Blog Category: Service

It Took Perseverance to Keep Going

Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a board-certified surgeon specializing in thoracic surgery, critical care, heart and lung transplantation, research and education. In this episode of ‘Shefik Presents Invocation’, Dr. Tetteh shares his experience running a marathon. … Read More 

How to Find Yourself Through Service

Transcript of Commencement Address to 2016 Graduates of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Health Science Academy. … Read More 

Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Day: Never Sacrifice the Gift

Seven years ago, a new life began for me. I reflected on the gift of Dr. King’s life and how I had come full circle in my new office, of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, at National Naval Medical Center, (now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center). Over a decade earlier, after medical school, I arrived at National Naval Medical Center as a new recruit, and took the oath that would commit me to a life of service in the U.S. Navy. On the day after Dr. King’s memorial I returned to where it all had started for me, and thought how all the events I experienced brought me to this place. … Read More 

How to Make an Impact in the World

This week the world mourned the loss of one if it’s most powerful voices, Dr. Maya Angelou. Dignitaries from around the world poured their love and appreciation for Dr. Angelou’s work. Those that were touched by her presence reflected on her impact and example and I paused to think of what her life meant to me. … Read More 

PODCAST – The Gift of Giving: Melissa Revel and Operation Military Shower

Dr. Tetteh catches up with Melissa Revel, founder of Operation Military Shower. … Read More 

Dr. King’s Gift From The Heart: The Gift of Being

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, I‘m reminded how blessed we are to live in this nation. Few countries in modern history have exemplified the great change we have all experienced over the last 50 years. In the 46 years since Dr. King’s assassination this nation has confronted racial inequality like none other. … Read More 

The Blessing of Giving Blessings

Melissa Revel is founder of Operation Military Shower and embodies The Seven Pillars of Life that I consider to be the recipe for true heartfelt existence. Through Melissa’s commitment to serving the families of our service men and women, she radiates the very first step to living from the heart. Pillar I: Know that you are blessed. … Read More 


In life, the power and importance of relationships should not be underestimated. I have been fortunate to cross paths with heartfelt, caring individuals from various backgrounds. As a witness to the power of heartfelt living in the lives of others, I am committed to connect with people who are living from the heart. … Read More 

Serving from the Heart

Wouldn’t it be nice if life always turned out just the way we planned? If every goal we set was achieved, if the path we lived out each day was predictable and able to be clearly defined? We would know what is coming, how it is coming and just how it would look upon arrival. Unfortunately, life isn’t and will never be that easy. One of the greatest components of the human experience is uncertainty. Those of us who confine ourselves to safely defined comfort zones, run the risk of missing out on the many gifts life has to offer. … Read More