Imperial College London

Professor Amir H Sam

Faculty of MedicineFaculty of Medicine Centre

Head of Imperial College School of Medicine, Professor







148Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





Professor Amir Sam is Head of the School of Medicine at Imperial. 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 gained a First Class Honours BSc in Neuroscience from University College London (UCL) before completing his medical training 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 earned his PhD in neuroendocrinology as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial.

He has received the Imperial 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 UK 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.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Dodd RV, Rafi D, Stackhouse AA, 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

Sam AH, Bala L, Westacott RJ, 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

Sam AH, Field SM, Collares CF, et al., 2018, Very-short-answer questions: reliability, discrimination and acceptability, Medical Education, Vol:52, ISSN:0308-0110, Pages:447-455

Sam AH, Shah S, Saleh K, et al., 2015, Clinical outcomes in patients with nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas managed conservatively, Clinical Endocrinology, Vol:83, ISSN:0300-0664, Pages:861-865

Sam AH, Sleeth ML, Thomas EL, 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

Sam AH, Gunner DJ, King A, 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

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