The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 13, 2013

Via Christi doctor dies as result of car crash near Pleasanton

— PITTSBURG, Kan. — A Pittsburg physician, Riaz Baquir, M.D., died of injuries suffered in a car crash Monday near Pleasanton.

Baquir, 66, was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City and died Monday afternoon.

He joined the Via Christi Hospital Heart & Vascular Center in 2009. He was board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was a fellow of the American Board of Cardiology and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

“More importantly than his clinical expertise, Dr. Baquir is remembered for his kindness and the way he treated people,” said Randy Cason, Via Christi Hospital senior administrator. “He always made you smile whenever and wherever you saw him.”

Wes McDaniel, the director of Via Christi Heart & Vascular Center, called him “a good friend, a good teacher and a good mentor.”

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, who is investigating the crash, Baquir was southbound on U.S. Highway 69 and veered off to the left shoulder, hit a delineator post and overcorrected. He crossed over the southbound lanes of traffic through the median and struck a northbound vehicle. Baquir’s vehicle continued eastbound into a pond. Further accident details were not available.

Hospital spokesman Michael Hayslip said a memorial service will be planned for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel in the near future.