Owen B. Samuels, MD

    Professor

    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery

    Professor

    Emory University Department of Neurology

    Director

    Division Neuroscience Critical Care & Stroke

    Director

    Emory University Hospital Neurocritical Care Units

    Co- Director

    Neurocritical Care Fellowship

    Chair

    UCNS Neurocritical Care Fellowship

    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

    • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    • Outcomes
    • Vasospasm
    • Disorders of consciousness
    • 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