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Samer S. El-Kamary

Samer S. El-Kamary M.B.,Ch.B., M.P.H.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Epidemiology & Public Health
Secondary Appointments: Pediatrics
Location: HH, 102B
Phone: (410) 706-2228
Fax: (410) 706-8013

Personal History:

Dr. El-Kamary is pediatrician and infectious disease epidemiologist. He completed his medical degree and a surgery residency at the Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine; completed a Pediatric residency at Maimonides Medical Center in New York; a fellowship in Academic Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and an MPH at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics and at the Center for Vaccine Development.

Dr. El-Kamary’s research interests are focused on studying the epidemiology and immunology of hepatitis C virus (HCV), particularly in pregnant women and their children. He also demonstrated that after the introduction of universal hepatitis B vaccination in Egypt, HCV became the predominant blood borne virus; and that dental care in children was a major risk factor for continued HCV transmission. He also studied the morbidity of acute and chronic hepatitis and conducted a clinical trial in Egypt to test allopathic and alternative therapies to alleviate symptoms and treat acute hepatitis infections. In addition to his work on HCV in Egypt, his global health work includes collaborations with several investigators on campus in studies of HIV, poliomyelitis and tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria.

As a clinician and vaccinologist, he worked with colleagues at the Center for Vaccine Development on several vaccine trials including a safer small pox vaccine, a norovirus vaccine, and an oral anti-diarrheal vaccine derived from enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.

Dr. El-Kamary’s research work has been supported by extramural funds from federal (National Institutes of Health and FDA), foundation and industry sources. He has served as a mentor for 8 PhD students (Chair for 3 PhD dissertations), one faculty member, and 19 MPH students. He has served as a co-investigator, mentor and advisory committee member on several NIH-funded training grants. In 2012, he was awarded the Faculty Mentor Award; and in 2014, received the Faculty Teaching Award, and the Medical Student Teaching Award; and was inducted into the Delta Omega honorary society in Public Health.


  • 1983-89: Faculty of Medicine, M.B., B.Ch., Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1994: Faculty of Medicine, Master of Science in Surgery (M.Sc.), Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 2001: Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Baltimore, Maryland

Post Graduate Education and Clinical Training

  • 1990-91: Alexandria University Hospitals, Internship, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1991-94: Dept. of General Surgery, Residency/General & Pediatric Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1995-98: Department of Pediatrics, Residency/Pediatrics, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • 1998-99: Department of Pediatrics, Chief Resident/Pediatrics, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • 1999-2003: Department of Pediatrics, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Research Interests:

General Pediatrics, Global Health, Epidemiology, Bioethics, Vaccinology

  • Hepatitis C vaccine development and testing
  • Alternative therapies for hepatitis C
  • Herbal therapy for acute hepatitis infections
  • Hepatitis C immune responses in children