Remembering Dr. Keith Amos

Keith-Amos-HorizontalUNC has lost a dear colleague. Dr. Keith Amos died suddenly in Edinburgh, Scotland, while on a Dr. Claude Organ, Jr., Travel Award from the American College of Surgeons. We all hold in our thoughts his wife, Ahaji, and their three young daughters.

Dr. Amos was a treasured member of the UNC School of Medicine, the Department of Surgery, the Division of Surgical Oncology and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was a caring doctor, avid researcher, engaged collaborator, effective teacher and just a terrific human being. Colleagues, medical students, surgery residents and especially patients, to whom he was so dedicated, will sorely miss him.

Dr. Amos was passionate about visiting communities to talk about cancer, the importance of cancer screening, and cancer disparities. He traveled across North Carolina collaborating with and speaking to numerous groups, who always appreciated and were impressed by his commitment and dedication. He was a true ambassador for the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Amos was recruited to UNC in 2007. He earned his medical degree from Harvard University, and completed surgery residency at Washington University in Saint Louis. His passion for cancer education and care led him to a Surgical Oncology fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

While interviewing for his faculty position, he read the plaque located in the lobby of N.C. Memorial Hospital that states, “Operated for and by the People of North Carolina.” He frequently said, “I think that’s a really powerful statement. One of the things that attracted me here is that UNC is a state institution. We as physicians have an obligation to care for and educate citizens about their health problems.”

Dr. Amos honored that commitment, and during his short career at UNC, focused his significant energy on all aspects of the multidisciplinary UNC Breast Center in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and across the state.

A memorial service for Keith Amos, MD, was held on June 29, 2013. A video of the memorial service is posted here.

Here, we remember his legacy and invite you to do the same.

319 Comments

  1. HJ Kim
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Amos family – we are devastated by the news and honored to have known him. Keith had the unique ability to connect on a personal level with everyone that he met – he will be missed by his friends, his colleagues, and his grateful patients.

  2. Sherri Simon
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Friends, I am grieving today for the sudden loss of Dr. Keith Amos.
    His brilliance was only outshone by his compassion for his patients and his fierce dedication to bringing quality healthcare to ALL people.
    While all of us patients are stunned at the abrupt ending of such a vital being, his kindnesses will reverberate through the lives he’s touched and the lives he’s saved!
    Dr. Keith Dave Amos, thanks to you, my dear dear doctor, my 2 young sons and countless other families have not lost their mommies/wives/sisters/daughters to cancer! Holding your memory, your wife, and your 3 precious young girls in light and love, Sherri Simon, eternally grateful patient

  3. Susan & Nadine
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Lord, how we don’t want this to be true. Nadine & I are sisters daughters & share a DCIS trait, being diagnosed a few weeks apart. She was referred to Dr. Amos (2nd opinion) & then I came to him & we both ‘fell in love w/ him immediately’. I lingered about my surgery, but, he knew (after several months) that I would come back to finalize & complete. Such a good/intelligent/kind-hearted/professional/ sweet person. I (Susan) would make sure that we had our appointments on the same time around the same time to ensure that we both kept them. So, when he saw one of us, a few minutes later, he knew the other was waiting. I would tell him “now, if you decide to work somewhere else—-I’ll be following you” & he would give me that sweet, sweet smile. His eyes would light up talking about his wife & their three little girls. Oh & an avid sports fan (Cowboys). He was compassionate about his work, but mainly his patients. When I became unemployed he would ask me ‘how I was doing & give me some encouragement’. Some doctors are nosey, but he WAS genuine. Nadine was released from him in May ’13 & I was to have my last appt. w/ him next May. DR. AMOS—WE LOVE YOU & WILL TRULY MISS YOU. I’ll NEVER find another like you. You’re a bigger angel now & I know you’ll watch over your four girls. “Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Cannot Heal”!! I LOVE YOU!!!!

  4. janet shrader
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    dr. amos was assigned to me when we moved here after my lumpectomy and before chemo. i remember wondering what i did to deserve such an assignment. he was, hands down, simply the best. , he shared a story of an ill-fated move early in his marriage where the movers were arrested en route and the truck and their household goods were impounded in the middle of nowhere. had to sleep on air mattresses lol. i remember saying, i bet your wife didn’t think THAT would be the life of a doctor’s wife. and he laughed and laughed. and we would revisit that story every time a resident or someone shadowing was in on one of my visits. devastated doesn’t begin to describe how i feel. but blessed that the world got to enjoy him for the little bit that we had. his shining light that once lit up the hospital now lights up the heavens.

  5. Denise
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I am sooo sad, this man basically saved my life..I will forever be grateful and will live each day to the fullest…prayers to his wife and daughters…what a tremendous loss to our community…Godspeed

  6. S. Mahin
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    An enormous hole has been left and will remain in the hearts of so many people. The passion and devotion he had for his work and his patients was infectious. But it was his genuinely warm and kind spirit that will be remembered most. He did whatever he could to help another-not out of obligation, but because of his caring spirit. Eternal blessings and peace to the Amos family.

  7. Phelisa Pittman
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I was a classmate of Dr. Amos at Xavier University, and he was a wonderful friend, but an even greater husband, father and physician. He dedicated his life to his family, and finding a cure, and his mother’s legacy will still be fulfilled. He was such a great and extraordinary individual, and was very special and gifted, even during our summer science days at XU. I will be lifting his family, friends, colleagues and students up in prayer. His legacy will live on, and he won’t ever be forgotten.

  8. Kendra Cotton
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I know many a person will testify that DR. AMOS was a brilliant surgeon… a beautiful amalgamation of intellect, skill and kindheartedness that touched, provided comfort to and helped to heal many; however, what many folks may not know is that KEITH was also the consummate HATER when it came to folks who did not support his chosen sports teams!

    Keith’s unwavering loyalty for “America’s Team”, i.e. the Cowboys, the Miami Heat and it’s “Big THREE”, the St. Louis Cardinals and of course ANYTHING affiliated with the State of Louisiana was borderline obsessive … and that’s ONE of the innumerable reasons why I developed such a deep affinity for him. Perhaps most importantly though, I loved how he LOVED my friend and their daughters. Beyond caring, nurturing and providing for them, he worked tirelessly trying to instill and cultivate a love for sports in each of them. I believe that’s about the only thing he ever failed to accomplish in his short time here with us!

    He will forever be missed and revered… but never forgotten. He is/was loved…

  9. Pat Hoyt
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Truly there are no words to express our loss of such a compassionate man and amazing doctor. I met Dr. Amos in 2008 when my daughter was his patient. It was immediate love from us to him. He became her rock, her anchor, her friend as well as mine.
    He was a man like no other and will be missed deeply. My heart and blessings to his wife and daughters for sharing him with all of us.
    I know my daughter met him in heaven with open arms and a smile. I also know they are looking for Dallas Cowboy pins to wear!! Peace to both of you.

  10. Anissa Green-McCall
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    This has come as a shock to me. Dr. Amos was and will always be a caring, kind and compassionate doctor. He removed my gallbladder. I was in his care, and the care and support that he gave to me and my family during and after surgery made my healing a good experience. He made sure that I was comfortable and had what I needed. Such a kind doctor. My condolences to his family. A wonderful man.

  11. janet shrader
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    i just remembered another anecdote after seeing kendra’s message about sports teams. we talked about green stamps and the catalogs, and he could only get an NFL bedspread when he really wanted a cowboys bedspread. such a great man, from humble beginnings, made the best of his talents, impacted so many. prayers for the amos family.

  12. Alice Chuang
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    This is a huge loss. My heart is full of sadness for his family, and my prayers are going out to them constantly. Keith was a kind colleague. He will be missed.

  13. Alan Shaw
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I was lucky enough to work with Dr. Amos on several levels, as a resident, as a student, and as an advisee. I can say he was truly a special kind of person, and my thoughts go out to his family.

  14. La-Shell Johnson
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I had the pleasure of meeting Keith’s wonderful daughters at a conference a few months ago. He was a very special person that touched many people. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  15. Lidia Tiller
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was a beautiful human being who always showed compassion to everyone and would try to help those who needed his expertise the most. He was the surgeon to several of the survivors from our Latina breast Cancer support group, Fe, Amor y Esperanza. I considered him to be an angel to those going through a cancer diagnosis because fo his sweet spirit and ready smile that would light up the room. I considered him to be a great friend personally and to the cancer community as a whole. He is a one of a kind individual that one rarely meets in life and I will greatly miss him. He came from humble background and after losing his mother to breast cancer at 14 years of age, he dedicated his life to making a real difference in breast cancer. I can honestly say that I saw the impact that he made in our community and with many who were his patients and those of us who were blessed to be his friend. My prayers are with his sweet wife and beautiful daughers that he instilled the love to bless others as they handed out carnations at the Race for the Cure to survivors.

  16. Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I attended Xavier University with Keith. We had such fun times at Cafe du Monde and so many other places. I still can’t grasp that he is gone from us. There was never a kinder, sweeter funnier guy. My heart and my prayers go out to his family. The ladies of St. Joe will never forget you. We love you Keith.

  17. Randy McKee
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I was saddened the hear the news about Keith. Keith was a true gentleman and a friend of my wife, Lisa and me during our time at Xavier. His character was as fine as any person I’ve ever known. We will keep Ahaji and their three daughters in our prayers. Randy G. McKee

  18. Paola Radiati
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Today I had the horrible news, one of the best Doctors that I know passed away… I’m so sad , because is a painful and inexplicable loss…Thank God for giving me the opportunity to know him.. was a blessing…
    I can’t still believe it… He taught me so many things … I’m her patient and he help me how to get energies to survive !!!
    We are really going to miss you Dr. Amos !

  19. Jane Harper
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    As the former mammography supervisor, I was fortunate to have worked with Keith. He was always very appreciative of the staff who worked at UNC. He was the kind of man who would sit down with you to talk at Starbucks or chat on the phone. His patients were always his priority. We were the richer to have known him and the poorer to have lost him too soon. My thoughts and prayers with his family and the UNC family.

  20. Nancy Graham
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I am so shocked and saddened by the passing of Keith Amos.I was one of his first surgical patients when he joined UNC in 2007.Not only was Dr. Amos an excellent surgeon but he was an extraordinary person.He was so warm and caring and made everyone feel comfortable and important.We often joked about the Redskins and Cowboys.I gave Keith a Cowboys Christmas ornament and every time I saw him he would remind me that it was always on his Christmas tree.I will miss his hugs and beautiful smile during each appointment.My thoughts and prayers are with Keith’s family and the entire UNCstaff.I feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with Keith during his brief time at UNC.He will be greatly missed.

  21. Jennifer Smart
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    This is one of those unbelievable things. I think of all the thousands of lives that would have been saved, changed, blessed, improved… because of Dr. Keith Amos. What a loss. At my lsat visit, we talked about how his kids would love Scotland and the cooler climate would be a good summer change. I was so impressed he’d won this opportunity to take his talents abroad. As one of his patients, I will never forget his generosity of spirit and enormous intelligence. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, his colleagues… and all the other patients who are also sharing this loss.

  22. J Woodyard
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Shocked and saddened to hear that Keith has died. He was such a delight to work with and my thoughts are with his family. Peace be with you, Friend.

  23. cedric m bright
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Keith is a hero to me because he treated my wife with his skillful hands and now she is cancer free.
    He was a great advocate whom I often ran into while on capital hill.
    He was a die hard cowboy fan who took a good ribbing when they lost to my Vikings
    His jumper may not have been the prettiest but he never lacked for hustle.
    We shall meet again my friend…….

  24. Ann Langford
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Me and my husband were shocked to hear of the death of Dr. Amos. He was the most kind, caring, empathetic person and surgeon who took care of me this past year. We will sorely miss him. Our hearts go out to his wife and daughters.

  25. chanteria Jones
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I would like to express with sincere gratitude of sympathy at this time to a beloved husband, father, friend and a tremendous care giver to his patients in North Carolina. He has made outstanding accomplishments for his for lifting title as Dr. Keith Amos. A dear friend that I will truly miss, he is the one who guided me in my trials in life to make a profound turn around in my life. The many conversations that we endure over the phone while I was attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. To his beautiful wife and lovely three daughters my prayers will always be with you to comfort you in your time of sorrow. Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant!! It is finished!!

  26. Yolanda Yang
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Keith and I were surgical residents together, and I was lucky to know such a gifted, talented, and passionate individual. The world is a much poorer place without Dr. Keith Amos. My heart goes out to his family, his colleagues, and his patients. He will be missed.

  27. Theresa
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    This has been very hard to process, my heart aches with brokenness, what a loss to our communities everywhere. Please accept my condolences and prayers for Dr. Amos’ family at this time. I also extend my heart to his patients and colleagues here at UNC-CH and everywhere. I sat in on a couple of meetings with him in my short time here at UNC, what a kind and knowledgeable surgeon. Perhaps there is a scholarship fund or other lasting memorial we can be apart of on his behalf, to carry on his burgeoning passion for excellence in cancer education and closing the gaps/disparities in breast cancer diagnosis, staging and education among the under-served. May God bless and ever keep his four girls always.

  28. Misti West
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    I was fortunate to be able to work with Keith at both MD Anderson and then at UNC. He had such a kind, reassuring way about him. I worked with many of his patients who were undergoing breast reconstruction and they all adored him. When I think of him, all I can see is that sweet smile that was ever present on his face. I’m so sad that he is gone from this world but count my blessings that I had the opportunity to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and sweet little girls.

  29. Beth Williams
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    In June 2011, Dr. Amos saved my life. I was originally assigned to another surgeon when I was diagnosed, but there was a last minute switch (I can only say it was truly divine intervention). Dr. Amos was a special person, and an amazing physician. He had a true gift for connecting with whoever he was talking to. During my appointments before my surgery, he cultivated a relationship with my mother who is a 35+ year cancer survivor, talked with my husband about racing (my husband was getting ready to race at an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dr. Amos had just been there for a Richard Petty Driving experience event-a gift from his wife). This year, I chose to travel to Charleston, SC to have reconstruction. Dr. Amos called me at home to discuss my options, helped my make and supported my final decision, and helped me do everything medically necessary to plan for my reconstruction journey. I was looking forward to our next visit so that he could see my progress so far. I have no doubt that every one of his patients have had interactions with him as unique and special as mine are and each of us has special and wonderful memories of him. Dr. Amos was taken from this world way too soon but his legacy will live on in the many lives he has touched, and the beautiful family he leaves behind. He was loved and admired by his patients, colleagues, and staff. My heart breaks for the entire Amos family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Lea Wharton
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I am shocked and saddened to learn Dr. Amos has died. He was an amazing person. Being a cancer patient is hard and Dr. Amos gave me strength and courage and always made me feel like I was his only patient. He became my friend and was important to me and made a lasting impact on my life. I admired him for is dedication to finding a cure and his wife and children. I am thankful that I got to know him and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  31. Allison Kitchens Copple
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I grew up with Keith Amos in our little hometown of Minden, Louisiana, and was once the salutatorian to his valedictorian at our high school alma mater. :) We knew him when he was just beginning his life-long journey of fighting cancer, and could not be more proud of what he accomplished. Our prayers are with his wife and daughters in this tragic loss.

  32. Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Such a blessing that you were chosen by God to be my doctor. Now you have been chosen by God to be one of his angels. You will truly be missed down here, but we will see you when we get to heaven. Thank God for your knowledge and professionalism shown but even more for the grace and kindness shown.May God bless your family…James and Glenda Vassor.

  33. Inetha Cousin
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was so very down to earth and whether he knew you or not, you quickly came to like him. He stopped in our office often and handled business first, but always left us with a laugh. Every time I watch the Miami Heat play, I’m sure to think of him. Prayers for his wife and daughters, family and friends.

  34. Frankie Sparr
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Dr. Keith Amos. In one’s lifetime. some people cross your path and leave a lasting impression and change your life forever. Dr. Amos was one of those people for me. I was a patient of his 3 years ago and I can’t even put into words the excellent care and comfort that I received from this man. He was so brilliant, caring, comforting and just an excellent surgeon. My thoughts and prayers are with his sweet family, his UNC family and all of his patients, past and present that will miss him so dearly. His wife and girls, the UNC medical community and society in general has suffered a tremendous loss. I can not say enough wonderful things about Dr. Amos. I will always love him for what he did for myself and my family. May God comfort all who loved him :(

  35. Susan Lynch
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Keith Amos was my breast cancer surgeon and to say I am shocked by his death is an understatement. He was such a kind person and I always saw him everytime I went, never an associate or PA like in other places. He always took as much time as was needed as long as I had questions. He helped me make the right decisions for my case and because of him I am a 3rd year survivor. I will truly miss him and his cute bowtie. He leaves behind a wife and 3 daughters. My prayers are with his real family and his UNC family.

  36. jeff
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    I have worked with many fellows over the years @ MD Anderson and I can honestly say Dr. Keith Amos stands out as one of my favorites. As a previous commentor mentioned, Keith loved the Cowboys and the Cardinals. He just needed to embrace the Utah Jazz to complete the trifecta of sworn Houston enemies in the mid 2000′s. No matter how much I tried to show him the way, he never wavered. He was truly a class act and I am shocked to read this today. I never got to meet his family but my thoughts are with them in this time of grieving.

  37. Kelly Hodge
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos…It still seems unreal that you are no longer here. Monday’s in the OR will never be the same. Who is going to play Maze and Frankie Beverly in the OR for me now? Who is going to make me laugh when I’m having a stressful day? I guess no one because filling your shoes would be impossible.
    I pray for strength during this very difficult time for your wife and your three precious daughters.
    Rest peacefully Dr. Amos

  38. Elizabeth Mitchener
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I was very shocked to hear about Dr. Keith Amos’s sudden death as it aired on TV today. I always looked to see his face in the UNC Cancer commercials. He was my breast cancer surgeon in December 2008. He did an outstanding job on me and it will be five years this year. I was always proud to tell my family and friends to watch the UNC Breast Cancer commercials whenever they aired so they could see my cancer Doctor. I would say, “he’s the handsome, baldheaded, black doctor with the bow tie on”. Every time I visited UNC for my checkups I always look for him just to say hello. He was a very kind and patient doctor who didn’t mind answering all of my questions, no matter how dumb they may have been. He also removed my gallbladder. He made you feel so safe to have surgery because he would explain everything to you and he knew what he was doing. My husband and I felt as though he was a part of our family. He will truly be missed by our family too. I pray for God’s Blessings upon his wife and children. To all of our UNC family Just remember, “We’ll all in this together”. With Love

  39. Ryan and Becky Aycock
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Dr. Amos. He was such a wonderful human being. In 2012, we were awaiting test results to see if my husband had malignant melanoma. Dr. Amos called us late in the evening to let us know as soon as he got back the negative results. Dr. Amos said he could not sleep without us receiving the good news. We will never forget his kindness at such an awful time in our lives. God truly sent us an angel in Dr. Amos. We are so very sorry for his beautiful wife and daughters and all the people he touched.

  40. Loren Robinson
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Words cannot express the depth of my sadness. I was blessed to know Keith, as a provider, a colleague, and a mentor. He gave me hope when others tried to take it away. He inspired me to work hard, but dream harder. The loss of Dr. Keith Amos will be felt far beyond the reach of UNC. He truly was a global citzen who touched and changed many lives for the better. Prayers for peace that surpasses all understanding for your family Keith, your legacy lives on forever.

  41. Tereasa Bouyea RN
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    He was a decent, kind human being and he always made me laugh. A warrior in the fight against cancer but with a sensitive and uncanny grasp on the emotions, ongoing worry, and concerns his patients and families endured in the aftermath of the devastating diagnosis of cancer. That is so much more than being the skilled surgeon that he was and the type of doctor I am proud to have known and worked with. Peace to you Dr. Keith Amos.

  42. Susan & Nadine
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Reading BEAUTIFUL memories/testimonies! I LOVE YOU DOC!

  43. Scott Reznik
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I trained with Keith in St. Louis, I will always remember his constant smile and laughter. He was a consummate physician and surgeon and we have suffered a great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  44. Melynda Snead
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dr. Amos. He was a wonderful Physician. He will be greatly missed.

