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Fares Samra, M.D.
Integrated Plastic Surgery Resident

 
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Office:
Department of Surgery
4 Maloney
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Administrative Telephone: 215-662-6156

Contact Information (internal use only)

Fares.Samra@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Dr. Samra is one of the chief residents in the integrated plastic surgery program at Penn – the premier plastic surgery training program in the country. Prior to joining Penn Plastic Surgery, Dr. Samra earned his undergraduate degree from Penn and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Samra’s primary reconstructive interests are focused on microvascular techniques for restoring post-oncologic and post-traumatic defects. As such, he will be pursuing additional fellowship training in microsurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after completion of his residency.

Dr. Samra also offers a broad range of cosmetic surgical services through the chief resident’s clinic. He has a particular interest in breast and facial aesthetics -  including breast augmentation, breast lift, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and facelifts.

 
Appointments
2017 - present Instructor in Surgery
 
2012 - 2017 Assistant Instructor in Surgery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Education/Training
2008 - 2012  MD – Medical Education
New York University School of Medicine
New York, New York
 
2004 - 2008   BA – Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Summa Cum Laude
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
 
 
 
Memberships/Societies
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Research
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Publications
Peer Reviewed Publications
  1. Samra F, Bibbo C, Levin LS, Kovach SJ. A Practical Guide to the use of the Anterolateral Thigh Flap. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: Essential Surgical Techniques. [Accepted for publication: In Press]. 
  2. Chu MW, Samra F, Kanchwala SK, Momeni A. Treatment Options for Bilateral Autologous Breast Reconstruction in Patients with Inadequate Donor-Site Volume. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. 2017 Jun;33(5):305-311.
  3. Chang BL, Wilson AJ, Samra F, Konieczny T, Percec I, Lanning M, Friedman C, Jackson O.  Quantifying pediatric facial palsy: Using digital image correlation to objectively characterize pediatric facial symmetry. Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal. [Accepted for publication: In press].
  4. Ligh CA, Swanson J, Yu JW, Samra F, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA. A Morphological Classification Scheme for the Mandibular Hypoplasia in Treacher Collins Syndrome. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2017 May;28(3):683-687
  5. Bauder AR, Samra F, Wes AM, Kovach SJ, Kanchwala SK, Serletti JM, Wu LC. Autologous Breast Reconstruction in the Post-Bariatric Patient Population. Microsurgery. 2017 May 3 (Epub ahead of print)
  6. Samra F, Bauder AR, Swanson JW, Whitaker LA, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA. Assessing the Midface in Muenke Syndrome: A Cephalometric Analysis and Review of the Literature. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery. 2016 Sep;69(9):1285-90.
  7. Swanson JW, Samra F, Bauder A, Mitchell BT, Taylor JA, Bartlett SP. An Algorithm for Managing Syndromic Craniosynostosis Using Posterior Vault Distraction Osteogenesis. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2016 May;137(5):829e-41e
  8. Samra F, Paliga JT, Whitaker LA, Bartlett SP, Forbes BJ, Taylor JA. The Prevalence of Strabismus in Unilateral Coronal Synostosis. Child’s Nervous System. 2015 April; 31(4):589-96.
  9. Alperovich M, Tanna N, Samra F, Blechman KM, Shapiro RL, Guth AA, Axelrod DM, Choi M, Karp NS. Nipple-sparing mastectomy in patients with a history of reduction mammaplasty or mastopexy: how safe is it? Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013 May;131 (5):962-7.
  10. Samra S; Samra F, Liu YJ, Sawh-Martinez R; Persing JA. Optimal Placement of a Brachioplasty Scar: A Survey Evaluation. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2013 Oct;71 (4):329-32.
