Ali Shams

April 22, 1937 - January 24, 2022

Dr. Ali Shams passed away peacefully on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Ali was born on April 22, 1937 in Tehran, Iran. There, he excelled in academics and discovered his profound passion for world literature and poetry. His elegant recitations of classic Persian poems never failed to captivate his audience.

Dr. Shams began his medical career in 1961, graduating from Tehran University of Medical Sciences with high honors. He then left Tehran to pursue his Pediatric Residency at Johns Hopkins in the United States before receiving his specialization in Pediatric Cardiology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. An avid reader, Ali would continue to further his medical education throughout his career. Known for his exceptional generosity with house calls and phone calls at any hour, he was a devoted and extremely respected doctor, giving freely to those in need. His dedication and integrity were known to many families throughout his life.

As some of the very first Iranian Americans, Dr. Shams and his supportive and loving wife, Farkhondeh, were the nucleus of the fast-growing Persian communities in both Canada and the United States. In recent years, Dr. Shams enjoyed traveling with his devoted family and friends. He also loved political satire on late night TV and was known for his witty sense of humor.

He will be missed by his wife Farkhondeh, his children Desiree, Ashley and Ryan, his grandchildren Claudia, Alex, Sam and Kay, and his son-in-law Tom and daughter-in-law Loretta.

A Celebration of Life honoring Dr. Shams will be announced late Spring 2022.

Donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital can be made in his name.

50 replies on “Ali Shams”

Haleh , Houtan Toofanian says:

Our community has lost a fine caring human being. He will be missed. May he R.I.P.

P. Najafi.M.D. says:

I knew Dr.Shams since 1986. He was my daughter’s pediatrician.He was very respectful, kind, professional and passionate physician. I dearly loved his personality and calm manner.
He will be missed by so many families in Persian community.
To his families and close friends; Please accept our deepest condolences.
Rest In Peace, Dr.shams

sousan &Behrouz Souri says:

Dear Farkhondeh joon and Shams’s family please accept our condolences. We loved him and hope that he rest in peace. We keep all you in our prayers 🙏🙏
Sousan and Behrouz Souri

Hooshang Adhamy says:

My condolences to Mrs. Shams, his children and grand children. We all lost a great man with extreme sense of humanity, humbleness and loved to help everyone, especially kids.
Rest his soul in peace!

Anonymous says:

We lost a beautiful soul. He is going to be always in our heart. Our condolences to his dear family!

Zoya Shahkarami says:

We lost a beautiful soul. He is always going to be in our hearts. Our condolences to Farkhondeh joon and the rest of the family. God bless his soul!

Shabnam Khatami says:

Dear Farkhondeh joon, Susie, Ashley, Ryan and the rest of the family – We have truly lost a wonderful man who dedicated his life to others and was exceptionally kind and caring. Thinking of you and sending my deepest condolences.
Love, Shabnam Khatami

Marjan Sadoogh says:

Our deepest condolences to entire family, we truly lost a wonderful man in our community, He will always stay in our heart 🌹

Zadeh’s family says:

Please accept our deepest condolences. He was one of the most respected friends and physicians in our community. We miss him deeply . Zadeh family

Zadeh’s family says:

Please accept our deepest condolences. He was one of the most respected friends and physicians in our community. We miss him deeply.

Pouran Borders says:

This is a sad time . My condolences to all family . He was a wonderful man . This is a big lost. He will be missed.

Manoochehr and Afarin Khatami says:

Dear Farkhondeh and family,
Manoochehr and I are so saddened from Dr. Shams passing. It’s been an honor knowing him for 40 years. He has always been kind, generous and loving with family, friends and his little patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerest condolences

Manoochehr and Afarin Khatami says:

Dear Farkhondeh and family,
Manoochehr and I are so saddened from Dr. Shams passing. It’s been an honor knowing him for 40 years. He has always been kind, generous and loving with family, friends and his little patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerest condolences

Reza Esmaili says:

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Shams. He was a great man and excellent doctor. We are grateful for the care he provided to our family. He will be missed by all.
– Reza, Sonya, Nader, Aria and Tala Esmaili

Yassmine & Alireza Daryan says:

Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley, Ryan and Thom So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and the entire family. Dr Shams was very kind and caring man. We will cherish his memories forever. You are all in our thought and prayers.

