治专家。曾荣获中国心律协会心脏起搏杰出贡献奖,美国心脏协会年度心脏医生英雄奖,明尼苏达大学心血管医学“年度优秀教授奖”。

李剑明教授热衷于公益事业,多年来,利用业余时间在明尼苏达华人健康中心为华人提供免费专家门诊。2009年7月,李剑明教授的第一本医学科普著作《爱心启示录》出版,本书积聚了他多年在美国的行医经验和个人经历,用通俗易懂的语言和大量的医学科学证据,向国内读者介绍如何预防冠心病和心脏猝死的发生。

他虽侨居海外,但心系祖国家乡。近年来,他更是多次回国参加长城心脏病学会议并与国内同行医生进行学术交流和手术示范,有效促进了中美心血管专家的相互沟通。2012年,在他担任美国华裔心脏协会主席之际,长城会更是与CnAHA首次合作设立“CNAHA青年研究奖”为激励在基础和临床有突出学术贡献的青年医师搭建国际心脏领域学术和交流平台。

他一生奋斗在心血管领域,用满腔的激情和责任为中美心血管事业的发展做出了巨大的贡献。他真诚无私地提携后学,他的逝世,是心血管学术界的巨大损失!

我们谨向贵协会并通过贵协会向李剑明教授的家属表示沉痛悼念和诚挚慰问!恳切希望李剑明教授的家属节哀顺变,保重身体! 

                                                                                                          长城心脏病学会议组委会
                                                                                                                         2020年6月13日
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Recollections By A Once Chubby Boy

Shared by Timothy Tu on June 21, 2020
Timmy Tu 

When I was six years old, my family moved from Milwaukee to Eagan. We didn’t know anyone in the community until one summer evening when we met the Li family on the tennis courts near Eagan High School. It seems almost surreal that this happened a decade ago, but the memories are still vivid. That encounter marked the beginning of the friendship between our two families. 

The dinner parties at Hu Min Ayi and Li Shu Shu’s house will always be the favorite part of my childhood memory. My sister and I have always thought of the Li house as the hub of the Chinese community, with Li Shu Shu sitting at the head of the table entertaining guests with his jokes and Hu Min Ayi’s delicious food. As I ran in and out to play in the backyard or climb up and down the basement stairs to grab a treat on the main floor, I often felt bewildered by how a gathering with swarms of people could be executed so harmoniously. Always busy in the kitchen, Hu Min Ayi never forgot to ask me if I had tried this or that. My wandering presence in the kitchen often inspired her to put more treats out for the kids to enjoy.  When the other Chinese dads were trying to assert their dominance at the table, whether it was using unnecessary hand gestures, raising their voice, or sharing self-promoting anecdotes, Li Shu Shu would often speak with a big smile on his face. His words were passionate, but his voice was respectful and placid—a voice few people could replicate.  

Throughout these years, I realize no family could have been a better example for the model family other  than the Li family, with a warm mother, a doting father, and happy, loving, carefree children. Hu Min Ayi is the heart and soul of the family. For me and my sister, she has also been like a second mom —the calmer, cooler, and classier mom. 

Li Shu Shu taught me that life's simplest pleasures could bring so much happiness, even if it was a baked potato. A couple of summers ago, Hu Min Ayi put on a farewell party for Minne’s family before they went back to Beijing. I was in the kitchen nibbling on some treats when Li Shu Shu burst into the house from the backyard, holding a tray of potatoes he had buried in the small campfire. With an ear-to-ear grin, he urged me to pick up one, “Go try it, zhen hao chi!” Before I decided what to do, he shoved one into my hands. Never had I seen anyone so excited about something as rudimentary as a baked potato. The taste of the campfire-baked potato I no longer remember, but Li Shu Shu’s excited voice and expectant looks on his face will forever be etched into my heart and mind.

Throughout my younger years, subconsciously I wanted to impress Li Shushu, whether it was with my school projects, cooking, or just by attempting to be mature. Last summer when I talked to him about the computer refurbishing project that I had just started with a bunch of high school students, including Lori, he said, “zhen hao ya!” I grew up hearing these words from him, no matter how small my project was, how unsavory my food actually tasted, and how miniscule my progress looked. These will forever be the words by which I will remember him.

