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Lange's Deli Shooting Victim Writes Book About Resilience

Chappaqua resident Dr. Dennis Charney is the co-author of  “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges.”
Chappaqua resident Dr. Dennis Charney is the co-author of “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges.” Photo Credit: Wikipedia

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The medical school dean who was the target of a shotgun-wielding ex-employee outside a Chappaqua deli last year has written a book about resilience.

Dr. Dennis Charney, the dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a Chappaqua resident, spent five days in the hospital after being struck by buckshot outside of Lange’s Little Store Deli in Chappaqua in a premeditated attack last August.

He was shot by Tuckahoe resident Hengjun Chao, a former assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who had worked under Dr. Charney.

After studying resilience for 25 years, Dr. Charney is quoted in a New York Times article as saying now was his time to be resilient.

In his co-authored book “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges," he explains how it's never too late once you’ve been traumatized to build the capability to move forward.

Among his words of advice: Rewrite your life story. Post-shooting, Dr. Charney said he knew his life was forever changed and that he could reframe the situation to focus on the opportunities, rather than the setbacks.

Go here for the New York Times story.

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