  11. Weichman KE, Wilson SC, Samra F, Reavey P, Sharma S, Haddock NT. Treatment and outcomes of fingertip injuries at a large metropolitan public hospital. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013 Jan;131(1):107-12.
  12. Samra F, Greives MR, Pavlides S, Blechman KM, Naylor SM, Woodrell C, Cadacio C, Levine JP, Warren SM, Gold LI. Exogenous Calreticulin Improves Diabetic Wound Healing. Wound Repair and Regeneration. 2012 Sep-Oct;20(5):715-30.
  13. Selber JC, Samra F, Bristol M, Sonnad SS, Vega S, Wu LC, Serletti JM.A Head-to-Head Comparison between the Muscle-Sparing Free TRAM and the SIEA Flaps: Is the Rate of Flap Loss Worth the Gain in Abdominal Wall Function? Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2008 Aug;122(2): 348-355.
Book Chapters
  1. Samra F, Momeni A, Kovach SJ, Levin LS. Lower Extremity Trauma: Foot and Ankle. In Hanasano M, Mardini S, St-Cyr M, Moran S, Problem-Solving in Reconstructive Surgery. St. Louis: CRC Press. 2017. [In Press]
  2. Samra F, Kanchwala S. Wound Healing. In Porrett P, The Surgical Review: An Integrated Basic and Clinical Science Study Guide 4e. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2016.
Published Abstracts
  1. Samra F, Bauder AR, Chin B, Taglienti A, Wes AM, Kanchwala SK, Serletti JM, Wu LC. Autologous Breast Reconstruction in the Post-Bariatric Patient Population. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct;136(4 Suppl):89-90.
  2. Samra F, Swanson JW, Mitchell B, Bauder AR, Taylor JA, Bartlett SP. Posterior Vault Distraction Osteogenesis Conveys Anterior Benefit in Apert Syndrome. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct;136(4 Suppl):51
  3. Ligh CA, Swanson J, Yu J, Samra F, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA. A Morphological Classification Scheme for the Mandibular Hypoplasia in Treacher Collins Syndrome. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct;136(4 Suppl):46
  4. Samra F, Swanson JW, Mitchell B, Bauder AR, Wes A, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA. An Evidence-Based Algorithm for Managing Syndromic Craniosynostosis in the Era of Posterior Vault Distraction Osteogenesis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct;136(4 Suppl):6-7.
  5. Swanson, Jordan; Samra, Fares; Mitchell, Brianne; Wes, Ari M.; Bartlett, Scott P.; Taylor, Jesse A. An Evolved Algorithm for Managing Syndromic Craniosynostosis in the Era of Posterior Vault Distraction Osteogenesis. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 135(4S):1215, April 2015.
  6. Samra F, Paliga JT, Whitaker LA, Bartlett SP, Forbes BJ, Taylor JA. The Prevalence of Strabismus in Unilateral Coronal Synostosis. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 2014 Oct;134(4 Suppl 1):19-20.
  7. F Samra, SM Naylor, D Gorovets, S Pavlides, MR Greives, J Murphy-Ullrich, JP Levine, LI Gold, SM Warren. Functions of the ER Chaperone Calreticulin in Diabetic Wound Repair. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 125(6):143, June 2010.
  8. Alperovich, Michael MD; Tanna, Neil MD, MBA; Samra, Fares MD; Blechman, Keith M. MD; Shapiro, Richard L. MD; Guth, Amber A. MD; Axelrod, Deborah M. MD; Choi, Mihye MD; Karp, Nolan S. MD. Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy in Patients with a History of Reduction Mammaplasty or Mastopexy: An Updated Experience Demonstrating Its Safety. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 132(4S-1):126, October 2013.
  9. Salem Samra, MD; Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, BS; Yuen-Jong Liu, MD; Fares Samra, BA; John Persing, MD. Optimal Placement of Brachioplasty Scar: A Survey Evaluation. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 126():77, October 2010.
Presentations
  1. Samra F, Momeni A, Ligh C, Tecce M, Carney M, Bauder AR, Weissler J, Kovach SJ. A Comparative Analysis of End-to-End vs. End-to-Side Anastomoses in Microsurgical Lower Extremity Reconstruction. Ninth Congress of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. June 14-17, 2017
  2. Samra F, Momeni A, Ligh C, Tecce M, Carney M, Bauder AR, Weissler J, Kovach SJ. Preoperative Computer Tomography Angiography (CTA) in Microvascular Lower Extremity Reconstruction: Is it Mandatory?. Ninth Congress of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. June 14-17, 2017