Many times, I have thought about where I should go for college, what I want to major in, and what I want to do with my life. My mom always tells me it doesn’t matter what I do in the future as long as I enjoy what I do and can have a positive influence on society. However, she keeps on proposing the same idea over and over again. As a daughter of an OBGYN, she also wants me to become a doctor, while emphasizing how many people seem to go into this field for ulterior purposes. I have met many young people saying they want to go into the field of medicine; however, their reasons many times are motivated by fiscal benefits. I always heard my mother say, “once you're older, you can ask Li Shu Shu for help.” Every time Li Shu Shu talked about his work, he spoke about it with a genuine voice and a caring manner that seemed preciously rare. It feels very superficial to be determined from a young age to do medicine, but in case I do become a doctor, I want to be one like Li Shu Shu. Even though this might not happen because of my conflicting interests, I hope I can make a difference, as Li Shu Shu did, whether it is through my writing, cooking, or my non-profits.

When I was young, I was always a chubby boy, so my mom had a hard time finding formal clothes for my concerts. Hu Min Ayi had a quick fix. She dug into Li Shu Shu’s closet and found things that I could wear. At the funeral, I wore a dress shirt from Li Shu Shu, a shirt I had outgrown since last year. It felt very small and tight for the whole day, but it was the only shirt I wanted to wear as Li Shu Shu’s pallbearer. 

Like Li Shu Shu, I am also a foodie. Cooking has been my passion since I was eight, and Hu Min Ayi has been the most enthusiastic supporter of my interests, always getting me cooking gadgets and ingredients my mom didn’t have time to hunt for me. Knowing Li Shu Shu was at home and would taste my food, I always put extra effort into my cooking to impress him. My parents saw Li Shu Shu on his last bike ride with Lori and Stephnie in our neighborhood park. “Tell Timmy a big thank you for all the food he has been making for us.” Li Shu Shu said before he rode away. “Zhen hao chi!” When I bring food over for Hu Min Ayi in the future, I know Li Shu Shu would look down upon me and say, “zhen hao chi,” in the same enthusiastic, affectionate voice I first heard years ago, at the door steps of their house, when he patted me on my chubby round head styling a super short buzz cut. 

There are many things that will remind me of Li Shu Shu, but having regrets will not be on that list. Giving his all to everything he did, Li Shu Shu worked hard, loved his family whole-heartedly, cared for other people passionately, and enjoyed life to the fullest. My young life has been blessed with many precious memories of Li Shu Shu, and I will continue to impress him by doing the best I can for myself and the world. 


怀念好友李剑明

Shared by Rong Cui on June 21, 2020
  • 当听到剑明去世的噩耗, 我不相信这消息是真的, 上网查征后, 我的脑袋里一片空白, 这样一位对生活充满活力的人, 怎么会匆匆离开我们?!  今天在他的追悼会上, 对着屏幕里他的笑脸, 我泪流满面, 深深地怀念我这位有着三十年友情的好友。

我和剑明相识于三十年前的蒙特利尔, 那时的他就非常博学, 健谈, 朋友们常常去他那里聚餐。 后来剑明遇到了胡敏, 在胡敏的张罗下, 我们的聚会越来越多, 那真是一段快乐的时光。

之后,朋友们天南海北的分离,渐渐地失去了联系,而我们却能在每次搬迁后及时地联系上, 从贴邮票写信, 到如今的微信, 我们不时地分享着各自家庭的快乐, 还有孩子们的成长。

记得三年前,剑明带大女儿来多伦多, 我们一起游故地, 忆过去, 像家人团聚一样好开心; 今年剑明应该带小女儿再来多伦多, 我还在悉心准备等疫情解禁后, 迎接他们全家的到来, 而今他却再也不能......

我很早知道, 剑明聪慧过人, 十六岁上大学, 之后又拿下两个博士学位; 现在我又知道, 他在他的专业领域, 有着不可磨灭的贡献。 他的离去, 实在令人惋惜和痛心!

剑明, 我们怀念你!天堂路上, 一路走好!

