Russell H. Samson, MD, RVT, FACS graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in 1972, receiving the Cottrell Memorial Award for academic excellence and contribution to student affairs. He was the President of the Association of Medical Students of South Africa.
Dr. Samson did his internship in General Medicine and Surgery at the Johannesburg Academic Hospital, South Africa, and completed his surgical residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in New York City. Subsequently, he took a one-year fellowship in Peripheral Vascular Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He joined the teaching staff at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1980, achieving the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery. He served as Director of the Noninvasive Vascular Laboratories and as Chief of Vascular Surgery at Bronx Municipal Center, New York City, from 1980-1986.
Dr. Samson has been in practice in Sarasota since 1986. Dr. Samson has served as Chief of Surgery for Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital and has serves on the medical executive of Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Currently Dr. Samson is a Clinical Professor of Surgery (Vascular) at Florida State University Medical School. He has written over 90 scientific papers and 26 textbook chapters related to vascular surgery and has lectured at hundreds of scientific meetings throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a reviewing editor for the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery. He is the vascular medicine section editor for the journal "Vascular and Endovascular Surgery" and has been the guest editor for "Seminars in Vascular Surgery". He was assistant editor for the 6th edition of "Vascular Surgery" the premier textbook in the field of vascular diseases. He is the editor of “Vascular Specialist” which is the official publication of the Society for Vascular Surgery. He holds a patent for a new anticoagulant and an instrument-cleaning device for the operating room. He also has developed a widely used stocking treatment for leg ulcers as well as software programs to assess clinical outcomes and report results of vascular laboratory findings.
Dr. Samson was Board Certified in General Surgery in 1980 and was re-certified in 1993. In 1983 he was Board Certified as having Special Qualifications in Vascular Surgery. At that time that certificate had been awarded to fewer than 400 surgeons nationally. He has subsequently recertified in 1993 and 2003. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Southern Association for Vascular Society, the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, the International Society for Endovascular Therapy and the European Society for Vascular Surgery and is a founding Member and past President of the Florida Vascular Society.
Dr. Samson was also elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Only 250 active surgeons who have achieved international recognition in the field of vascular surgery have been awarded this honor. He has repeatedly been named a "Top Doctor" by the Castle Connolly Corporation.
Dr. Samson is married and is the proud father of a grown son and daughter.