Meet our past MOSAIC Award Honorees: Dr. Resad Paya Pasic and Djenita Pasic

In 2008, JFCS honored the dynamic duo of Resad Paya Pasic, M.D., Ph.D. and Djenita Pasic, Esq. Dr. Pasic and Djenita came to visit friends in Louisville in the spring of 1992 to see the Kentucky Derby.  During their visit war broke out in their home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina and they were unable to return home.

Resad Paya Pasic, M.D., Ph.D. and Djenita Pasic, Esq.

Dr. Resad Paya Pasic, an internationally recognized gynecological laparoscopy surgeon and educator. He teaches and practices at The University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Pasic is certified in advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and he is an international educator of gynecologic endoscopy. His passion for minimally invasive surgery is manifold. He has co-published three books on laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and minimally invasive surgery, respectively. He has published a number of scientific papers. Upon his unplanned arrival to the U.S. in 1992, Dr. Pasic felt compelled to help his colleagues in Bosnia and Herzegovina and other parts of the world where war or poverty created scarcity in medical supplies. Dr. Pasic joined the newly formed SOS, Supplies-Over-Seas, a humanitarian aid program, which has shipped 1.5 million pounds of unused and recycled medical supplies to over 91 countries.

After pursuing a career in international business in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Djentia obtained her law degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville where she has taught transactional corporate courses as an adjunct professor.As a passionate advocate for civil and human rights, Djenita is a member of many non-profit organizations and serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, among others.

In October 2007, Djenita and her husband Paya, with a number of prominent Bosnian-Americans from all around the United States founded Bosnian-Herzegovinian-American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS), which promotes the advancement and development of arts and sciences in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian diaspora here. They have also helped many refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina resettle in Louisville.

Please join us on May 18th at the Hyatt Regency for the 2017 MOSAIC Awards, a dinner event recognizing new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant contribution to their profession and our local and global community. For more information visit:

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