  3. Chang B, Samra F, Weissler J, Carney M, Lin IC, Kovach SJ, Levin LS. A Modular Approach to Designing Complex Operations: Bilateral Hand Transplantation. Ninth Congress of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. June 14-17, 2017
  4. Samra F, Wilson AJ, Chang B, Chin BC, Friedman C, Taglienti AJ, Percec I, Jackson O. Digital Image Correlation: A Novel 3-D Technology for Precise Dynamic Facial Analysis. Sixteenth Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. September 14-18, 2015
  5. Samra F, Swanson JW, Whitaker LA, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA. The Midface in Muenke Syndrome: Is it Hypoplastic? Sixteenth Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. September 14-18, 2015
  6. Ligh CA, Swanson JW, Yu JW, Samra F, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA. A Morphological Classification Scheme for the Mandibular Hypoplasia in Treacher Collins Syndrome. Sixteenth Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. September 14-18, 2015
  7. Samra F, Swanson JW, Mitchell BT, Bauder AR, Taylor JA, Bartlett SP. Posterior Vault Distraction conveys anterior benefit in Apert Syndrome. Sixteenth Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. September 14-18, 2015
  8. Taylor JA, Swanson JW, Samra F, Mitchell BT, Bauder AR, Wes A, Goldstein JA, Whitaker LA, Bartlett SP. An Evidence Based Algorithm for Managing Syndromic Craniosynostosis in the Era of Posterior Vault Distraction. Sixteenth Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. September 14-18, 2015
  9. Fares Samra MD, Andrew R Bauder BA, Bianca Chin MD, Ari Wes BA, Anthony J Taglienti MD, Suhail K Kanchwala MD, Joseph M Serletti MD, Liza C Wu MD. Operating on the Post-Bariatric Patient: Lessons Learned from Assessing Outcomes in Autologous Breast Reconstruction. American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting. May 14-19, 2015.
  10. Fares Samra, MD, Youssef Tahiri, MD, J Thomas Paliga, Valeriy Shubinets, MD, Scott Bartlett, MD, Jesse A Taylor, MD. New-Onset Craniosynostosis Following Posterior Vault Distraction Osteogenesis. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting. April 20-25, 2015.
  11. Fares Samra MD, Anthony J Taglienti MD, Elena Nikonova, Oresta Borodevyc, Takiyah Mitchell, Chris Friedman, Brain Chang, Jesse A. Taylor MD, David W. Low MD, and Oksana Jackson MD. Palatal Measurements Pre- and Post-Modified Furlow Repair: Analysis of Palatal Lengthening and Comparison Between Cleft Types. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting. April 20-25, 2015.
  12. Fares Samra MD, Anthony J Taglienti MD, Andrew R Bauder BA, Liza C Wu MD. Immediate Autologous Breast Reconstruction with Simultaneous Nipple-Areola Reconstruction: A Case Series. Eighth Congress of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. March 19-22, 2015.
  13. Fares Samra, MD, J Thomas Paliga, BA, Linton A Whitaker, MD, Scott P Bartlett, MD, Brian Forbes, MD, PhD, Jesse A Taylor, MD. The Prevalence of Strabismus in Unilateral Coronal Craniosynostosis. American Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting. October 11-13, 2014.
  14. Wilson AJ, Samra F, Hsu VM, Chin BC, Percec I. Measuring the Dynamic Rhytid: A Novel Dynamic 3-D Imaging Technique for Precise Quantification of Botulinum Toxin Efficacy. Twenty-Second Congress of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. September 19-22, 2014 
  15. Youssef Tahiri, MD, J Thomas Paliga, Valeriy Shubinets, MD, Fares Samra, MD, Scott Bartlett, MD, Jesse A Taylor, MD. New-Onset Craniosynostosis Following Posterior Vault Distraction Osteogenesis. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting. September 12-14, 2014. 
  16. Fares Samra, MD, J Thomas Paliga, BA, Youssef Tahiri, MD, Linton A Whitaker, MD, Scott P Bartlett, MD, Brian Forbes, MD, PhD, Jesse A Taylor, MD. The Prevalence of Strabismus in Unilateral Coronal Craniosynostosis. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting. September 12-14, 2014.
  17. Fares Samra, MD, J Thomas Paliga, BA, Linton A Whitaker, MD, Scott P Bartlett, MD, Brian Forbes, MD, PhD, Jesse A Taylor, MD. The Prevalence of Strabismus in Unilateral Coronal Craniosynostosis. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting. March 24-29, 2014.