Lili Ferdows says:

🖤In loving memory of our dear friend and a very special Doctor of our children.
He really was like a father to our kids, his affection towards them was one of the elements that warms our hearts .
I never feared of any illnesses as long as he was my kids pediatrician!
He will be sorely missed , and may God bless his soul.🖤

Morteza Akhavan says:

My deepest Condolences for the passing of a such a great man. I hope we will have more of the same manner and unselfishness in our society.
We will miss you so much Dear Doctor Shams. We love you for ever.
Morteza Akhavan

Shahrfar ilami says:

Dear Farkhondeh my deepest condolences to you and your family .
you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Dr.shams🌹🌹🌹

Sarah and Sasha Nouri says:

Please accept our sincerest condolences. We have such fond memories and deep appreciation of Dr. Shams as our pediatrician and friend. Our hearts are with you.

Nahid and Masoud Mirbagheri says:

Our deepest condolences to the entire Shams family on the loss of Dr. Shams. He was always such a kind and wonderful doctor and friend and we are very saddened by his passing. We are thinking of the entire family and sending our prayers. Roohesh shaad.

Sonya Mirbagheri Cheney says:

Dr. Shams was always so kind and I will never forget this gentle nature and smile. I have fond memories of him from my years growing up in Dallas and I was so sad to hear of this loss for our entire community. Sending my deepest sympathies to Farkhondeh joon, Ryan, Susie, Ashley and all his grandkids.

Mehrdad Mazaheri says:

I met Dr. Shams over 20 years ago, and immediately I knew he was one of the role models for our community. He was always kind and generous; he worked in a field of medicine that genuinely kindest souls will choose as a career. He is what I call a super doctor, because he had extra training in his field and never looked at medicine as a job but as a way of life. I always let him know of my admiration for him. My condolences to his family and friends, great souls such as Dr. Shams, leave a mark in our minds forever and show us how to be a better person that will be passed on for generations.

Mehrnoush Masoudi says:

Our sincere condolences to the Shams family. My son Kasra had the privilege of having Dr. Shams as his pediatrician for the first year of his life and then we moved to San Diego. The toughest part of the move was the fact that Dr Shams was simply irreplaceable. There’s is a special place in my heart for Dr. Shams. He was kind, loving, patient, caring, knowledgeable and always there to answer your calls. He was truly exceptional. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

Masssood & Froozandeh Nouri says:

Our most sincere condolences to the Shams family. No words can describe how sorry we are for your loss.
What a great man and Dr.!! He really made a difference in so many lives. Dr. Shams will be greatly missed but his warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.

Zohreh Dehghan Rangel says:

I am honored and blessed to have known Dr. Shams. He was truly a blessing in my children life. His kindness, generosity and positive involvement in community remind us legacy he left behind. My condolences to you Farkhondeh joon and your family.

Zohreh Dehghan Rangel says:

I am honored and blessed to have known
Dr. Shams. He was truly a blessing in my
children life. His kindness, generosity
and positive involvement in community
remind us legacy he left behind. My
condolences to you Farkhondeh joon and
your family.

Anonymous says:

It is with great sadness that we offer our condolences to the Shams family. We lost an icon in Iranian community of DFW Area. My god bless his soul and provide comfort to his family.

Reza and Kathy Khalafi

Gilani family says:

Our deepest condolences to shams family..
Iranian community has lost a wonderful caring doctor and a good friend.
He is going to be missed but for sure going to be in our heart and thoughts always.

Gilani family says:

Our deepest condolences to shams family..
Iranian community has lost a wonderful and caring doctor and a good friend.we all going to cherish his memories and his friendship.

Arian Khoshgowari says:

My deepest condolences to the Shams family. I always remember him with fond memories as a wonderful and compassionate pediatrician. We will miss you dearly, Dr. Shams.

Reza and Kathy khalafi says:

It is with deepest sadness that we offer our condolences to the Shams family. We lost an icon in the DFW area. May god have mercy on his soul and grant patience to his family.

Ali & Shideh Khoshgowari says:

Someone as special as Dr shams will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts forever. Our condolences to his family!

