Pathologists typically focus their expertise in one of three broad areas: diagnostic patient care, teaching and research. Over the years, Dr. Samuel has focused her attention in all three areas: she has been a pathologist in diagnostic patient care for more than two decades; was an anatomy teacher for nearly a decade; and has conducted research throughout her medical school, training and career. Board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, Dr. Samuel helps patients at Fauquier Health by solving disease-related problems. She also advances the understanding and treatment of disease through her continued support for clinical research and education.
Education and Training
After earning her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in 1988, Dr. Samuel completed the MCV General Surgery Internship Program, and the University of Virginia (UVA) Anatomic/Clinical Pathology Residency Program. Prior to medical school, she earned a PhD in anatomy from UVA.
Honors and Awards
Among her many academic awards, Dr. Samuel graduated with honors from the undergraduate biology program at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She also is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the College of American Pathologists.
Dr. Samuel has conducted research on a variety of pathology topics. She has also written numerous manuscripts and abstracts, many of which have appeared in clinical publications such as the Anatomical Record, Biology of Reproduction, Cell Tissue Research, Clinical Chemistry and Acta Cytologica. In addition, Dr. Samuel conducted research studies for the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) while attending UVA.
Dr. Samuel joined Fauquier Health as a private practice physician with Fauquier Pathology Associates in 1994. Prior to that, she was a part-time emergency room physician for Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, and a part-time research consultant for VTRC. She also has held numerous teaching positions, including: anatomy and physiology lecturer for nursing/ health technology students at Piedmont Virginia Community College; anatomy and general biology lecturer for students at John Tyler Community College; and gross anatomy laboratory instructor for medical students at UVA. In addition, Dr. Samuel is currently one of several physicians providing services for patients in our new Wound Healing Center.