Mohamed Ahmad Afify MD

November 17, 1933February 10, 2014

Dr. Mohamad Ahmed Afify, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:53 AM. Dr. Afify was born in Cairo, Egypt, to Ahmed and Nabawiya Afify.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Abla Afify, also born in Egypt; his daughter Sarah; family in Egypt; and many, many dear friends.

Dr. Afify received an academic scholarship to medical school at Kasr El-Aini, in Cairo, Egypt, graduating first in his class. He served in the Ministry of Public Health in Cairo. After choosing his specialty of Otolaryngology (Ears, Nose, and Throat), he served residencies in Cairo University Hospitals, England, and Buffalo, New York, before starting in solo private practice in Norfolk, Virginia. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, and was a member of the American Academy of Facial, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Medical Society, the International College of Surgeons, the Medical Society of Virginia, the Virginia Society for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the Tidewater Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Society, and the Norfolk Academy of Medicine.

He was affiliated with many area hospitals, including Sentara Norfolk General, Sentara Leigh Memorial, and Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters; he was among the first to perform surgery and provide emergency room coverage at Chesapeake General at its inception; and he was perhaps most well-known and well-loved at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center.

In his forty years of private practice, Dr. Afify enjoyed caring for patients of all ages, who will remember his cheerful greeting, “What’s the good news with you today?” He had a special love for his youngest patients, who would run to give him a hug and climb up in his lap. It was not unusual for him to treat three and four generations in the same family. In addition to his skillful, gentle touch, a special gift he gave each patient was his time and focused attention. He never rushed. He developed excellent working relationships and close friendships with many of his colleagues; however, in addition to the many area physicians who referred patients to him, his patients were the reason his practice thrived for so many years, as they expressed to their families and friends their appreciation of his compassion, gentleness, and kindness as well as his skill, knowledge, and expertise.

Everywhere Mohamad Afify went, he made lifelong friends. A devout Muslim, he had respect for and deep friendship with people of all faiths. A fascinating teller of true stories, he was an even better listener, with a genuine interest in people. He was gifted with an amazing memory for faces, names, and facts, and was always interested to learn more from each person he talked to. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than helping others, whether by free medical care, a gift, advice, or compassionate listening. He is greatly missed.

Funeral prayers will be held 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton with interment to follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Donations for research toward Merkel Cell Carcinoma to University of Washington MCC Research; c/o Paul Nghiem, MD, PHD; 850 Republican Street; Brotman Building Room 242; Box 358050; Seattle, WA 98109.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.


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December 20, 2014

Many months late I heard the news of Dr. Afify's passing. He treated me as an older teenager in the early 80"s and my daughter in the late 90's. My husband and I remember fondly his greeting of "hello beautiful" every time she visited his office. Our sincere condolences. The LeHew Family


February 26, 2014

My family can't thank Dr. Afifiy enough for all of kindness & generosity to my parents & my siblings, and for all of the decades that he took great care with us. He was definitely a very personable doctor & took the time he he needed to take care of you. A rare find he is..!! He will be missed..!

Thanks from The Whitlock family, Dr. Lee E. Whitlock, Marion Whitlock, Nancy Corriveau, Lee E. Whitlock & Lawrence Whitlock

February 26, 2014

My Father was a close and long-time friend of Dr. Afify. When I lost my Father, Dr. Afify became closer to me. Always had wisdom and a story (usually backed by experiences with his Father) for me. Both as my doctor and friend I could never ask for any better relationship. A void that I will never be able to fill but grateful for the memories.
Lee Whitlock, III

Billie Dunlap

February 24, 2014

I was employed by Dr. Afify for 16 years and will miss him greatly. He made it enjoyable to come to work and I heard him say "So what's the good news with you?" to every patient who came through the door. My thoughts and prayers go to Abla and Sarah. What a great legacy you have had.

Billie Dunlap

February 23, 2014

DR. Afify treated myself and my children for many years and even recently he sent me to the proper Drs. for my cancer in my nose and treated my son inlaw. HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL! Gone but will never be forgotten!
My Prayers go out to his family.

Hilda Stott and boys, Norfolk, Virginia

Linda Kuhr

February 17, 2014

Dr. Afify treated my daughter, Mandy, when she had to have her tonsils removed. Although this was almost 20 years ago, I never forgot what a kind and caring physician he was to our daughter. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Anthony Radd

February 13, 2014

Dr. Afify was the kindest, most considerate and generous man I have ever known. My deepest sympathies over his passing. I am distressed and greatly saddened by his loss.

He was a shining, bright light in a world of negativity. His positive and enthusiastic spirit was a joy.

Very few of us will ever know someone as special, caring, sincere, and conscientious as Dr. Afify.

The world has lost a great man, and we have lost a great friend.


February 13, 2014

Dr. Afify was my physician for decades. He was always kind and caring. I will miss him.

Huda Zatout

February 12, 2014

Dr. Afify had been a friend of our family since the eighties. The last time I saw him was when I visited Virginia Beach a couple of years ago. He treated me when I had an ear infection and did not take a dime. This is typical of his generous nature and compassion. He wasn't only a great physician but a kind man with a big warm smile. May Allah bless his soul in heaven.

Jeffery Barbour, MLIS,

February 12, 2014

With sadness, I read about the loss of
Dr. Afify who was a life-long physican to my family and me. I have a deep appreciation for his clinical expertise, research, and scholarship that he leaves to his profession. To his family, I am sorry for his loss.