Wall of Fame Biography
Dr. Bassam A. Hadi
Bassam Hadi was born October 28, 1967, in Beirut, Lebanon. His father immigrated to the United States while he was an infant and was an anesthesiologist practicing in Belleville Memorial Hospital for 31 years.
Bassam initially attended Whiteside Elementary School before going to Belleville Township High School East. At Belleville East he was an active member of the varsity basketball team, tennis team, math team, physics team, and student council. He graduated in 1985 with a 4.9 GPA, with his only B coming in his senior English class.
He went on to attend the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 1985 to 1990. He majored as a pre-med in the field of physics with a minor in mathematics. He graduated from the College of Engineering in December 1990. During his tenure at the University of Illinois, he was an active member of the Alpha Omega fraternity and was also a teaching assistant in Chemistry, the only undergrad so appointed. He was accepted and went on the St. Louis University Medical School graduating in 1994. He completed his general surgery internship in 1995 also at St. Louis University Hospital. From there he attended the University of Louisville Neurosurgery program from 1995 to 2000, serving as chief resident from 1998 to 2000. He was the first resident to finish his residency in 6 years instead of the standard 7. He accepted a position as the attending neurosurgeon with the status of instructor from 2000 to 2001. He was then accepted, and completed, a spine fellowship at the prestigious University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2001 to 2002. There he trained under Mark Hadley, a preeminent spine surgeon with an expertise in cervical spine and also the president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons at that time.
Since then Dr. Hadi has accepted a position as Medical Director at the St. John’s Spine Center in Springfield, MO. He currently performs approximately 350 procedures a year in complex spine and brain surgeries. He also serves as an active member of the community. He is on the Parenting Life Skills board and also a Guardian Angel for families in need. His wife, Laila Hadi, is an attorney and president-elect of the Ballet board of Springfield, MO. They are strong supporters of the arts and goodwill charities. Dr. Hadi is also an advisor of Shepherds Venture Capital Group in San Diego, California, with an emphasis on bio-technology companies. Dr. Hadi is the father of four children.
With the well grounded principles of family, friendship, and loyalty as his base, Dr. Hadi continues to aim high in life.