Two Boston doctors on the rise to fame were identified as the snowshoers that passed away during a Canadian avalanche earlier in the month. Now, their partners at Massachusetts General Hospital are suffering from grief.
President of MGh, Dr. Peter Slavin, says this is a painful time for everyone that knew these bright and promising individuals.
Doctors Lauren Zeitels and Victor Fedorov, both 32-years-old, disappeared in British Columbia during vacation two weeks ago. Their vehicle was discovered at a trailhead, and their snowshoe prints were visible in the city of Field near the avalanche debris.
MGH sent out a statement saying that the past few weeks have been tough. The community has been hoping and praying for the best possible outcome. They also say they are mourning these two dedicated physicians who represent the best of humanity and medicine.
Both physicians were talented cancer researchers.
Federov grew up in Richmond, Virginia but was born in Moscow. He was studying stem cell and T-cell therapies with his primary focus on cancer and blood diseases. MGH representatives describe him as a charming man with a great sense of humor.
While attending the University of Richmond, he restored the water polo team while being the team’s captain, organizer, goalkeeper, and spokesman of the Spiders.
Zeitels grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She was studying colorectal cancer genetics. The hospital says that she was meticulous with her patient’s care, focusing her commitment to doing the right thing at all times. She was also one of 40 students at the University of Pennsylvania to win the Melinda and Bills Gates Scholarship. The scholarship awards recipients a year of research and study in England at the University of Cambridge.
Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research, Art Casciato, says she was a wonder. However, he adds that no other winners of the scholarship could compare to Lauren’s level of academic excellence.
Memorial services are currently underway, and MGH also has fundraisers in place for both of them.