January 9, 2012

Benjamin Siu, doctor at Cook Children's Medical Center, dies at 51

The pediatric cardiologist died after falling off his bicycle near South Z. Boaz Park in far southwest Fort Worth.

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FORT WORTH -- When Dr. Benjamin Siu saw patients at Cook Children's Medical Center, visits began and ended with hugs, handshakes and prayers.

In between, "Dr. Siu would patiently go through what he had seen in the tests. He wouldn't bombard you with mumbo jumbo," said David Faulk, whose son Jonathan, now 3, was born with three chambers in his heart.

Dr. Siu, a pediatric cardiologist, died Jan. 3 after falling off his bicycle as he rode near South Z. Boaz Park in far southwest Fort Worth. He was 51.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office found that Dr. Siu died of anoxic brain injury caused by a broken neck.

He was in good health but had an irregular heart rhythm, which might have caused his fall, his wife, Beth Siu, said. "Biking was a huge passion for my husband," she said. "We would often take outings on our bikes."

Benjamin Lawrence Siu was born April 6, 1960, to Wai-Pun and Yan-Oi Siu in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

At age 17, he went to Hawaii and later got his medical training at the University of Hawaii. Beth Siu said she and her husband met and married in Boston while he was on a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Harvard.

They moved to West Virginia and Houston before coming to Fort Worth five years ago. "We planned to stay here permanently. He loved his work at Cook," she said.

Dr. Siu traveled to Ethiopia with a team from Cook Children's to help treat children in Addis Ababa.

He was also an accomplished musician and could play any instrument with little effort, she said. He played upright bass in the orchestra at Christ Chapel Bible Church, she said.

Dr. Vincent Tam, who is director of cardiothoracic surgery at Cook Children's and also went on the Ethiopia mission, said Dr. Siu was very meticulous when he talked to families.

"He is very compassionate and detail-oriented. He would go to great lengths to help his patients," Tam said.

The Rev. Bill Egner, executive pastor of Christ Chapel Bible Church, said Dr. Siu was devoted to God and his family and loved treating children.

Other survivors include sons Nate Siu and Eli Siu, brothers Joseph Siu and Darrell Siu and a sister, Sharon Ko.

Elizabeth Campbell,


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