Flora Sam, MD

Professor, Medicine

Flora Sam
88 E. Newton St Newton Pavilion


Dr. Sam is the present Director, ad interim, of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute. She is an advanced heart failure clinical cardiologist and a physician-scientist. She is a translational researcher and the PI of her NIH funded lab. She is an expert in cardiac myocyte biology and in mechanisms of myocardial remodeling in cardiomyopathy, both in humans and animal models. She is a recognized expert in “heart failure with preserved ejection fraction” (HFpEF) /diastolic heart failure and “heart failure with reduced ejection fraction” (HFrEF)/systolic heart failure and cardiomyopathies.

The Sam lab is focused on three major areas of investigation:
1) Pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic mechanisms that mediate cardiac remodeling in heart failure, cardiac hypertrophy and hypertension.
2) Investigating the relationship between matrix markers and heart failure in humans with cardiac amyloid and scleroderma.
3) Investigating cross talk between adipocyte-derived factors, myokines and cardiokines in heart failure.

Other Positions

  • Member, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of the Witwatersrand, MD


  • Published on 7/15/2020

    Valero-Muñoz M, Wilson RM, Bretón-Romero R, Croteau D, Seldin DC, Sam F. Doxycycline decreases amyloidogenic light chain-induced autophagy in isolated primary cardiac myocytes. Int J Cardiol. 2020 Jul 15. PMID: 32682005.

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  • Published on 3/23/2020

    Shah SJ, Borlaug BA, Kitzman DW, McCulloch AD, Blaxall BC, Agarwal R, Chirinos JA, Collins S, Deo RC, Gladwin MT, Granzier H, Hummel SL, Kass DA, Redfield MM, Sam F, Wang TJ, Desvigne-Nickens P, Adhikari BB. Research Priorities for Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Working Group Summary. Circulation. 2020 Mar 24; 141(12):1001-1026. PMID: 32202936.

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  • Published on 8/24/2019

    Butt SA, Jeppesen JL, Torp-Pedersen C, Sam F, Gislason GH, Jacobsen S, Andersson C. Cardiovascular Manifestations of Systemic Sclerosis: A Danish Nationwide Cohort Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 09 03; 8(17):e013405. PMID: 31446827.

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  • Published on 8/2/2019

    Oh A, Okazaki R, Sam F, Valero-Muñoz M. Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction and Adipose Tissue: A Story of Two Tales. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2019; 6:110. PMID: 31428620.

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  • Published on 6/12/2019

    Tahir UA, Doros G, Kim JS, Connors LH, Seldin DC, Sam F. Predictors of Mortality in Light Chain Cardiac Amyloidosis with Heart Failure. Sci Rep. 2019 06 12; 9(1):8552. PMID: 31189919.

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  • Published on 4/9/2019

    Yunis A, Doros G, Luptak I, Connors LH, Sam F. Use of Ventilatory Efficiency Slope as a Marker for Increased Mortality in Wild-Type Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis. Am J Cardiol. 2019 07 01; 124(1):122-130. PMID: 31053293.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Valero-Muñoz M, Sam F. Reply: Diet-Induced Obesity HFpEF Murine Models. JACC Basic Transl Sci. 2018 Feb; 3(1):158-159. PMID: 30062201.

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  • Published on 1/16/2018

    Hulsmans M, Sager HB, Roh JD, Valero-Muñoz M, Houstis NE, Iwamoto Y, Sun Y, Wilson RM, Wojtkiewicz G, Tricot B, Osborne MT, Hung J, Vinegoni C, Naxerova K, Sosnovik DE, Zile MR, Bradshaw AD, Liao R, Tawakol A, Weissleder R, Rosenzweig A, Swirski FK, Sam F, Nahrendorf M. Cardiac macrophages promote diastolic dysfunction. J Exp Med. 2018 02 05; 215(2):423-440. PMID: 29339450.

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  • Published on 12/25/2017

    Pimental DR, Sam F. Is Protein Kinase C Inhibition the Tip of the Iceberg in New Therapeutics for Acutely Decompensated Heart Failure? JACC Basic Transl Sci. 2017 Dec; 2(6):684-687. PMID: 30069551.

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  • Published on 12/25/2017

    Valero-Muñoz M, Backman W, Sam F. Murine Models of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: a "Fishing Expedition". JACC Basic Transl Sci. 2017 Dec; 2(6):770-789. PMID: 29333506.

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