  45. Marcus Tan
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Keith was my chief resident when I was an intern. I will always remember his wise counsel, patient tutelage and sense of humor. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

  46. Jeanie Brown
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was a caring individual and a dedicated physician. He had a deep commitment to patients and finding a cure for breast cancer. His untimely death is difficult for everyone who knew him. I keep running over in my mind the UNC commercial about fighting cancer and the emphasis when he says “together”. That was what he was about, caring for his patients with a team approach. His smile was contagious. He was a pleasure to work with and to know. I pray for comfort for his family as well as all his friends and colleagues. Goodbye Dr. Amos, and thank you. Jeanie

  47. Cindy Martin Johnson
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    Through the power of social media I felt connected with Keith over the years. He was a sophomore and I was a senior when we shared Coach Bud Copeland’s world history class at Minden High School. I followed his shooting star and enjoyed reconnecting with him through Facebook. We teased one another good naturedly over football and our children. I’ve read stories from his colleagues and patients, as well as some of his medical articles. They all point to the same man, an intelligent kind hearted gentleman. Just this past week I was enjoying his postings about his UK trip. My heartfelt prayers go to his wife and daughters and extended family.

  48. Linda Collins
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos will truly be missed. I like to remember him in his bow ties. My husband & I last saw him in April, 2013. My husband shared a healthy fruit & Nut snack with Dr. Amos.He had a great bed side manner; but was also very compassionate, & very well- educated & never lost his sense of humor or ability to identify with his patients. He said I wouldn’t need to see ,him for a yr. He recommended a plastic surgeon for reconstruction; although ;I can’t have it done ,because of lymphadema & diabetes. He did a masectomy on my right bteast. It was between a stage 2b & 3. He helped us thru chemo & radiation ,since 2011. Thank U LORD for letting him be with us this long & God Bless his family.

  49. Kathryn Smith
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    My heart is broken hearing about the passing of Dr. Amos. Dr. Amos was my surgeon for two of my surgeries to remove cancer! Each time he was so so kind, understanding and informative. Most of all he was encouraging! The last time I had surgery (last August), he came to my room late around 9:00 to just check on me! He would also call late at night after I got home to check on me. He was so dedicated to his patients and most of all encouraging that we are going to beat Cancer. I just can’t believe someone that gave me hope for life has been taken TOO TOO early!!! His smile was infectious, his words were kind and most of all – he projected HOPE!!!!! My hope is now that his family is surrounded by love and peace. Dr. Amos you are going to be so missed but NEVER forgotten. Love you!

  50. Ann Steedly
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    As a family friend, i am heartened and saddened as i read these postings of what an impact Keith has had within the community as a medical professional and the potential lost. It is wonderful to see how dearly he is remembered here by those who worked with him and received his care. In another cut of the UNC commercial, Keith’s portion is to say “with compassion” and from what i have read here that is what resonates so strongly. When the commercials first came out, and were on the TV, during the SuperBowl and at the airport baggage claim I joked with them that I was getting tired of seeing Keith’s face so many times. Now his face and that smile will be missed so dearly by all who knew him… May the family draw comfort from all the love and support expressed here for Keith.

  51. Elisa Birnbaum
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    As an attending at Washington University School of Medicine I had the pleasure of knowing Keith during his training. He was one of the most upbeat residents, so happy to be a doctor/surgeon, so proud of his family. He will be missed.

  52. Aubrey LeGrier
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Met him once; saw him twice; never his patient. And I’ve never been the same. God certainly blessed Dr. Amos, or he never could’ve been such a blessing to so many.

    And to think, I had (coincidentally?) thought about him during a consultation with my own doctor in NYC Tuesday afternoon.

    My prayers and sympathies are with all those who were privileged to know him far better. And from LA? A Heat/Big Three fan, too? No wonder my spirit was touched by him the one time I met him. He left this world and many lives better, though a huge void has been created in all of our hearts – especially his grieving wife, children and family, I’m sure.

    Missed, but NEVER forgotten. May we all find a way to reflect a measure of the beauty of his life, as we seek to honor his memory/legacy of transformational service to humanity.

    “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” – Psalm 116:15

  53. Eric Hughes
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I knew Keith from High School. Sort of. He was a few years older than I. To know he touched as many lives as he had is truly inspirational. With love and humility I pray for his family, and for all those whose lives he touched.

  54. Valerie Halpin
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    My heart aches. Keith and I were residents and chiefs together. We were mom and dad for our program for a year. I’ll never forget all the late night calls trying to figure out the right thing to do. Some of my favorites memories were the Tuesday post-M&M barbecues while we were in the lab. Keith was a barbecue champion and had a trophie (from age 12) to prove it. Love you Keith! Life won’t be the same without you.

  55. Tamala Philpot
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    The utter heartbreak that I’ve felt since the moment I heard of your loss has yet to pass. I’ve often thought of the many conversations that we shared and found some joy in knowing that an imprint was made on life by a man with an awesome spirit and tremendous heart. The dedication and compassion that you shared with your patients was evident in your daily walk. You gave people genuine hope and the desire to continue living and that is irreplaceable! I miss your amazing spirit and it hurts deeply! I will forever cherish the love we both share for the Dallas Cowboys and UNC Tarheels and I will miss you having my back even when our teams don’t win! An exceptional physician and a great friend!
    Praying continually,
    Tam

  56. Sheila Allison
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    When we lose someone who is simply irreplacable like Keith Amos we always wonder why they are taken from us so soon. Keith was a wonderful collegue who was always available for a question or referral. He helped guide me through my mother’s breast cancer and she was in Illinois!
    I think that he did so much in such a short period of time maybe God decided his work was done and it was time for him to rest. Let us thank God for the time that we had him and pray for and support his wife and daughters.

  57. Helene W
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    How do you say good bye to someone who has changed my life. When I first met Dr. Amos, he embraced me and told me not to be afraid. I had Melanoma which had been removed two weeks prior to meeting Dr. Amos. He saw how scared I was and he tried to comfort me & told me not to be afraid. He said, ” I will take care of you.” He was kind and caring. I will never forget him…My heart goes out to his family for he was truly a Blessing. He will be greatly missed!

  58. Janice Blanchard
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    I knew Keith from medical school and he was one of the kindest and most caring individuals there was–an absolutely lovely person. He will be surely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  59. Alice Choma
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos recently saved my life by performing the extensive but necessary surgery and helping me to understand the severity of my breast cancer. I am so very fortunate to have been placed in his skilled hands with his kind yet firm demeanor. I am so terribly sad for his family his students and his colleagues. His shoes will be hard to fill. God bless him and those who he loved.

  60. Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    As Keith’s cousin and best man at his wedding I am so thankful to witness the outpouring of love shown. In our family, as cousins we were reared as brothers and sisters. It was one thing that Keith believed in, his love for his wife, his love of his children, his love of family, and his love for friends. I’m going to miss irritating him about the Dallas Cowboys and sadly not having him as the best man of my wedding……

  61. Lisa Laughlin Brown
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    My heart is heavy with sadness upon hearing that Dr. Keith Amos had suddenly passed away. I grew up with Keith in Minden, Louisiana, and always knew him to be a very intelligent, kind, and funny guy. We all knew Keith would go on to do brilliant things, it’s just how he was made. His wonderful mom was our teacher, also taken from this world at much too young an age. She and Keith had a very special relationship. Though i havent seen Keith in over 20 years, i was happy to reconnect with him through Facebook. He will be deeply missed. Praying for strength and comfort for Keith’s beautiful family.

  62. Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    I recall my first introduction to Dr. Keith Amos. The 1in9 organization was in its infancy when founders Stephanie & Eric and I asked to meet with Dr. Amos & Deb Ballard to discuss our vision for 1in9. Dr. Amos graciously met with us. He listened. Asked questions. Gave advice. Encouraged us. By the end of the meeting, a friendship was formed…. And 1in9 had found our mentor. We filmed our first 1in9 “mission video” with Dr. Amos. He introduced us to colleagues. He was keynote speaker at our first Pink Tie Affair gala in 2012. He gave 1in9 validity & was key to our success as a young non-profit organization.

    One quality that set Dr. Amos apart was his heartfelt connection with patients. He not only understood the medical / emotional hurdles breast cancer patients face – but he also empathized with the tremendous financial / cultural barriers common across the state of NC. Dr. Keith Amos – world renowned surgeon, published author, Harvard graduate, medical school faculty member – was worried that patients couldn’t afford groceries or gas to drive to UNC! He genuinely cared & quite simply, he “got it”.

    As our first meeting ended, I reached for Dr. Amos’s hand but looked at him & said…. “I’m really more of a ‘hugger’ than a hand-shaker….” and with his beautiful smile & a twinkle in his eyes he laughed ” Good thing….. Because I’m a hugger too!”. I treasure that sweet memory.

    Keith Amos – you’re a blessing to 1in9 & to the thousands of lives you touched. Your support, guidance & encouragement has been priceless. We’re forever indebted to you & we will continue to pursue our mission in your honor. May your family be comforted by our thoughts & prayers.

    May you rest in peace dear friend ……. until we HUG again!

  63. Ann Conlon-Smith
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Just a few short weeks ago, I believe that dear, Dr. Amos saved my sister’s life. Her mastectomy was on May 20th and he was so reassuring and skillful. For each of my questions or doubts, he seemed to be able to reassure my sister and our family so that we believed that he knew best and would do the very best for her. I cannot stop thinking about him and how unusual it was to meet someone like him at such a frightening time. He seemed so exhausted at the end of that day, yet he came to her bedside to sit and talk with us and to make sure all was well. We saw him again for followup just about a week ago…. He came into our lives so recently and now he is gone, but, not without gratitude and admiration from the very bottom of my heart.

  64. Mark Camp
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Like Allison before, I was a classmate and friend of Keith from Kindergarden- High School Graduation. I’m not only proud to have known such a genuinely good human being, but I’m also not surprised to read all the wonderful ways he touched the lives of others. Keith truly epitomized “Humble Greatness.”. To those who knew his mother and father, the loving Christian legacy they left for him remains an inspiration for us to emulate in our own lives. I regret that I didn’t stay in touch with him all these years, but the memories of the friendship we shared will always be cherished.

  65. daniel demaline
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    I knew Kieth from growing up in Minden. He was a great guy, very intelligent. I believe he may have been the first black valedictorian at Minden High School. I’ve learned more recently about how incredible his work was. He has saved so many lives and to me that is the ultimate achievement any human being can attain on earth. My heart goes out to his family, friends, patients and anyone who loved and cared about him as I do.

  66. Janice Lipson
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Our hearts are broken over the loss of Keith Amos. He was an amazing and irreplacable person. All the lives he touched are better because he lived. We love you Amos Family!

  67. Shelia
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    To: Mrs.Amos and the Children, Dr. Amos was a very nice person, I am thankful too have Known him. Although this is hard on you and your children, I thank God for the comfort he will give too you. His Legacy and the accomplishments. Are great. Keith Minden La. Is proud of you. Family we continue too Pray for you.

  68. Jacques Gaines
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Remembering Dr. Keith Amos as a childhood friend and classmate growing up in Minden La. We bandmates and good friends . Keith was and is the pride of Minden High School he touched many lives in many wonderful ways , we have many good memories of Keith as a young boy who grew into a phenomenal man, we will miss you dearly . REST WELL FRIEND.

  69. Noreen Carnaghi
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I was fortunate to know Keith during his years as a General Surgery resident at Washington University in St Louis, MO. He was truly a extraordinary man. He had a tremendous amount of compassion and was outstanding in every way. A humble, gentle man. I will always remember him.

  70. Claire T. Fussell
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    My eyes are filled with tears as I read all these wonderful tributes to Keith Amos. I remember and loved Keith, the little boy. He was in my gifted enrichment class for several years. I taught with his mother, and cried with the family when she died. I knew Keith was destined for greatness, but even I could not have predicted the magnitude of his greatness. I remember the elementary school student who would ask questions he knew I couldn’t answer, then roll his eyes and pretend to hold back his laughter until he just exploded in a belly laugh. He was so brilliant and had such a dry wit. I seldom saw him as an adult, but when I did, I always got a big hug and kiss from him. He was so kind, sweet, humble, loving, and smart…and he got it honestly from his parents. Although I never met his wife or girls, I love them because Keith loved them. My prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues. And as for Keith, I know he is in glory collaborating with the Great Physician…still listening and learning while trying to stump Him with questions. Can’t you just picture it! lovelove…

  71. Jan Wicker
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos just released me from his care in January after 5 years of medicine. He was a true gentleman, a wonderful encourager and will be greatly missed. I will keep his wife and daughters in my prayers.

  72. Fran Lynch
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I’m stunned. From the moment of my diagnosis of breast cancer through the surgeries, Dr. Amos was an engaged, thoughtful, patient, compassionate and wise guide. He will be greatly missed by all passed his way. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and family.

  73. Marla Clayton
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    When my mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 we were devasted, but after meeting Dr. Amos and is caring persona I knew we’d get through this. He was a Cowboy fan and bing a Redskin Fan we had friendly rivalries and it made the visits with my mom pleasant. Thanks to him my mom is still kicking and cancer free. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  74. John Mason
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    I was a few years ahead of Keith in residency and remember him as an extremely bright and hardworking physician. He was always very calm and pleasant even when exhausted in the pre 80 hour work week era. One memory is of him at our weekly pizza rounds with Dr. Eberlein and one could feel his enthusiasm just discussing surgical cases. He was born to be an academic surgeon. He was a member of Dr. Eberlein’s first group of recruits at Wash U and they were an extremely close and very strong set of residents. My deepest condolences to his wife and children. I hope the outpouring of support from those that knew Keith gives some measure of comfort.

  75. Densie Douglas
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    What can you say about such a wonderful man except he will be sorely missed. I always felt that I was the only patient he had when he walked into the room. He always made me feel safe and that he was going to take care of me when I was often so afraid. I feel so blessed to have been under his care and will always hold him dear in my heart. The tears are still flowing. Thank you Mrs. Amos for sharing the gift your husband had with so many. My prayers are with you and your daughters. Always remember he was loved by many and will truly be missed. I was so blessed to have known him.

  76. Pam Presley
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos this is not goodbye this is only the beginning in a journey that one day we will all get to know. I pray for your family to know the comfort and ease the pain of losing you. I pray for the UNC Family to continue to do the caring work we all dedicated our live to do in honor of this great man. I grieve quietly for him for I will truly miss his smile. I celebrate his life and his journey in this life. Dr. Amos rest and guide us all from heaven to know the light you saw in each and everyone of us as patients, family, friends, and co-workers for your strength, courage and caring will carry on. GOD Bless everyone who is grieving.

  77. Mike Meyers
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Keith meant a lot to many of us. He was an absolutely genuine and caring person. It’s remarkable to read all of the words of kindness from people from all walks of his life. He will truly be missed and my thoughts are with his family. Keith, I’ll be sure to root for the Cowboys and turn on the occasional NASCAR race in your stead.

  78. Shantae McLean
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I am truly saddened to hear of the news of his passing. Dr. Amos was such an amazing person and a dedicated doctor. We worked closely on several projects, spreading the awareness of clinical trials to Black and Hispanic populations. He cared deeply about minority health but his love for people went beyond any race or ethnicity. He had a way of making you feel appreciated and apart of a larger purpose than just your job. His loss is truly devastating but I take comfort in knowing we’ll see him again in paradise.

  79. Angela G. Morgan
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Words can’t express the void Dr. Amos or Keith as he made me promise to call him the first day I met him has left. He was a brilliant and compassionate man. I will never forget his kindness, love, and wisdom. I saw him at the end of March, and we made a date to celebrate two years cancer free in September. I can’t believe he won’t be there.

    Also, I will never forget how terrified of surgery I was, and knowing that on both occasions not only was he by my side as I woke up, but he stayed with me for a while, bringing me animal crackers and soda. He even partook in my I survived dace raising the roof.

    The world is a much better place, because he lived in it. We all need to take his example and live to make the lives of others better.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, and little girls. I can only imagine their pain.

  80. Sawyer Harrison
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Im very sorry for the lost of a very successful man.My prayers go out to his wife and childern.I was in school with Keith from grade school to high school ..he was amazing the smartest man i had every met and this was in hs..i havent seem him since,so there no telling how much knowledge he had..again im so sorry about tragedly..

  81. LaTonya Williams
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Talk about making someone feel relaxed… ! Dr. Amos made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. Before even going to him a friend had told me he was absolutely the best surgeon I could go to. What she failed to mention was his capacity for caring superceded his surgical gifts and in the end thats what’s most important to anyone facing a critical moment in their life. I am honored to have been one of his patients.

  82. Weaver Kesler
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I was shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Amos. I had the opportunity to know him both as my medical school advisor and as an attending physician on my surgery rotation. He was a tremendously knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate individual, and I hope to carry these traits into my own practice in the future. He took the time to get to know me as a person, and always found time to answer any questions or concerns I had regarding medical school and my career. Dr. Amos will be sorely missed, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children.

  83. Latrisha Burgess
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I am so shocked and saddened by the passing of Keith Amos. My family met him back in March 2009, and he saved my mother’s life from colon cancer. We had our last appt. a few weeks ago, and he was most caring Dr, that anyone could have. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family, and may God continue to keep you safe in his arms.

  84. Glenda Blackwood
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos had a smile that lit up the room and a heart as big as Texas. My thoughts are with his family, his friends and his patients. The NC Cancer Hospital will not be the same without him.

  85. Debra
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    My mom (87 years old) will be devastated that Dr. Amos is no longer with us. He was the most wonderful physician and person as he operated on her for two breast cancer tumors. Our family loves him!

  86. lori wingfield january
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Keith was such a wonderful person. My baby sister Wendy graduated with Keith. I remember him coming to her birthday parties, his love for Dallas Cowboys and his brilliant mind. Prayers for his wife and children, Dr. Keith Amos will truly be missed but always rememembered from his former Mindenites.

  87. Billy Irvin
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Suzanne and I are shocked and sadded to hear of the passing of Keith Amos. I trusted Keith completley — he saw a family member of mine and treated her as if she was his only patient (and he did this with everyone). He was a wonderful communicator and the work that he did with outreach and breast cancer education and education for clinical trials is priceless. I will miss him as a friend, a colleague, and someone that I admired and looked up to. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Ahaji, his children, and his entire family. God bless you, my friend.

  88. Gail Goodling
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    This is a man who would call with test results at 8 p.m. because he didn’t want a patient to wonder one more night. I feel tremendously blessed to have been in his gentle care. Rest peacefully, Dr. Amos.

  89. Vanessa Byrd
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    GYNF………………….Love you and you will be missed! And thanks for the love that you have always expressed towards my niece and the girls. Because of you, many have gotten to experience things in life that may have never been. Your love for your profession and people has been greatly expressed by many. I thank all who have taken the time to show their appreciation as well as their love for you. God has allowed you spend precious moments on this celestial ball that we call earth, and know He has called you home to be with Him. I know that the girls will be okay, because although you will not be here in site, you will always be in their hearts by their side.

  90. Carleta
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    My prayers are with the family. I saw Dr. Amos only once after having a scare with the possibility of having breast cancer. Right from the start I knew he was special he left a medical conference in California to come and see me. He truly gave meaning to the UNC logo, leading, teaching and CARING.

  91. Deborah Wilson
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos, You will be missed greatly. I will be thankful that I had the chance to get to know you. I only wish that whom ever takes your position will have the compassion towards every patient that you did. Heart felt sympathies to your family.

  92. Ashley
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos, it was such a pleasure to have worked with you. We here in the PACU will surely miss your lively personality. You were the perfect doctor for cancer patients. We love you, and you will be missed

  93. Jane McNeill-Balter
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Five years ago I went to Chapel Hill to the Cancer Center for a second opinion after an initial lumpectomy. It was an extremely stressful day. Dr. Amos was the last doctor on the team that we met and both my husband and I knew from that moment that we were in the right place. Dr. Amos shared with us that his mother had passed away from breast cancer and that was why he had specialized in the field. I remember being struck by the kindness, warmth and sincerity in his eyes and I knew that he was no ordinary doctor. Having had numerous bad experiences with cold and clinical physicians over the years, I was petrified to be facing cancer without compassion. Years earlier we had been at UNC Hospital for a prolonged period with my son and had situations and physicians that had made me very frustrated with doctors and hospitals. Dr. Amos changed that. He patiently presented my husband and I with all of the information, and made me believe that they were going to be able to take care of it. He single handedly took so much fear and anxiety out of the equation. There was a grace and a peace about him, a contagious glow and a warmth.
    As I healed and recovered, my visits with him became less frequent, but on so many occasions, more than we should ever hear of, I would get a call from someone who had just been diagnosed. My first words to scared friends and relatives would be, “Go to UNC. See Dr. Amos. As soon as possible.” So many lives have been saved, prolonged and enhanced because of Keith Amos. Even if you had not had him as a doctor, just knowing Keith was a blessing.
    I had my last visit with him two weeks ago and I took my 12 year old daughter along because I wanted her to meet him and seem the Lineberger. My life changed after cancer, as everyone’s does, but in my case I had found a new sense of purpose and courage. Dr. Amos could instill courage also. When we left I told her that the next time I was in New Orleans I had to get a piece of artwork for him because we talked so much about his home state and NOLA. He was so excited about his stay in Scotland and when I heard of his passing on Tuesday, my heart fell to the floor.
    My thoughts and prayers are for his wife and 3 little girls as I can only imagine how difficult life will be for them without him. He was such a brilliant surgeon and a wonderful human being dedicated to his research, his patients and his family. The world lost Keith Amos.
    My only solace is that I have another angel in heaven. We all do.

