Dr. Tawfiq A. Nasser, CEO of Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, died May 16. The hospital, located on the Mount of Olives, is a program of The Lutheran World Federation, a global communion of 144 churches representing more than 72 million Christians in 79 countries. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the communion’s only member church from the United States.
“My heart aches at the passing of Dr. Nasser,” said the Rev. M. Wyvetta Bullock, ELCA executive for administration and a member of the Augusta Victoria Hospital board since 2012.
“Dr. Nasser was an innovative and passionate leader. As CEO of Augusta Victoria Hospital, his vision and determination served to move the hospital to a place of prominence as a specialized center of medical excellence for cancer, hematology, and bone marrow, kidney and diabetes. He will be deeply missed. My prayers are with his family that they might find comfort in the hope of the resurrection,” Bullock said.
According to a press release from The Lutheran World Federation, Nasser was appointed the hospital’s CEO in 2001 at the age of 36. He served as its administrative director from 1997 to 2001. Nasser shaped the hospital into the leading center for nephrology and oncology in the Palestinian territories.
“Tawfiq worked at (Augusta Victoria Hospital) on the Mount of Olives for 18 years,” said the Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib A Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Younan is president of The Lutheran World Federation and also serves as chair of the hospital board.
“He cherished and loved Augusta Victoria Hospital. Tawfiq did not want it to be just a hospital. He wanted it to be a community of healing on the Mount of Olives,” Younan said.