Samar Nasser Samar Nasser
Program Director, PhD in Translational Health Sciences Program
CHS-CTR Program Director
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Office Phone: 202-994-1749
Email: Email
Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


Dr. Nasser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at The George Washington University.  For about ten years, Dr. Nasser practiced as a Physician Assistant (PA) in the Hypertension and Vascular Disease Clinic, and Assistant Medical Director of the Recruitment and Clinical Measures Core on a National Institutes of Health Center Grant in Detroit, MI.  During her tenure as a PA, she cared for patients in the out-patient and in-patient settings, as well as those participants in several clinical research trials.  While functioning as a PA, she attended the University of Michigan, School of Public Health and obtained her Master’s of Public Health Degree with a specialization in Epidemiology.  She then pursued a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in 2011 with a concentration in Physiology, as she also has a passion to teach others and a deep appreciation for how the human body maintains homeostasis and understanding human physiologic functions as they relate to preventative health measures, public health, and the translational research field.  Dr. Nasser has co-authored numerous journal articles and several book chapters focusing on cardiovascular disease/hypertension and ethnic disparities. Her expertise is focused upon evaluating the factors impacting racial disparities, specifically cardiovascular, and translating evidence-based methods to curb these effects.


1.  The National Collaborative on Aging, 2012 Faculty Awards Program at George Washington University

Title:  Medicare Providers' Use of Race and Genetics in Medical Practice

Period:  11/2011 through 12/2012

Role:  Co-Principal Investigator

2.  University of Michigan Faculty Award Grant


The Impact of Environment on Social Competence Among Preschoolers with Disabilities 

Role: Principal Investigator

Period:  June 2013 - May 2014


·      The George Washington University, School of Health Sciences Research Day, Oral Presentation Winner, March 28, 2012


Critical Analysis in Clinical Research, CRA 6201

Clinical Trial Investigations, CTR 6205

Quality Improvement in Health Care, HSci 2108

Pathophysiology, HSCI 2102 (Co-teacher)

Centers and Institutes

UM-Dearborn/Oakwood Healthcare Research Partnership
The University of Michigan-Dearborn, 
College of Education, Health, and Human Services


  • Clinical and Translational Research
  • Clinical Management and Leadership
  • Clinical Research Administration
  • Core Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • Translational Health Sciences

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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