崔嵘   顾承
Shared by Rongqing Tu on June 19, 2020
怀念我的老师-李剑明
安贞林运 爱宝贝爱自己 
  北京时间2020.6.13清晨,惊闻剑明老师猝然辞世,这个消息到现在我都不能相信,或者说是我不愿面对。剑明老师是我见过的最有活力最聪明最积极的人,他不会一声不吭就这样突然离我们而去。这些天来我有时会恍惚,总觉得剑明老师会带着他招牌似的笑容突然和大家说:我回来了,哈哈哈哈…但是等了5天,没有等来剑明老师爽朗的笑声,等来的是纪念网站,各种怀念文字,丧礼筹备组的代家属致谢信…今天正式的讣告都出来了,逼得我不得不面对这个残酷的事实。远隔千山万水,有着12小时的时差,又赶上百年不遇的疫情,我没有办法飞到明州亲自去送我的剑明老师。但我必须做些什么,因为剑明老师之于我不仅有师生之礼,剑明老师、胡敏师母还有滢滢和睿睿更是我在明州的家人。剑明老师是一位有国际影响的人,他的学术地位广为人知,这两天在各种官方的个人的悼念文字中都频频被提及,那么我就来说一些大家没有提到的剑明老师日常之事。相比那些明亮的头衔,这些事琐碎且渺小,但正因为有了这些细碎小事,剑明老师作为一个伟大学者的同时才显得丰满而生动。于我,除了学术上的引领,剑明老师这些日常生活中对我的指点和启发,也是这几年让我时时感到温暖和力量的源泉。因为这些珍珠般温润的小事,让我觉得剑明老师一直在我身边,也会永远在我心里。

好几天,我脑中几乎就是一片空白,白得就像明州的大雪,唯一能浮现出来的颜色就是剑明老师和我一起工作的那些日子。

被大家尊敬地叫着李剑明教授的Jimmy Li是我的老师,我在明州学习的时候是影子一样跟着剑明老师的,而我也是剑明老师亲自带的第一个相对长期的中国学生。不过在我心里剑明老师和胡敏师母更是我的家人,所以几天前(北京时间2020.6.13)的清晨当我一睁眼看到剑明老师猝然辞世的消息,我是绝不相信的,我甚至有些愤怒是谁在拿剑明老师开这种玩笑。我太了解剑明老师了,他永远充满活力,永远微笑向前,他不会就这么走了的。但是当我看到所有的群里李老师的照片都被换成了黑白颜色,下面还用那样的格式写着年份,我开始不淡定了。我向明州的另外几个老师求证,得到的消息都是相同的:我的剑明老师于北美时间2020.6.12周五清晨被发现倒在家中的跑步机上,发现时他已经没有生命体征。

其实直到现在我也很拒绝接受剑明老师走了的这个事实,尽管我知道剑明老师在15年前因为心梗在前降支放过支架,是有可能出现心血管事件的高危人群。因为剑明老师跟我聊过,他对他的心血管病情况非常有把握,得病后他知道了怎么预防也对危险因素监测到位,他觉得他不会因为心血管事件而出意外,相反日渐严重的空气污染、X线辐射等等可能会让他减寿。我记得当时说这些话的时候我们俩一起听完明大每周五清晨7点的EP Conference往停车场走着。那时我对剑明老师的自信没有一点点怀疑,因为我在国内的时候已经看过剑明老师在得病后写的那本书《爱心启示录》,写的非常科学准确又通俗易懂,所以我觉得没有人比剑明老师更加有信心“愈后防复”了。我的朋友们猜测会不会是感染了新冠肺炎? 我马上否认了这个推测。剑明老师是我认识的最高明仔细的人,他绝不会让自己感染上,即使他工作在医院这样一个高危区。那么和明州最近的暴乱有没有关系?误伤了?也绝不可能! 剑明老师有超过常人的机智和警醒,他不仅不会让自己陷入危险而无谓牺牲,他还有足够的能力保护好身边的人。不过非常残酷的是即使我推翻了所有的猜测,几个小时后明州就传来了确证消息:剑明老师确实是因为心血管意外去世的。于是从那时到现在,我脑中几乎就是一片空白,白得就像明州的大雪,唯一能浮现出来的颜色就是剑明老师和我一起工作的那些日子。

这是剑明老师在VAMC的办公室3J-117,那时只要是工作日我每天都会进这间办公室讨论问题,有时我过去剑明老师会分给我吃胡敏师母给他带的装在小饭盒里的干果仁。办公室里的一面墙上挂着剑明老师所有的证书,基本上所有找剑明老师合影的人都会选中这面墙做背景。剑明老师去世后的第3天,3J-117门上贴满了剑明老师的照片,我记得这个小娃娃挂饰是剑明老师办公室里挂着的心爱之物。往日里剑明老师的3J-117总是人来人往,欢声笑语,现在这扇门关上了,VAMC的同事们在门外静静地怀念他们的Dr. Li.