Fereshteh and Yahya Alayari says:

Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley and Ryan,
Words cannot describe how sad we are for losing our beloved Dr. Shams. He will forever be in our heart and we feel so lucky to have known him as a close friend, a wonderful neighbor and the bed pedestrian for our daughters.,
Remembering all the wonderful times we spent together and sending you love during this difficult time ❤️

Fereshteh and Yahya Alayari says:

Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley and Ryan, Words cannot describe how sad we are for losing our beloved Dr. Shams. He will forever be in our heart and we feel so lucky to have known him as a close friend, a wonderful neighbor and the best pedestrian for our daughters., Remembering all the wonderful times we spent together and sending you love during this difficult time ❤️

Fereshteh and Yahya says:

Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley and Ryan, Words cannot describe how sad we are for losing our beloved Dr. Shams. He will forever be in our heart and we feel so lucky to have known him as a close friend, a wonderful neighbor and the best pedestrian for our daughters., Remembering all the wonderful times we spent together and sending you love during this difficult time ❤️

Fereshteh and Yahya says:

Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley and Ryan, Words cannot describe how sad we are for losing our beloved Dr. Shams. He will forever be in our heart and we feel so lucky to have known him as a close friend, a wonderful neighbor and the best pedestrian for our daughters., Remembering all the wonderful times we spent together and sending you love during this difficult time ❤️

Shohreh snd Behrouz Masrour says:

We are honored to have known such a wonderful, kind, respectable, and caring man. He will be deeply missed. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

Judy Rafie says:

We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to hear of Dr Shams’ passing. He was such a kind, gentle soul. We were very blessed to have him as the family physician for all 9 Rafie grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Masoud. Judy, Ryan, Luke & Connor

Chanel Rafie & Rafie Family says:

Our sincerest condolences to the Shams Family. Dr. Shams was my pediatrician since birth and was also the pediatrician for my 2 brothers and 6 cousins. We all loved him so much. I went to him even throughout college and didn’t want to change to a new doctor. He will be missed by the entire community and will never be forgotten.

Gita and Saied Rafie says:

Our deepest condolences to entire family, Dr shams was an amazing doctor to our boys but more importantly he was an an amazing human , never got upset from late night calls ,always answered our calls. He was kind, gentle and caring he will be truly missed,
Gita , Saied , Dara and Darian Rafie

Niloufar and Nasser Momtaheni says:

Niloufar and I are very saddened with the passing of Dr. Shams. We have known Dr. Shams for so many years and not seeing him around any longer is a great pain that we all have to tolerate. Our sincere and deepest condolences to the Shams family. May his soul rest in peace

Ateen Khakpour says:

I’m very saddened to hear about the loss of Dr. Shams. He made a difference in so many lives, including my own. I’m grateful to have been under his care as a child and will forever remember his kindness. My most sincere condolences to his family.

Ali and kimia Esmaili says:

Our deepest condolences to entire shams family. Dr Shams was pediatrician to all my three children Aryana, Alexander,Camelia
We truly lost a great,kind,gentle and caring soul. He will be truly missed . May his soul Rest In Peace.
Ali,kimia,Aryana,Alexander,Camelia Esmaili

Hossaini Family says:

Dr. Shams was an amazing pediatrician and such a sweet soul. A really good man. May he Rest In Peace. Thankful he lived a long life.

Mansour and Afsaneh Khakpour says:

We are saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Shams. We placed the care and well-being of our children in the hands of Dr. Shams and what a blessing he was in their lives and ours. He was a pillar of our community and his legacy will live on forever. He will be sorely missed. Sending all our love to his family.

Mike and Susan Tabaee says:

Farkhondeh,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our hearts ache for your loss. He was such a beautiful and kind man. May he rest in peace.
Mike and Susan Tabaee

Ladan Shaygan says:

RIP to the best doctor I ever had. He was my pediatrician and the most beautiful soul in the world. I don’t know anyone or any doctor that was as kind, brilliant or positive as him. I loved him so much. I would have a fever or I would be sick and he always made me feel better. He just had the best energy and wisdom and intelligence. He was the most amazing doctor and I will forever hold my memories of him in my heart. Rest In Peace Dr Shams! 😭😭😭

Zohreh Malek Salehoun says:

Please accept my deepest condolences.
He was one of the most respected friend and physician in our community.
Rest in pease.

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Zohreh Malek Salehoun says:

Please accept my deepest condolences.
He was one of the most respected friend and physician in our community.
Rest in pease.

Zohreh Malek Salehoun says:

My deepest condolences.
He was one of the most respected friend and physician in our community.
Rest in pease.

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