A Vanderbilt-trained physician. Dr. Samaan has been practicing cardiology in Plano, a community in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, since 1995. She is a Physician Partner at the Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas, where she has served as the Co-Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Institute, and practices at Legacy Heart Center. Dr. Samaan is board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology
Dr. Samaan has been named as a “Texas Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly magazine for the past seven years. “Texas Super Doctors” are chosen through a poll of doctors and nurses across the state as well as through independent research. In 2006, Dr. Samaan was honored by being profiled in a book called “Medicine Men,” about notable Texas doctors
In her practice Dr. Samaan cares for patients with the full spectrum of cardiovascular disease, ranging from preventive and integrative cardiac care to congestive heart failure and complicated valvular heart disease. Dr. Samaan also works with pregnant women who suffer from heart murmurs, arrhythmias and high blood pressure during their pregnancies.
Dr. Samaan’s book, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After it Starts, was published in July 2012. This book addresses heart disease prevention for both men and women, with a focus on a heart smart lifestyle. She also co-authored The DASH Diet for Dummies, a book based on the #1 rated diet to help lower blood pressure and improve heart health.
Dr. Samaan became interested in cardiology, “from the first time I set foot in a cardiac care unit as a medical student,” she explains. “I have been fascinated with the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. I enjoy the immediacy and critical care aspects of hospital-based cardiology, but over time have realized that the most important thing that I do is prevention. I especially appreciate my long-term relationships with my patients, and the collaborative aspects of being involved with a group of high-quality cardiologists. ”
A frequent speaker to patient and professional groups on lipid disorders and other cardiac-related topics such as nutrition, hypertension and women and heart disease, Dr. Samaan has also served as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
She is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology and American College of Physicians.
Dr. Samaan received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and her MD degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She served her residency in internal medicine at the University of California in Irvine and completed her fellowship in cardiology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she also served on the medical school faculty.
Dr. Samaan practices yoga and classical Pilates, runs, hikes, and rides horses. She enjoys training and competing in the equestrian sport of dressage.
Opinions presented are those of Dr. Samaan, and not of HealthTexas Provider Network, Baylor Health Care System, or its controlled affiliates.