In 1966, Dr. Francis Sam contributed to the developing field of gynecological surgery. A pioneer in the field, Dr. Sam pioneered techniques to deliver babies in the absence of labor pains, like seeding ligaments between the uterus and the wall of the vagina with superglue, a technique that became available to pregnant women.
He continued his work towards improving birth outcomes for women by establishing practice hours for all gynecological surgical procedures. After 40 years of work, he was honored with the California Endowment Community Health Professor of the Year Award and the California Secretary of State Excellence in Women’s Health award in 2016.
Today Dr. Sam passed away surrounded by family. His funeral will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 10:00 AM at Legion Hall, 855 W 29th Street, San Francisco, California. A viewing will follow at 11:00 AM at the same location.
The California Nurses Association salutes Dr. Sam for his proud legacy, his contributions to the field of gynecology, and for his kindness and service to women. Our state lost a doctor who helped women fight through obstacles that kept them out of the birth room, helping them experience the joy of birth. Our condolences to Dr. Sam’s family.