  94. Sheryl Golden
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was such a kind and compassionate man and even took time to smile and say kind words to me every time we saw one another in the OR halls. While most people avoid sales reps, he was always gracious to invite me to attend his cases when he was using the device I sell. And he always spoke of his family. It was clear to everyone the love and devotion he had for them. I pray for all of his friends and family that The Lord will bring you the comfort and peace of knowing that he is in heaven smiling down on us.

  95. Elizabeth Jarvis
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos, it seems surreal that you are so suddenly and unexpectedly gone from us. I cannot thank you enough for all that you have taught me in these few short years – you have been the utmost advisor and mentor to me – not only in guidance by your words, but by your actions. It is clear that your patients, colleagues, friends and family love and adore you. I learned so much from you in your kind regard and emphasis on your patients and also your family. You will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by all who knew you. Thank you so much for the example that you set for me in my future practice and work, as well as in life. My thoughts and prayers go to your loved ones.

  96. Kimberly D. Bracy
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Keith Amos-A brilliant star gone far to soon but your work here is complete. Well Done! Well Done! We are all better because you were. We owe it to you to take the love, passion, and knowledge you gave your fellowman and continue your fight to eradicate breast cancer. I am certain in my lifetime I will never meet another such as you. I did not know your wife or kids but my heart pains for them and I will continue to keep them in my prayers. Thank you for coming to speak and share your precious time with organizations and in communities where many people of your caliber would not have even entertained the thought. I am just so thankful to have known you. Halifax County (NC) and the surrounding areas loved Dr. Keith Amos. I mentioned you were a brilliant star but I forgot to say Dr. Keith Amos was a “rock star”! Funny thing though he never thought it-he was humble, kind and just the type of guy I want my sons to be.

  97. Kathleen Robistow
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I am shocked and so very saddened to hear of Dr Keith Amos passing away, he did my double mastectomy in November of this year, he was so kind and patient with everyone in my family and he did a wonderful job on me! I was looking forward to seeing him again in a few weeks. My heart goes out to his wife and 3 beautiful daughters, rest in peace Dr Amos, I will never forget you, you will always be my hero

  98. Veda Williams
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know Dr. Amos, but wish I did. I manage the website system which hosts this one. Today alone, this site has nearly 33,000 hits. He must have been tremendous.

  99. Tracey
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    To a man who taught me not to be fearful, took extra time to calm my concerns and truly touched my life and my family while going through cancer treatments, he will be greatly missed. He was an amazing doctor and support system. My prayers are with his family during this time of mourning.

  100. Kristen
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    There are no words to describe how tremendous of a loss this is . Not only to his co workers, family, and patients. I cry for those who will be diagnosed and will never have the wonderful caring Dr Amos to reassure them and their families that he will do everything in his power to bring them back to healthy. They will not hear his “Now I am turning you over to the oncologist for chemo treatment, but I am still in the car I am here with you for anything you need.” No better navigator , back seat driver than Dr. Amos. Good thing he liked old school rap too so there was no fighting over the radio. Every appointment ended with a hug and a smile. Sincere condolences to those whom he worked with, his friends and family. Thank you Dr. Amos you saved and touched many lives. Rest easy …

  101. Lee Wilke
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Keith was a spectacular surgeon, an empathetic physician, a community leader and a remarkable colleague. He will be immensely missed by his breast surgery colleagues around the country. My thoughts and prayers go to his wife and children and to his many friends and patients in North Carolina.

  102. Beth Silverstein
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Three days later and I still can’t believe he is gone. I am a carrier of the BCRA gene and his first words to me were “You are not sick, you are healthy and we are going to make sure it stays that way.” He had a way of taking the fear out of every situation — no matter the diagnosis. I was in grad school when I met Dr. Amos and after moving to Charlotte, I still insisted on coming back to Linberger because of him. I know people thought I was crazy, but when they met Dr. Amos, they knew. Trust in a doctor is no small feat and he earned mine the 5 minutes into my first appointment. How could you not fall in love with his infectious smile and deidcation to YOU as a patient? We will all pick up the pieces and move on, but be be a little lighter in our step from the hole that he left. Dr. Amos, I will be forever grateful for having you as my first guide in this journey. We will miss you more than you know.

  103. David Chen
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I met Keith nearly 20 years ago at the NIH, and though we left there to different paths, it was impressive to see his career develop and his numerous deserved accomplishments over the years. His death is shocking and still hard to believe, and he was taken far far too soon– the world and medicine and scores of patients have suffered an unmeasurable loss. My deepest condolences to his family, and those who had the pleasure of working with him regularly in his commitment to caring for patients with cancer. God bless him.

  104. Amy Safrit
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I am still in shock from learning about Dr. Keith Amos passing away. Not only was he my surgeon but also a great friend. I just saw him several weeks ago, and he reassured me that I was doing great. I have never met a more compassionate and dedicated doctor. My prayers go out to his family. And I want them to know that he was a true “Hero”!

  105. Ericka Jones Whitaker
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I am shocked and saddened to read the news about Dr. Amos. I recall meeting him and his beautiful daughters at a conference in Lumberton, NC for Sisters Network SENC. Shortly thereafter, I had to conduct follow-up testing and chose to be under Dr. Amos’ care. That time of my life was a bit scary and Dr. Amos’ soothing demeanor and professionalism helped me through my fears. Everything turned out fine, but I was so appreciative of Dr. Amos. My prayers will continuously be lifted for the family, colleagues, and friends of Dr. Amos. May his spiritual journey be peaceful and I know he will never be forgotten.

  106. Cameron
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos did a talk in Rocky Mount and I had the opportunity to watch him “in action”. It didn’t take long for the audience to be completely engaged, and the physicians whom he shared patients with her glowing about him. I didn’t have enough time to get to know him, but it also didn’t take long for him to demonstrate what a humble, well respected individual he is. UNC was beyond fortunate to have him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  107. Patti Morfeld, RN BSN CN III
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was one of a kind in the very best possible way-I know of no other surgeon who my nursing colleagues and I would all unanimously choose to be our surgeon if we needed surgical oncology care. he was a remarkable doctor, but more importanlt a truly great human being and his legacy for his wife and children should be that over all of his professional accomplishments.

  108. Lisa Gangarosa MD
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed seeing Keith and his family at an annual Mardi Gras party. I am saddened by his sudden loss and am keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers.

  109. Mjohnson
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was an amazing doctor, who I enjoyed working with, here at UNC. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  110. Karen
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was a skillful surgeon, a great listener, and a compassionate human being. When I was undergoing treatment in between the holidays in 2011, he was so thoughtful to make followup phone calls about tests and treatment decisions whenever he could – in between cases, in the evening, on the weekend. He gave so much to ensure that the care he provided was superlative.

    I am shocked and very sad that this wonderful soul is no longer among us. I had planned to brag on my almost invisible scars when I was to see him August – I’ll continue to sing his praises.

    To his wife and children, my thoughts are with you….we all stand behind you in recognition of the incredible differences he made in peoples lives.

  111. Groesbeck Parham
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Just like everybody else, my heart is broken and my mind confused that Keith is no longer with us. We met within the last year and were making plans for him to come to Zambia to work with us to try to find a way to create a solution to the breast cancer burden in Africa. As soon as we met I knew it was possible. We clicked. Everything was right about it. Everything. I talked about him incessantly to our general surgeons and they were all anticipating his visit in September of this year. Just a few months away.We texted about it while he was on his way to the airport to travel to Scotland with his family, and on the day he landed. In his honor we will continue to move forward, but never knowing what could have been. My heart goes out to his family. I cannot imagine their grief, but God will wipe away all tears, eventually….

    Groesbeck Parham
    Lusaka, Zambia

  112. Jiang Geng
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    What a shock and a huge loss to his family, his patients, his students, his hospital, his UNC, his USA. 逝者长已矣, 生者如斯夫. God bless him.

  113. Tim Farrell
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    From my family to Keith’s, we pray the grief you now feel will soon yield to the pride and peace you deserve.

  114. Scott Hultman
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Keith was an absolute treasure, a rising star in academic surgery, one of the truly great people of the world. My heart and soul mourn the loss of this amazing man, who gave hope and life to so many others. I am not sure how we will all go on, but I will forever hold him up as a physician who inspired his colleagues to do their very best. I will miss you, friend.

  115. Lorri Morgan
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Amos family. I was diagnosed a year ago with breast cancer and the first time I met Dr. Amos I knew everything was going to be okay. I just had a follow up visit in February and we talked more about his children and his love for the Dallas Cowboys. He will be truly missed.

  116. Angela
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was an instant and captivating inspiration to me as a student. I am saddened to know that I will not have to opportunity to learn more from him.

  117. Elizabeth
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I have shed more tears on hearing the news of the death of Dr. Amos than I have since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. I went to Dr. Amos for a second opinion and what a smart decision that was. He worked me into his schedule, I think he stayed late that day to see me, clearly and confidently explained everything to my husband and me and shortly thereafter he operated on me, twice..He called me as soon as he had path reports, be that on a Saturday am during a break at a conference or from his home in the evening. I’ve never experienced the “why me” about having breast cancer but I do wonder “why him?” He was a fantastic doc and person. What a loss. God bless his family, colleagues and friends.

  118. Dr. Leonard Price
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    I taught Keith undergraduate chemistry at Xavier Univ. of La. in the early 90′s. He was a confident and brilliant student whom I admired very much. Even then I felt he was going to be a great physician. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  119. Brenda
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Keith Amos was more than a colleague, fellow employee, Doctor, and surgeon. He was a friend to everyone. There have been many times he came by my desk and stood and talked for a bit. We both loved the Dallas Cowboys and getting him riled up about them was a lot of fun. We also talked about vacation spots as he talked about taking his wife and girls all the time. He is definately missed and several patients of his have already emailed me tell me just how special of a doctor he was and what he meant in their lives. Praying the Lords arms stay around his wife and girls during this really sad time and Dr. Amos…..rest in peace my friend!!! Missing you lots!!

  120. Deddie
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for being you. Your compassion and caring will remain with me always. Blessings and Prayers for your family and all those you touched so deeply. I will miss you.

  121. Dr. Angela Elliott
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I am shocked to hear of Dr. Amos’ sudden death. I attended Xavier University with him, and he was one of the smartest guys I’d met while there. He was a prodigy, destined for greatness. I remember seeing him on the news helping during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. May God strengthen the Amos family in this difficult time and future.

  122. Mary Cromer
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Like everyone else, I was shocked and very sad to hear about Dr. Amos. In my role as social worker, it was hard not to notice how many patients had the highest praise and respect for Dr. Amos. That made quite an impression on me and I never forgot it! Such a huge loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, colleagues and patients. He will be greatly missed.

  123. Jennifer Samples
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos taught me many things both in and out of the OR: compassion and humility to only name a few. I thank him for his dedication. He was loved and will be missed.

  124. Georgette Dent
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    In addition to be a gifted and caring surgeon, Keith was a member of our advisory college program for medical students and I worked most closely with him in this role. In fact, I last spoke with him on Friday, June 14, while he was at JFK Airport in NYC. Even though he was on his way to this important visiting scholarship in Scotland, he took time during his travels to update me on his students, because he cared so much about them. That’s the type of man he was.

  125. Glenda Stone
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Keith Amos was that rare combination of brilliance, compassion, and humility. When I first met him at the beginning of my cancer journey, I knew right away, I was in good hands. He didn’t try to wow me with a slew of technical terms. He was so patient and simply explained my status and prognosis in a manner that I could easily understand. Even as my care transitioned to other doctors on my team, Dr. Amos stayed in touch, often sending me notes of encouragement. Knowing that he had me on his mind was a tremendous boost. I was determined to get through it not just for me, but also because I knew he was counting on me.
    I was featured in 2 of the UNC cancer commercials. Whenever I am watching the commercials with family or friends, I am always more excited to see Dr. Amos than myself, pointing and shouting, “that’s my doctor, that’s my doctor!”
    Last month, Dr. Amos and I communicated via email. My 85-year old mother travelled from MI to NC to live with me and soon after her arrival she didn’t appear well, although she wouldn’t admit it. I reached out to Dr. Amos, describing her condition. He responded immediately, advising me to get her to an ER, ASAP. I believe his immediate response helped to save my mother’s life. When I emailed him back to update him on my mother’s progress and to thank him, his reply was “I’m just doing my job.” But I knew it was much more than that. It was who he was. A man that truly cared and was willing to do whatever he could to help.
    To say that Dr. Amos will be missed seems like too small of a statement. His passing leaves a hole in my heart not only for what he has done for me and countless others, but also for the lost potential of things to come.
    May God forever Bless and Keep his beautiful family.

  126. Stephanie Markey-Moore
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was in my Chemistry classes at Xavier University. I was reconnected with him at a Houston Charity function and quite honored to speak with him. He was considered the best and the brightest at XU and was a well respected surgeon at MD ANDERSON. I have followed him since and am devastated to hear that he is no longer with us. I am praying for the family those close to him. He has certainly left a great legacy and I know his great memory, and work will live on forever!

  127. Adana C
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Amos, but from the great things I’ve heard, I understand why he is so dearly missed . As a minority student pursuing a career in medicine as well as a participant of this year’s MED program, I am thankful for his commitment to education and his desire to see students succeed inside and outside of the classroom. My prayers are with his friends and family.

  128. Tina Turner
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I worked with Dr. Amos in the surg-onc and Multi /breast cancer clinic , I remember is infectious smile , and he was gracious enough to give my son(who has heart disease and loves UNC) and me UNC basketball tickets because he wasnt able to go to the game ..you will be missed and UNC Health Care was very lucky to have you as a great Surgeon!!

  129. Amelia Drake
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Dr Amos and I worked on the honors society for our medical school, the AOA. He reviewed each student’s file and advocated tirelessly for them. He was an excellent role model to many. I am proud to have called him my friend.

  130. Tim Weiner
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    A gentleman and a physician. A role model of the greatest integrity and decency and humanity.

  131. SS
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I went to Xavier with Dr. Amos and he was an inspiring and gifted individual with immesurable talent. He was inspirational to all who met him at Xavier and beyone. He was a gift to his field. He was a prodigy and his legacy to all of us should be one of academic rigor and human compassion.

  132. Linda Plowman
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t believe my ears, when I heard the news. Dr. Amos what a wonderful doctor. It was just about a year ago this week, that he performed my surgery for breast cancer. I have told my friends and family, the UNC Health Care advertisment on TV has two of my doctors in the ad, Dr. Anders and Dr. Amos. They are fantastic, the best doctors I could have ever asked to have. I had the best!!!!

    May God be with Dr. Amos’ family, colleagues, and patients!!!

  133. Ann Fish-Steagall
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Keith was the kind and gentle human being that I think we would all like to be. He was always down to earth and so comforting to his patients. I got to know him in the 2 years that he was at UNC before I left. In recent times we would banter on Facebook about sports. My heart breaks for his beautiful family, his colleagues and the patients that admired him so. Rest in peace Keith Amos you were clearly loved and admired and will be greatly missed.

  134. J.Anzora
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Dr Amos was such a kind, caring, talented man. My heart was broken at the sudden news and I continue to mourn for his family, patients, and co-workers. He was a friend to everyone he met, and his genuine kindness will never be forgotten. “Words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.” May his light shine upon us all forever. He will be deeply missed.

  135. Emily Richardson
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Amos and the rest of the breast cancer team at UNC as a research assistant during and after college. Like many before have said, I truly appreciate the time he took to just talk to me, whether it was about his patients or surgery, or just about his weekend or his family. Though years of training and experience separated us, he really made me feel like part of the team, and I really admired him. I hope to honor his legacy and commitment to patient care, mentoring, and just genuine kindness. He will be missed by so, so many. My thanks to his family for sharing him with us.

  136. Daisy Jones
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Dr.Amos I will miss you so much. It’s hard to believe you will not be coming back to UNC Hospital. I’ll always remember you going to the breast clinic and picking up your own patients when transport wasn’t quick enough. You saved so many people in your short life. We all are so thankful to have known you and worked with you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  137. Cindy Marshall
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I am still so devastated and at a loss for words…but I finally found some…Dr. Amos was my HERO and he saved my life! Not only was he a FABULOUS doctor, he was a great friend to me and my family. His family was his life and I know how much he loved them – he would light up when he talked about them. My heart aches for his lovely wife and 3 young girls. So so sad and so unfair. I had the pleasure of meeting his family for a brunch in Charlotte before the Cowboys vs. Panthers game. Of course you all know what a diehard Cowboys fan Dr. Amos was – it was such a treat to share that time with him and to see him outside of the hospital. Dr. Amos helped guide me through my treatment plan when I was diagnosed with aggressive triple negative breast cancer. It was under his love and care, along with many other fabulous doctors and nurses at UNC, that I beat cancer in just 6 months. When I had my check up after my bilateral mastectomy in May of 2012, Dr. Amos gave me the biggest hug and said “you are a complete pathological response!” Which meant that the chemo worked – it killed my 5 cm of tumors in my left breast and there was no sign of any cancer left! YAHOO!! Dr. Amos was the one who coached me through every step and I saw him just one week before he left on his trip to the UK at the Race for the Cure – he gave me a carnation and so did his youngest girl! That is how I will always remember Dr. Amos, my HERO, doing what he loved – making others happy! I love you Dr. Amos and will miss you terribly!!! Thank you for giving me my life. I am just so sorry and sick to my stomach that you were taken away so soon…not fair. My love, prayers, strength and sympathy goes out Ahaji and the girls!!!

  138. Lisa Williams Brown
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    When I think about our dear friend, Keith, I have fond memories of what a wonderful family man he was. He did so much with Ahaji, Hunter, Logan and Little Daryn…from going on camping trips, to taking The Girls Trick or Treating, to escorting them to annual Father/Daughter Balls. And then there was the competitive side of Keith! No matter how hard one tried, one couldn’t beat him at Dominoes or Wii singing games! He was THE BEST! Although my main interactions with Dr. Amos were on a personal/friendly basis, my husband and I would sit and listen for hours about how passionate he was about his career and helping people through his surgical talent. With unmatched intelligence, Keith talked about things that other people never imagined in the oncology field. He was certainly a pioneer in his field that everyone could appreciate. Now that Keith has earned his wings, there is a hole in our heart the depth of the deepest ocean. My family and I are saddened and daily recall the beautiful interactions we had with Keith. We can’t wait to wrap our arms around Ahaji and The Girls. Keith will remain alive in our heart forever.

  139. Forrest Page
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Two years ago Dr. Amos agreed when asked if he and one of his patients would be willing to come talk to beginning medical students during Orientation. Afterward, the students were surveyed, and the presentation was rated the most significant experience of their week. As I read the remembrances posted here I can see that session was vintage Keith Amos. He featured the patient first and foremost…he spoke softly and humbly about his contributions…he demonstrated competence, compassion, integrity, and caring. Surely his legacy must include his impact on future physicians for many years to come. We will miss you.

  140. Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I did not have the pleasure of working directly with Dr. Amos, but throughout the years I have received so many positive remarks from his mammography patients at the Cancer Hospital about his character both as a human being and a professional.
    I can imagine the great pain that the family must be feeling, I am positive he was a great husband and father, one that any family would be blessed to have.
    God bless him and all those he is survived by.
    Dr. Amos will be missed dearly by the UNC Latino patient community his great compassion and dedication.

  141. Joe Stavas
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Big genuine smile, eyes that sparkled with interest, happy to help anyone, Ahaji and daughters that adored him. Loyal and kind. That’s Keith, but oh, so much more. May this grief and change be soon replaced with gratitude and grace. It certainly will. But for now, I’m simply at a loss and saddened with heavy heart.

  142. Anthony Mitchell
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Keith was younger than I but for some reason I liked him once I saw him! I started calling him “bucket head” for play . He was a smart young man Real smart hence “bucket head” . Life went on and I lost contact with him! I still consider him a friend. The whole town is shocked and sadden! To Mrs Amos and the Family my sense of lost may not be as devastating but the my heart is hurting! May God bless and keep you !!

  143. Demitra
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos, I am going to miss you. I enjoyed working with you in the OR. I appreciate you helping with my mother while she fought her battle with breast cancer, I just wish I would have brought her to UNC sooner. I know Mondays in the OR will not be the same, everyone knew the Cowboys was your team and you enjoyed taking time out to talk sports with anyone. Dr. Amos thank you for being such a wonderful surgeon to work with.

