SHERIF SHAFEY

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SHAFEY--Dr. Sherif. Miami neurologist, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the age of 80. Dr. Shafey was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1932, graduated from Cairo University Faculty of Medicine in 1955, Magna Cum Laude, and completed residency training in orthopedic surgery in 1959. That year, Dr. Shafey emigrated to the United States and completed residency training in neurology at Grasslands Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, NY Medical College and Kings County Hospital, Downstate Medical Center, New York University in New York. In 1963, he was appointed chief resident in neurology at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Dr. Shafey served as assistant professor at University of Miami School of Medicine from 1966-1969. From 1965 to January of 1969, he served as Coordinator of the Training and Teaching Program in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. In June of 1967, Dr. Shafey was granted US citizenship by a Congressional Act, in the 90th Congress, in recognition of his numerous scientific publications and National Institutes of Health-funded research on cerebrovascular disease, especially the impact of smoking and artificial birth control on risk of stroke in young women from 1964 thru 1966. Dr. Shafey established his Miami private practice in neurology in 1969 and served ten years as Mercy Hospital's Chief of the Division of Neurology, in the Department of Internal Medicine. With a visionary approach to patient care, Dr. Shafey served as a clinical investigator introducing 2' 3'-dideoxyinosine (ddi) treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS, Levodopa therapy for Parkinson's patients, the first one in Florida and one of the earliest in the Northeastern US and Valproic Acid therapy to prevent seizures, the first in the State of Florida, as well as Tacrine HCI (Cognex) for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. He helped build a dedicated invasive neuroradiology procedures suite at Mercy Hospital and, with a grant from the James Colt Foundation, Dr. Shafey created the first dedicated neurological intensive care unit in Florida. In 1975, Dr. Shafey developed the first computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanner unit in Miami. He served as the Medical Director of the CAT Scanner from 1975 thru 1987. Over 46 years in private practice, Dr. Shafey served thousands of Miamians and patients from around the world. Dr. Shafey was a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurology, A Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, as well as a Fellow of the American Heart Association, Cerebrovascular Disease Sections (Strokes). Dr. Shafey was also a member of the Dade County Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, the Florida Society of Neurology, and the Southern Clinical Neurological Society. Dr. Shafey is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons Omar and Joseph; and two grandchildren, Sarah and Suzanna. In lieu of flowers, the Shafey family requests donation to Camillus House. Private graveside services were held.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 25, 2013
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