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Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who has been practicing medicine for over 14 years. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an honors degree in Psychology, before attending the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. After receiving her MD, Dr. Sam completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA., before relocating to South Florida in 2002. She has since founded Elite Obstetrics and Gynecology, a boutique-concept private practice committed to providing exceptional healthcare to discerning women who want personal, uncompromised medical services.
Dr. Sam believes that quality should always come before quantity in terms of health care services, and the “Elite” practice that she has built clearly reflects this philosophy. Her goal is to make sure that the women she sees not only receive the best possible obstetric and gynecological care throughout their lives, but also enjoy her respect, understanding and support. Her “recipe” for such uncompromising service combines outstanding medical expertise, with a holistic approach to overall well-being. Moreover, by providing the sensitive care of a female doctor and loving mother who understands the specialized needs of her patients, Dr. Sam inspires the kind of trust that has always been the hallmark of excellent doctor-patient relationships.
Clinically, Dr. Sam has distinguished herself as a top specialist in total laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery and is a favorite referral surgeon for the most difficult gynecological cases in South Florida. Literally on the cutting edge of the most advanced medical technology, Dr. Sam performed the first-ever robotic surgery in Palm Beach County and is the Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at the West Boca Medical Center having performed over several hundred robotic cases since that time.
In her practice Dr. Sam has developed the myEliteOB Program. This concierge obstetrics service offers a maximum of 4 obstetrical patients a month unlimited, “no wait” appointments, direct cell phone access to Dr. Sam over the course of their pregnancy, as well as many other exclusive value-added benefits, with the guarantee that Dr. Sam will deliver each patient herself and be in hospital during the entire labor.
Highly respected by her peers as well as her patients, Dr. Sam is an active member of numerous medical associations including the American Medical Association, American Medical Women’s Association, the Broward County Medical Association, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Moreover, as a dedicated proponent of women’s health, Dr. Sam has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and honors for medical research and service.
Last but not least, in addition to her busy professional schedule, Dr. Sam regularly volunteers her time with community organizations that have included the Jim and Jan Moran’s Boys & Girls Club, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, Women In Distress Starfish Circle, in addition to creating her own Elite Women’s Foundation in 2009.
Dr. Sam is divorced, adores her son, Shane, loves reading and is an avid triathlete having competed in twenty triathlons since her first season in 2010.
Elite Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director of Women’s Health
Florida Medical Center
Director of Gynecologic
West Boca Medical Center
Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
University of Toronto
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Summa Cum Laude
Minors: Biology, English
Board of Directors – South Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Board of Directors – Women in Distress
Co-Chair – Starfish Circle Women In Distress
Heart Circle Member – American Heart Association
Board of Directors – The YMCA of Broward County
Board of Directors – Suits, Stilettos & Lipstick Conference
"Thank you for your awesome work. I look great, never felt the first amount of pain and shocked many with the 3 flights of stairs I was able to descend only the day after surgery. Thanks be to you for those steady hand. God has blessed you in so many ways. Never let that caring and supportive side of you get lost in the bright and successful future you have. You are a healer and a people pleaser that makes you stand out from the rest of your field. You are a great doctor. God blesses those who give of themselves. May he reward you for being so kind."
"Thank you for everything that you did to me, showing much love and concern. Saying thanks is easy the very hardest part is showing the gratitude that comes right from the heart. However, hope this “thank you very much”, will show in some small way the deep appreciation this brings to you today."
"You are someone who is appreciated. This is a wish just for you, a wish that appreciates you for all you are, a wish that thanks you for everything you have done. A thanks for being you this brings a heartfelt thank you, but it really cannot begin to say how much your kindness meant. You have been helpful from the beginning of our pregnancy to the delivery of our daughter."
"Thank you sooooooo much for everything. Thank you for being there for us not only as a doctor but also as a friend. You made me feel confident and not scared of the labor. Dr. Sam thank you also for taking care of my baby’s circumcision. (That means a lot to me). You really made me feel special on the most special day of my life. Having a baby is a great experience and having you guys there for us is a blessing."
"Words alone cannot express how thankful I am that I found you as my Doctor. Your patience and caring showed through at each visit. You listened to every moan, groan, ache, pain, and complaint without hesitation. This pregnancy was very difficult for me and you managed to calm all of my fears. You were correct everything went beautifully and I have a healthy and beautiful little girl. Most of all you did everything in your power to respect my wishes as a patient. For that, I am most Thankful. Again thanks for everything! Best wishes for a wonderful and prosperous future!"