  144. C Smith
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was my sister’s doctor and was so wonderful to her. He had just released her last month from coming back to see him. My brother-in-law and he had an ongoing ‘arguement’ about the Cowbys and Redskins. I pray for his family in his loss. He will always be remembered for my sister’s surgery and how she thrieved after it.

  145. Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Although I did not know him personally as a friend, he was a friend to all. Approachable, simpatico, genuine.
    I cannot reconcile how such a young and gifted gentleman was taken from us. I am deeply saddened by this horrific turn of events. He and his family will remain in my prayers and heart forever.
    Sasha

  146. Yan
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    To one of the greatest friends and classmates I have had the pleasure of knowing. My prayers go out to the Amos family, we all have lost a great friend!

  147. Marie-claude
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    It is fondly and with gratitude that I remember Dr. Amos who operated on me last year. His comforting bedside manner (that not all doctors have), his attentive ear to my numerous questions and to whatever health worry I needed to talk about , made him an unforgettable doctor for me. I feel very fortunate that i was assigned to his caseload. This is a terrible loss to patients, the Lineberger Cancer Center and, above all, to his family. My thought are with you, Mrs Amos and daughters.

  148. Nicole C. Ashe
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28)

    At such a challenging time, reading the comments and love being shared on this page is quite soothing. Dr. Amos was a remarkable physician, instructor, mentor and inspiration. His work and outreach have changed the lives of women across NC and abroad. I have had the opportunity to hear stories of breast cancer survivors in counties near and far, who enjoy recounting stories of how God blessed them with a doctor, namely Dr. Amos, to help them heal after diagnosis. He had sincere compassion for minority health education, outreach and closing the gaps in health disparities. My heart aches for his close friends and family, who knew him best.

    John 16:22
    “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

  149. Rob King
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I only knew him as Keith the caring and dedicated father who would do many things with his kids. We were in a YMCA princess tribe together and was always very into being with his daughters. He would literally drive straight from the airport to events with his daughter. He was a great person and very unassuming that I never realized for a long time what a brilliant man he was. I talked to him over email just before he left with his family for Scotland.

    I hope his family is reading these and know there are people willing to help them in any way possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  150. Marqueta Welton
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    When I think of Dr. Amos, I can’t help but to think of the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control – as he was a true fruit-bearer. More than a gifted surgeon, he embodied all that every patient wants in their doctor. I met Dr. Amos shortly after he joined UNC when I was searching for a specialist to help my life-long friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with such indifference by another physician she had been seeing. Another cancer survivor gave me Dr. Amos’ phone number and email address, saying Dr. Amos made it available to all the women of the Sisters Network, a breast cancer survivorship organization he had connected with locally. At the time I also had a concerning lump in my breast, so I emailed Dr. Amos for my friend and myself. He replied almost immediately, arranging appointments for both of us. While I am happy to say that I did not and do not have cancer, Dr. Amos successful removed cancerous lymph nodes from my friend’s breast and she has been cancer free since then. His compassion and ability to make each patient know that he “had their back” is what enabled my friend to face her cancer courageously and not cower to fear. He remained her champion and hero until his untimely passing.
    I occasionally queried Dr. Amos on various conditions that had absolutely nothing to do with his specialty. Without fail he would respond right away, patiently and faithfully, and in each case he would arrange for me to be seen by an appropriate specialist immediately. In one instance it was for a cancer my husband had been diagnosed with. Thankfully, Dr. Amos put us in good hands. I am forever grateful to Dr. Amos for his steadfast dedication to helping people and to saving lives. I am thankful to God for blessing us with Dr. Amos, and to his family for fortifying him with the love that enabled him to what he loved so well. May the peace of God bless his family richly.

  151. Leslie Williams
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I want to begin my remembrance of Keith with what I wrote on my Facebook page the day I learned he died, :

    ‘”There is a sacredness in tears.
    They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
    They speak more eloquently than ten
    thousand tongues.
    They are messengers of overwhelming grief….’ (Washington Irving)

    The loss of Keith Amos is so great, that in this moment—and in the moments to come, I imagine we will all continue to struggle with words to express what he meant to so many and the impact his life made on this world. We are lucky to have known him, to have worked with him, to have called him friend.”

    My heart is so heavy with sadness for what WE have lost, for what his patients and those who will never get to meet him and most of all, for what his family has lost. When patients would ask me about Keith, prior to meeting him, I would say: “Dr. Amos is an amazing and gifted surgeon—his work is beautiful. But this is what you really need to know about him: Dr. Amos doesn’t operate on body parts. He doesn’t operate on cancer. Dr. Amos operates on women and he understands that (for many women) he is taking part of what makes a woman, a woman. He gets it. Dr. Amos operates on WOMEN who have cancer— and when he’s done, he doesn’t leave—he’ll hand over the driving to someone else, but he’s going to stay in that car for as long as the journey takes. THAT’S what you need to know about him.”
    Here’s what else I’ll remember about Keith: Bowties and Cheetoes; the way he would squirrel away the yummy cookies and goodies his patients would bring him on Wednesdays (the day of the week when the entire team was together—the one day of the week when you would be so hungry and so busy, you’d arm wrestle someone for a cracker) and completely ignore our teasing, our pleas for sustenance and our threats of not sharing our stash—he would shake his head and smile but he didn’t cough up the goodies. He always took those cookies and cakes and other yummy things home to his girls—he loved bringing them the fruits of his labor. I think it was, in some small way, how he could share the love his patients had for him with the girls he loved so much. Oh, and those Cowboys….those pesky Cowboys. His stories of the Disney cruise. I’ll remember the way the sleeves on his medical coat didn’t reach the end of his arms and the way it never fit quite right because his shoulders were so broad. I’ll remember the gleam he would get in his eye just before he told a story that would leave you laughing so hard you couldn’t breathe; how he always walked through the office to check on how things were going–for the coordinators, the nurses. I’ll remember his smile, his laugh and the way he would rest his hand on your back when the day had been filled with too many heavy and hard discussions, when the tears were threatening to come. No need for words—just that hand, resting on your back. I’ll remember how he lived his life in the present—as much as possible. I’ll remember watching him cross the street between the hospital and Gravely, his scrub caps, the way he never let a problem get the best of him and how he loved talking smack about sports.
    Keith was someone who made you want to be a better person. I am so, so grateful to have known him. I believe Keith lives on his those beautiful girls and in his wife’s heart and through them, he will continue to touch countless lives.
    With all of my heart, I wish for his family that peace may find them and that the love so many have for Keith will surround them, hold them and lift them up.

  152. Kristin Mitchell Hukins
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Keith Amos -our valedictorian of Minden High School class of 1988- just the beginning of his educational and professional career. I feel very lucky to have been his classmate since 6th grade!!! I will never forget his special laugh!!! My thoughts and prayers are with his family!

  153. Hank Hill MD
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    I have known Dr Amos as we became acquainted through our membership and common interests in the society of surgical oncology. I respected his passion and brilliance in the field and know that he took outstanding care of his patients. My condolences to the Amos family. My prayers to you all and may God grace you with peace in knowing that Keith was respected and loved for what he stood for in his professional and personal life. He will be sincerely missed.

  154. Sherri Kitchen
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    I was devastated when I heard about Dr. Amos. He was my surgeon and my friend. I still can see Dr. Amos’ reassuring eyes as he calmed my fears and concerns. I can still see his gentle smile that gave him a glow that made he seem angelic. I can feel his heart that showed me just how much he cared about me as HIS patient. I will truly miss him; and just as God is our great physician, Dr. Amos was our great physcian here on earth.

  155. Ahaji Amos
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Thank you guys so much for this. I know he would have loved to hear just how loved he was. Many people don’t get to understand how loved they are while on earth. Keith was fortunate enough to have so many around him that expressed their love and appreciation all the time. I thank you for that. I’ve read every letter and note written by his patients or colleagues. He’d bring them home so proud. He was an equally passionate husband and father. I will miss the way he loved us. Please continue to express your thoughts. I’m saving them for the kids.

  156. Ahaji Amos
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    The Memorial Service will take place at UNC on Saturday, June 29th. The time has not been decided.

  157. Min Yi
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    I am Dr Amos’s patient from China. He not only helped me to fight with cancer, but enlightened my experience in the US. Everytime when I visited him, we spent more than an hour, because we have to communicate through the translator. I will keep and treasure the picture that I took with him right before the surgery. Dr. Amos, you will be missed!

  158. Beth Clarke
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I am grateful I had the opportunity to meet and work with Dr. Amos on a conference. He was a kind, caring man. And he always brought smiles and left cheer to everyone he encountered.

  159. Charles Family
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    We were shocked to hear of Keith’s passing and continue to pray for Ahaji and the girls. Rest in peace, Keith.

  160. Jami Linn
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    When I first met Keith in 2008, coming to UNC as a breast nurse navigator, my very first thought was ‘what Harold Freeman did for the women in the Bronx, this man is doing for the entire state of NC.’ I felt so proud to be a part of his practice and we often spoke of how we wished we could have done more outreach…which was his passion! He made time for this amazingly in many ways…churches, through his Komen activities, other groups too numerous to name. What a tremendous loss. I know he would want us all to try our best to continue his good work to the best of our abilities. But, what shoes to fill! I know we all are suffering this loss as friends and colleagues, which makes unimaginable the grief for his girls. Prayers for all.

  161. Eric Halvorson
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Keith was always smiling, and reading all these comments tells me why: he was always doing what he loved, following his heart, and I think the good he did in the world reflected in him this way. As a plastic surgeon specializing in cancer reconstruction I worked very closely with Keith for 5 years, the entire time we both worked at UNC. In Keith I found a true colleague – I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. His patients loved him dearly and his compassion was infectious and genuine. I cannot describe his good doctoring better than his patients have here, but I do want to add that he was also a technically SUPERB surgeon. He had it all, and he gave it all. He cared deeply about treating cancer, but he also made sure to do whatever he could to improve their reconstruction. There is a headlamp in the UNC operating room with Cowboys stickers and “Famous Amos” written on it. It always made me smile to see him operating with that. So few are capable of what he did – excellent surgeon, caring doctor, university ambassador, advocate for the undeserved, sophisticated researcher, inspiring teacher and mentor, kind and warm human being, family man. He will always inspire us to be better doctors. I will miss you friend, and I’ll always hear you chuckling and saying “that’s right, that’s right” after a good joke. To his girls – you were his light and now he will be yours.

  162. Ronda Thiel
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos had a hand in saving my life. The team I had at UNC was incredible (Dr. Irvin, Dr. Halvorson, and Dr. Amos) !!!!! I remember meeting Dr. Amos for the first time those smiling eyes, and his reassuring presence, made me feel like I was at the right place with the right doctors to “save” me. He seemed to always go the extra mile for his patients, with ease. I’m so Happy that I was able to give him a Thank You Card last year when I saw him for my follow up appointment. It explained to him how much I appreciated him having a hand in my survivorship of breast cancer. A friend told me when I said something about Dr. Amos about how we sometimes dont think about great doctors as being human, And they are. Dr. Amos was an Angel on earth without wings, but he was still human. Now this Angel has grown wings and has flown to heaven, to brighten the skys even brighter with his smile and smiling eyes. You will never be forgotten, I have a 3 1/2 year old, and when he gets older to understand what I had gone through, You know I will tell him about this Amazing Doctor, who helped save “mommies life”
    All my prayers go out to Dr. Amos’s family and dear friends of our beloved Dr. Amos. Big Air Hugs to all who miss him so.

  163. Terri
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I did not know Dr. Amos, but as a member of the Carolina family and someone who lost her mother suddenly and unexpectedly last year, I am saddened by the news of his loss, and his friends and family are in my prayers. Based on all of your comments, it appears that he was a wonderful man and physician.

  164. Katherine Duncan
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Here at the ACC, Dr. Amos did surgery. I came to know and appreciate Dr. Amos as an outstanding person and caring physician to his patients. He treated all of us on the same team as part of a team. Dr. Amos was approachable, friendly, professional and will be greatly missed. My heart is so saddened by this immense loss to the world. Kathy Duncan, RN, CRN, UNC Ambulatory Breast Imaging/Preoperative Procedures

  165. Jen Bowman
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Last month Keith, Leslie Schreiner and I had an opportunity to visit Kioti Tractor, a UNC Lineberger donor, in Wendell, NC. Keith was especially happy that day because he lived nearby and was able to take his daughters to school that morning – a rarity because of his schedule and commute. There were several mentions of his girls and wife that morning (he even mentioned wanting to take them to a kite show at the beach this Fall); his family was never far from his thoughts.

    While there, we participated in a formal check presentation in front of the Kioti office building. Once the official pictures were taken, Keith looked over at CEO Peter Kim, and with a big grin, and asked if he could sit on one of the tractors behind us. His smile was contagious and after a nod from Mr. Kim, Keith – with all the enthusiasm of a young boy – jumped up on the tractor. After sitting there for a few moments, playing with the steering wheel, and asking Mr. Kim questions about the tractor, Keith sheepishly asked the photographer to take a picture of him so that he could show his girls what he did that day. (You can see the picture here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151713418943474&set=a.165673943473.150157.60127993473&type=1)

    I will never forget that moment, Keith sitting proudly on top of a tractor, wearing a suit (with a pink bow-tie he carefully selected because the Kioti gift was for breast cancer research), excited to share the moment with his children and wife.

    Although we did not know him well, Keith made a lasting impression on Leslie, me, and everyone who was there that day. Because of Keith, we will remember to find the joy in everyday life and embrace those moments – whether it’s sitting on a tractor, taking our children to school, or simply capturing fun moments to share with our families.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  166. Greta Parker
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    We have lost a wonderful human being, surgeon and family man. Was a shock to receive the newa, so unexpected. Our thoughts and prayers to his wife and daughters….they can always be so very proud. I am grateful to have had him for my breast surgery almost 3 years ago, and shall miss him greatly.

  167. Julie McQueen
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I am shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of Dr. Keith Amos. I served on the Komen board with him and he will be sorely missed. In addition to being a brilliant surgeon, he deeply cared about putting an end to breast cancer. He worked tirelessly towards that goal and in his short life, he made a huge difference! My deepest heartfelt sympathy go to his wife and daughters. May they find peace and comfort in knowing how respected and LOVED he was.

  168. Haven Carter
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Since Dr. Amos performed my breast cancer surgery on April 5, I have been meticulously rubbing anti-scarring gel on my 3 perfect scars. In honor of this wonderful man, husband, father, surgeon, person, I stop. My scars are a symbol of his life work, his calling to cure people of this disease. I wear them proudly and with honor. I am blessed that I knew him and that he was my doctor. I pray for his wife and family and all of his friends and family. He is sorely missed and he is well loved. God must have needed a glorious angel up in heaven to have called him home at this time.

  169. Kezia Addo
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I have not met Dr. Keith Amos. But the stories about him has given me a different perspective about medicine. Dr. Amos was a true legend, one that will always be remembered. My prayers are with his family.

  170. Mary Harrington
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    what comes to mind for me was he was everyone’s friend. did not matter your job class or social class. he loved his Dallas cowboys football and if your team lost to them, he would arrive early for his surgical cases, with his Dallas jersey on and hunt you down to brag about his teams’ win. his passion for his research was real and a large part of who he was. many a time he’d drop in my office to explain the importance of why the labs were drawn at certain times etc. I miss him greatly and offer my sincerest sympathy to his family.

  171. Thomas McCarthy
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I knew Keith from our “tribe” the “Beltline Butterflies” in the Y-Princesses father/daughter program that he was in with his daughter Hunter. He was “Wise Wolf” and Hunter was “Smiling Firefly.” I know he was a busy man but he seldom missed a meeting or outing. He especially liked “Kite day” and never missed this event. I remember the time he got sick from some bad chicken served at an overnight event. Lesson learned….stay away from the baked chicken.

    Most of my conversations with Keith revolved around our mutual favorite football team the Dallas Cowboys. I was always amazed at his in depth knowledge of all things “Cowboys.” I remember him talking about getting tickets to the Cowboys/Panthers game and how much he liked the Roger Staubach throwback jersey he received from his family. I don’t think I will ever watch a Cowboys game again and not think of Keith.

    Keith was obviously a great doctor, but I knew him as a great dad who loved his family very much, especially “Smiling Firefly.” You will be missed “Wise Wolf.” God bless.

  172. Paola Gehrig
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Amos family, his patients and the entire UNC family community. Keith was a wonderful physician, an incredible advocate for those with cancer, and an exceptional human being. He will be missed more than words can say.

  173. Christina Reeser
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Ahaji, please know that we are sending our love, thoughts and prayers your way. My heart is broken for you and the girls!

  174. Sonali Rege
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I worked with Dr Amos on a research study. We communicated mainly by email. He was always prompt, pleasant and cordial. He treated everyone with respect, no matter what your role was.
    I heard him talk at a conference a couple of years ago and you could tell he loved what he did. His patients loved and trusted him and they are going to miss him the most. I will miss seeing him at tumor board.
    My prayers are with his wife and daughters.

  175. stacy weaver
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos, i will always remember us fussing about where you want your patients to go :) i will miss your smile and your always ready snappy comments. my prayers go out to you family

  176. Davetta
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Ahaji, words can not express the sadness I feel for your loss; a great husband, father and from the testimonials a wonderful caring and concerned doctor has departed from this earth way too soon. You and the girls are in our thought & prayers.

  177. Karen Cahill, RN
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    May we all leave this world knowing we have left as much of an impression on those around us as Dr. Keith Amos has!. And I hope that what we write about him here will be read by his daughters someday, and warm their hearts. RIP

  178. Regina R. Whitfield Kekessi, MD, MPH
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Words cannot express the sudden emptiness I felt on Monday evening when I heard of Keith’s passing. You see, Keith was a brother from my Xavier University of Louisiana Family, my dear classmate from the fabulous Class of 1992. Although we did not talk often as we traveled different academic paths, I enjoyed hearing through other classmates and reading on facebook how he was doing…seeing his beautiful family grow!! To hear of his transition was truly a reminder to us all of the fact that just as sure as we are born of a woman, we shall surely die. We each have an appointment with Death we cannot change. But HALLELUJAH…TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! Dying of this world is not the end! Keith went to sleep on Sunday evening, June 16, 2013 in this world and awoke on the other side of life!!…rejoicing with the Lord and with his mother. For I am certain Keith knew the Lord! And for those of us who also know Him, we must not cry tears of sorrow but tears of joy knowing we will see Keith again! We must celebrate the wonderful life Keith lived and the fine example he demonstrated in all aspects of his life…he allowed the Lord to use him as His instrument of praise. I am forever blessed to have known my friend. And from all I’ve read, I am not the only one!! (smile). To Ahaji and the girls, I will continue to pray your strength in the Lord during this time and in the years to come! Amen!

  179. Laurel Soot
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I had the distinct pleasure of knowing Keith as a fellow member of the Young Fellows Assoc for the American College of Surgeons. His enthusiasm for research and improving the lives of his patients was always evident. He was never without a smile, a laugh and always the true gentleman. What I will always remember is the love in his eyes and his smile when talking about his family. The world is a better place because of Keith Amos. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with his family.

  180. John Phay
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    What tragic news. I knew Keith as a fellow surgery resident in St. Louis, and as a surgeon who operated on my mother two years ago in Chapel Hill. Through the long, grind of surgical training, he always seemed to be smiling and enjoying life. As I learned from my mom’s experience and read on this site, Keith was the rare surgeon who helpled people more by his personal connection and guidance than through his knife. A characteristic which I admire and emulate. He was truely a special person. Our thoughts are with his family.

  181. Shawn Clemons
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I am a communications operator at UNC Hospitals and everytime I got to speak with Dr Amos, he was a very kind and pleasant man. He always had a fun and good attitude when he called into the call center. He would laugh when a co-worker and myself called him “Superstar” and teased him about the UNC Cancer Hospital commercial. He willl truly be missed. To his family, I say a prayer for your loss. God has him now, so we know he is in blessed hands.

    My condolescences to The Amos Family. You are in my prayers,
    Shawn Clemons
    Telecommunications Dept. (Hospital Call Center)

  182. Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Keith Amos was truly a change agent! He was a champion in the community.He left a legacy of compassion.May the peace of God cover his family,patients,colleagues and friends as we grieve the loss of such a gifted human being who let his light shine!