我能拜到剑明老师门下仰仗的是我郭继鸿老师的推荐,当时郭老师很严肃地对我说:我知道你的亲人在华盛顿,但如果你想学点真东西,得去剑明那儿。郭老师认真地帮我写了推荐信,见信后剑明老师热情地回应了我。为了能让我向剑明老师有学术能力汇报的机会,郭老师特意安排我在大会上发言,剑明老师就是这个大会的执行主席。随后剑明老师安排了一顿晚饭,他请了三个人,除我以外,一个是他的美国同事Dr. Tholakanahalli(大家都叫他Dr.T),另一个是他中国的好朋友,剑明老师叫他梁大哥。剑明老师说让我给Dr.T当翻译,把我们的谈话内容翻译给梁大哥听。我一下子就明白了剑明老师的良苦用心,他请我们吃饭其实是要测试我的英文水平。剑明老师考学生也用心选择了这样一个非常委婉甚至很温情的方式来顾全我的感受。之后为我办理去美国进修的手续,剑明老师费了很多周折(剑明老师工作的退役军人医学中心不是一般的医院,没有招收国际学生的先例),但是他始终没有放弃。最后剑明老师从明大的国际学生处获得了邀请函,成功把我接到了美国,整个过程历时9个月。2013年的圣诞前夕,我落地在漫天大雪的明尼苏达,成为VAMC第1个中国访问学者。从那时起,剑明老师和他的家人就张开接纳的双臂把我当成他们家中的一员来照顾。而剑明老师开始为我做这一切的时候,我们俩素未平生,他只是说:我答应郭继鸿教授了,我得做到。无论大事小事,只要剑明老师答应了,他都会做到。比如在2019年2月17日,我向剑明老师请教心脏淀粉样变性的患者ICD是否应该常规植入作为一级预防的问题,剑明老师秒回,告诉我他在旧金山开会,说回去再答复。3月9日我收到剑明老师大段的文字,说他自己在这个疾病上临床经验不多,所以查了文献,把文献的内容加上他自己的观点综合起来详详细细地告诉了我,我看完感动极了。我在剑明老师身边待过,我知道他平常上班有多忙,但他答应我了,就一定做到。这也是这几天悼念的文字中多次提到的剑明老师“豪爽仗义,言出必行”的写照。

这是把我推荐到明州学习的郭继鸿老师(左)和剑明老师合影,那时候是2013年4月,我在这个会议上第一次看到剑明老师。(照片来自365医学网)刚开始去医院上班,剑明老师亲自开车来接我。过了很久我自己开车看地图才知道,原来剑明老师家住在医院南边,而我住的地方在明大本部附近,是在这个城市的北边,剑明老师每次都是折返了很大的一段路来接我的,但是他从没有和我说过。在最初的那一周,剑明老师亲自带着我去认能买到中国食物的超市,一天跑了三个地方,Shanghai Market,Shanghai Wholesale和United Noodles。当其他访学同道知道他们自己摸索很久才搞清楚的买菜地方我是由导师亲自带着一天就认完的时候,他们都羡慕极了。最值得一提的是,当剑明老师知道我要办理Social Security Number时,他主动说要带我去。因为我没有搞清楚地点,剑明老师按照我给的宣传单地址开到了市中心的大楼,问了半天也没有这个机构。然后剑明老师打了很多个电话,终于搞明白办理SSN的地方改到郊区的一排平房里了,于是又驱车带我赶过去。这一折腾,耽误了剑明老师预约的病人,剑明老师一边开车一边接着护士打来的电话,没有什么解释就是道歉,但剑明老师一句埋怨我的话都没有,当时有个地洞,我肯定钻进去了。到了地方,我才知道剑明老师陪我来是多么重要。我刚到一周,什么都不熟,听话说话都磕磕巴巴,是剑明老师和办事的胖阿姨谈笑风生地聊,又夸人孩子画的画好,又说今天的雪下得妙……我只闷声不响填了个表。过了一周SSN的信就寄到我公寓了,而我的访学朋友们大多为这事跑了好几趟。

