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.
In addition to being Board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 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, directing the academic lecture series for residents as well as grand rounds and journal clubs. He sits on the department’s residency program committee. He is a fellowship preceptor - the department’s rhinology fellowship. In addition, he directs and teaches a yearly Facial Plastic Surgery cadaver dissection course and a yearly Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Cadaver course. Dr. Samaha’s involvement in teaching also includes 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 for the years 2005-2006 and 2010-2011.
Additional national and international involvement includes being an associate editor for the Journal of Laryngology and Otology (UK), and a reviewer for several peer-review journals. Dr. Samaha served a term on the executive of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology as electronic media editor. He has been an invited speaker at several international meetings and continues his involvement in presenting and holding workshops at local and national meetings. He has authored two teaching DVDs, one on advanced techniques in endoscopic surgery of the sinuses and skull base and the other on facial plastic surgery, which have become widely used as a guide and learning resource by Otolaryngologists across Quebec.
Dr. Samaha’s research interests include technical innovations in facial plastic surgery, outcomes and satisfaction measures in facial plastic surgery as well as a number of nasal and sinus disorders. He serves on the department’s research committee.
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