  183. Ann
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Dear Dr. Keith Amos,
    It’s been less than a week since I heard the news and I’m still in shock. You were such an extraordinary doctor, colleague and dad. You guided me through the process of my initial appointments and biopsy, and you were the one to tell me that I had cancer- gently, skillfully and with a great deal of compassion. As an emergency nurse I had my own unique fears, based in part on caring for the sickest cancer patients over the years. You tailored your approach to my needs- providing me with statistics and objective information to allay my fears about my early-stage breast cancer. You took extra time with me on the phone- including over a holiday weekend- to explain path reports and treatment options during the period of my 3 surgeries.
    I also used to see you at Sterling in the car pool line- those times gave me comfort as I thought of you as an “angel” watching over me during and after treatment. While I’d rather celebrate with you in clinic (as scheduled) in July that it’s been 3 years since my dx and all is well, I know that you’re watching over me still.
    May your family find comfort in the outpouring of love and support from the hundreds (no, thousands) of people you touched. Borrowing a line from the musical Wicked: Because we knew you, we have been changed for good.

  184. Steven Chen
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    It is hard to believe that Keith is actually gone. I have known Keith since we interviewed together as future surgical oncologists. He was always one with the biggest smile and the quickest laugh. Over the years I have gotten to know him better through dinners and meetings and working together on committees, and was looking forward to working with him on research projects that we were collaborating on. He was a true star in the making and I know that I will miss him.

    To his family: I know we only met a few times, and that nothing I can say can relieve your pain, but know that an entire community of surgeons and patients share one thought at this moment, and that is how much Keith meant to us and how he made our lives better for having been able to have him be a part of our lives.

  185. Teresa Sadiq
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    In a busy world- where most of the time we look to avoid interaction- Keith was inviting. He always took the time to stop and talk and share a laugh. He was dynamic. Despite a busy and successful life- he found the time for interests outside the medical arena. As I think back about our many interactions over the years- I remember him telling me how important it was to make time to take his children to school- or to attend a Home Depot workshop. During one of our last interactions- I remember a story he told me about how he decided to prepare a roast for one of the residents in his program- because he wanted that particular person to have a nice closing presentation– even though that meant he had to prepare two presentations. He was really proud of how it was received and was happy that he was able to put the time and energy into the project despite his lack of time and energy. I will greatly miss Keith- he was a kind and gentle soul and he lived a life that was passionate and charming. He had a great sense of humor and I am grateful for all of the times we talked and laughed together.

  186. Blaine Brower
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    What a joy it has been working with Kieth. I will miss so many things about him; his smile, his laugh, his passion for the field of breast cancer, and the wonderful way he had with all those he encountered. I am saddened by this tragic loss, and my thoughts and prayers are sent to the Amos family at this time.

  187. Shereese
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I remember Dr. Amos as a person who could turn a frown into a smile. His down to earth attitude, caring, and compassion for all he worked with embodied his slogan “We’re all in this together!” He was a joy to work with and treated everyone as an equal. He will surely be missed at UNC Hospitals and around the world as this message board shows. My prayers of peace and comfort go out to the Amos family. Gone but never forgotten. RIP Dr. Amos and God said “We’ll done!”

  188. Shereese
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I remember Dr. Amos as a person who could turn a frown into a smile. His down to earth attitude, caring, and compassion for all he worked with embodied his slogan “We’re all in this together!” He was a joy to work with and treated everyone as an equal. He will surely be missed at UNC Hospitals and around the world as this message board shows. My prayers of peace and comfort go out to the Amos family. Gone but never forgotten. RIP Dr. Amos and God said “Well done!”

  189. Barbara
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    It has long been said that those with weight of character carry – like planets – their atmospheres along with them in their orbits. Dr. Amos was a fine doctor and more importantly – an extraordinary human being. He will be missed by all who knew and enountered him. Deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife and children.

  190. Renee Joyner
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Keith Amos was not only an AMAZING doctor but also an AMAZING person!!! I felt blessed to have him as a doctor, but to also have known him as a person and to have known what he stood for are memories that will never be forgotten. My prayers and blessings to his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. His legacy lives on….

  191. Taiya Fabre
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Keith was the best to come out of XU. I met him as a freshman and will be forever honored to have known him. He was so patient with our headstrong group! My heart is hurting and I pray for his family.

  192. Marcus Wallace, MD
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    I have known Keith since attending summer programs at Xavier Unviersity while in high school. I was truly devastated to hear of his passing. Keith was the definition of a leader. He volunteered his time to mentor students during Xavier’s summer science academy with Dr. Carmichael and Sister Grace Mary. He set the bar as a student at Xavier having been recognized as one of the top college students in USA Today. He was an inspiration for many students and everyone knew he was headed for greatness. He set a goal to become a breast cancer surgeon and exceeded expectations. Three things Keith loved more than anything were his family, medicine and the Dallas Cowgirls. I say Cowgirls as I am an avid Washington Redskins fan and would talk to Keith by phone or text message every Sunday during football season. His wife bought him tickets for the Dallas vs Washington game in DC this past December. My Redskins won but Keith as usual had quite a few comments about my team. I will miss our calls and texts. Keith I will look up to the sky during every game and see you smiling. i will miss you. My deepest condolences to the Amos family.

  193. S Barnes
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Dr Amos, was my daughter’s doctor after finding her breast to be cancerous while 9 months pregnant. It was frightening, shocking and devastating. Dr Amos had such a calming and reassurring way about himself. After meeting with us and answering the many questions we were confident my daughter was in the care of the right doctor. He never dissappointed us. He was a great, caring, knowledgeable surgeon. We will be forever grateful for his masterful skills and kindness. We just don’t want to believe his passing. May he Rest in Peace and may his family be blessed with peace and comfort. We Love you Dr Amos.

    caring and knowledgeable surgeon.

  194. Latisha Barnes- Young RN
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    I worked at the ASC with Dr. Amos and recently became his patient last September. At 31 years old and 9 months pregnant breast cancer never crossed my mind. After being diagnosed I knew right away I wanted Dr. Amos to be my physician. I couldn’t have made a better decision. I have never met a physician as passionate about his patients as Dr. Amos. He was one of a kind, and he will be truly missed. My deepest, deepest sympathies go to his wife and three young girls. Though he is no longer physically here, his spirit will always be with you. He was a gift and I thank you for sharing him with us.

  195. Terry and Karen Lairmore
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    As an attending, I was honored to have worked with Keith when he was a General Surgery Resident. I remember him for his great sense of humor and outgoing personality. He was a compassionate and talented surgeon who touched the lives of many patients. Keith and Karen always enjoyed talking about all things Louisiana – food, culture and especially LSU football (Geaux Tigers). We are so shocked and saddened by his death. We will miss him. Much love and prayers to his wife and children.

  196. Mary Lynn Henderson
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Leading. Teaching. Caring. Keith Amos was the embodiment of our UNCH logo and his passion for these tasks were exceeded only by his sense of humor and unwavering humility. Working with Dr. Amos in preparing his patients for surgery, I can attest to the fact that he truly cared for each of you and made that human connection with you from a genuine concern for your well-being. It is an honor to have worked with one of the most holistic physicians I have ever known. One of my fondest memories, aside from all the smack talk about his favorite teams (our last conversation was his explanation of how his Heat would ultimately defeat the Spurs) was the day he had to leave on time as he was taking his wife on a surprise trip for their anniversary. Giddy with excitement, his love for his wife shown through the twinkle in his eyes. I admired him as a caring physician and a devoted family man and as an all-around good guy. Dr. Amos, the void you leave behind is enormous, but miniscule compared to your loving legacy. We should all strive to emulate you, “After all, we’re all in this together”.

  197. VC
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos did my surgery in January 2013. With a breast cancer diagnosis; there are many appointments to get ready for surgery. At my last appointment the day before surgery; I was feeling frightened and apprehensive. By a chance meeting walking through the hospital; I ran into Dr. Amos. I stopped him and told him of my concerns. He told me he was on his way home to rest and I was his first surgery in the morning. He reassured me everything would be fine as he had since our first appointment. This chance meeting alleviated all my concerns and he did a great job! I was looking forward to my follow up visit in September. I was shocked and very sad to hear of his passing. Dr. Amos was a brilliant surgeon but most important a great human being. He was truly a gift from God and gone much to soon. May God be with you Mrs Amos and family as you go through this most difficult time.

  198. Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, OCNS, FAAN
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Keith,
    Words are not adequate to describe the hole you have left in the cancer world. Your talents were many and your heart was expansive. You touched lives in ways you will never know. You created a legacy without even knowing you were doing so by raising the quality of care and eliminating barriers to care for everyone. I will always be honored to have served with you as a colleague and friend on many projects. You will truly be missed!

  199. Loretta and Hy Muss
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    We have lost a jewel in UNC’s crown. The compassionate doctor who was a role model for all of us – Knowledge, humility, and humor, Keith had it all. And perhaps most of all a loving husband and great father. Our condolences to his family.

  200. Janet Shrader
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
    there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
    ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

    Gone From My Sight
    by Henry Van Dyke

  201. Bill Stark
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    I first met Dr. Amos in October 2007 when he stepped in to cover a surgery for my Dr. whom was unable due to her having a baby that day. He came in with a Dallas Cowboys head band to introduce himself and quite honestly i was scared to death. Over the next four years i would have seven surgeries and multiple pet scans. My last visit in May this year he was so exited about his trip to Scottland. I was so excited about my pet results. He called and told me to stay active and he would see me next year. I am gratefull to have known Keith and proud to call my Doctor. I pray for his family that they will have the strength and courage to live the coming days. My wife and I will be eternally gratefull for his care.

  202. Elizabeth
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Keith Amos was a surgeon at UNC. He was the first person my mother and I met when she went to get a biopsy on her tumor. My mother was violently shaking, but he held her hand and told her it would be okay. He said those same words to me when I was close to breaking when they took my mom away to have her double mastectomy. He was the first person my dad and I saw after the surgery, when he came into the family waiting room and told us that there was no trace of the tumor left. He called my mom and dad at 9pm sometimes, if a test came back, because he knew we’d be staying up and worrying. He wore a Dallas Cowboys bandana when he operated on my mom, and liked to joke with my dad about my dad’s love of the Redskins. He was part of a medical team that saved my mom’s life.

    The world has lost an incredible man, and I can only imagine that losing him means that he has completed his life journey. I am devastated, but there is comfort in knowing that he is with God.

    Rest in peace Dr. Amos. Thank you for saving our lives.

    My sincerest condolences to his wife and daughters.

  203. Donna Helton
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I wanted a second opinion. Being a dentist,I have a lot of trusted colleagues at UNC. I contacted two of them and was recommended to Dr. Amos by both of them. He was truly sent by God to me and all of his other patients!! He cared deeply for each patient and he took his time to answer all our questions. I loved the way that he did not care about a patient’s ability to pay, education level or social position. He was in the battle to help each of us be SURVIVORS!

    He was truly an “Earth Angel” sent to me and my family! I will forever be indebted to him for his kind, caring ways. He treated me and my entire family with love and compassion. After I recovered and was able to refer other patients to him, everyone else sang his praises!

    We always talked about our families together and vacations. We shared those mutual loves and it was so obvious that he adored his wife and girls. He would always pull out a picture to share of their latest fun together.

    God took him much too soon but we are all blessed to have been touched by his compassionate care and loving personality. His family remains in my prayers and we all share a hole in our hearts. We were so blessed to have him in our lives!

  204. Emmanuel Chan
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Dr. Keith was an inspiration to our community. His dedication and compassion to all his fellow hamans is unforgettable. I came to know him through Dr. Harry P. Marshall almost 4 years ago. He always encouraged me to drop by his office regardless of his sporadic schedule. As time progresses, I begun to realized his genuine and kind spirit to his patients, friends, and family. As a former lost boy; I can relate to the magnitude of pain and anguish caused by such a lost. Dr. Keith Amos was an asset and will be greatly MISSED. May his soul rest in peace, in unblemished arms of heavenly angels. My prayers and Sincere condolences goe to his family.
    Note: Ahaji , please be strong. Give our love and courage to the girls
    Emmanuel Chan

  205. Gray Carlin
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Dr.Amos was not only my Docter he was my friend. He was was so great and what he did and he was just as good as a person. I had a melanoma removed off my leg several years ago by Dr. A . I am now 41 and I go see him at least once a year. He always made me feel better. Dr A always took all the time I needed. He would listen and answer the same ?s over and over. I look forward to my visits and know I am going to be ok when he checks me out. Dr. A goes way above and beyond – always giving me a way to get up with him. I have 3boys and Keith loves his 3 daughters and his wife so much. We always talked about them. He spoke so endearing about his wife taking care of the girls and he loved just being with his wife . Dr A loved traveling and taking fun trips with the family. I know he loves his place in the Bahamas. He gave me all this great info when we went and so we went to the Dolphin exploration and snorkeling that was way better than the Atlantis and less expensive. We had a ball. I am so sad for his wife and girls. I also have to admit I am so sad for myself and countless others he could and would have helped. I guess a short time with the best is better than not at all. I am praying for all of us.
    God’s Peace,
    Gray Carlin

  206. Carey Anders
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Keith Amos was the one of the best people I will ever know. It did not take his passing for us to understand what a wonderful human being Keith was — in every sense of the word. He was a brilliant surgeon, compassionate leader, loving father and steadfast colleague. He will be remembered, missed and cherished for many, many years to come. My very best to his family, his wife and his beautiful girls who he adored.

  207. Cecile Skrzynia
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I am writing this for Ahaji, who I never met and for Keith’s daughters, who certainly don’t remember me: we always met at the Race for the Cure where they volunteered with Dad. This was always an opportunity for Keith to get a sweaty hug from me and for me to marvel at the work he did as a father, surgeon, researcher, but mostly as a wise, compassionate and beloved human being! May those testimonials bring some comfort for Keith’s family!

  208. Kenneth W. Jones MD FACS
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers go to Keith’s family. The surgical community has lost a favorite son. I had the opportunity to speak with him as he was making his final decision about a practice location. His thoughts and cares was for his family and the people on NC. How lucky to have had him, even though it was for a short while. God has the ultimate plan.
    He has run his race this earth. The Lord has called him home

  209. Mary Cole
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I was very hurt and could not sleep when I heard about the death of Dr. Amos. I am from Lumberton N.C. and heard him when he spoke for the Delta sororities and I was very much impress with him them. I did not know that God had it fixed that I would meet him as a patient looking for a second opinion. I did and my husband met him as well and got to know him very well. Dr. Amos, I have an appointment next month, but I will not see you and I am hurt deeply. I want your wife and three girls to know I love you just as much as they did, because you was a caring Dr. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and I am glad god put me in your path. Mary Cole Lumberton N.C.

  210. Mary Cole
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Me and two of my friends went to him for breast cancer. He treated us with the upmost respect and caring thoughts and feeling’s. I will miss him and so will my friends. Mary Cole, Lorraine Sinclair, and Priscilla Leazer, we are all from Lumberton.

  211. Amy DePue
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I believe with all my heart that knowing Keith Amos was a blessing in my life. Learning from him and getting to work with him were bonus blessings as well. May we continue to strive to serve breast cancer patients as thoughtfully as he did. My heartfelt condolences to his family. He is missed.

  212. Polly
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my brother e-mailed Dr. Amos about seeing me. My sister-in-law had breast cancer, and Dr. Amos was her surgeon. They were extremely pleased with him. He immediately e-mailed my brother back on that Sunday night and said that he would be glad to see me. That good news elated my husband and me. He obtained my records from my doctor and went from there. He was so caring and patient on my first visit. My husband and I had lots of questions, and he put us at ease. We decided after our first visit with him that we wanted to have my surgery there with him. We were so impressed with him. He called our house several times about my case. He also e-mailed my husband many times after my husband e-mailed him with questions. He would sit beside us when I went for my appointments. He always wanted to cover everything and did it with patience, kindness, detail, knowledge and concern. He shared with us that his mother had died from breast cancer. I’m sure that gave him an extra drive to specialize in this area.
    He called me last summer to check on me while my family was on vacation. I was so touched by his call. It was a highlight for me. He was such a knowledgeable man on this subject and the one you wanted if you had to have breast surgery. UNC was so fortunate to have Dr. Amos on their staff, and I was so fortunate to have him as my doctor and friend.
    I will always remember the kind, caring, intelligent Dr. Amos. He was truly a special man. He would light up when we asked him about his daughters. It was obvious to my husband and me that his family was very special to him. Our prayers go out to his family, colleagues and patients!

  213. Rebecca Akhama RN
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    To the wife and children of Dr. Amos.
    It is my prayer that the Lord provide you peace that surpasses all understanding, especially at this very difficult time. We mortals do not have answers to life’s “why” questions , but I know that one day God himself, with His own hands, will wipe away all our tears, and there will be no more death, neither mourning, nor crying, nor pain, for the former things will have passed away. We are going to miss Dr Amos on 7 Neurosciences. We really did love him up here on 7NSH, but I know you are going to miss him a lot more. So we will be praying for you and the children. Until you meet Dr Amos again may the Lord hold you each day in the palms of His hands, may He make His face to shine upon you, and may He give you everlasting peace. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you, all of you. Condolences

  214. Bob
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    I love the guy and I will miss him. He always brought a smile with him to work that he shared with everyone. He was a man of pure heart.

  215. Jayne Camporeale
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Two or three years ago, it’s the day before Thanksgiving and Keith Amos comes to Wed. Tumor Board as usual. He has a few cases to discuss but needs to get on the road to go up to NY. PS- he also needs to go to the OR. Now, I am a Northerner, and, we all know when you are asking if you can present first because you have to drive to NY, that, at the time you are asking this, you should already be above Washington DC, because you are driving on the busiest traffic day of the year. This floored me, I thought about Dr. Amos and his family all day, “what time did they possibly arrive in NY?” “Did they ever arrive in NY?”

    So… @ a week later, I see Dr. Amos and ask him how the ride was. He tells me it was not too bad, a little traffic here and there. I am dumbfounded, Really? Have I been doing this Northern drive wrong all these years? Is he on to something? So… I ask him about the trip. After all, being in NY at the start of the Christmas season is arguably the best place to be in the world at that time of year. You have the parade, you have the windows, the tree, the NYers are not cranky, etc, etc.

    What is the only thing Keith Amos talks about and what is the most impressive part of the NY trip- the American Girl (doll) store, where he had a blast with the girls.

    He did not mention traffic but he must have told me about that store 3 x. Now that he has passed away, I realize, of course the traffic was no big deal. He wouldn’t have cared if it took 20 hours to get there, he was sitting in the car with his beloved family, it couldn’t get any better than that for him. What a guy, I’ll never forget him! and, every Sunday during football season, when my son is putting the game on, I will remember how Dr. Amos proudly told me that he “negogiated Sunday ticket” in his house.

  216. Sue Haney
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Words are not sufficient to express our feelings of loss, of grief, of confusion as to why Dr. Amos won’t be with us as we move through the days and weeks ahead, but he will be there in our thoughts, our memories and our caring for patients, for each other and for the communities in North Carolina that he loved and served so well. Having worked with Keith and having served with him on the Komen board these past years will allow me to remember his great love and dedication to his family and his work, his conviction about the work to be done in Chapel Hill and throughout the state, and his drive to assist in that work in any way possible. My love to Ahahji and the girls of whom he was so proud and to whom he turned for his support and happiness. Peace be with you all. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  217. sheila weeks
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    What can i say that hasn’t already been said. Dr. Amos was such a great person. I wanted everyone to have the pleasure of knowing him. If he happens to be your Doctor WOW. I’m keeping his wife, daughters and family and the UNC family in my prayers. We all have our special memories and stories. it is amazing how much good one person can do.

  218. Roxanne King
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I will forever remember you, Dr. Amos. You touched my heart, calmed my fears, and healed my body. You smiled, you laughed, and you spoke reassuring words. Your hugs filled my body with positive energy. Your brilliance as a surgeon is visible across my chest. Your compassion as a human being is etched on my soul. I praise God for giving us such a great man. I am a survivor, my sister-in-law is a survivor, and many other “breast cancer sisters” are survivors because of you!

    To Ahaji and his precious little girls, may God bless you every minute of every day. Thank you for sharing your husband and Daddy with all of us. His face would just radiate when he spoke of you. He was a gift from Heaven and so loved. My prayers are with you.

  219. Ramsay Camp
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Keith was a fellow with me at MDA and we have been friends/ colleagues ever since. Keith’s positive outlook and attitude made any situation better. His presence will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are for his wife and family.

  220. Chris (ASC)
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was just a very great guy, Many lives have been touched by this man, and all that he did for the
    patients throughout the state of N.C. Knowing him
    for long time I had a chance to become his friend and
    we shared alot of times joking and talking about sports.
    He always had a comment or thought to share and never was their a dull moment in conversation with him.
    His smile, humor and just his personality in general will
    never be forgotten by me or any of the people he shared time with. Thanks Dr. Amos for you time on earth and thanks for sharing your life to touch another..

