A Tribute to Our Dear Friend and Board President Dr. Armando Samaniego

To our Urgent Care community:

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we share that our leader, UCA Board President, Dr. Armando Samaniego, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2022. We are heartbroken and shocked by this sudden and unexpected loss.


Armando was selfless, generous, extremely caring, and a true advocate for the Urgent Care community. He was an active member of UCA for many years, a founding member of the California chapter of UCA, was elected to the UCA board in 2019, served as President-Elect in 2021 and rose to the Presidency at our Convention three weeks ago. He was deeply committed to the creation, launch and activities of UCA’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


Armando earned his MD in Emergency Medicine from Harvard Medical School and his MBA at Paul Merage School of Business in Irvine, CA and spent the next 25 years in some of California’s best and busiest emergency departments as well as holding several leadership roles in hospitals and his medical group. His experience in these facilities led him to found STAT MED Urgent Care, taking care of patients in the East San Francisco Bay communities of Brentwood, Concord, Livermore and Lafayette. His mission was to provide top quality immediate care alongside an outstanding patient experience – for every single person, every single day.


Armando was active in his community as a Boy Scout leader for over 10 years, volunteered as a team physician for local high schools and was a premed college advisor at St. Mary’s College.


He was deeply committed to his family, and with his wife Lissett, raised three boys who now serve their own communities - one as a firefighter, and two in the US Navy. His first grandchild is due this month.


The shocking loss of Dr. Samaniego is felt deeply throughout UCA, CalUCA, CUCM, and the larger Urgent Care community. He leaves a legacy of kindness, thoughtfulness and commitment to excellence that will continue to inspire all of us who provide urgent care, and who had the pleasure and honor of knowing him.


Would you like to share your memories and/or photos of Dr. Samaniego?

Please feel free to submit photos or your written memories to twindley@ucaoa.org.

In Loving Memory

I was shocked to hear that Dr Samaniego passed away last month. I first met him when he and a colleague came up to me after my presentation on cultural humility at the convention in Las Vegas this year. His excitement was contagious; his energy, palpable. He made me feel valued and in a position to bring about positive change, not just in our specialty but in the world. I am very sad I was not able to get to know him better or work with him this year... 

- Benjamin Silverberg, MD, MSc, FAAFP, FCUCM


My heart is broken. I still cannot believe this happened. He will be terribly missed in our community and urgent care family.

- Frances

A Tribute to Dr. Armando Samaniego

STAT MED Founder and Chief Medical Officer – our Beloved “Dr. Sam”


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An oasis of urgent care between Berkeley and Walnut Creek

Jan 29, 2014 

A month ago Dr. Armando Samaniego and his partners opened the first Lamorinda urgent care facility in Lafayette, Stat Med.


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- Submitted and written by Sophie Braccini

One of the kindest, thoughtful and most caring human beings I’ve ever met. He loved and was so proud of his family - I will miss hearing his stories. UCA is better because of Armando’s involvement. He will be deeply missed.

- Steve