Flora Sam, MD

Professor, Medicine

Flora Sam
617.638.8060
88 E. Newton St Newton Pavilion

Biography

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

Education

  • University of the Witwatersrand, MD

Publications

  • 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 Feb 05; 215(2):423-440. PMID: 29339450.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/1/2016

    Valero-Munoz M, Li S, Wilson RM, Boldbaatar B, Iglarz M, Sam F. Dual Endothelin-A/Endothelin-B Receptor Blockade and Cardiac Remodeling in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction. Circ Heart Fail. 2016 Nov; 9(11). PMID: 27810862.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/27/2016

    Tanaka K, Valero-Muñoz M, Wilson RM, Essick EE, Fowler CT, Nakamura K, van den Hoff M, Ouchi N, Sam F. Follistatin like 1 Regulates Hypertrophy in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction. JACC Basic Transl Sci. 2016 Jun; 1(4):207-221. PMID: 27430031.

    Read at: PubMed
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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