EUGENE J. SAYFIE M.D.
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EUGENE J. SAYFIE, M.D. Some say no one is perfect, but the multitudes who knew Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie would argue otherwise. An old-fashioned doctor with a cutting-edge mind, Dr. Sayfie left every place he visited and every person he met better than he found them. He carried his doctor's black bag with him everywhere and was rarely seen without a stethoscope around his neck. Every patient had his personal cell phone number and he never knew the meaning of 'working hours' because he was always on call, for anyone in need, meeting each person on his path with enthusiasm, optimism and a readiness to help in any way he could. Dr. Sayfie measured life by two standards: the first- whether you enjoyed the journey, and the second- did you make a difference to others along the way. Dr. Sayfie exceeded all measures on both. Dr. Sayfie's greatest passions were his loving family, his practice of medicine, his devoted faith, humanitarianism, excellence in education and philanthropy. Everyone left his side feeling better about the world and better about themselves. His optimism and enthusiasm were infectious and will be an enormous part of his legacy. One of his favorite quotes was "Carpe Diem." Eugene J. Sayfie was born in Charleston, West Virginia to Lebanese immigrant parents. At five years old, he started working alongside his older brother selling newspapers and from that day forward, he never stopped. Eugene lost both his father and stepfather before age 10 and was raised with his sister Ernestine and brothers Ernest and Russell by their Mother Selma and their Aunt Mary. An exceptional student and avid athlete (known as "machine-gun Sayfie" for his proclivity on the basketball court,) he excelled in every endeavor throughout high school and college, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from West Virginia University. He was awarded a scholarship to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he graduated second in his class. His ascent in the medical field continued as he completed residencies in Internal Medicine at the Harvard Medical School Services at Boston City Hospital and at the University Hospital of Cleveland, followed by a Cardiology fellow-ship at the latter institution. He often quoted Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, "Work is love made visible" and he was renowned for his steadfast commitment to his patients and his incomparable work ethic. "My view has always been that we are here to serve the patient first and foremost," said Dr. Sayfie at the dedication of The Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., Pavilion for Excellence in Patient Care at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., Pavilion for Excellence in Patient Care is a comprehensive care facility founded by Dr. Sayfie where the philosophy developed by him throughout his decades in medical practice, makes patients collaborative participants in their care. Dr. Sayfie received the inaugural Distinguished Master Clinician Award presented by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine which is awarded to a top Miller School clinician who exemplifies excellence in patient care. He and his wife Suzie were engaged after only eleven dates over three months. It was love at first sight for both of them. They have been married for 51 years and all who know them consider their relationship a fairytale love story for the ages. They did everything together. They traveled the world and took their four daughters Stephanie, Nicole, Lisa and Amy with them. There have never been more devoted parents attending every school event for their children together at Ransom Everglades School where Dr. Sayfie served on the Board of Trustees. They were regulars on campus and in the sports stands where Dr. Sayfie was the biggest fan for his girls. This year, both Dr. Sayfie and his wife Suzie were proud to be named Grandparents Chairs for Ransom where their grand-children now attend. He was also a huge fan of his hometown teams, the Miami HEAT and Miami Dolphins. A practicing physician since 1960, Dr. Sayfie has been lauded for his practice, his academic contributions and his tenacious and persistent pursuit of know-ledge. He was a multi disciplinary fellow, held several professorship positions in addition to his medical practice including but not limited to an Attending Physician in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, University of Miami Hospital, University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine, Attending Physician in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Attending Physician in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Aventura Hospital, Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Miami Heart Institute, Chairman, Department of Medicine, Miami Heart Institute, President, Medical Staff, Miami Heart Institute, Attending Physician in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Miami Heart Institute, Attending Physician, Courtesy Staff, Jackson Memorial Hospital Staff, and most recently as a concierge Doctor of Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach, where all of four of his daughters were born. Dr. Sayfie has been celebrated and honored with countless awards for his relentless service to his community, including but not limited to the following: Inaugural Distinguished Master Clinician Award recipient from University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine; Robert Zeppa Award of Excellence from Jackson Memorial Hospital; Sunrisers Home Top Ten Men of the Year; March of Dimes Outstanding Philanthropic Couple; Ronald McDonald House Twelve Outstanding Men; Gold Antonian Medal of Honor from the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America; Who's Who in Medicine; Miami Heart Institute's Builders Award; Miami Heart Institute's Hall of Fame; The Eugene J. Sayfie Library at St. George Orthodox Cathedral; St. George Cathedral Gold Medal Service Award; Outstanding 100 Doctors in America; Women of Tomorrow Humanitarian of the Year; American Cancer Society Outstanding Couple; Knight Commander of The Order of St. Ignatius. Most recently he received the Inaugural Visionary Award from the Frost Museum of Science. Dr. Sayfie offered unwavering leadership and support of health organizations, hospitals, the arts, his children's schools, and his parish church.His dedicated involvement has impacted the lives of many individuals.He has served as President / Chairman and/or Committee Member for the following organizations: President of the Heart Association of Greater Miami, Heart Association Ball Chairman, Grand Prix of Miami Heart Association Event Co-Chairman, Cat Cay Heart Association Yacht Rendezvous Chairman, President of the Medical Staff of the Miami Heart Institute, Committee of 100, St. Jude Children's Hospital South Florida Committee, Performing Arts Center Opening Committee, American Cancer Society Board and Cattle Baron Ball Committee, Miami Heart Institute Second Generation Advisor, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America Board of Trustees and Convention Chairman, Ransom Everglades School Board of Trustees, Benefactor, Athletic Building Committee, Break-through Miami Board, Boston College Parents Guild, Reception Host for President, Miami Heart Research Institute Board of Trustees and Ball Chairman, Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, National Projects Committee of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. George Cathedral Parish Council Chairman, Project Newborn's "Peace of the East" Chairman among others. Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He is survived by his wife Suzie Sayfie, his four daughters, Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Nicole Sayfie Porcelli, Lisa Sayfie, Amy Sayfie Zichella, his grandchildren Anders, Austin, Jordan, Leonardo, Enzo, Bella, Phia, Abigail and Ava, his sons-in-love Morten, Marcello, and Eric, his family members Ernestine and Louie Ede, Judy Sayfie, Russell and Helene Bassett, Helen Stephan and Renee and Rick Kuci and their families. Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie passed away Saturday, May 23rd at 8:45am. The family has requested in lieu of flowers or other gifts, donations may be made to one of the following organizations which Dr. Sayfie loved so passionately: Gifts In Memory of Dr. Eugene Sayfie to : Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation In Honor of Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie 4300 Alton Road, Suite 100 Miami Beach, FL. 33140 Attn: Dena Willman Ransom Everglades School: In Honor of Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie Mail to: Ransom Everglades School, 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, Attention Advancement Office Online: www.ransomeverglades.org/make-a-gift St. George Cathedral: Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie Scholarship Program c/o Father Joseph Aboud 320 Palermo Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33134 The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis In honor of Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie Attn: Marc Buoniconti & Dr. Barth Green 1095 NW 14th Terrace Lois Pope LIFE Center Miami, FL 33136

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Published in the Miami Herald on May 24, 2020.
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June 26, 2020
I have been attempting to get into medical school for 7 years and Dr. Sayfie has provided me with help and hope throughout this time. I recently was accepted to Tulane University School of Medicine and Dr. Sayfie could not have been happier for me as he wrote me a long heartwarming letter. Dr. Sayfie will remain an inspiration to me throughout my medical training and career.
Sean Clark
Student
June 26, 2020
Love & Light to all of his family and friends. This nurse saw him as the Gold Standard for practicing medicine.
Lori Grau Drucker
Coworker
June 26, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. When "machine gun" played for "Red" (coach) and I played for St. George in Charleston, where Fr. Raphael Husson was the Priest, each time we met we would joke about the old days. Dr. Sayfie practiced what the entire family preached.
