Dr. Samaha completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University, and went on to earn his medical degree with Honors from Queen’s University in Ontario in 1996. He then returned to Montreal for his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery at McGill University, which he finished in 2001. During his residency, Dr. Samaha also earned a Master of Science (MSc) degree. Following residency, he underwent fellowship training at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Rhinology (Nasal and Sinus surgery). After joining the faculty in 2002, Dr. Samaha obtained additional training in Facial Plastic surgery.
Board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in both Canada and the United States, Dr. Samaha also earned certification by the American Board Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, becoming double board certified in two specialties.
Dr. Samaha is very involved in the department’s teaching program. Residents complete their facial plastic surgery rotation in his surgical center. In addition, he directs and teaches the yearly McGill Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery course, which is the principal Canadian course in the specialty, grouping faculty from all Canadian programs, and an audience of residents and practicing physicians from across Canada and internationally. His additional teachings activities include lectures, clinical teaching and supervising resident research projects. He was awarded the “Best Teacher Award” for excellence in teaching in the McGill Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This award, voted on by the residents of the department, was awarded twice to Dr. Samaha.
Dr. Samaha takes part in humanitarian surgical missions to Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Myanmar) and the West Indies twice yearly, performing reconstructive surgery and teaching local surgeons and residents.
He serves on the board of the Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as the Secretary and Treasurer; has served on the executive of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology in different positions and has also been associate editor of the Journal of Laryngology and Otology (UK) since 2008.
Dr. Samaha is regularly invited speaker at several international meetings and continues his involvement in presenting and holding workshops at local and national meetings. He has authored teaching videos on advanced surgical techniques which have become widely used as a guide and learning resource by residents and practicing surgeons.
His clinical and surgical activities take place at his surgical center and consist of rhinoplasty and rejuvenation surgery (Facelift, Forehead lift, Blepharoplasty, Neck lift), along with various other procedures (chin implants, lip lifts, etc.) and non-surgical treatments, such as Botox and skin fillers. His research interests include technical innovations in facial plastic surgery, outcomes and satisfaction measures in facial plastic surgery.
For more information about Dr. Samaha's work please visit his website www.montrealfacialsurgey.com