Dr. Albert D. Sam II from Baton Rouge
Dr. Sam is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana who attended Brother Martin High School, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from the Duke University School of Medicine, he completed a general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At UIC, Dr. Sam received a Master of Science degree in Surgery from the UIC graduate college where his thesis directly resulted in a new drug use patent for the treatment of sepsis.
After completing a fellowship in vascular and endovascular Surgery at the Feinberg Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, he joined the Vascular Specialty Center in Baton Rouge in 2003 where he served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Baton Rouge General Hospital from 2007 – 2012.
In addition to becoming one of the first physicians nationally to be board-certified in general surgery, vascular surgery, and encovascular medicine; while there, he served as principal investigator for several national and international vascular clinical trials, including the largest and only NIH-sponsored stroke prevention trial (CREST) – which results have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2010, he received an executive Master of Medical Management degree from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine – Department of Health Systems Management.
Authoring numerous manuscripts in both local and national scientific journals, his clinical, research and advocacy efforts resulted in his appointment as a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.
Dr. Sam has received numerous awards, including selection by the Baton Rouge Business Report as a 2006 “40 Under 40″ award recipient. He is a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Program and in addition to the Board of Regents, serves on the board of directors for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), the River City Jazz Coalition of the Fine Arts Council, and WRKF (NPR).