这是剑明老师为我准备的办公室,3N-101,在导管室对面,离他的3J-117隔着一个走廊。剑明老师有时候会过来叫我看有趣的病例,带我上手术或者提醒我不要太晚下班。

我刚开始到VAMC上班的时候,大到医院的各种文书,Badge申请,小到一桌一椅一个电脑,剑明老师都亲自帮我张罗,新办公桌椅的第1次擦拭用的是我从剑明老师办公室拿来的wipes。剑明老师对我的教导非常宏观也非常的具体。来的第1天剑明老师就跟我说,你要像美国医生一样工作和生活,好好看一本专著,好好写一篇文章,根据你的实际需要去学一些技能。还有,上班是上班,下班是下班,不要加班。听起来这个原则好像很容易实施,但践行起来很难。比如说上班是上班这个原则,剑明老师带我上班的时候,即使在午饭时讨论的都是病例或与工作相关的事,只要在单位里,他绝不说一句家长里短的话,甚至都很少接私人电话。而下班是下班是怎么做的呢?我经常在剑明老师家吃饭,我发现只要他在家里,无论他有多重要的事,他都会以家人为先。剑明老师有许多学术活动经常要回国讲课,但他的电脑基本放在厨房,在家剑明老师先紧着孩子和太太的需求,得空了再做他自己手头的文案工作。有一次我在剑明老师家过周末,师母打开一包玉米片让我吃说这个吃了不会胖,小女儿睿睿告诉我要配guacamole才是墨西哥的正宗吃法,正好家里有配料,睿睿就要亲自做这个酱。于是剑明老师放下正在做的讲课幻灯片非常享受地听着睿睿的各种吩咐,一会儿把西红柿切丁,一会儿把牛油果捣碎…最终因为把西红柿丁切的太碎,遭到了睿睿的批评,但剑明老师即便是听着批评也非常的享受,呵呵地笑个不停。我当时想,这得是多么的爱家人才能做到这样的由衷这样的发自内心啊!

剑明老师确实是处处想着家人的,特别是师母胡敏。那时候我儿子五年级从小学毕业要升中学,要填很多很多表格,我一个人在那里愁眉苦脸,剑明老师看见了说我来帮你看看…当他翻阅那些表格时说的第一句话竟是:唉呀,你师母真是不容易啊,滢滢睿睿小时候那些表格都是她一个人填的,她得填多少表啊?在美国当医生其实是很辛苦的,但每当有人说“您工作真辛苦”的时候,剑明老师都会非常真诚的说:胡敏才是真的辛苦,她一个人操持家,带两个孩子,还要服务我。有一次他非常心疼的跟我说,你师母这周要去看4场排球赛,因为滢滢和睿睿都参加排球队了,她们每个人比赛都希望有家人在场加油,我去不了,所以你师母一周要去看4次…有时候夏天的周末我们去剑明老师家,只要在院子里喝茶,他都会说:这院子是你师母一个人打理的,所有的花草,所有的装饰,所有的养护都是她一个人,真是不容易。

不仅对太太和孩子,剑明老师对自己的长辈也是非常看重的。有一次剑明老师来北京讲课,正好老父亲也到北京来了。剑明老师除了必要的学术活动,其他时间都在陪父亲。最后一天父亲要回吉林了,但是送火车的时间正好跟一个心脏中心的开幕仪式冲突。我随口就和剑明老师说:我可以替您去送父亲,您去当嘉宾吧,您还受邀发言和剪彩呢。剑明老师一秒钟都没有犹豫告诉我:父亲肯定得我自己去送,这你无论如何是替代不了的。你倒是可以替我去参加开幕仪式…剑明老师这么一说我立刻就明白了,家人在任何时候都是不能替代的。

虽然我们大多数人在内心都明白家人要比光鲜亮丽的出场重要,但只有剑明老师是真真实实的做到了这一点,没有借口,不打折扣。剑明老师对家人的态度深深的影响着我,从此也成为了我的行为准则。

剑明老师的同事,一个印度籍搞心衰的医生要退休了,剑明老师向我介绍了这位医生的成就,说这么了不起的医生退休时应该有个仪式。可能是医院里边给这位医生的欢送太简单了,剑明老师就自己在家里为他办了个欢送party,胡敏师母特意做了很多咖喱菜,还送了一条漂亮的珍珠项链给这位医生的太太做纪念。

