Professor Amir Sam is Head of Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM). He is a consultant physician and endocrinologist at Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals, and Director of the Charing Cross Campus at Imperial College London.
He graduated from University College London (UCL) with prizes in all preclinical and clinical subjects. During his undergraduate training he received a scholarship to study endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. His postgraduate medical training was in Oxford and London. He completed his PhD in neuroendocrinology as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London.
He has received the Imperial College President's Medal for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award from Health Education North West London. Professor Sam has authored several medical textbooks as well as numerous original research articles. He has led several national educational projects at the Medical Schools Council.
He is the Director of Assessment at ICSM and the Assessment Lead for PCSM. On a National level, he chairs the UK Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) applied knowledge test exam construction group. Professor Sam is the chair of 'London Medicine', which brings together the Heads of all the capital’s medical schools to work collegiately with NHS England and the Office for Students (OfS) on improving the experience of London’s medical students.
Alongside his love for medicine, he is also a celebrated Setar player and has released five albums of his compositions and improvisations.
et al., 2023, The impact of patient skin colour on diagnostic ability and confidence of medical students, Advances in Health Sciences Education, Vol:28, ISSN:1382-4996, Pages:1171-1189
et al., 2021, Is academic attainment or situational judgment test performance in medical school associated with the likelihood of disciplinary action? a national retrospective cohort study, Academic Medicine, Vol:96, ISSN:1040-2446, Pages:1467-1475
Sam AH, Reid MD, Amin A, 2020, High-stakes remote-access open-book examinations, Medical Education, Vol:54, ISSN:0308-0110, Pages:767-768
Sam AH, Millar KR, Lupton MGF, 2020, Digital Clinical Placement for Medical Students in Response to COVID-19, Academic Medicine, Vol:95, ISSN:1040-2446, Pages:1126-1126
et al., 2018, Very-short-answer questions: reliability, discrimination and acceptability, Medical Education, Vol:52, ISSN:0308-0110, Pages:447-455
et al., 2015, Clinical outcomes in patients with nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas managed conservatively, Clinical Endocrinology, Vol:83, ISSN:0300-0664, Pages:861-865
et al., 2015, Circulating pancreatic polypeptide concentrations predict visceral and liver fat content, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Vol:100, ISSN:0021-972X, Pages:1048-1052
et al., 2012, Selective Ablation of Peptide YY Cells in Adult Mice Reveals Their Role in Beta Cell Survival, Gastroenterology, Vol:143, ISSN:0016-5085, Pages:459-468
Sam AH, Beynon HLC, 2010, Wound Botulism., New England Journal of Medicine, Vol:363, ISSN:0028-4793, Pages:2444-2444