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Samer S. El-Kamary, MB,ChB, MPH

Academic Title:

Adjunct Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Secondary Appointment(s):

Pediatrics

Location:

Howard Hall 142G

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-2228

Fax:

(410) 706-8013

Education and Training

Education

  • 1983-89: Faculty of Medicine, M.B., B.Ch., Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1994: Faculty of Medicine, Master of Science in Surgery (M.S.), Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 2001: Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Baltimore, Maryland

Post Graduate Education and Clinical Training

  • 1990-91: Alexandria University Hospitals, Internship, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1991-94: Dept. of General Surgery, Residency/General & Pediatric Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1995-98: Department of Pediatrics, Residency/Pediatrics, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • 1998-99: Department of Pediatrics, Chief Resident/Pediatrics, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • 1999-2003: Department of Pediatrics, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship Program, Johns Hopkins University 

Biosketch

Dr. El-Kamary is pediatrician and infectious disease epidemiologist. He has conducted research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly hepatitis infections, with a focus on hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Egypt. He has focused on the incidence, prevalence and risk factors of HCV in pregnant women and their children, and the immune responses that affect vertical transmission and persistence of infection. He also studies infectious diseases in the United States, and has conducted several vaccine and therapeutic clinical trials in the US and Egypt. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

General Pediatrics, Global Health, Epidemiology, Bioethics, Vaccinology

Highlighted Publications

Dr. El-Kamary has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and four book chapters

 

See all of Dr. El-Kamary's publications on PubMed.

Research Interests

Dr. El-Kamary’s research interests are focused on studying the epidemiology and immunology of viral hepatitis infections, particularly in pregnant women and their children. After the introduction of universal hepatitis B vaccination in Egypt, Dr. El-Kamary demosntrated that hepatitis C viral infections (HCV) became the predominant blood borne virus; and that dental care in children was a major risk factor for continued HCV transmission. He also studied the morbidity of acute and chronic hepatitis and conducted clinical trials in Egypt to test allopathic and alternative therapies to alleviate symptoms and treat acute hepatitis infections. In addition to his work on HCV in Egypt, his global health work includes collaborations with several investigators on campus in studies of HIV, poliomyelitis and tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria.

 

As a clinician and vaccinologist, he worked with colleagues at the Center for Vaccine Development on several vaccine trials including a safer small pox vaccine, a norovirus vaccine, and an oral anti-diarrheal vaccine derived from enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.

Clinical Specialty Details

Dr. El-Kamary is a general pediatrician who sees patients three days a week.

Awards and Affiliations

  • 2012    Recipient: Faculty Mentor Award, Epidemiology and Human Genetics Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2014    Recipient, Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Graduate Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2014    Recipient, Medical Student Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Graduate Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2014    Inductee, Delta Omega Honorary Society for Public Health