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Shokri Radpour, M.D., FACS, 89, Noblesville, passed away at his home surrounded by family Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. He was born in Rasht, Iran, Dec. 2, 1927, to the late Hassan and Ozra Radpour.
Devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann Radpour; his sister, Atefeh Radpour; daughters, Shokrina Beering (Peter), Jackie Rowles (Kevin), and Diane Hon (Tim); grandchildren, Jamie Sosan Porter (Wes), Amanda Radpour Beering, Kelsey Diane Rowles and Jake Shokri Hon; and great-granddaughter, Sydney Porter.
A gifted physician and surgeon, Shokri had a distinguished career as an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon. Fluent in five languages, he graduated top in his class at the University of Tehran, completed residencies in Jersey City, New Jersey, Louisville, Kentucky, and New York City, New York, where he was chief resident at the distinguished Kings County Hospital before opening a successful private practice in Kokomo and joining the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine. A medical professor since 1962, Shokri was recognized as one of the world's leading otolaryngologists. He was a noted expert in the temporal bone, facial nerves, and various cancers of the ear, nose, throat, and sinuses. Shokri was a clinical professor in otolaryngology at the Indiana University School of Medicine for over 40 years. He retired as the head of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery for the Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis and professor emeritus of clinical medicine for the Indiana University School of Medicine.
His contributions to his field include the design of a one-hand irrigation and suction instrument (which bears his name) for use in inner ear surgeries. He published over 25 articles, contributed to several medical textbooks, and delivered over 100 presentations, many internationally, to further educate fellow physicians and surgeons. A respected and beloved medical professor, he is known for telling his residents that he was from Missouri, saying "show me" in the operating room.
He was a member for over 50 years of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
He was awarded the Fowler Award for his ground-breaking discovery of one cause of Bell's Palsy. His research changed the standard of care for Bell's Palsy patients worldwide. In addition to many professional accolades bestowed by his medical peers, he was the president of the American Neurotology Society, vice president of Triological Society and vice president of the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, he was a founding member of the American Deafness Research Foundation (now known as the Hearing Health Foundation).
He enjoyed traveling and was an avid tennis player, playing twice a week into his 70s. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash for his contributions to the field of medicine by Indiana Gov. Joseph Kernan in 2004.
The family thanks Sharon Fraze, Julie Edwards, Stacey Simerman, and Community Health Network Hospice Care for their compassionate care and support.
Calling will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Flanner & Buchanan-Carmel, 325 E. Carmel Drive, and again from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, with a funeral service to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: The Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine, IU Health Neuroscience Center, Suite 4100, 355 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Please visit flannerbuchanan.com to sign the online guest register.
Published on August 8, 2017
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