  221. Posted June 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    As a new staff member at UNC Lineberger, I only had the pleasure of working with Dr. Amos a handful of times, but it was obvious how kind and compassionate he was. He made such an impression on me in such a short amount of time. I wish I had had the opportunity to get to know him better.

    I read and approve all of the comments on this site and it is so evident that Dr. Amos was an amazing man. May God comfort and bless the Amos family, and all who loved Dr. Amos, during this difficult time.

  222. Kathy Barger
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I worked with Keith on the Susan G. Komen Triangle to the Coast Affiliate board. Despite his incredibly busy life, Keith took time to be an active board member so that people with breast cancer could have improved access to services and ultimately a cure can be found. He was a champion of expanding our affiliate service area into more rural areas so that education, screening and support could be provided to the most vulnerable populations. The last time I saw him was at the Raleigh race with his daughters and wife, all of them ready to help with the survivor procession. I feel privileged to have worked with him and we will all miss him very much. I am praying for Ahaji and his daughters.

  223. Amy Drobish
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Words cannot express how devastated I felt upon hearing of Keith’s passing. He was special to me. Keith was different. Working as a study coordinator, we often have to be a pain in order to get what we need for our research studies. Keith never once made me feel like I was bothering him. In fact, he went out his way to help. He treated me as his equal even though I did not have an MD behind my name. I’m going to miss his smile, calm voice, funny personality, and our sports talks. He loved what he did at UNC and his patients loved him right back. We all did. I am holding his wife and girls in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so thankful to have known him and even more thankful to be able to call him my colleague and friend. We love and miss you Keith.

  224. Michele Vickers
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    So very hard to believe—I am deeply saddened as a colleague and especially as a friend… Such a tremendous lost to this institution, research and surrounding communities. He gave more of himself than to himself. WE was truly blessed to have been in his presence..”Who can feel those shoes? But more importantly,”How many of us would care enough to try?” Rest in Paradise my friend! To Dr.Amos wife and kids:Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

  225. Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    My prayers and condolences to the wife of Dr. Keith Amos-as a neighbor to his aunt Mary and uncle Nathaniel I watched keith and Keshia grown up and knew they would be Drs.. Their mother and father was very sweet and caring people, as was the child I watched grow into a man.. My heart goes out to his wife and kids, and the medical community that worked with him.

  226. Trinitia Cannon, MD
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    My heart goes out to Dr. Amos’ family and friends. I met him while I was a resident at UNC. I was in another department, but that did not stop him from stopping me in the hall and asking me what I did and what my plans were for the future. He truly took and interest and would often chat with me about my career plans. He was an amazing man and from what I have learned, an equally amazing physician, surgeon, friend, husband, and father. It has been 3 years since I have last spoken with him, but the news of his passing still shook me to the core. He will be truly missed.

  227. Susie Whorley
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Approachable and accommodating are not words that usually spring to mind when you are thinking of a surgeon. Dr. Keith Amos was both those things. But, those are not the first words I think of when I think of him. Bowties, Crunch Bars, Pink Cow Girl Boots and Dallas Cowboys are. He was a wonderful human who saw every person as an individual. With a wonderful smile; he often commented on what I was wearing. He seemed to be especially amused by my monochromic color ensembles. I loved, loved, loved the stories about his girls. One of my favorites was about how he stayed up all night Christmas Eve assembling some Barbie-something-or-other that should have been simple…but was not. Dr. Keith Amos was a great guy. We miss him so much already. Just yesterday I was scheduling a patient and thought I’d place them on his schedule…then I realized I couldn’t. Tender mercies to his family, friends and colleagues.

  228. Valarie Thomas - neighbor/friend
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I was not a patient of Dr. Amos, but this news hit me like a ton of bricks. I met him briefly in his home about a year or so ago by introduction of his lovely wife, Ahaji. On the day we met, he was diligently working in his home office. Yet, he cheerfully stood, flashed a wide smile and in a soft-spoken, gentle manner greeted me and made me feel welcome in his home. He then embraced his little princesses who ran up to snatch a hug and plant a kiss on their daddy. I saw clearly an humble man who loved his family. I don’t think I knew he was a doctor then. All I knew was that he was busy but he enjoyed fun times away with his family, and they adored him. Just as when I first met Ahaji, it was clear that she loved her husband and treasured her sweet girls. I am so saddened by this news and the loss they will experience in the coming weeks and years.
    Ahaji, you and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. I also pray for the extended family, friends, colleagues and classmates whose hearts are broken and heavy. I pray that God would comfort, strengthen and guide you and the girls as only He can. May He direct your life’s path and give you a peace that surpasses your natural understanding. I love you.

  229. Sharon Munoz
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I was so surprised to received this email because I met him last year and was very kind with me. I am so sad and dont know what to write but I will miss him a lot.

  230. Janice S. Johnson
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    My heart is very heavy as I feel I have lost a true friend. Dr. Amos was my surgeon and helped me move through a difficult period of treating my cancer, at a time when I thought there was no way this could be happening to me. I will miss him, his warm smile and words of encouragement. I pray that his wife and girls will be strong and blessed in his absence.

  231. Mia Kang
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I still cannot believe the news of your passing. You were such an incredible person. You had time for everyone and everyone was your friend. I feel so blessed to have known you and like everyone else considered you my friend. I have been praying for you, as well as for your family that they find comfort in their wonderful memories of you.

  232. Nancy Thorn
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I just heard the news today. I am so saddened by the loss of Dr. Amos. He was my surgeon through breast cancer twice. His support, friendship and willingness to talk anytime, for as long as needed to help me through was greatly appreciated. He was truly exeptional! May his family find peace and comfort at this time.

  233. shauna pettiford
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos will truly be missed he helped me through so much while I worked at UNC. My prayers go out to his family, wife and precious little girls. I will always remember how he would always say ” yea yea yea yea yea” really fast when we talked about things I never knew if he was agreeing with me fully or if I was just talking to much. He is also the reason I am still pursing my nursing degree he cared about me everybody and I am blessed to have known him. Gone to soon…

  234. Susan Jones
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I am so thankful I told my close friend diagnosed with cancer last year that she absolutely HAD TO get a second opinion at UNC from Dr. Amos. After seeing him she never looked back, and his kindness and expertise carried her through the hardest of the pre- and post-mastectomy days and weeks. Thank you to you, his family, for sharing him with us.

  235. Tony Capaforte
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was the essence of a caring Dr. He was one of the kindest most caring souls I have ever met. I can’t even begin to articulate how much he meant to our family over my wife’s four year battle with cancer. I will never forget the care, compassion and words of comfort he provide us though-out those extremely difficult times. I feel honored and blessed that our lives crossed each other’s path especially under these circumstances when his kind soul and spirit was needed most. As my mother in-law said, I know my wife met him in heaven with open arms and a smile. Peace and Blessing to all who loved him!

  236. Triste Lieteau Smith
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Keith, I will miss you dearly. You were a wonderful friend, a caring physician, a committed and loving husband, a doting father and simply an amazing human being. I feel truly blessed to have known you. I will always carry with me fond memories of you and your sense of humor, your passion to help others, the 70′s dance offs, 114 Fenway, your obsession with the Cowboys, your (alleged) BBQ skills, your “Ta-Dow” moments when you thought you looked particularly good, road trips to SNMA, how excited you were when you met Ahaji, how you beamed with pride when you spoke (often) about Hunter, Logan and Daryn, how you loved to talk and talk and talk, light bread and cold drinks, floats and onion glazed wings, your support and encouragement (even if you thought I was crazy at times) and your kind and generous spirit. I hope that your life serves as an inspiration to us all to live with purpose and passion, to take the time to listen, to laugh, to love, and to make a difference.

    Ahaji and the girls, please know that God is with you and so is Keith, just as his mother was always with him, he will live on in your hearts forever.

  237. Posted June 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Every couple of weeks, we were certain to get a call in Xavier’s Premedical Office from our wonderful alumnus and former Premed Office student worker Keith Amos. Often times, it was to bask in a Saints defeat or to offer his ever-so-comical commentary on interesting news he had come across on sites from CNN to TMZ! Over the past 13 years in the Premedical Office, I came to know that Keith’s calls would no doubt come in the late afternoon, when he’d pretty much be finished with his work day—-and I was still deep into mine! He’d call, and when an unsuspecting student worker would answer and tell him that I was busy, he’d say: “This is Dr. Keith Amos, and it’s an emergency!” They’d quickly transfer his call to me and there was Keith on the line: “So now you’re dodging calls huh? I’m just calling to see what ya’ll are doing down there so I can keep ya’ll in line!!”

    This is the Keith Amos that I came to love and respect as a fellow Xavierite and a dear friend. Whenever Dr. Carmichael or I needed his assistance, be it premed-related or not, he was ALWAYS available to us. Through my own personal highs and lows, I could count on him to be that “big brother” figure. It amazed me how a man with such accomplishments and accolades could remain so grounded, so humble, so genuine.

    I thank God for the time He allowed us all to have with Keith on this earth. To his family, thank you for selflessly sharing him with so many people; there are those whose lives Keith touched that may never be known to you but trust that his impact on humanity knows no bounds.

    To Ahaji and his beautiful daughters: You were an absolute blessing to Keith, and because of the man that you helped him to be, I know that each of you will be covered with peace, joy, and favor beyond measure.

    To LaKica, Keith’s beloved sister: Keith always reminded you of how wonderful he was so that you’d always know how wonderful you were destined to be! I admire your strength and pray that you’ll continue to be blessed abundantly. Sending much love from XU’s c/o 2000.

    And finally, to our very own FAMOUS AMOS: Keith, rest in the comfort of God’s loving embrace along with your dear mom and dad. You were the consummate husband, father, physician, and friend. The words of a song adequately capture a job well done: “If I can help somebody as I pass along the way, then my living shall not be in vain…”

    We love you so very much……always and forever!

  238. Ed DeMore
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Nancy and I were so devastated when we learned of this tragedy. I remember Keith very fondly as my physician because Nancy recommended that I see him about the removal of a cyst. So when I saw Keith at any surg-onc functions I always referred to him as “my doctor”. I pray the Holy Spirit of God comfort his wife, children and family in this sorrowful time. I will see you on the other side Keith.

    Ed

  239. GWENDOLYN FORD
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    My heart is very heavy. He was a gentle and caring doctor. I was diagnosis with breast cancer in 2009 by a doctor here in Roanoke Rapids. Let me rephrase this. I felt a lump in my right breast and went to see a doctor here. I was told that I did not have breast cancer, did a biopsy; later on was told that I did and that they will remove my breast. I sat in my car and cried. Called my best friend and told her what they had said. She immediately said that I needed to either go to MCV or UNC. I picked UNC. That is where and when I met Dr. Keith Amos. I went on a Wednesday and was there from 8am until 6pm. I met with him and he comfort me, he laughed with me, he educated me. When I left Chapel Hill that day, I knew I had made the right decision. He was also a Dallas Cowboy fan. When he performed my surgery, he dressed in his Dallas Cowboy uniform. I had an August appointment with him. He will truly be missed. My heart is with his family and my medical team. I thank God for blessing me with Dr. Keith D. Amos

  240. Yusef Scoggin
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Amos family. He was a great man, Xavier Alum, & neighbor when living in St. Louis.

  241. Nancy DeMore
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Knowing Keith has been a great blessing, and it has been a privilege to work alongside such an outstanding surgeon and human being. I miss him deeply and am heartbroken. His love of his family was so evident in so many of his conversations, and my prayers go out to Ahaji and their daughters.

  242. La Shonda
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I was so devastated when I heard about Dr. Amos passing. He was always there for me to talk to when I had a question about something. Dr. Amos was a very caring and compassionate person. Not only was he my colleague, he was my doctor and friend. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with his family.

  243. Tracey Williams-Johnson
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos’s memory will be cherished by us all. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Dr. Amos was a Dear friend, excellent Doctor and always treated everyone with the upmost respect. We have several athletes that were interested in the medical field and he would spend quality time with them allowing them to shadow him as we’ll as meet one on one to answer any questions that they may have had. The Lord has another Angel and I thank Mrs. Amos for sharing such a wonderful person with us. We are so proud ti have known Dr. Amos and he will be missed.
    Love and prayers, Tracey williams-Johnson
    UNC Women’s Basketball

  244. Patricia Swayze
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos, that is all I would have to say to anyone who knew him, and they would light up, and say what a wonderful man, and tell of some way he helped them, made them less afraid, shared a joke. Thank you to his wife and daughters, for sharing their very special husband and father with us. I was talking to another one of his patients, and we were talking about our next appts. with Dr. Amos and how we were looking forward to them, and when you have cancer you don’t look forward to more Dr appts., but you did with Dr. Amos!
    His legacy may be his brilliant surgical skills, to many, but I think it will be his enormously kind, caring, loving self. He was a man who made you want to be a better person. Thank you Dr Amos, I will not be upset if the Dallas Cowboys win the superbowl, from your friend from Washington DC!!

  245. Posted June 26, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    My wife and I were overwhelmed & devastated to hear of this loss. Dr. Amos removed my wife’s breast cancer and through that process he also became a friend to us. Having Dr. Amos as our surgeon gave us great hope and trust. So it is a feeling of intense loss for us and it is a great loss for UNC & all future breast cancer patients. We thank God we had the opportunity to know him while we did and have his expertise on our medical case. My prayers and thoughts go to the Amos family. I have 3 daughters of my own so I can only imagine your pain. May God comfort you in ways yet unknown.

  246. Teri Stock
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos meant the world to me. I’ve been his patient for a few years, and though my appointments with him were not frequent at first, he paid special attention to me as a person first; a patient, second. We spoke of my wanderlust, and my travels to Bali, Italy, Greece, and the Bahamas. He mentioned it every time I saw him. He knew I had to cancel a work exchange trip to Guadaloup French W.I. that I had planned for June and July, when he told me that I needed a double mastectomy. He assured me, in his comforting “father–like” way, that this would extend my life and allow more travel! So on May 20th, he performed the bilateral mastectomy, along with Dr. Clara Lee performing my reconstruction. On June 12th, I saw him for follow-up. He came into the room where my mom and I were waiting, saying, “Well, Teri, I’m gonna be a world traveler like you!”, and spoke with child-like excitement about his trip to Scotland. He and his family were leaving the next day. When he examined me, he surprised me when he said he had used a new procedure with me that he hadn’t used before, and was thrilled with the outcome. (So am I!) Never lacking confidence, he looked at my mom and said this was his “best work yet”, and proceeded to take pictures, and bring into the room anyone he could round up- navigators, residents, nurses…to see his handiwork. He was so happy that day, and said he’d be sharing this technique on his trip. (Maybe he said that to all of his patients, I don’t know.) I don’t care. His happiness and pride that last day I saw him was contagious. He congratulated me AGAIN, on my son’s recent graduation from UNC, and hugged me carefully, so as not to cause pain. When my dad called me a week later to break the horrible news to me, I couldn’t breathe. It seems unreal, unfair, gut-wrenching. But we can’t question God’s plan, nor understand it. I only know that I’m grateful for the lives he saved and improved, the people to whom he brought peace and comfort. At the same time, I grieve for the lives he won’t be here to save, and his beloved wife and daughters who won’t have the blessing of his presence. I’m sure that he will forever live in countless hearts, and with his incredible love of people and brilliant smile and spirit, make heaven shine brighter than ever before… for us to be received into when God’s plan brings each of us home to rest in eternal love and light! I miss you already, Dr. Amos, I thank you, and I will always remember and love you! My scars will always be a beautiful reminder of you for me. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends, that God will bring them peace and healing, like you did for so many here in this remarkable life of yours! God bless you.

  247. NaKisha Woodley
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Amos family. May you find peace in the memories you have of Dr. Amos. God bless.

  248. Anne Huffman
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    My heartbreak over Dr. Amos’ passing is something I cannot express. The shock… I just cannot believe it.
    First of all, I am so very sorry for his lovely family. Their pain must be unbearable.
    The staff/faculty at UNC must be devastated. What an incomprehensible loss.
    When I came to Dr. Amos with what the path report described as a “late stage 4, possibly 5″ melanoma, (Clark scale), I was hysterical. I had been to the dermatologist every 6 months. I just didn’t understand it… or believe it.
    As I cried, I asked Dr. Amos, “What am I going to do?” He pulled up his stool, took my hands in his, looked me in the eyes and said, “I’ve got this.” I said, “What if it’s too late?” He said, “Anne, don’t worry. We’ll do this together. We’ll get through this together. I’ll take care of you.”
    I’m five years out, and, as far as I know, well.
    Dr. Amos was the most compassionate human being I’ve ever met. He treated me like family. If I was ever worried, he told me to email him… anytime, anywhere. I did, and he answered me, no matter what he was doing, no matter where he was. He never seemed hurried… He never was impatient…
    I know the level of expertise at UNC Cancer Center. I know all the doctors are wonderful… but…
    Who will I go to that will listen to me like he did? Who will instill in me the hope that cancer patients MUST have? Where do I go from here?
    I feel so sad and so lost.
    Again, Mrs. Amos and his precious daughters, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Anne Huffman

  249. Missy McKee
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    There are those times in life when you witness an event, or a natural wonder – things you know are special, once in a lifetime type. Then, there are people you meet in life, that even with no one telling you, you just feel it through out your body and soul, that “this” person is extremely special – an once in a lifetime type – a
    Dr. Keith Amos.

  250. Latanja Avery, Save Our Sisters of REX
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Amos family. What a shock to all who knew him! He will be missed by so many. I met Dr. Amos in 2005 at Save Our Sisters “Reaching through Teaching” conference in Raleigh NC. I received numerous calls that entire month about the conference. All positive feedback. His expertise, friendliness and smile assured everyone that teaching was his passion. On behalf of Save Our Sisters of REX, we extend heart-felt smpathyand the assurance that our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by his passing. Life so fragile, loss so sudden and hearts are so broken in the wake of such a loss. We are haunted by things we don’t or many never understand”…just know that Dr. Amos is resting with a smile on his face.

  251. Theresa Gilliam
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Dr Amos, we will miss you beyond words. Your advocacy, leadership and warmth epitomize and humanize the notions of “leading, teaching and caring” for me . You have inspired us, and will continue to inspire me. As we are fond of saying here in “the southern part of Heaven, “bless your heart” , Dr Amos. It was a heart of gold ;-)… As ever, my best, Theresa

  252. Cynthia McCloud Edwards
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Keith was an amazing surgeon, health advocate and friend. He will be sorely missed by all who came in contact with him whether personally or professionally. I’d like to express my sincere condolences to his family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. With Sympathy, Cynthia McCloud Edwards

  253. Buffy Wilson
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    My sister Paris and I LOVED Dr. Amos. We laughed and talked during our appointments with him. He was one of the instruments God used to save our lives. I hurt so much over this, I’m almost speechless. My prayers are with his family. This is toooo much…..

  254. Lawrence
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    I didn’t know Dr Amos, but I’ve seen him a couple of times. My heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends. I’m praying that you have peace and strenth at this time. You have my deepest sympathy.

  255. Monica Green
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    As a 1988 classmate of Dr. Keith Amos, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family. I knew then that he would be GREAT! His Mother and Father instilled in him the will to succeed. God gave him a mission and he walked it out to the best of his ability. He will truly be missed. God bless his family in their time of sorrow. They must remember that inspite of their loss that God is in control at all times.

  256. Nicole (Taylor) Evans
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I had the privilege to work with Dr. Amos and get to know him in a number of settings. We shared stories of undergraduate life at a Historically Black College and Universities when I worked with him at UNC. I spent many days chasing him through rounds and clinics to get his signature for a grant or letter of support. He told me I was one of the few people that could find him anywhere. He offered mentorship when I had the opportunity to work with him again at the Komen Foundation. My prayers go out to his family. My hope is his leagacy will continue and someone will continue his invaluable work.

  257. LaTonia Banks(MHS Class of 90)
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I have known Keith for many years and always knew he would leave his mark on the world. As we grew up in our small hometown, Keith always shined so brightly. His mother was my 6th grade teacher and she encouraged me to make many career path and choices along the way because of the passion and drive she instilled in me. I witness that same tenacity in Keith. It warms my heart to know that he touched so many lives and made a difference in such a short time. I know that his legacy will continue on in his three beautiful daughters. My prayers are with Ahaji, the girls, and Kicia.