Raymond/Irene Husson
Friend
June 25, 2020
r Sayfie took care of our Mom and Dad, or as he would say my mother-in-love and Father-in-love and my father in Love would call him as a family member, We were honored to go to a celebration for him and his life several years ago and it was so good to here his hole history then and how he talked about his family and to this day I call my daughter-in -loves that and they call me mother in love what a great man and how much he will be missed. He definitely was a family man and dedicated to his patience.
Our prayers and thoughts are with all
Elizabeth Kemp
Acquaintance
June 25, 2020
Dr. Sayfie kept my mother alive performing two heart valve replacement operations at the Miami Heart Institute 40 years apart. She was the longest living person with heart transplants in the US. He wanted her to donate her body to science but since she lived to be 83, thanks to Dr. Sayfie, it was beyond what would have been meaningful for any scientific study. I am eternally blessed for this compassionate brilliant doctor and human being that he was.
Terrence N Tullgren
Acquaintance
June 24, 2020
A very dedicated and caring doctor, the kind of doctor you do not see today. Always took time to explain everything. Very generous and giving he helped one of the girls working in the office by setting up a scholarship fund so that she could get her nursing degree. Just an amazing human being and an amazing family. You will be missed Dr. Sayfie. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Celine & Jerry Berman
June 15, 2020
My memories of Eugene go all the way back to his time he spent in Cleveland, while attending medical school. Our family "adopted" him and we became very close and he was a guest at our home on many Sundays for a real home cooked Arabic meal. May his memory be eternal. Norma Saba Abdallah
norma abdallah
June 1, 2020
I know that even though you have a loss, you still have some great memories. I hope those memories will give you comfort in knowing God is with you and your family lean on him in your time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
May 29, 2020
I had just graduated from nursing school in 1978 and found my first job at Miami Heart Institute. This is where I met Dr Sayfie. I remember how professional and approachable he was and how he always took the time to explain, teach or counsel patients, family members and staff. He was a kind man. He would speak lovingly of his Suzie and the girls. Subsequently after working at Miami Heart Institute for over 20 years the Sayfies felt like family.
You will be sorely missed Dr Eugene Sayfie.
My heartfelt condolences to Suzie, the girls and the rest of the family.
yolanda danek
Coworker
May 28, 2020
What an incredible friend and cardiologist to my dad, Joel Brown, and our family for many, many years. My dad was also his acccountant so we got to see him when dad wasn't sick! I remember when it was Drs. Nichol, Phillips, Elias & Sayfie...that's how long we've known him. Such a selfless man. His kindness to my dad and our family will never be forgotten. He was the only one who sent a note to my mother on her 80th birthday, with a memory to share. It touched us all deeply. My heart and prayers go out to his family. I know, you know, how very blessed you were to have him in your lives...Hope he and Helen and Dad and everyone are having a wonderful reunion in heaven. May God bring you peace and comfort. He is missed...........
Lillian Roschel
Friend
May 28, 2020
Dr. Sayfie was kind and humble, and a dedicated physician and family man. My condolences to the family for your loss.
Kristin Wherry
Friend
May 28, 2020
Dr. Sayfie was kind and humble, and a dedicated physician and family man. My condolences to the family for your loss.
Kristin Wherry
Friend
May 28, 2020
I heard someone once say about a famous man, "I have lost more than a friend; I have lost an inspiration". I, too, have lost much more than a friend. I have lost a doctor; mentor; confidant, soul mate, an idol and one of the most inspiring, beloved and sweetest men it has been my good fortune to know and call my friend. He spent his life giving to others, far beyond the demands of his profession. He always was available to whomever and wherever he was needed. He had empathy and sympathy for everyone. He never turned his back on anyone and was always willing to give sound advice and a thoughtful ear to those who needed him. He was an icon and an irreplaceable asset to the community he called his home. He was a credit to his race - the human race. We will miss him beyond words and will love him forever. Our love and prayers to Suzie and the entire family. Judy and Donnie Lefton
Donald Lefton
Friend
May 28, 2020
Donnie and Judy Lefton
May 28, 2020
Dr. Sayfie was the best doctor i ever had. He was not only my cardiologist but my therapist!!! He helped me be strong and gave me so much courage to be the person i am today with all my accomplishments... He was like a big brother!!!!! My mother adored him too !!!!! You will be missed, Dr. Sayfie!!!! No once can fill your shoes!! You were one of a kind!! An Amazing doctor and human being.... my condolence to the family!
