The legacy of a Miami obstetrician will live on in the nearly 15,000 babies he delivered throughout his residency.
Known throughout the neighborhood for delivering generations of people, Dr. Jean B. Samimy died April 3, in Tampa, Fla., of myelodysplastic syndrome. He was 75.
“Once they started with him they never left,” said his son Roland Samimy of his patients. “It became like a little family. They would never want to go see anybody else. He was delivering the children of children he had delivered.”
Samimy’s son Roland, told the Miami Herald that his son has classmates and teachers that were delivered by his father.
“Turns out a boy who is a senior was delivered by my dad,” Roland Samimy said.
This long-time OB/GYN even helped deliver the baby of one of the Bee Gees. “He had no idea who the Bee Gees were,” Roland said. “He said 'They’re just like anyone else.'"
Roland said that his father’s passion helping others and the community stemmed from his Iranian faith, Baha’i, which teaches equality between men and women and passion for service. Samimy’s oldest daughter, Yasmine said her father represented his religion in everything he did.
“His faith drove him to who he was,” she said.
Samimy was born in 1938 in Tehran, Iran. However his love for travel led him to go to school and practice medicine in Paris, New York City, and finally Miami with his wife and two children where he opened his own practice.
“He was extremely dedicated to his profession,” said Roland who mentioned his father's other dedication was charity. Samimy established a primary school in Haiti with an architect friend and was also was a major supporter of Operation Smile a non-profit that provides medical attention to children in developing countries with cleft palates.
Samimy was diagnosed in 2000 with a specific cancer in which blood cells are not produced by bone marrow. After multiple treatments and drugs, the beloved doctor lived nine years past his initial diagnosis of five years, and was still practicing medicine when his cancer returned with a “leukemia twist,” explained his son -- that ultimately took his life.
Samimy is survived by his wife, Dr. Lina Samimy, his three children and four grandchildren, Layla, Perry, Gabriel and Luka.