OBITUARY

Dr. Elie E. Rebeiz

January 1, 1958March 25, 2021
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On March 25, Dr. Elie Rebeiz, 63, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife Liliane, daughters Joëlle and Lina, and son-in-law Patrick Laughlin. Dr. Elie Rebeiz fought bravely and fiercely against stage IV pancreatic cancer, diagnosed in December 2020. He frequently utilized his well-honed bedside manner to put his oncology team and family at ease, even in the face of his rapidly declining health. Despite his unkind prognosis, Dr. Rebeiz remained devoted to his patients, staff, and residents, continuing to serve as the beloved Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Tufts Medical Center until the end. He was bolstered every day by the outpouring of love and support from his family, friends, colleagues, and past and present residents, who made him feel so loved during his final months.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1958 to Edmond and Suzanne Rebeiz, Dr. Rebeiz grew up during a tumultuous civil war that sparked his passion for helping those around him. He attended the American University of Beirut Medical School where he also completed his residency in Otolaryngology. There, he met his wife, Liliane Yacoub, before they moved to Boston. He completed fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Lahey Clinic Medical Center before moving to Tufts in 1994. There, he received innumerable medical accolades, including awards for his teaching, research and clinical abilities. He was also named a Boston Magazine “Top Doctor” every year from 2012 to 2021. However, he said loudly and often that his greatest accomplishments were the relationships he forged both within and beyond the Tufts community. He treated everyone as his friend, with warmth, tenderness, and an unmatched sense of humor.

In his rare moments outside of Tufts, you could find him listening to music, organizing movie nights for his residents, walking his daughter’s dog, or traveling. He was a man of the world, as comfortable in Paris as in Boston or Beirut, but most at home wherever he was with his wife and daughters. Dr. Rebeiz was the consummate carer and mentor, staying true to himself until the very end: when told by his family that he was the best kind of human, he told them, simply, that they should strive to “be even better.”

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dr. Liliane (Yacoub) Rebeiz, his daughters Joëlle and Lina Rebeiz of Boston, his son-in-law Patrick Laughlin of Chicago, and his three sisters, Ghada, Nada, and Rosie Rebeiz of Beirut, Lebanon. A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 2PM-6PM at the J.S Waterman-Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109. Complementary valet parking is provided in front of the funeral home. A formal funeral service will be held at a later date. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.watermanboston.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, 38 Chauncy St., STE 700 Boston, MA 02111 or online at cancer.org

Services

  • Visiting Hours

    Sunday, March 28, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, March 29, 2021

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Ameet Singh

April 4, 2021

Dear Rebeiz Family,

I am devastated to hear this news. As a young academic Otolaryngologist, Dr Rebeiz had a profound impact on me every time we met. I will miss him dearly. I hope all the wonderful memories of him sustain you during this difficult time.

Best
Ameet Singh

Usama and Aida Hamdan

April 2, 2021


Dear Liliane
Our deepest condolences to you, Joelle and Lina, and to all your family. We are so saddened to know of Elie’s passing. He was a gentle soul, one of the finest people anyone could ever know, and a dear friend. Elie had so much more to give, and was gone far too soon.
His legacy will live through you and your children, and through all the lives he has touched in his brief journey. He will be sorely missed. His passing is a loss to all of us.
Praying that you find peace and strength, and knowing that you will cherish your memories together.
May his soul rest in peace.

Usama and Aida Hamdan

Paul Mathew

April 1, 2021

A truly beloved colleague for over a decade. I had no idea he was ill, I feel I just saw him yesterday on the oncology floor. I held him in such high esteem for the wonderful department he built, whose culture was all about serving the patient and colleagues. You knew if you called ENT for help, they would be there right away, and they would provide skilled and compassionate assistance. That was the culture Elie built, a role model for us all. I am so very sad for his loss and send my deepest sympathy to his family and friends from whom he was taken too soon. His memory will live long in our hearts.

Heather Keane

March 31, 2021

Dear Liliane, Joëlle and Lina,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We didn’t see you all often, but remember Elie as a warm, kind, caring person who was always interesting and interested. He was a wonderful example to us all, in his ability remained committed to his family and friends while achieving such a successful career. We will miss him.

Love, Heather, Robert and Sabrine Keane

John Labban

March 31, 2021

My most sincere condolences to Liliane and the family. Losing a dear family member creates a painful hole in the heart that is so hard to fill.
Healing journey will not be easy...much love to you all.

John Labban
Class of 1987

stephen Nasson

March 30, 2021

To the Rebeiz family - So saddened to hear of your loss. I had the distinct pleasure to be both a patient of Dr. Rebeiz and be associated with him at Tufts University. You never saw Dr. Rebeiz walking alone while on campus. He was always speaking to one or more of his colleagues or students. Yet, he never, ever forgot to say hello as he went by you. He was respected and loved by all!
Please accept my condolences. That was a beautiful video tribute and savor those ever lasting memories. He will be missed.
God Bless
Stephen Nasson

Caroline Baumal

March 29, 2021

Dr Rebeiz was am amazing physician, colleague and person. He will be sadly missed by everyone that has met him.
With Sympathy
Caroline Baumal

Roxanne Medolo

March 29, 2021

This man was a wonderful person, full of purpose and Love for his family. I met him through Dr, Lilly when he would come to the cafe for lunch, what a couple they make id think you could tell their love story by just the two of them being side by side. Dr. Lilly I am so sorry for your loss, I can only imagine the pain and grief you are feeling. Just know he is in a better place without pain, he will always live on in you and your girls hearts. At times like these noone really knows what to say, Im here for you anytime anyday for what ever is necessary, just let Gail know at work and ill give her my number for you to call me if you need to. I am thinking of you and the girls and praying that you know you are LOVED always. Love Roxie (hfh cafe)

Abdul Latif Hamdan

March 29, 2021

My heartfelt condolences go out to Liliane and the family in their time of grieving.
I was so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Elie, a dear friend and colleague, an inspiration and role model with an unfailing sense of humour.
He was a true gentleman who will be dearly missed.

May he rest in eternal peace.

Abdul Latif & Sawsan Hamdan

Anna Greenwood

March 28, 2021

Dr. Rebeiz saved my life in 2009. A routine surgery at my local hospital went wrong and an artery burst in my nose. They air lifted me to Tufts and Dr. Rebeiz stopped the bleeding and finished the surgery. He took care of me in the ICU and continued to treat me when I left the hospital. He made me feel safe. If not for him, I might not be here. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, especially so young. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

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