Dr. Samras completed his undergraduate education at Duke University, earning a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering. After graduating, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Malawi, teaching English, math, and science at a high school in Manyamula, a remote village in the northern part of the country. During his Peace Corps deployment, he also worked on a number of HIV/AIDS prevention projects and was an active member of the Gender and Development committee, which organized gender equality projects throughout the country.
After completing his two-year commitment with the Peace Corps, Dr. Samras stayed in Malawi for another two years, working with various non-governmental organizations, including as a Program Manager for the United Nations World Food Programme in Lilongwe. During this time, he was involved in many community health projects, including a nationwide medical program to distribute and administer deworming medications to primary school students. Because of these experiences, he became interested in a career in medicine and returned to the United States to attend Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and, later, completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program at Georgetown University.
Since 2015, he has been researching and implementing sustainable interventions in Nicaragua that aim to improve the country’s health care capabilities. According to Dr. Samras, “Many students at UCLA are very interested in all aspects of global health – the need for building partnerships, the importance of sustainability, the essential role of research in all projects, and the ethics and larger role of global health- and I am happy to be a part of this academic international developmental work.”
Dr. Samras can be reached at NSamras@mednet.ucla.edu.