Meet Dr. Sam
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 happily divorced, adores her son, Shane, loves reading and is an avid triathlete having competed in twenty triathlons since her first season in 2010.