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Dr. Sarjoo “Sam” Bhagia, a physiatrist with OrthoCarolina's Spine Center, passed away August 10, 2016 after a brief illness. Dr. Bhagia was adored and respected by his teammates, peers, patients and friends, and his easygoing nature and laughter were an innate part of who he was both as a person and a physician.

Joining OrthoCarolina (formerly the Miller Orthopedic Clinic) in the fall of 2003, Dr. Bhagia was involved in community teaching, orthopedic research, and service projects. One of his proudest accomplishments was the Physiatry Fellowship at OrthoCarolina, which will be a legacy he leaves behind at OrthoCarolina. Dr. Bhagia belonged to many professional associations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, North American Spine Society, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, and many others, and was very involved in the Indian community.

One of his staff's favorite memories is playing Secret Santa during the holidays when Dr. Bhagia was "lucky enough to pick the hairpiece and mustache", which he graciously and humorously wore.

A talented and beloved physician, Sam Bhagia touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by his OrthoCarolina family.


September 04, 2018

So very sad to hear of Dr Bhagia's passing. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. Dr Bhagia treated me for years and was by far the most skilled, kind, humorous and caring Dr's that I ever had.
- Angela D Loftis

January 24, 2017

So sad to read just now of the death of Dr. Bhagia. He was well liked by my family. He helped me, my husband and my mother. He did have a wonderful manner and sense of humor. Sympathy and prayers to Dr. Bhagia's family and to his friends at OrthoCarolina.
- Sheila Alba

October 03, 2016

Dr Bhagia was a wonderful doctor. He always was friendly and professional. He will be missed. Prayers to the family and staff as well.
- Joel S