The young doctor killed in Friday’s shooting rampage at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center was remembered Saturday as selfless and caring.
Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, 32, of Jamaica, Queens, was filling in for another doctor when she was fatally shot on the 17th floor of the hospital, officials said.
“It’s not right, but the way she passed was the way she lived — helping others,” said Peter Q. Lee, an emergency room physician at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. “She was very selfless.”
Lee said he knew Tam as a medical student at Touro College, graduating one year ahead of her.
Tam graduated in June 2013 and obtained her medical license in December 2015, state records show.
The college issued a statement Saturday, calling Tam’s death “a tragic incident and a huge loss.”
“Touro mourns her passing and expresses its deepest condolences to her family and friends,” said Dr. Martin Diamond, interim dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Hospital officials say Tam had been working at the Bronx hospital, practicing family medicine, for nearly a year and was well liked by the staff.
She was not targeted by the gunman, a disgruntled former doctor who had been forced to resign, authorities said.
Dramperkaseh Gopaul, 36, who works in the hospital’s family medicine department as a housekeeper, remembered Tam as “a very, very nice person.”
“Every time she would see me it was ‘good morning,’ or ‘good afternoon,’” he said, adding: “I saw the way she dealt with patients, and she’s a caring individual.”
Pat Vicencio, 55, of Jamaica, who lives down the block from Tam, said the doctor was devoted to her mother, father and sister, who all lived together in a two-story brick duplex in the Hillcrest section.
“She’s very nice girl,” he said. “Shy and friendly.”
Rose Schellenberg has lived a few homes down from the Tam family for decades.
“Sweet, smiling kid,” said Schellenberg, 73, of Tracy Tam, whom she remembered as a child. “It’s going to take me time to process the whole thing.”
Aliza Raza of Mineola came with her family Saturday night to see if the Tams were home, but to no avail.
Raza, 32, went to medical school with Tam at Touro and the friends also did rotations together at Staten Island University Hospital.
Tam was “the nicest person you would ever meet,” said Raza, who will begin working at NYU Winthrop Hospital in August.
“She was there for me a lot,” Raza said, recalling how Tam would share her class notes in preparing for exams.
Family members could not be reached for comment Saturday.
With Matthew Chayes, Jesse Coburn and Mark Morales