剑明老师“老吾老以及人之老,幼吾幼以及人之幼”,对别人的长辈和孩子也都非常上心。我的儿子翔翔比睿睿小三个月,剑明老师对翔翔的关心和教育无微不至,就像对睿睿。在翔翔眼中,剑明伯父是最聪明的人,什么都知道,什么都会做。每次看到翔翔,剑明老师都要和翔翔进行“男人间的谈话”,鼓励翔翔多感受多学习。当知道翔翔的数学跳级了,剑明老师特意说起了滢滢的事。滢滢的功课很好,亚裔的孩子在数学方面尤为突出,滢滢的数学课跳了两级,但滢滢从不告诉同学,剑明老师问她为什么,滢滢说“I don’t  wanna let others feel uncomfortable. ”自此翔翔和我都记住了这件事。

滑雪是明州的特色项目,剑明老师说一定要带我和翔翔去滑雪,否则就是没到过明州。为了给翔翔找玩伴,胡敏师母特意给邻居蒋艳梅老师(就是下文中帮我申请college入学的热心老师)打电话“借儿子”。蒋老师的儿子Tommy比翔翔小一岁,已经滑得很好了,是“Black Diamond”,而且Tommy会说几句中文,刚到明州的翔翔果然和Tommy玩得很好。但这是多大的责任啊,一个10来岁的小男孩,又是滑雪这种有风险的活动,胡敏师母和剑明老师为了翔翔一力承担。翔翔自此爱上了滑雪,回到北京翔翔每年寒假都去崇礼参加冬令营。除此之外,翔翔在小学里有什么委屈,剑明老师亲自打电话和他们校长聊。翔翔升中学要转个好些的学校,剑明老师给我做担保,最终我搬到了Equinox这个“学区房”。剑明老师一直和我说,你是我请来的,你的儿子我也得负责。对于我们来说,有了剑明老师就什么都不怕了。

当翔翔听说了他剑明伯父突然去世的消息,也非常难过,不善言辞的他问了我好几次,我能为伯父做些什么?这几天,他每天续蜡烛,我知道翔翔想念剑明伯父了。前两天,Dennis Zhu老师九十几岁的母亲和我通电话,讲起了八十年代她们刚刚来美国,剑明老师和师母是Zhu老师同事里第一个来看望她们的,老人一直记着这份情。剑明老师就是这样一个人,仗义有担当又细腻周到,剑明老师全家人都特别注意时刻考虑别人的感受,和剑明老师及家人相处无比舒服,即使接受了巨大的帮助心里都不会有沉重的负担,只想着如何能把这份温暖传递下去。

当年我是圣诞节前夕到明州的,我的爷爷在元旦过后突然去世了,虽然我的爷爷96岁去世算是喜丧,但我从小在爷爷奶奶身边长大,对这消息很难接受,我刚到美国不能马上回去奔丧。剑明老师知道后带我到St.Pual Cathedral,帮助我舒缓心情。那时我为爷爷点了一周蜡烛寄托哀思。这次剑明老师猝然离世,疫情原因我不能亲自去送他,就在家里为老师点长明蜡烛,聊表心意。

当然剑明老师也有非常严厉的时候,不行就是不行,没有商量。比如说我在餐厅里买咖啡的时候,有时会给同伴带一杯,剑明老师严肃地制止了我。我明白,这是文化差异,我不应该破坏规矩。有时候我看剑明老师忙,我就帮他到楼下食堂买午饭,剑明老师也坚决地制止了我。在中国学生帮老师买个饭或做点别的跑腿小事儿是非常理所当然的,但剑明老师从来不允许我帮他做任何私事,相反,在生活中只有他照顾我。

刚到的时候,我为了能让别人像在中国一样叫我 Lin Yun而不是Yun Lin,我就把family name和given name反过来告诉别人,剑明老师无意间知道以后也严肃制止了我(后来发现我这种担心是多余的,因为在医院里大家只会叫我Dr. Lin。更有意思的是因为大家管剑明老师叫Dr. Li,在他们看来我跟剑明老师的名字是同源的,而从长相上来看,亚洲人的脸在他们眼里都是一模一样,加上他们有些人的常识里中国就是一个地方,不分吉林和北京,所以VAMC的一部分人以为我跟剑明老师是一家人)。

