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Attending Physician, Pediatric Primary Care Center, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Associate Director, Clinical Integration, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


Dr. Samaan's main focus is in the area of primary care redesign. She is involved in collaboration with other primary care leaders in redesigning the system of care delivery to improve health promotion and prevention, access to medical care, outcomes for children with chronic disease, and patient and family experience, while decreasing the cost of care at a population level. Her role focuses on improving primary care preventive service delivery to the patient population she serves and she co-leads the Thrive By Five improvement initiative, a SP2020 Community Health Pillar goal, that aims at ensuring all five-year-olds have a healthy body and mind at kindergarten entry.

Additional Languages


Clinical Interests

General pediatrics primary care

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


General and Community Pediatrics, General and Community Pediatrics, Primary Care

My Locations

My Education

MD: Damascus University, School of Medicine. Damascus, Syria, 1985.

Residency: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1993.

My Publications

Kercsmar C, Beck A, Sauers-Ford H, Simmons J, Wiener B, Crosby L, Wade-Murphy S, Schoettker P, Chundi P, Samaan Z, Mansour M. Improving Asthma Care by Building Bridges Across Inpatient, Outpatient, and Community Settings. JAMA Pediatrics. 2018.

Warrick S, Morehous J, Samaan ZM, Mansour M, Huentelman T, Schoettker PJ, Iyer S. Walk-in Model for Ill Care in an Urban Academic Pediatric Clinic. Academic Pediatrics. 2017.

Real FJ, DeBlasio D, Beck AF, Ollberding NJ, Davis D, Cruse B, Samaan Z, McLinden D, Klein MD. A Virtual Reality Curriculum for Pediatric Residents Decreases Rates of Influenza Refusal. Academic Pediatrics. 2017;(17)5.

Goyal NK, Hall ES, Kahn RS, Wexelblatt SL, Greenberg JM, Samaan ZM, Brown CM. Care Coordination Associated with Improved Timing of Newborn Primary Care Visits. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016.

Brown CM, Beck AF, Steuerwald W, Alexander E, Samaan ZM, Kahn RS, Mansour M. Narrowing Care Gaps for Early Language Delay: A Quality Improvement Study. Clinical Pediatrics. 2015.

Samaan ZM, Brown CM, Morehous J, Perkins AA, Kahn RS, Mansour ME. Implementation of a Preventive Services Bundle in Academic Pediatric Primary Care Centers. Pediatrics. 2016;137:1.

Brown CM, Samaan ZM, Morehous JF, Perkins AA, Kahn RS, Mansour ME. Development of a Bundle Measure for Preventive Service Delivery to Infants in Primary Care. The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015;21(4):642-8. 

Baker RC, Klein M, Samaan Z, Lewis K. Effectiveness of an online pediatric primary care curriculum. Acad Pediatr. 2010 Mar-Apr;10(2):131-7.

Samaan ZM, Klein MD, Mansour ME, DeWitt TG. The impact of the electronic health record on an academic pediatric primary care center. J Ambul Care Manage. 2009 Jul-Sep;32(3):180-7.

Baker RC, Klein M, Samaan Z, Brinkman W.  Exam room presentations and teaching in outpatient pediatrics: Effects on visit duration and parent, attending physician, and resident perceptions. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2007; 7(5):354-359.