Dr. Samaan is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and a staff physician at McMaster Children's Hospital.
Dr. Samaan completed his training in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He pursued postdoctoral fellowship laboratory research training as an international research scholar at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, USA and at the Program in Cell Biology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Samaan’s clinical care roles include the leadership of the Pediatric & Adolescent Type 2 Diabetes Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. This program provides comprehensive care for children and youth with type 2 diabetes in an interdisciplinary setting. He also provides specialized tertiary care for children with obesity who have complex medical needs.
Dr. Samaan runs a comprehensive clinic for children and youth with type 1 diabetes, and cares for patients with other endocrine disorders including pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, growth and pubertal disorders.
Dr. Samaan’s research focus is on understanding the determinants of metabolic health in children. The goal of this research program is to determine who is at risk of developing diabetes, and to design interventions that will help children manage their diabetes and improve their outcomes. The other dimension of this research program is to excel in knowledge translation through the interpretation of current evidence regarding the environmental and biopsychosocial drivers of diabetes.
Dr. Samaan's research is frequently published in peer-reviewed publications in leading journals. A comprehensive list of publications is available on Google Scholar.
Teaching & Mentorship
Dr. Samaan is a passionate educator and mentor, and has worked with many students at undergraduate and graduate levels in both clinical and research fields. He continues to mentor pediatric residents and endocrinology fellows in both clinical care and research settings. His passion for education also extends to teaching other health professionals, patients and the public about pediatric diabetes.