Owen B. Samuels, MD

    Associate Professor

    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery

    Director

    Emory University Neurocritical Care Fellowship Training Program

    Medical Director

    Emory University Division of Neurointensive Care

    Medical Director

    Neuroscience Critical Care and Stroke Units

    Education

    • BA, University of New York at Albany, 1982
    • MD, State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 1992
    • Medical Internship, University of Rochester, 1993
    • Neurology Residency, University of Rochester, 1996
    • Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Fellowship, Emory University, 1997
    • Neurocritical Care & Stroke Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1998

    Biography

    Honors

    • Neurocritical Care Society Distinguished Fellow, 2014
    • Emory Golden Stethoscope Award for Excellence in Healthcare Compliance, 2008
    • Final Nominee for “Healthcare Hero” Award from Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2008
    • ICU Design Citation Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine/American Institute of Architecture /American Academy of Critical Care Nursing, 2007
    • American Academy of Neurology National Resident Teaching Award in Neurology, 1993
    • Excellence in Clinical Teaching, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1993
    • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Rochester, School of Medicine, 1993
    • SUNY at Downstate Academic Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry, 1992
    • SUNY at Albany Presidential Research Award, 1982

    Clinical Focus

    • Acute traumatic brain injury
    • Brain aneurysm
    • Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
    • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    • Raised intracranial pressure
    • Cerebral edema
    • Transient ischemic attacks
    • Head trauma
    • Brain anoxia, vegetative states and brain death

    Society Memberships                    

    • AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular & Trauma Section
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society
    • American Academy of Neurology
    • American Heart Association, Counsel on Stroke
    • Congress of Neurological Surgery
    • Neurocritical Care Society
    • Society of Critical Care Medicine

    Research

    Outcomes research in hemorrhagic stroke, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and cerebral vasospasm. Role of sub-specialized neurocritical care as a systems approach to improved quality and safety for patients. Role of evidenced based ICU design as a healing tool for healthcare delivery. End-of-life ethical and palliative care issues, comatose states, brain death. Neuroprotective strategies for acute brain injury focusing on ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

    Publications

    • Rippin, A, Thompson, B., Haller, W., Miller, K., Zimring, C., Samuels, OB Effects of an evidence-based designed ICU on family presence, participation and satisfaction. Health Environment Research Design Journal, Accepted for publication, 2015. HERD
    • Holland CM, McClure EW, Howard BM, Samuels OB, Barrow DL Inter-hospital Transfer of Neurosurgical Patients to a High Volume Tertiary Care Center:  Opportunities for Process Improvement. 2015. Neurosurgery epub ahead of print
    • Edlow JA1, Samuels, OB, Smith WS, Weingart SD. Emergency neurological life support: subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care 2012 Sep;17 Suppl 1:S47-53.
    • Schutte AJ, Hui F, Obuchowski N, Walkup R, Cawley CM, Barrow DL, Samuels OB. Fifty percent reduction in aneurysmal rerupture rates with epsilon aminocaproic acid: A retrospective review of 454 consecutive patients. Neurocritical Care, 2012
    • Shoukat S, Awak A, Nam DK, Hoskins MH, Samuels O, Higginson J, Clements SD Jr. Cardiomyopathy with Inverted Tako-Tsubo Pattern in the Settings of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Series of Four Cases. Neurocritical Care Feb 20 (Epub ahead of print)
    • Lopez GA. Afshinnik A., Samuels O. Care of the Stroke Patient: Routine Management to Lifesaving Treatment Options. Neurotherapeutics. 8(3): 414-24, 2011
    • Lopez GA. Afshinnik A., Samuels O. Care of the Stroke Patient: Routine Management to Lifesaving Treatment Options. Neurotherapeutics. 8(3): 414-24, 2011
    • Carman J FASLA, Hines, K., Marguerite, K., Samuels, O. The Neurocritical care unit garden at Emory University Hospital. Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture ,2011)
    • Webb A, Samuels OB. Comment. Letter to editor author reply (Reversible brain death after cardiopulmonary arrest and induced hypothermia). Critical Care Medicine. August 2011).
    • Oku S, Ryherd EE, Zimring C, Samuels OB. Soundscape evaluations in two critical healthcare settings with different designs. Journal of the Acoustical Society of American. 130(3):1348-58, 2011

    Book Publications

    • Hemphill, C, Rabinstein, A, Samuels, OB. Practical Update in Neurocritical Care. Neurocritical Care Society, 2015

    Book Chapters

    • Ahmed, W., Webb, A., Samuels, OB. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. In: Fronterra J, Editor. Decision Making in Neurocritical Care, Theme New York, NY, 2014. p. 121-133
    • Webb, A, Samuels, OB. Subarachnoid Hemorrage. In Practice Update in Neurocritical Care. Neurocritical Care Society, 2014
    • Samuels, OB., Barrow, DL,  Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Review. In: Laws E, editor. Comprehensive Neurosurgery Review. Oakstone Publishing, 2014, (DVD format). Estimated published Spring 2014
    • Barrow, DL, Samuels, OB., Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Review. In: Laws E, editor. Comprehensive Neurosurgery Review. Oakstone Publishing, 2012, (DVD format)
    • Barrow, DL, Samuels, OB., Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Review. In: Laws E, editor. Comprehensive Neurosurgery Review. Oakstone Publishing, 2010 (DVD format)
    • Samuels OB,  Mahbub M,  Zimring C. Designing Neuro-ICUs. In: Monitoring in Neurocritical Care. LeRoux, Levine, Kofke, editors. Elsevier 2013 
    • Webb A., Samuels O. Brain Death Dilemmas and the Use of Ancillary Testing. Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology. 18(3): 659-68, 2012
    • Samuels, OB, Zimring, C. Neuroscience ICU Tale: Redesigning the unit to enhance family participation and improve outcome. In: Hamilton K, Shepley M, editors. Design for Critical Care: An Evidence-Based Approach. Oxford: Architectural Press; 2009. p.57-64
    • Samuels, OB, Webb, A. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. In: Fronterra J, Editor. Decision Making in Neurocritical Care, Theme New York, NY, 2007. p. 121-133
    • Samuels OB. Transient Ischemic Attacks. In: Branch W, editor. Office Practice of Medicine, 4th Edition. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2003. Ch. 73 p. 945-956