当然那些“制止”都是很小的事情,剑明老师真正的严格表现在学术上。剑明老师带我做临床研究,查资料,看文献,不允许有一点点含糊。动笔的时候我畏难,我问能不能先写成中文然后再翻译,剑明老师告诉我绝对不要这样做,一定要直接上来就写英文。好不容易写成了初稿,那肯定是惨不忍睹的。剑明老师让我坐在他身边,一个单词一个单词地给我改,整整一个下午就改这篇文章,每一个单词都让我弄懂。这篇文章投着不顺利,一次一次被拒,剑明老师就一次一次修改。即使我后来回到了北京,剑明老师都要求我按照编辑的要求重新查资料把内容加上,绝不马虎。这篇文章最终投了三年,发表了。

剑明老师还带我写过一篇综述。综述中提到的所有相关原理剑明老师都给我讲解了,因为有些概率问题太抽象,讲一次我根本就看不懂,剑明老师给我讲了好几遍,最终让我明白到自己能画着图把这些枯燥的原理展现出来。剑明老师总说:慢不要紧,咱不要停。这种治学态度,让我对文字产生深深的敬畏。直到现在,我只要开始写字就会有点紧张。

剑明老师还有一个原则:学生没有学会肯定是老师没教好。剑明老师教所有的学生都不急不躁,教多少遍都耐心和气,可以学得慢,但标准不能降低。在教育这个问题上,剑明老师给过我非常大的启发,他跟我说教育学生和教育孩子是一样的,只有一个原则:不用说大道理只需要自己做榜样。比如说剑明老师告诉我他心目中好医生的标准有三条:1,你作为医生给TA的治疗方案是不是时下最先进的?是不是符合主流指南?2,你有没有了解患者的每一个细节,包括TA的家庭情况社会背景等等。3,定下方案后再想一想,假设TA是你的家人,这个方案是不是还会让你自己满意?如果这三个问题的答案都是Yes,那这个方案才算没有问题。

剑明老师本人就是这么做的,他轮值Attending的时候,每个病人都记成一张卡片,直到出院,这张卡片才进碎纸机。每天按照卡片看病人,无一遗漏。周末查房,遇到患者家属在,剑明老师热情寒暄,每一个都会问候到。这是女婿,这是外孙女,这是小女儿的男朋友…都要搞清楚。然后会通俗地交待患者的病情,还问家属有什么要问他的问题。每一个患者剑明老师都是这样耐心热情的。门诊时也不例外,看到一些老病人剑明老师就像见到老朋友,不仅了解病情也了解家里的情况,其实很多患者是一年来看一次的。

剑明老师在门诊亲自写病历,详细规范,从不让我们学生代劳,剑明老师说这是思路的总结。这些细节对我影响深远,也成为我行医的标杆。这两天我看到的很多悼念文字里都提到剑明老师“博学善教”,我想谁也不如我在这点上体会得深刻。

剑明老师教所有学生做手术都非常耐心,仿佛教你第1遍的时候就做好了准备要教你第20遍。剑明老师对学生以表扬为主,从来没有斥责过学生,最重的话也就是“redo”。除了手术的技能,剑明老师很看重学生对待患者的态度。有一次剑明老师用了很长的时间表扬了一个手术技巧并不是那么熟练的学生,因为他做完手术主动去看病人,看了两次,剑明老师觉得他非常的爱病人,并告诉我们医生对病人的爱,病人即使不说心里也知道。

