Life is unpredictable, and we often take it for granted. On this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Army veteran Dr. Rashid Buttar’s passing reminds us of the importance of living fully in the present. He focused on pursuing his passions and making a difference now, rather than waiting for the “right” time.


Dr. Buttar impacted many lives through his medical practice and personal connections. I never got to know him personally, but I am happy to say I knew him through his public persona, through his many interviews and his website. I recognize the value of the deep connections he must have had with others because there were only so many people who he could reach through his practice and through his online presence. There are only so many people who could pass through the halls of his office or sit on his exam table. There are only so many people he could touch through personal contact, but the people he reached in life will now create a positive ripple effect that will extend beyond his immediate reach, fulfilling the great meaningfulness of his community. Sharing the lessons he taught because he cultivated and fought for meaningful relationships

I recognize the value of deep connections with others and the simple mathematical fact that there are only so many moments a person can share with a finite number of people. I see every interaction with people from a higher perspective because there are only so many people I will ever meet in my life, only so many people I could touch. One of the things I will learn from Dr. Buttar is how he mentioned his family and his relationship to God and country. Memento Mori Life Lesson: Cultivate meaningful relationships. We may not reach every person directly, but we can have genuine meaningful relationships with the people we do reach, with the people in our lives today.

The death of Dr. Buttar serves as a reminder to prioritize our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Take care of yourself so that you can continue pursuing your passions and making a difference in the world. This includes self-care practices, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and seeking support when needed.

Memento Mori Life Lesson: PRIORITIZE YOUR WELL-BEING because no one else can care about you more than you do.

Rashid A. Buttar, DO, FAAPM, FACAM, FAAIM

Life is filled with unexpected challenges and setbacks. Dr. Buttar’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances and bounce back from adversity was one of his strengths. We must develop our resilience, embrace change, and find ways to grow stronger through difficult experiences, like losing a mentor.

Memento Mori Life Lesson:

BE ADAPTABLE AND RESILIENT. One of the hallmarks of life is the ability to adapt. Without it, we are not truly living.

As with the falling of any hero or general in a war, the loss of Dr. Buttar brings us to pause and reflect on our own values and aspirations. Undoubtedly, Dr. Buttar endured similar losses through his life, but he chose to align his passions with a greater purpose. For me, the shock of his loss intensifies my focus and desire to identify areas where I can make a positive impact and channel my energy toward meaningful goals. Dr. Buttar gave his life to his cause which serves as an inspiration to make a difference in my own community.

Memento Mori Life Lesson: LIVE A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE

Challenge yourself, strive for personal and professional growth throughout life. Dr. Buttar clearly dedicated himself to constant and never-ending learning and personal improvement. Similarly, we must seek opportunities to expand our knowledge, develop new skills, and stay curious. This mindset will enable you to make a greater impact and contribute your passions to the world more effectively.

Memento Mori Life Lesson: CONTINUOUSLY LEARN AND GROW. Seek knowledge, critically evaluate information, and make decisions with the future generations in mind.

As we reflect upon the life of Dr. Rashid Buttar, let us carry these profound lessons in our hearts. Let us embrace our free will, making choices that uplift and inspire. Let us seek knowledge and make informed decisions, empowered by the wisdom we acquire. Let us choose virtue and righteousness, recognizing the impact our actions have on those we hold dear and the legacy we leave behind.

Though Dr. Buttar may no longer walk among us, his spirit lives on through the lives he touched and the lessons he imparted. Let us honor his memory by carrying forward his teachings, dedicating ourselves to making a positive difference, and embracing the power within us to shape a brighter future, choosing kindness, empathy, and ethical conduct as guiding principles.

May Dr. Rashid Buttar’s legacy forever inspire us to live with intention, compassion, and the unwavering belief that our choices can change the world.

Rashid A. Buttar, DO, FAAPM, FACAM, FAAIM