Berdie Archer
Friend
May 26, 2020
I began my nursing career at Miami Heart Institute. I remember Dr. Sayfie to be a very kind and inspirational physician. He had the unique talent to speak with everyone with respect.. He did not come into a Unit or ICU with a grandiose attitude. He was a fantastic cardiac physician and a gentleman. I always respected him as he did not ignore nurses as other physicians did. He was WAY beyond that kind of professional behavior. I felt comfortable talking with him about a patient although I did not have the intelligence about medicine that he had. He never made me feel inferior. He taught. I admired his professionalism and appreciated how he treated the nurses who cared for his patients. In my eyes, he was so far above the rest. Also, my husband and I just happened to be in the same restaurant and he and his family. We stopped at their table to say hello and wish them a good dinner. They left before we finished our dinner. When we asked for our check, the waiter said that it had already been taken care of by Dr. Sayfie. He wasn't just a great physician, he was a great human being. God rest you Dr. Sayfie. God is proud of your accomplishments and you will be rewarded in heaven. We have lost a true physician, husband, father and friend but he will be remembered forever. My deepest sympathy to Dr. Sayfie's family. He talked about you often and we know how much you were loved. Rest in Peace.
Judy Marshall Naranjo
Coworker
May 26, 2020
For many years we at Caffe Abbracci had the priviledge of serving him, his wife and his adorables daughters. Always a gentalman his conversacions whit the staff were full of knowledge, sapience and fun. Down to earth very humble. We will miss him. Rest in peace Dr Sayfie. From the Family of Caffe Abbracci to the Sayfie Family.
Nino Pornetti
Friend
May 25, 2020
He was what every doctor should aspire to be
Robert DerHagopian
Coworker
May 25, 2020
Dr Safyie took wonderful care of our son. We are saddened by his loss. Pray for his family during this difficult time.
John and Linda Thomas
Linda Thomas
Acquaintance
May 25, 2020
There are no words that I could describe the love I have for this man. I am going on 94 yo only becuase of the love and great care he gave me. ~ Remo
Remsoo Briscu
Friend
May 25, 2020
Dr. Safyie was our doctor. What a doctor he was! He did not just take care of your problem, he took care and had an interest in you as a person!! Very rare attribute these days.
I remember one day he called me at home at 5:30 in the morning because he had been alerted by the alarm on my cardiac monitor and wanted to know how I was doing. What a guy!! We miss him already.
William and Anne LeMaire
Friend
May 24, 2020
Gene was so very special to us and my parents. I was his patient since 1980 and blessed him every day for being such a fine, caring and giving human being. He's in our hearts forever. Betty Usdan and Harold Solochek
Betty Usdan
May 24, 2020
We always ha a great round of golf together. You shared all of it and I wouldnt forget. Rest In Peace
Christian
Family
May 24, 2020
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Lisa Wanderer
May 24, 2020
Our world has lost a living and loving legend which elevated humanity while he was here and left his imprint for all ages. My profound condolences to all his family & friends as Eugene now peacefully rests in the celestial stars with his greatest caretaker Father God! Love-Tico
Mauricio Reynoso
Friend
May 24, 2020
Dr Sayfie will always be remebered as a giver in all aspects ,unconditional physician ,friend and loving father. I do thank you all you've done for my family and my prayers will always include you and your lovely family knowing God has a special place close to Him. Being chosen to have been close to all of you ,Blessings ! Elsa Dominguez,DDS
Elsa Dominguez Ravera
Acquaintance
May 24, 2020
Dr Sayfie was a wonderful colleague and gentleman to all. I met him in 1995 at Miami Heart Institute and worked closely with him. His dedication to his patients and the practice of medicine was impeccable. The last time I saw Gene was March 5th, where he proudly accepted another great medical challenge, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Au Revoir Gene!
Oliver R. Di Pietro, MD
Coworker
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