“I have always considered my practice of medicine a true privilege. Developing meaningful relationships with patients over years and the challenge of applying the science and art of medicine are what drew me to my specialty of Family Medicine, and what keeps me excited about my practice every day. My plan to practice Family Medicine was present from my first day of Medical School and I have never been disappointed by my choice. Over the years I have learned that taking care of patients is really a partnership which bonds the doctor and patient and gives the relationship meaning.”

Board Certification

  • Family Medicine

Education

Residency

Virginia Beach General Hospital
Family Medicine
Virginia Beach, VA
1985

Internship

Riverside Regional Medical Center
Rotating Internship in Family Medicine
Newport News, VA
1983

Medical School

University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
1982

Undergraduate School

Salisbury University
Biology
Salisbury, MD
1978

Professional Associations

American Academy of Family Physicians
1982 – Present

Academic Appointments

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
1987 – 1989

Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi
Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society
1978

Personal Interests

Dr. Samaras enjoys to travel and have visited all 50 of the United States. He has especially enjoyed exploring with his family, with whom he has had the privilege to visit Italy, Greece, Ireland and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. His favorite trip mementos are characteristic rocks from his destinations. He enjoys staying active and tries to practice what he preaches by exercising daily. Dr. Samaras has enjoyed gardening ever since receiving his first garden plot in his grandparents back yard. He is especially intrigued by tending to exotic plants and growing unusual plants from seed.

Biography

Having received his B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Samaras completed his Rotating Internship at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA. He went on to continue his training by completing two years of Family Practice Residency Training at First Colonial Family Practice Residency Training Program of the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Samaras joined First Colonial Family Practice as an associate in 1993. He enjoys fishing, reading, gardening and growing exotic plants from seed! He is Certified by the American Board of Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Service work

Medical Brigade of the University of Virginia
Medical Mission
Las Delicias, Honduras, January 2012
Dr. Samaras provided Medical Care to local villagers at a makeshift clinic in the local rustic church with the engaged assistance of UVA student, including my daughter, who I accompanied. The most impactful medical intervention which we were able to provide was the distribution of anti-parasitic medication to help combat the endemic parasite condition suffered by most of the villagers.
This was a challenging and rewarding experience which I hope to repeat.