Prof. Louis Samuels, MD
Dr. Samuels received his Undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester (New York) in 1983, receiving Highest Distinction from the Department of Anthropology. He went on to receive his Medical Degree from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and was awarded membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society. He continued his post-graduate training in Philadelphia, completing his General and Cardiothoracic Surgery residencies in 1995, receiving the Resident Teaching and Resident Scholar awards respectively. He joined the faculty of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hahnemann University and became the Director of the Artificial Heart and Transplantation Program in 1999. In 2001, Dr. Samuels and his team performed the world’s fifth totally implantable electric artificial heart—the AbioCor™.
In 2003, Dr. Samuels was appointed the Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support of the Main Line Health System in suburban Philadelphia, establishing Destination Therapy and ECMO programs for the region. In 2012, Dr. Samuels joined Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine (Philadelphia) and currently serves as a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Samuels has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, serves as a reviewer for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, participates as a clinical events committee member on multiple trials, and continues to maintain a busy clinical practice. In addition to his expertise in Surgical Heart Failure—both acute and chronic—Dr. Samuels has taken interest in Beating Heart Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and is analyzing data to determine its role and efficacy.