剑明老师是一个惜时如金的人,他把时间安排得非常的紧凑,不仅珍惜他自己的时间,也特别看重我的时间。刚到明州的时候,剑明老师跟我反复讨论培养计划,但是刚刚过了几个月,剑明老师又跟我讨论了一次,他说你来一段时间了,对这里生活和工作有了一定了解,你的目标有没有改变?如果有,咱们赶紧修正培养方案,就算你比其他人在这里的时间长,你的时间也非常宝贵。在剑明老师的启发下,我想了想,和剑明老师说我除了想在医学院学习外,还想正式的去学语言,因为我是俄语生,我从来没有在课堂里学过英文,剑明老师听了后非常支持,帮我比较各个学校的课程和性价比。最终,剑明老师建议我不要在明大上那些语言课程,是因为university的学费很贵,而且店大欺客,有可能是由助教来教我们的,所以不如去一个好一点的college去学习。正好剑明老师的邻居蒋艳梅教授是Century college的教授,剑明老师马上就请蒋老师一家来吃饭,跟蒋老师谈我的事情,蒋老师也是个热心人,一口答应帮忙。当时正好刚刚结束了申请季,蒋老师就亲自带着我,跟校方解释说情,帮我申请入学考试机会,还特别贴心地带我去书店,告诉我哪个架子上能买到二手书。最终我考上了,我很高兴地跟剑明老师汇报,告诉他我的入学成绩是三级班里前5名。剑明老师听了以后想了几秒钟,突然问我,这个课程一共几级?我回答四级,剑明老师笑着问我:你想不想再去考一次?我一下子明白了剑明老师的用意,我去考!剑明老师认为我如果能考到四级班,哪怕是最后一名也比在三级班当优等生值得,因为花同样的时间自己的进步会更大。第二次考试经过准备我确实考到了四级班,但是课程真难啊,开始我根本就写不了作业,比如听一段50分钟的电影剪辑,写出300-500字的体会…我根本就听不懂,也没有体会。不过像剑明老师开始推测的那样,college里有很多非常热爱教学的老师,TA们只是不喜欢做科研,所以TA们就是一个senior lecturer,而不是名声在外的professor。我在Century College的老师Renee Zima小姐就是这样一个热爱教学到极致的52岁资深讲师。她用她特有的方法鼓励我,最终让我坚持学完了整个学分的课程,以全A通过了考试。

踮着脚才能够到更高处,这是剑明老师教我的道理,而剑明老师本人就是一个始终往高处够的人,他从不让自己在舒适区躺着,而跟着剑明老师,就能感受到You raise me up的力量。

2018年在Orlando的ACC年会时,我在吃饭的地方偶遇剑明老师,我们俩都非常开心。剑明老师觉得屋里的光线不好,拉着我到餐厅外来合影。晚上剑明老师带着胡敏师母和睿睿特意到酒店来看我,一起来的还有延辉师兄。
剑明老师学术活动很多,有时候会离开明州,但我不会被放假,“上班是上班”嘛。剑明老师不在的时候会请他的好朋友们带我上班。工作在明州其它医院的鸿生老师,华贵老师,Dennis Zhu老师都带教过我,我也了解了VAMC以外的私立医院是什么样子。在剑明老师的拜托下,所有老师都对我非常尽心,华贵老师还带我写了一篇文章,并积极推进最终发表于Heart Rhythm,剑明老师非常高兴,拉着我们一起合了张影。剑明老师非常正式地给华贵老师写了邮件表达“Thank you for including me”的意思,因为华贵老师在文章中给他署名了。华贵老师是剑明老师这么要好的老朋友,但剑明老师仍然非常注意这些细节。这几天的悼文中频频提及剑明老师是“real gentleman”,我想每一个和剑明老师接触过的人都体会过这种如沐春风的温暖。

剑明老师是周五清晨被发现离世的,就在上一周的周五,剑明老师还在3N-101对面的导管室里做手术(剑明老师手术照片来自微信悼念群)。
零零碎碎写了这些,还有很多没有写出来,没有什么逻辑,也没有什么“大事”,但剑明老师的音容笑貌在这些琐事中清晰生动。以前我从来不提我和剑明老师相处的岁月,我觉得我如此平庸不能让我的老师为我骄傲,就不要去蹭老师的热度了吧。但今天我要把这些说出来,因为这能让更多的中国医生特别是年轻医生看到,即使我们很难有剑明老师那样的成就,但我们可以像剑明老师一样,拼命地热爱着生活,怀着大爱去做每一件小事,严于律己宽于待人,时时刻刻考虑别人的感受,而且永远提醒自己不要忘记踮起脚去够高处。我们也许不会成为像剑明老师那样伟大又完美的人(剑明老师天赋异禀又有超常的毅力,这确实不是谁都能做到的),但我们可以通过自己的努力成为有能力帮助别人的人,成为对社会有用的人。无论是当医生教授、做父母儿女,还是当朋友亲戚,我们都可以尽力在自己的基础上做得更好。

剑明老师驾鹤仙去,留给我们的是无尽的悲痛和想念,但剑明老师一定不希望看到我们总是哭哭啼啼,我们应该尽快擦干眼泪用实际行动来缅怀剑明老师,让剑明老师的招牌笑容盛开在我们每一个人的脸上,我们要替剑明老师用力而认真地在这个五彩斑斓的人世间继续好好生活。

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