Dr. Jamshid Hamed

Dr. Jamshid Hamed (BALTIMORE SUN / November 14, 2011)

Dr. Jamshid Hamed, a retired internist whose specialty was rheumatology, died Nov. 8 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

He was 81.

"Jim made no distinction between his patients and friends. He was a wonderfully caring doctor and a great diagnostician, and for years had been a prominent member of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center family," said Dr. Thomas F. Lansdale III, a Baltimore internist who cared for Dr. Hamed in his final illness.

The son of a merchant and a homemaker, Dr. Hamed, who was known as "Jim," was born and raised in Smarkand, Uzbekistan, which is on the Silk Road, family members said.

After graduating first in his class from the University of Tehran School of Medicine in 1955, he completed an internship at Merrymount Hospital in Garfield Heights, Ohio, in 1956. From 1956 to 1957, he completed his residency in internal medicine and pathology at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Hamed was a 1959 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and from 1959 to 1960 was chief resident in medicine at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio.

From 1960 to 1961, he was a resident in medicine at Ottawa General Hospital in Canada, and from 1961 to 1962 was a resident in pathology at Sunnybrook Hospital in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Hamed, who also completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, came to Baltimore in the early 1960s, when he joined the staff of the old Baltimore City Hospital.

When GBMC opened in 1965, Dr. Hamed was one of the hospital's original staff members. In addition to his work at the Towson hospital, he also maintained a private practice for more than 30 years until retiring in 2000.

"I was his physician, colleague and friend for 20 years," said Dr. Lansdale. "He was just a wonderful guy, a prince of a guy. He had an infectious smile, and even to the end, he remained cheerful in the face of adversity. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed."

Dr. Hamed was a throwback to the old-time physician who was available to his patients 24 hours a day, family members said.

He was known for his jaunty bow ties, finely tailored suits, ever-present smile and irrepressible personality.

Dr. Pablo E. Dibos, a retired internist, had also been a colleague at GBMC and a longtime friend.

"I was chief resident at GBMC when he practiced there, and our families have been close friends for years," said Dr. Dibos.

"He was thoroughly dedicated to his medical practice and his family. That was his life," he said. "He also had an active practice in Towson for years and had a large number of patients who really cared for him."

Dr. Dragon Jezic, a retired radiologist who now lives in Silver Spring, was also a colleague and a friend.

"Jim was very well-respected by his colleagues. He was a very good practitioner and had an excellent rapport with patients. I respected him as a professional and liked him as a friend," said Dr. Jezic.

"The entire staff, from the cleaning people to secretaries to the nurses and medical staff, liked and respected him," he said. "He was a very good human being."

"He never wanted to retire or stop caring for patients," said his daughter, Mary Michelle Hamed of Roland Park. "Dad was always smiling and with a chuckle was able to uplift everyone's spirits."

In the late 1990s, Dr. Hamed conducted osteoarthritis research at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Dr. Hamed, who was fluent in five languages — English, French, Russian, Farsi and Turkish — maintained a keen interest in international affairs.

He enjoyed attending the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and opera and visiting art museums. He also liked working in the English garden of his home in the Hampton neighborhood of Baltimore County.

Dr. Hamed also liked vacationing in Bethany Beach, Del., and was a member of ROMEO — Retired Old Men Eating Out — a group of retired physicians who lunch together on Wednesdays.

"He took up golf rather late in life but enjoyed playing a round at Pine Ridge," said Dr. Dibos.

In 1966, Dr. Hamed married the former Geraldine Marsiglia "Geri" Seth, a social worker, whom he met in an elevator while on his fellowship at Hopkins Hospital.

"It was love at first sight," his daughter said.

Private services were held Sunday at his home.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Dr. Hamed is survived by a son, Joseph Seth Hamed of Hunt Valley; a brother, Parviz Hamed of Akron; two sisters, Homa Samway and Sima Miska, both of Miami; and four grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com