  258. Joy Ostroff
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I worked with Dr Amos as a colleague in clinical research, countless committees, through our Outreach Program and his personal efforts. He was tireless and never said “no” to a request of his time, knowledge, or expertise. In March 2013, he became my surgeon. From the moment he first came to my side, his care and concern for me, his new patient, was focused and never wavered through multiple procedures and definitive treatment. He set the tone that very first encounter. He was now on my team; we would get through this together and sealed his commitment with the first of many hugs and huge smile. He was relentless in pursuing pathology and keeping me appraised no matter the day or time. I couldn’t help thinking; this is a busy surgeon, does he do this for all his patients? As I read all the tributes to Keith, my question is answered by so, so many. What a gift he bestowed on all who knew him. Our gift to Keith will be to continue and build on his work, inspire others as he has inspired us, keep our families and friends close and loved. I will miss him terribly but know that he is still on my team. My sincere condolences to his wife and children with my prayers for their bright future holding all the sweet memories of Keith, the wonderful, loving, giving husband, father, and physician.

  259. Cindy van Aalst RN
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was always upbeat, always had a smile. He showed consideration for every individual. Often, between cases, he could be seen talking sports with the other guys here. He will be missed at the ASC.

  260. Rachel Heller
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I saw Dr. Amos as a patient at the same time my husband was undergoing treatmentd for a major medical problem, and the two of us went in to him like the walking wounded. He was SO nice, so sensitive in realizing how much we were dealing with all at once. He talked football with Kevin and put him at ease. Dr. Amos had a kind, soft-spoken voice and took his time with his patients. His passing is such a great loss. We’ll miss him very much.

  261. Kimberly Humphrey
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was a man of greatness. He ALWAYS wanted the best of the best for both his patients and his co-workers. He was so sincere in his work. I pray that his family has peace and comfort through this sad time. Dr. Amos is truly missed by many and will NEVER be forgotten. John 14:1-4 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

    2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

    3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

    4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

  262. WILLIAM EVERETT
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I DID NOT KNOW DR. AMOS PERSONALLY, BUT HE SOUNDS LIKE A MAN I WISH MY SON TO BE, MY SON WANTS TO GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL, ALSO WANTING TO BE A DOCTOR, I HOPE HE GOES THE SAME PATH AS DR. AMOS, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS. YOU ARE A DEFINETLY A ROLE MODEL FOR OTHER AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES.

  263. Edith Harris
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I will remember Dr. Amos as one of the most caring doctors I’ve known because of his dedication and compassionate heart to help others. I knew him as my own personal doctor whom I met at the Sisters Network in Durham N.C. I had just found out I had breast cancer and I heard about this doctor who would be speaking and answering questions at an upcoming meeting. I had not yet found a doctor and I felt hopeless at the time. Among this great group of women stood a great man! There he was serving his community on his own personal time. He spoke with so much compassion and concern, never once looking at his watch or thinking of the time as the meeting went on and the women gathering afterwards to ask more questions! like myself. I knew this was the doctor for me. The week following I made my appointment. He had taken care of me for the past five years. I credit him as one of the vessels God used in the earth to help save my life. I will remember him with love and honor, I will truly miss him. I smile thinking of the times when he would be the talk of the mammogram room. I would get my mammo and then go on to see Dr. Amos! I would say Dr. Amos you are a star around here. His patients loved him. One last story I have to tell is the day he called me, he said Ms. Harris how are you? It’s gonna be a TV show featuring women with triple negative breast cancer and it’s gonna be focused on educating women on how to get the help they need, how to seek out treatment, and just tell your story what life is like for you after finding out you have breast cancer and I thought of you. Well he went on to ask if I would do it and talk to this tv producer and you know I couldn’t say no to Dr. Amos! the man who gives so much. I had the opportunity to be casted with him in a TV special about Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I had reservations at first because one of which I didn’t have a job at the time and I thought if I put myself out like that I wouldn’t get one, I thought I don’t know how many people will see this and who would give me a job after finding out I was a cancer patient! Well Dr. Amos had did what he was in this world to do and that was to inspire because I never would have had the nerve to put my story out on national tv! anyway I began to think if telling my story would help inspire and educate orther women on what to do after hearing the words “you have cancer” I would do it. I’m so grateful to have met such a man and my love goes out to his Wife and Children. I hope they get to read this because I’m just one of the many patients can testify to what kind of Doctor he was. They can be proud to know there are stories in the hearts of the many patients he took care of. He truly left a few of them in my heart and my family who met him through my journey. I am doing great, I give God the glory! Dr. Amos I know you are watching!

  264. Candie
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    My heart is mourning the loss of Dr. Amos he was a kind gentle man that strove to be the link between his patients and their journey while being treated for cancer. He will be missed by all I am glad to have met him and experience the joy he brought to everyone. I was not a patient of his however, he treated my BFF Buffy and her sister Paris. Dr. Amos was rare and no one will be able to fill his shoes but I believe he left an impression on his colleagues that his spirit will live on at UNC. My condolences to his wife and children my God give you the strength to endure this difficult time.

    Candie Lewis

  265. Warrenda Roberson
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    My heart is very heavy right now. I just find out that D. Amos is no longer with us. He was so wonderful. He had such a beautiful SPIRIT, very caring. I was patient of his for two years. The only problem we had was he was a Cowboys fan and I was a Redskins fan. He tooK very good care of me. He took of two other family members. They both are doing great because of the GREAT Dr. Amos. He will be miss. God Bless his wife and daughters. I Love you Dr. Amos, God has an ANGEL.

  266. Ginger Powell
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been thinking for days about what to say, but words can’t really express how great he really was. He offered far more than what was expected and has set the bar high for those that will follow in his work. I still vividly remember the night he called to tell me that he had removed all of my cancer, that there was none left and that I was going to be well again. There were many who played important roles in my treatment plan, but Dr. Amos rose to the top of our list quickly. He had a gift of showing real personal concern and quality of care while meeting surgical needs for so many. There are few surgeons as great as he. He will be missed. I am heartbroken for his family. May they find peace and comfort in the midst of such heart ache and loss.

  267. Posted June 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    My heart is heavy ,I’m so sad. Dr Amos was my surgeon and doctor for almost four years. I feel like he saved my life in so many ways. From the beginning Dr. Amos was so kind and helpful. He always made sure I had everything I needed Before I left my appointments with him. When I lost my daring daughter to breast cancer Dr. Amos was right there reassuring me as I grieved her death. I will miss his kind and genle spirit. My heart goes out to his beauitful wife and daughters. May God Bless them and give them strenght. Penny Weaver

  268. Marcia Koomen
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Keith was a wonderful colleague and collaborator with all of us in the Breast Imaging Division of Radiology: always pleasant and generous and respectful, never short-tempered or belittling. We were all working for the best care for every patient, and it was a pleasure and an honor to share that care with Keith. We miss him so much. As with any beloved person gone, I keep thinking I’ll see him soon again. I can still hear his warm and thoughtful voice and see his kind face. We shall all be striving to follow his example as physicians for the rest of our lives.

  269. Angie Washington
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to comment for my mother Katherine Sanford who was a patient of Dr. Amos. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and Dr. Amos performed surgery on her in October 2011. He was such a wonderful man, so caring and genuine. Our family felt so comfortable with him as a man and a physician. He joked with us about our beloved Cowboys, my mother and I are huge Cowboy fans as was Dr.Amos, he sided with us against my 2 brothers who are Redskins fans. My Mother was scheduled to see him in July, she is deeply saddened by his passing. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time now and beyond.

  270. Amy Garrett
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was one of the first people I met at UNC. He actually interviewed me for my job in clinical breast cancer research. During my interview, I asked him what he liked about working at UNC, and I’ll never forget his answer. He said, “I love the people. I feel like I can really make a difference here. Everyone is very collegial and dedicated to working together to improve the lives of our patients. If you come here, you’ll feel it, you’ll know what I mean, and you’ll see why it’s special. And of course, the basketball’s great too (as he smiled and laughed)”. That was the Fall of 2011 and since then I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Amos and feeling what he meant. He was an extraordinary person that made a positive impact on everyone that crossed his path. He will be greatly missed and not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and 3 girls.

  271. Susan Davis
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    I have read all the prior postings and it is abundantly apparent how loved (yes I am using the word loved) Dr. Amos was by all. The first time I met him was in 2008 when my best friend went to him for a second opinion about her breast cancer options. He immediately put her at ease and at the end of the consult, we knew she had found the right surgeon. His skill, dedication and compassion to the patient was remarkable. Witnessing her care from Dr. Amos and the whole UNC team, I remember making the comment, “If I were ever to get diagnosed with breast cancer, I know exactly where I will be going”. Well, in October 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and that day I was on the phone getting scheduled with Dr. Amos. He remembered me
    from 2008 as my friends caregiver – amazing. Now I was
    the recipient of his awesome level of care and I knew I was in the right hands. I feel lucky to have been his patient. I last saw him June 8th at the Susan G. Komen and met his wife and his girls handing out pink carnations to us “survivors” before the survivor ceremony. Even there, his concern for my well being was the first topic of our conversation, followed by his excitement for his upcoming Scotland trip. My deepest sympathies are extended to his wife and girls for their loss of a husband and father whom can never be replaced. My sorrow extends to all of those who will not be able to benefit from such a talented surgeon and the kind and compassionate doctor and human being he was.
    I am sure I am not his only patient who has wept at learning of his unexpected passing. We lost “a good one” and he will be missed.

  272. June Douglas
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    I am very sadden to hear the passing of Dr. Amos he diagnose me with breast cancer in November of 2012 and he encourage me that they was going to take very good care of me. Dr. Amos did my surgery on April 15, 2013 and it went very well. I will truly miss him because he really cared about his patients and he explain everything to me and gave me chance to ask question about my conditions I was suppose to see him in six more months my heart is really sad. My family and I will truly miss him as well and prays goes out to his wife and daughters. I will never forget Dr. Amos for all that he has done for me and my family.

  273. Dolly Penn
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I knew Dr. Amos first as my surgery attending and then realized he was a fellow Xavierite. He always pushed me to excel and was available to assist me in achieving my goals both in and out of the operating room. He has definitely left HUGE shoes to fill. I aspire to reach the height of his greatness both in my personal and professional life. My condolences to the Amos Family.

  274. Robbin Dillard
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    First and fore most my condolences to the Amos family, may God be with your in your time of grief. Dr. A was my hero, and a beautiful human being. He was my surgeon and I am a breast cancer survivor because of his compassion to my needs. I will always be indebted to him. I want to thank his family for sharing him with me because he meant that much to me.THANK YOU!. Dr. A and I shared a joke every time I saw him. He would peep in my room at the clinic every visit and ask if my sisters were with me. Dr. A remembered there names because before my surgery my sisters threatened him if I didn’t make it. So that a private joke we shared for the past 3yrs. I love you Dr. A and will miss you

  275. Robyn Stewart
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I had the privilege to work with Keith for a couple of years at UNC both as a surgeon and in the Advisory College program. He was an talented and compassionate surgeon, a gifted educator and a dedicated family man. He had a very gentle way about him and was simply a genuinely good person. I was shocked and incredibly saddened to hear of his premature passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Ahaji and his girls and the many people whose lives he touched.

  276. Elizabeth Payne
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    My family, friends and I are devastated about Dr. Amos’ passing – just as everyone else that knew, loved and appreciated him.  He became my doctor in July 2011 for triple negative cancer; was so kind as he gave me the news and explained what my treatment would entail, told me about the team approach at UNC, and assured me that I “WOULD be at my son’s wedding in 7 weeks.”  (And I was!)  The next weeks and months were a whirlwind of tests, surgical procedures and chemotherapy – no fun for sure – but Dr. Amos, Dr. Irvin and all of their team were absolutely THE BEST!  I am so thankful for his brilliance as a surgeon and his compassion as he cared for his patients.  As has been expressed in so many numerous ways–once you met Dr. Amos, you immediately loved him.  He made you ‘feel safe’ and gave you confidence that you would get thru this cancer journey.  My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with his wife and daughters.

  277. Michelle Roderick
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I feel blessed to have been one of Dr. Amos many patients. He was more than just a doctor…he was a friend and his concern for his patients was very evident. He had a fatherly way about him that made you feel cared for. I will truly miss him and hold his family in my prayers.

  278. Aimee Kim
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos, I remember how you could fill a space with your presence and energy and MUSIC, and just as naturally ease and comfort your patients with the lightest touch and gentlest voice. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  279. Jonell
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    My heart is very heavy with sadness from hearing about the passing of Dr. Amos. In April of this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was referred to Dr. Amos to get a second opinion. On April 30th Dr. Amos greeted me and my daughter with a warm smile. From the moment he started to talk and explain things to us I knew he would be the doctor to do my surgery. He had a way of removing most of the fear that I was having. He reassured us that he would do his very best for me and on May 24th he performed my surgery. I was scheduled to have my surgery in July, but he told me doing my post-op appointment that he had an opening for May 24th. if it was okay with me he would like to do it then. I’m honored to have had him for my surgeon. In the past I’ve had surgery and I’ve never seen a doctor call you at night to give you the pathology report. He had call late that afternoon and I was not at home, so around 9:30 pm that night he called again to say “I was able to remove all the cancer”. This showed me once again how caring and compassionate he was.
    He was truly a GOD sent gift to all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, his colleagues and all of his many patients who are sharing in this loss of such a wonderful man.

  280. Jennifer Fennell
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I will always remember Dr. Amos as a caring doctor, just before he was to leave for Scotland, he told me Jennifer No more new patients, I will be gone for one month. A couple of days later I get a call from a patient begging to see Dr. Amos, I tried to explain to her that he wasn’t seeing new patient until he got back from Scotland. Now this patient wasn’t going for that she explained to me how he had seen someone she knew and she had to see him, she asked me if he could just read her pathology report. After several minutes of her telling me honey, I am not trying to get you in trouble, but I got to see him. I finally said let me contact him and see what he says, just like he has always done he said put her on, but no more. He has never turned down a patient that has requested him. That’s what I am going to miss!! The next day he comes down to the office, I apologized about contacting him about patient, he said that’s OK, I spoke to her last night. Before he left the office, I mention a conversation his baby girl had with me last year at Dr. Ollila’s house. She said daddy put that breast on the computer and it was disgusting, he smiled, laughed real loud and said she talk too much…I will never forget Dr. Amos. RIP…..praying for his family..

  281. Traci Lloyd
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    My heart is broken. The world has lost has bright light in the passing of Dr. Keith Amos. Dr. Amos was my surgeon for 2 procedures in May and June of 2012. He also called me at 9:00 at night with pathology results so I wouldn’t have to go to bed one more night without knowing. I had complications after my second surgery and he spent time with me on the phone on a Sunday morning taking care of me. During the course of my treatment, there was a debate over what path to take. Dr. Amos interceded and spent time with me (along with Dr. Muss) to make sure that I was comfortable with my treatment plan. Dr. Amos told me that I am not only your surgeon, I am your advocate. I have never seen anyone with such passion and dedication to their patients. He made you feel as if you were his only patient. The qualities that made him such a unique and wonderful physician are not learned, they were a part of his soul. Dr. Amos was a central figure in my cancer treatment and survival. I feel very lost without him, as I am sure many other patients do, as well. He truly had a profound effect on my life. I am deeply saddened to know that there will be many future patients that will not experience his care. But the greatest loss is his role as a husband and father. My heart aches for his wife and daughters. I am continuing to lift you up in prayer. His daughters have a great legacy of caring, compassion, and dedication to carry on. I look forward to seeing the great women they will become.

  282. Oneeka Williams
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I knew Keith from Harvard Medical School and am truly inspired by the legacy of compassion and talent that he built in his short career, but the impact of which is timeless. On today, as his life is celebrated, I pray for his wife Ahaji and his daughters and all of the people who loved him. I pray that God would strengthen them during this unbelievably difficult time and that they will be comforted by the memories of the amazing man, father, husband, surgeon, scholar and friend that he was.

  283. Ann Wooten
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    My whole family feels the loss of Dr. Amos. For the conference prior to surgery, the surgery itself, and follow-up surgery, several family members were with me for my appointments with Dr. Amos . We were all so very impressed with his warm manner, professional expertise, and infinite caring. He put us at ease and, while plainly explaining what would be involved, invoked a sense of confidence that I would have the best medical care. Dr. Amos was key to my recovery and shared in my joy of the cancer free results of my mammogram at my one year chick up. Such personal caring and empathy is seldom seen. I feel such a loss of this exemplary surgeon and man. I am blessed to have had him as my surgeon. When I thanked Dr. Amos for his exemplary care, he replied, “Thank you for those kind words. I do what I should do.” What a loss Dr. Amos’s death is to future patients and the broader medical profession. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, and extended family. They will cherish his love, life, and legacy.

  284. Judy Briggs
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Dr. “A”…God put me in your hands when I needed it…Now you are in His precious Hands. Thank you Dear Lord for lending Dr. Amos to all of us whose lives were touched by this gentle giant of a man.

  285. Liz & Bill Stubbs (Bright)
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    We just received our letter about the passing of Dr. Amos. We are so so shocked. My heart dropped when we read the news. My husband was his patient for six years for melanoma. He saved his life! We really got to know him with all of the follow up appointments for six years. We have never met a doctor that was so brilliant, but yet so humble and compassionate. My husband and him always joked with each other. They always talked about fishing too. And he always had hugs for me. He was surely an angel sent by God to do his work. I guess he finished and it was time for him to go home in celebration for a job well done. My heart and prayers are with his beautiful wife and children. May they find some peace and comfort in all of this sadness in knowing that he was truly loved by all. And that is the best thing that anyone can leave behind, love with a kindred spirit. We are so blessed to have known such a man. Dr. Amos, we love you and we miss you but we know that we will see you again. When that day comes, maybe you and Bill can go fishing together. God Bless!

  286. Leslie Williams
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    For Keith who always had time to listen, who loved life and who always held open his heart for the world. We will now and forevermore, carry him in ours.

    Listening Well

    He had the gift
    of stopping time
    & listening well
    so that it was easy
    to hear who
    we could become

    & that was the future
    he held safe
    for each of us
    in his great heart

    you may ask, what now?
    & I hope you understand
    when we speak softly
    among ourselves
    & do not answer
    just yet

    for our future
    is no longer the same
    without him
    (StoryPeople)

  287. Jennifer Sullivan
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful memorial service today for such a wonderful man…I consider myself so lucky to have known Dr. Amos. As his patient, I will never forget how compassionate and caring and concerned he was about me and my well being. So many have said how touched they were to have received an email or phone call with test results from him, sometimes even after a very long day. I, too, had this experience, and it meant so very much. As a testimony to his general goodness, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked, “Is he really as nice as he seems?”…Dr. Amos, you made it easy to say yes.

  288. Craig Waller
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I met Dr. Amos as he was guiding my partner, Cindy Marshall, through the frightening and bewildering path of breast cancer treatment and surgery. I was able to witness the incredible personal attention and commitment that so many people have talked about in their posts as he lavished it on Cindy. He became a guide and a mentor to her and she would always defer a decision on each stage of her treatment until we learned “what Dr. Amos thinks”.

    As someone who has spent his life in business and with thankfully little exposure to the medical community, I was blown away by the humanity and compassion that all of the staff of the Oncology unit – and especially Dr. Amos – showed at all times. You are an amazing group of people and, as I sat in the Memorial Service yesterday, I realized that I didn’t know the half of what Keith Amos brought to the world and those that he touched in such a short life.

    We were talking one day during Cindy’s treatment and he mentioned that he was going to Baltimore for a conference and staying at The Four Seasons Hotel. That happened to be an easy favor that I could do for him, to thank him for all he was doing for us, so (with me being under the mistaken impression that he was taking his wife with him) I arranged for his room to be upgraded and some wine and fruit to be sent to the room. When I saw him later, he thanked me for the room upgrade – “what did you like best about it?” I asked, “the room itself, the view, the service?”. He paused for a second: “the best part of it was that I was on the same floor as the President of the Association” he smiled, “and he couldn’t figure out how I had got the same level room as him!”
    From all of the remembrances of yesterday this exchange resonated in retrospect and the famous Amos competitive streak had been revealed to me!

    He was a man who made a huge impression on me in a very short time and I’ve been deeply affected by his passing. My love goes to Ahaji and his girls – he was a great man, and clearly a loving husband and a wonderful father. The world is a far poorer place without him.

  289. SD
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I have many fond memories of Dr. Amos. The one which touches my heart the deepest is as follows:

    One evening during my third year of medical school I suddenly developed this fear and insecurity that I wouldn’t match in my subspecialty of choice. I didn’t know who to talk to but I remember Dr. Amos having an “open door” policy. I was away in Charlotte at the time so I decided to send him an email. That evening, he called me after he got out of the OR around 8pm and spent a half an hour on the phone with me encouraging me and reminding me of my purpose. He put things into perspective and truly calmed my nerves. I couldn’t believe that for all intents and purposes, a perfect stranger would take the time out of his hectic schedule to have a discussion with me. He could have pushed it off until the following day, told me to follow-up when I got back in town or just not respond to my email. He went above and beyond and held true to the person he was rumored to be. Dr. Amos was an amazing individual and legacy will live forever live on through his children, his wife, his peers, his friends, his family and certainly through his mentees. He will be missed and forever cherished.

