Medical Director of Women’s Services Named 2016 Woman of DistinctionMar 11, 2018
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (March 30, 2016) – Dr. Lanalee Sam, OB/GYN and medical director of women’s services at Florida Medical Center, receives recognition as a 2016 Woman of Distinction. She was one of 10 women recently honored at the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction breakfast for her professional achievements and extraordinary community contributions in 2015. Nearly 300 people were in attendance to hear from the honorees and keynote speaker, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee Chair.
“As a leader in her profession, Dr. Sam is a talented physician with vast accomplishments,” said Trey Abshier, CEO of Florida Medical Center. “She is unfailing in her commitment to provide excellent care for our patients. No one is more deserving of this prestigious honor.”
Dr. Sam’s speech was about climbing mountains, both figurative and literally. Last year, she served as the team physician for the Freedom Challenge, where she and a group of individuals climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness about human trafficking. Through this climb, Dr. Sam helped raise over $1 million in donations.
“Whether it’s to inspire, educate or lead, I believe that ‘those who can, must,’” said Dr. Sam. “All of my fellow honorees expound this philosophy.”
Dr. Sam is a member of numerous associations including the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, the Broward County Medical Association and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Moreover, Dr. Sam has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and honors for her philanthropic work and medical research. In 2014, she was deemed one of South Florida’s 50 most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals, and more recently, her international reach was recognized at the Women4Africa Awards in London.