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Kareem Tannous

June 4, 1945 ~ March 24, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old


Kareem Elias Tannous MD
Born June 4, 1945 in Tulkarem, Palestine. Went to sleep March 24, 2024, Old Westbury, NY.
Kareem Elias Tannous, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dedicated physician and patient advocate passed from this life at home surrounded by his loving family after a six-month battle with cancer.
He emigrated from Amman, Jordan to Rochester, NY at the age of seven with his parents and five siblings after the 1948 War in the Middle East.
Despite, and because of, the many hardships his family faced, he pursued a career in medicine. After graduating from Hobart College, he attended the University of Louvain Medical School in Belgium and obtained his MD degree in 1970. It was during his ObGyn Residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY that he met and married Maria Levada, also in the same residency program. They started a very successful private practice together with an office in Valley Stream and a second office in Freeport, Long Island. In over 30 years of practice together, they delivered close to 10,000 healthy babies, a whole Village! In between, they had three of their own-Ariadne, Elias and Charles and now two grandchildren-Gabriel and Amali.
He was a strong yet gentle and very humble, never ever pretentious man of utmost integrity who earned the unwavering trust of all his patients and all who knew him. He had not one selfish bone and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He never turned a patient away who could not pay but embraced them and always made sure they were able to get back home safely.
A contagious smile and infectious laughter, unmistakable from far away, was his trademark, along with a very sharp wit that never ceased to amaze and amuse all. His charm was undeniable. He effortlessly drew people in, leaving a lasting impression where ever he went.
He was singular with his genuine empathy and compassion and outspoken, never middle-of-the-road with his beliefs for justice and fairness for everyone even though it was sometimes denied to him. He touched everyone’s heart because all that he did was from his heart.
His light will forever shine and warm the hearts of all who knew him.
Written by Maria E. Levada, his spouse, on March 31, 2024.


April 9, 2024

3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Donohue Cecere Funeral Home
290 Post Ave.
Westbury, NY 11590

April 10, 2024

10:00 AM
Cathedral of St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
110 Cathedral Ave
Hempstead, NY 11550


Interment Private



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