  290. Chandra Ambrose
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was a wonderful person. He has changed my life in more ways than one. I am still in shock and disbelief that he is no longer with us. My heart goes out to his wife and children and I pray that they are surrounded with love and support to help them get deal with the loss if their loved one. He will truly be missed.

  291. Melody Searl
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    I am at a loss for words ….3 months before my only child and daughter’s wedding, I was diagnosed with breast cancer here on the Outer Banks of N C. I ask my GYNOB where would he send his wife and without hesitation, he said UNC Chapel Hill. I met Dr. Amos who immediately said I’m with you in this . He called in Dr. Lee , PS, for me the very same day. Our drive to Chapel Hill is 4 hours. Mom and sister flew up from Georgia for the surgery and we gave Dr. Amos several pair of pink shoe covers to wear during surgery. I have a photo of his scrubs and pink covers. He called me at home to check on me and to give me test results on a Friday night so I wouldn’t worry all weekend. UNC did an article on their website about my daughter, myself and Dr. Lee. He promised I would dance at her wedding and I did”. He was a remarkable human being and a great physician. His love for his family, friends and profession was a rare gem. I am heart broken for all of us whose lives he touched. He is missed every day.

  292. Kelly Ruddock
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Like many others of you, I too, was at a total loss for words upon hearing of Dr. Amos’ premature passing. He was THE KINDEST surgeon I’ve EVER MET. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer I knew we’d caught it early; and because she was stronger than any woman I knew then, or now, I knew she could fight it and would survive. But she couldn’t or wouldn’t believe me… Until she met Dr. Amos! People could say that he was simply doing his job by removing the tumor and sending her for radiation therapy. Or that the combination of the two was what cured her. Anyone who thought that would be scientifically right, but not completely correct. Dr. Amos’ warmhearted disposition and non-demeaning manor of speaking made my mom feel like she COULD fight the cancer. Every visit with Dr. Amos reminded her that she was winning and not to give up fighting. Dr. Amos was the key to curing my mom’s cancer and I truly believe that!! All the stories before and after mine are proof that Dr. Amos had a miraculous way of healing all those he treated… if he wasn’t able to save every patient’s life, he certainly helped to heal many broken hearts and strengthen the most beaten down of souls. He saved my mom’s life and saved our family, because I don’t know what we’d do without her. And now, Dr. Amos’ family is having to face the same awful realization of loss that he saved us from. God be with the Amos Family and bless you for sharing Dr. Amos and his life-saving gifts with the rest of us. He will not only be remembered in the hearts of each patient; but remembered by the patients’ loved ones as well every time they look into their mother’s, daughter’s, wife’s, grandmother’s, aunt’s eyes. The Ruddock Family will certainly never forget Dr. Amos and we send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

  293. Maureen Galvin
    Posted July 2, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I am devastated by the news of Dr. Amos’ passing. Everything that has been written above regarding his compassion and kindness is true. He was not at all what I expected a surgeon to be. When the pathology report following my surgery changed my diagnosis, he called me from a conference, on a Sunday afternoon, so that I could understand what my next steps needed to be. I will always remember you, Dr. Amos, and I will hold you up as an example for my son to follow. God bless your family.

  294. Sigrid Gross
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I am very grateful Dr. Amos was my physician. He was a wonderful kind and caring doctor. My sincere condolences to his wife, children and the entire family. I am mourning his passing but I cannot imagine their pain and sorrow.
    Sigrid Gross

  295. Rocedar Sellars
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I just found out today that Dr. Amos passed away. I’m saddened my this news. He was my Mother’s surgeon. After my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer we searched for the best surgeon and God gave us Dr. Amos. He was kind, compassionate, knowledgable !! May he rest in God’s arms and may God also provide comfort to his wife and kids!

  296. Frank Johnson
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    I am a professor of surgery at St. Louis University Medical Center. I encountered Keith during his residency, at local medical society meetings, and at various national meetings. I liked him and admired him, as have other people on this memory site. I will pass on the sad news to his former colleagues at Washington University. May he rest in peace.

  297. Marion Couch
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I just learned of the passing of Dr. Amos. During my time at UNC, I thought Keith was a wonderful colleague, who was truly a rising star. Although he was superbly trained and highly skilled, his greatest assets were his outstanding personality and compassion for others. I am profoundly saddened that he has left us, because he was simply a very special person. I will never forget him.

  298. paris jackson
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    My heart is soo heavy I’m wipping tears away while sending this message. Dr. Amos was one of the greatest dr.’s that my sister buffy and I will ever have. He will truly be missed, the 2nd floor will never be the same again! Will miss your laughter & compassion and you cracking up and tell’n me that you don’t want to see my sister & I for another 6 months that u needed time to regroup! Don’t have the strength to go to the 2nd floor & make a right when I get out of the elevator, just not the same anymore but, I know you would want us to Keep it mov’n! To your beautiful wife & children may God, as only he can comfort & keep you! Thank you Dr. Amos we will never forget you!
    Love, Paris Jackson

    r and I for another 6 months, that u needed to regroup! To your beautiful wife and children may God,as only he can comfort & keep you. Can’t bear going to the 2nd floor, but I know u would want us to keep it mov’n! Luv u Dr. Amos,

  299. Obinna Adibe
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I’ve met Dr. Amos through SBAS meetings. Very sad news. Condolences from DUMC.

  300. Sheila Geibig
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I was very shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of Dr. Keith Amos. I was a patient of his and had just been to see him a week or so prior to his Scotland trip. Words could never describe what a kindhearted, compassionate soul he truly was. Only the good die young.

  301. Sandra Bolduc
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    I am in shock! Dr. Amos saved and touch so many lives! After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 I met with a great team of doctors at UNC. He was my surgeon and not only was he a great doctor but one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever known. I am truly grateful I was one of his patients and will miss him so much.

  302. Roscoe Dandy
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Dr. Amos saved my wife’s life.
    I will never forget the time he spent with us, engaging us, comforting us, doing the surgery, explaining things and being so human to us.
    For the rest of my days, i will be humbly grateful.
    I simply do not understand God’s Plan to take away such a giving, talented, caring human being.
    God be with his family.
    Love you.
    Dr. Roscoe G. Dandy
    Lesley A. Dandy

  303. Qi Mo
    Posted July 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I was so shocked by the sad news of Dr. Amos’s passing away, and up till today I still cannot help tearing up whenever I think of that. As a two year survivor, Dr. Amos is my surgeon, and one of the amazing medical team members that I was so blessed to have. I was considered “graduated” from his care just months ago. At that time no longer having to see him as often as before seems like a milestone that I was happy to reach, now it just made me bitter thinking that I could never see Dr. Amos again. Dr. Amos answered my late-night emails the night before my bilateral mastectomy within minutes, when I was full of fear and doubts. He called me at 9am in the morning delivering the good news that the biopsy came back all clean. It is little things like these that make battling cancer a little easier for me, as I am sure it is for all his other patients. My deepest condolence to Dr. Amos’s family, I simply cannot imagine what they are going through…

  304. JamieN
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I just heard about Dr. Amos and am so sad. He was a wonderful person, an excellent surgeon and I’m sure he was a great father to his children. He and I always laughed and tried to make light of the cancer I had. He knew just what to say and what to do to calm my fears. I know I will feel lost without him as my doctor, but that is nothing compared to the loss his wife and children are feeling right now. My heart goes out to you. Be proud of all your loved one accomplished in his life. He is leaving quite a legacy behind and has saved the lives of so many others.

  305. Sam G
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know Dr. Amos very well, and he didn’t know me very well either. But that didn’t stop him from giving time from his very busy life to guide and advise me along with many of my classmates. Dr. Amos touched our whole community with his unhesitating generosity with his time and attention, while still enjoying a family life that was the envy of his colleagues. Had he never scrubbed in, picked up a scalpel, or sown a stitch, he would still have been a great man. So I want to thank him and his family, because there is no substitute for an inspiring example of how to be a great man.

  306. Sara Reason Norris
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    My family met Dr Amos approximately 4 years ago after my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. No one is prepared for the initial diagnosis, let alone when the initial diagnosis is terminal. Thanks to Dr Amos, my mom is still with us today. He was such an integral part of her care team and treated her and her case as an individual. As everyone has stated, he was so warm, friendly and always smiling. I know everyone felt like this, but he really did make you feel like you were special and you were the only patient/family he was treating. What a gift to be able to share that love and warmth with everyone. We are so lucky we had him! I used to work at UNC and whenever I passed him in the hallway, he always asked about my mom……what an amazing man to remember me when he saw so many faces everyday. My family is devastated by his passing, but know one day we will all see him again to tell him “Thank you for being part of the team that let our mom see her daughters get married and grandchildren born.” We miss you, Dr A.

  307. Nancy P. Cooper
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I was a breast cancer patient of Dr. Keith and I want his family to know how much he we loved and how he changed my life. I had stage 3B breast cancer and it required that I have a bi-lateral mastectomy by Dr. Keith…he knew that I was a golfer and former member of the UNC golf team. I assured me that he would take care of me and on June 2, 2010, he operated and also removed 24 lymph nodes…Three years to the day, on June 2nd, 2013, I won the 1st Flight in the Alamance Co Women’s Golf tournament and that weekend I texted my oncologist, Dr. Anders to tell her to tell Dr. Keith…He took a personal interest in all of his patients and without his reassurance, I would have been terrified of the surgery. Now, I am healthier than ever….who could imagine that he would die before I died and I was the one with cancer and just turned 60 years of age. Thank you Dr. Keith for your kindness and passionate concern..you made your patients feel like they were your only patient…I will personally miss your warm smile and feeling that I was a part of your extended family.

    Much love,
    Nancy

  308. Todd BenDor
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    What a loss. Keith and I were some of the last folks on the UNC faculty bus tour back in 2008. I consider myself lucky to have spent a week with him – he was absolutely wonderful. He was such a kind, funny, and good-hearted person. He will be missed!

  309. Melinda Miller
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I too met Dr. Amos about 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with DCIS and was referred to UNC by Dr. HUff in High Point. I did not expect the news of another lumpectomy (my third) and another MRI. However, Dr. Amos had such a wonderful bedside manner. He discussed my fears with me and helped with my children’s fears (they were 13 and 9 at the time) as well. When I had my surgery, he even made my mom (who was down from Michigan) feel welcome and part of the team. Please let his family know that we are praying for them during this difficult time. I am cancer free still at this point, but I feel like I lost a pivotal member of my team! May God bless his wife and children.

  310. Belencia Breaux
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I attended Dr. Amos’ memorial service, held this afternoon at Xavier Univeristy, at the invitation of his sister, LaRhonda Jefferson (my linesister). I did not have the pleasure of knowing Dr. Amos. The stories of heartfelt memories shared by his family and friends truly blessed me. I asked myself the question: ‘How could such a young man do so much and touch countless lives in such few years?” The answer came to me in a whisper: “God sent Dr. Amos as a symbol of his eternal love for us. ” LaRhonda, thanks for the invitation. Mrs. Amos and girls, I believe your angel will always be with you.

  311. jacqueline newsome allen
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I met Dr. Amos April , 2012. I had gone to three drs. for
    a problem i was having. i was recommended by one of his
    nurses who is from my home town.He was so kind, polite
    bedside manners out of this world. When i heard about the passing of Dr. Amos the tears came down my eyes.I couldn’t beleive it . He diagnosis my problem after breast
    surgery (Lumpectomy)God Bless you Mrs. Amos and your
    young ladies, May God grace and mercy be with you all

  312. Cindy
    Posted July 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    i was shocked and saddened during my appointment today at UNC when i learned of Dr. Amos’ passing …. today i received wonderful news reguarding my cancer and he played a very important role in all of it and for that i am truely thankful . he answered all questions for myself and my husband and was very helpful in helping us decide what surgery would be best for my situation yet told us that the final choice had to be one that i could be comfortable with…you could tell he LOVED his job and cared about the patients and their families i am thankful that i was blessed to have had him for my surgeon … UNC has lost a GREAT doctor my prayers and thoughts go out to his wife and daughters may God bless and comfort you as your husband/father did for us in our time of need

  313. KJ Parrish
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    From the first, when the diagnosis was made, it was Dr. Amos who personally called me one Thursday evening a year ago January, just two days after the biopsy. His voice was strong yet gentle, his words were clear; even over the phone, this was a doctor who communicated care, knowledge and skill. In further evaluations, the surgery, and follow-up appointments, Dr. Amos always conveyed understanding of his patient, both at the medical level and the personal. Whenever I was at the cancer care center and was asked who my doctor was, I always heard words of praise for him, both by medical professionals and by other patients. Distinct memories of Dr. Amos come from the day of my surgery. I was an early AM patient, prepared for the procedure yet having to wait in the family waiting room before going into pre-op. And who was it who came into the waiting room, looking for me, then personally wheeling me to the next area? My own doctor! My thought then was,”Here is a man who is humble, kind, caring — and efficient!” Later as I was being taken into the OR, a nurse quietly talked with me, saying “Dr. Amos is very careful; he personally makes sure everything is being done the exact right way.” Those kind words gave me a surge of assurance just moments before the surgery. I appreciated every communication with Dr. Amos because he spoke factually, helpfully, kindly, all at the same time. I value his giftedness in relating to his patients and doing all within his power to help us experience and enjoy good health. From the beginning I thanked God for him, and I prayed for him in his life’s work. Now I join others in praising the Lord for his life, his love for his wife and family, his caring heart and healing hands. Such a fine man, such an extraordinary legacy. May his loved ones be blessed in return for all the ways Dr. Amos blessed us.

  314. K.Watson
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Amos was a kind, caring and honest man. He performed my gallbladder surgery even though he was in the Oncology department. After a long day of surgery he took the time to come by and check on me. Something I’ve always deeply appreciated. He was a great doctor! My mother and I were sadden by the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I hope you can find some sort of comfort in reading these experiences with him.

  315. patricia wiley
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    When I was first diagnosed in 2010 with bilateral breast cancer I met Dr. Amos. He was a very kind, patient, loving man who not only loved what he did he cared for his patients as well. He would be telling me what the next procedure would be and I would be looking at him like he was crazy cause I didn’t understand a word he was saying so I would say could you repeat that in English please and he would just smile. We had one thing in common and that was we both loved them Dallas Cowboys. My husband and I are truly saddened. When my husband first met him he asked was he related to those who makes Amos cookies and he just laughed. We will keep you and your daughters in our prayer.

  316. Posted September 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I met Dr. Amos on July 9, 2008 on “breast day” at UNC. It was one of the longest days of my life as I went through the process of meeting all of the doctors who would take care of me. I was so lucky to get Dr Amos as my surgical oncologist! Throughout my visits with other doctors he would show up sporadically to check on me. Little did he know that he would check on me for the next 5 years. My first day at UNC ended at 7:00 and he even walked us through a back door to the parking lot. Surgery would be in 2 weeks. I had stage 2B lobular cancer in the left breast and in situ lobular in the right breast. Dr. Amos did the bilateral mastectomy on July 22, not only did he take care of me but my entire family. He treated me as if I were his only patient and he had all day to console and explain things to me. Never in my life have I had a physician who took time to get to know everything about me, connect with me on Facebook, check on me via FB at 11 pm, give me his cell #, call me on his way home from the hospital at 9 pm and call me on my 50th birthday! Dr. Amos was one of a kind and unfortunately I don’t believe there is a replacement for him. He saw me for 2 years and always said, “I’m still in the car with you but am going to pass you to a new driver now”. I had some unusual circumstances and always ended up back in his office. After 4 years of a recurring seroma/hematoma in the reconstructed breast, Dr. Amos, Dr. Lee and Dr. Kizer finally operated and fixed it forever! Dr. Amos released me the 2nd time on June 11, 2013. We have a great visit. He told me all about the anniversary trip that Ahaji had taken him on and his upcoming month in Scotland. He always gleamed and his eyes lit up like Dallas Cowboy Stars when he talked about Ahaji and his girls. He was so excited about their trip to Scotland. I thanked him for continuing to take such good care of me and gave him a big hug. I had no idea it would be the last hug.

    Not only did Dr. Amos remove the cancer from my body but he encouraged me to get back to the way life was before cancer. He said, “next time I see you, you better be on the tennis court again”. His words got me on the tennis court. My trek with cancer led me to spearhead a local cancer non-profit group. Dr. Amos spoke to a group of doctors at Nash Health Care in Rocky Mount this past spring. Prior to the event, he came to our house to meet some friends and told them about himself and why he was a surgical oncologist, his bus tour of NC, Lineberger, health legislation and more. He made new friends and they all soaked up his compassion for his profession and his patients…quickly understanding my love and admiration for Dr. Amos!

    We were all so fortunate to have him in our lives. He truly was a person that I will strive to be more like in the rest of my years. He was so giving of his talents, time and his heart to everyone. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and his girls. It has taken me months to be able to write on the memorial site so my prayer is that with each passing day God will continue to support Ahaji, the girls, their family and all of Dr. Amos’ co-workers. I am so thankful to have been his patient and friend!
    much love to all,
    cammy hodges

  317. Lisa Carey
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I have conversations with our shared patients every week about how much they felt cared for by Keith, not just operated on. So many of the posts are about Keith as an exceptional person and as an exceptional doctor. All true, and indescribably sad. What many may not realize is that he was also a key part of the research that is going on every day at Carolina, which is how we will learn to take even better care of our patients tomorrow than we do today. Early this year, I had the honor of writing a letter about Keith for the promotions committee, and have included it below.

    “As the Medical Director of the UNC Breast Center, I have found Keith to be universally responsive, thoughtful, and calm even in the most chaotic circumstances. He has taken over leadership of the multidisciplinary conference, and keeps that running smoothly. When in clinic, he is always available for a curbside or to see a patient with an unexpected surgical problem. Even more telling, he is always available to help obtain research tissue samples, and even worked to get an ultrasound machine in the clinic to facilitate research biopsies for others’ research.

    Let me expand on that last point to say clearly that Dr. Amos is one of the most collaborative clinicians I have ever met. He is continually and without fail supportive of the research mission of UNC Lineberger and UNC Cancer Care. He is the chief clinical collaborator for the Normal Breast Study, a high profile examination of tumor microenvironmental subtypes and influence on tumor behavior, led by an epidemiologist, Melissa Troester. While the science is Dr. Troester’s, the Normal Breast Study would not exist were it not for Dr. Amos creating the surgical infrastructure for routine acquisition of tissue adjacent to the tumor during mastectomies, and normal breast tissue during benign breast procedures. He has provided hundreds of these samples over the past couple of years; these tissues will be a gift to the study of microenvironment long into the future. I am the principal investigator of two high-profile UNC-led window trials examining the application of kinome profiling, a technique developed by Gary Johnson, the Chair of Pharmacology, to human breast cancers from women treated with a brief exposure to kinase inhibitors. These trials are dependent upon women agreeing to take these drugs for a few days before surgery and to research biopsies before and a sample of their tumor acquired during surgery. Keith is not only co-PI of the studies, but he helped develop patient educational materials and has enrolled virtually all of the participants. The first trial was initiated in March 2012 and will be completed by March, 2013. We expect to present the data at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meetings in 2013. From the scientific end, these trials involve Dr. Johnson, Chuck Perou, who performs intrinsic subtyping by gene expression array on the tumors, and me as the medical oncologist developing the drug regimens of clinical interest, but they would not have happened without Dr. Amos, who is the linchpin to identifying the patients, enrolling them, and performing the procedures in a way that has allowed high quality fresh tissue for whole kinome analysis.

    Translational science is not possible without clinicians like Keith who help identify the clinical questions, create the infrastructure for collaborative work between scientists and clinicians, and do the work of tissue and data collection and analysis. He is the ultimate supporter of the multidisciplinary model, which usually refers to collaborative structures among different clinical disciplines, but in this case means collaborative models between MDs and PhDs. I cannot be more supportive of this promotion.”

  318. Lisa Charles
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I was at medical school with Keith and am devastated to hear about his death. Keith was an amazing person. Keith I knew you would do something spectacular with your career. I just wish I could have congratulated you in person on your achievements.

  319. Gloria Thornton
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    The world has lost a wonderful, kind human being. I am sad for his family and for all the people that will never receive the gift of knowing him.

    He was the surgeon for my father-in-law whom we ultimately lost to Melanoma. But when all was said and done I found myself sitting down and writing a letter of sincere gratitude to Dr. Amos for all that he had done for us. This man TRULY cared about his patients and their families. This is a great loss to so many.

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