Flora Sam, MD

Professor, Medicine

Flora Sam
(617) 638-8060
88 E. Newton St Newton Pavilion


Dr. Sam is a clinical heart failure cardiologist and a physician-scientist. She is translational researcher and is 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.

all of which are directed to novel pathways to provide therapeutic insights into drug development

Other Positions

  • Active Staff Hospital Privileges, Medicine, Boston Medical Center


  • University of the Witwatersrand, MD


  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Valero-Muñoz M, Li S, Wilson RM, Hulsmans M, Aprahamian T, Fuster JJ, Nahrendorf M, Scherer PE, Sam F. Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction Induces Beiging in Adipose Tissue. Circ Heart Fail. 2016 Jan; 9(1):e002724. PMID: 26721917.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/11/2015

    Connors LH, Sam F, Skinner M, Salinaro F, Sun F, Ruberg FL, Berk JL, Seldin DC. Heart Failure Resulting From Age-Related Cardiac Amyloid Disease Associated With Wild-Type Transthyretin: A Prospective, Observational Cohort Study. Circulation. 2016 Jan 19; 133(3):282-90. PMID: 26660282.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/21/2015

    Hulsmans M, Sam F, Nahrendorf M. Monocyte and macrophage contributions to cardiac remodeling. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2016 Apr; 93:149-55. PMID: 26593722.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/20/2015

    Lindsey ML, Mayr M, Gomes AV, Delles C, Arrell DK, Murphy AM, Lange RA, Costello CE, Jin YF, Laskowitz DT, Sam F, Terzic A, Van Eyk J, Srinivas PR. Transformative Impact of Proteomics on Cardiovascular Health and Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2015 Sep 1; 132(9):852-72. PMID: 26195497.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/22/2015

    Tahir U, Sam F. Withdrawal of heart failure medications in peripartum cardiomyopathy after myocardial recovery. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Jul 1; 190:212-3. PMID: 25920029.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/24/2015

    Tahir U, Doros G, Sam F. Delayed myocardial recovery in peripartum cardiomyopathy. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Apr 1; 184:310-2. PMID: 25731846.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/15/2014

    Brogan A, Ding Y, Pimentel DR, Sam F. Non-invasive imaging for cardiac amyloidosis - delaying the obvious? Int J Cardiol. 2014 Dec 15; 177(2):e87-9. PMID: 25456697.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/22/2014

    Tanaka K, Wilson RM, Essick EE, Duffen JL, Scherer PE, Ouchi N, Sam F. Effects of adiponectin on calcium-handling proteins in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Circ Heart Fail. 2014 Nov; 7(6):976-85. PMID: 25149095.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/23/2013

    Quiroz R, Doros G, Shaw P, Liang CS, Gauthier DF, Sam F. Comparison of characteristics and outcomes of patients with heart failure preserved ejection fraction versus reduced left ventricular ejection fraction in an urban cohort. Am J Cardiol. 2014 Feb 15; 113(4):691-6. PMID: 24484862.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/19/2013

    Essick EE, Wilson RM, Pimentel DR, Shimano M, Baid S, Ouchi N, Sam F. Adiponectin modulates oxidative stress-induced autophagy in cardiomyocytes. PLoS One. 2013; 8(7):e68697. PMID: 23894332.

    Read at: PubMed

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