  18. Michael Alperovich, MD, Mihye Choi, MD, Nolan S. Karp, MD, Keith M. Blechman, MD, Fares Samra, MD, Jamie P. Levine, MD, Daniel F. Roses, MD, Freya R. Schnabel, MD, Deborah M. Axelrod, MD, Richard L. Shapiro, MD, Amber A. Guth, MD. Nipple-sparing Mastectomy And Subareolar Biopsy: To Freeze Or Not To Freeze? An Updated Experience On The Use Of Subareolar Intraoperative Frozen Section. American Association of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting. April 20-23, 2013
  19. Salem Samra, MD; Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, BS; Yuen-Jong Liu, MD; Fares Samra, BA; John Persing, MD. Optimal Placement of Brachioplasty Scar: A Survey Evaluation. American Society of Plastic Surgery’s Annual Meeting. October 1-5, 2010.
  20. Salem Samra, MD; Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, BS; Yuen-Jong Liu, MD; Fares Samra, BA; John Persing, MD. Optimal Placement of Brachioplasty Scar: A Survey Evaluation. The Twentieth Congress of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. August 14-18, 2010.
  21. F Samra, SM Naylor, D Gorovets, S Pavlides, MR Greives, J Murphy-Ullrich, JP Levine, LI Gold, SM Warren. Functions of the ER Chaperone Calreticulin in Diabetic Wound Repair. Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Plastic Surgery Research Council. May 22-26, 2010
  22. F Samra, SM Naylor, D Gorovets, S Pavlides, JE Murphy-Ullrich, JP Levine, SM Warren, LI Gold. Non-ER Outside In Functions of the ER Chaperone Calreticulin In Diabetic Wound Repair. Second Annual NYU School of Medicine Sackler Institute Research Day. May 7, 2010.
  23. F Samra, SM Naylor, D Gorovets, S Pavlides, JE Murphy-Ullrich, JP Levine, SM Warren, LI Gold. Non-ER Outside In Functions of the ER Chaperone Calreticulin In Diabetic Wound Repair. NYU Department of Medicine Research Day. May 5, 2010.
  24. Salem Samra, MD; Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, BS; Yuen-Jong Liu, MD; Fares Samra, BA; John Persing, MD. Optimal Placement of Brachioplasty Scar: A Survey Evaluation. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Residents & Fellows Forum. April 22-27, 2010.
  25. F Samra, SM Naylor, D Gorovets, S Pavlides, JE Murphy-Ullrich, JP Levine, SM Warren, LI Gold. Non-ER Outside In Functions of the ER Chaperone Calreticulin In Diabetic Wound Repair. Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Wound Healing Society. April 17-20, 2010.
  26. Samra F, Gupta P. HELP: Heart Education & Leadership in Public Schools. American Medical Student Association’s Fifty-Ninth Annual Convention. March 12-15, 2009.
  27. Selber J, Samra F, Bristol M, Sonnad S, Serletti JM. Comparison of Risk Factors and Complications in the Free TRAM, DIEP and SIEA, ASPS Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference, January 30, 2008.
  28. J C Selber, MD, MPH; F Samra, BA; L Hill, BA; M Bristol; S Sonnad; J M Serletti. The SIEA, DIEP and Free TRAM flaps: A Comparison of Abdominal Wall and Flap Complications and a Surgical Algorithm. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. January 12-15, 2008.
  29. Selber J, Hill L, Samra F, Vega S, Sonnad S, Serletti JM. A Head to Head Comparison of the SIEA flap and the Muscle Sparing Free TRAM: Is the Rate of Flap Loss Worth the Gain in Abdominal Wall Function?  Fourth Congress of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. June 24-26, 2007.
  30. Selber J, Samra F, Vega S, Sonnad S, Serletti JM. Complications and Risk Factors in the Free TRAM, DIEP and SIEA: Are the Risks of Flap Loss Worth the Benefits in Abdominal Wall Function. Combined Meeting of the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons and the John Staige Davis Society of Plastic Surgeons. March 30-April 2, 2007.
 
Awards
September 2015 Marchac Award, best podium paper presentation at the Sixteenth Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery
 
October 2010 Top Paper Presentation at Plastic Surgery 2010
American Society of Plastic Surgery’s Annual Meeting
 
March 2007 First Place, Clinical Paper.
Combined Meeting of the Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons and the John Staige Davis Society of Plastic Surgeons.
 
 

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