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Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H.

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Associate Program Director, Johns Hopkins Bayview Internal Medicine Residency

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Languages: English, Arabic

Expertise: Cardiac Care, Cardiac Disease, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Disease in Women, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiovascular Medicine, Clinical Cardiology, Coronary Care Unit, Critical Care Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine, General Cardiology, Heart Conditions, Heart Disease, Internal Medicine, Medical Education, Medical Education and Program Administration, Resident Education more

Research Interests: The effect of preeclampsia on the cardiovascular system; Enhancing communication and collaboration in the ICU; Innovations in medical education; Critical care issues in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (e.g. sedation and ventilation strategies in patients with cardiogenic shock) more

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Dr. Sammy Zakaria is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM). Because he specializes in critical care cardiology, he predominately works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC) as well as the Cardiac Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH). He also serves as the Assistant Director of the JHBMC CICU.

His practice encompasses most of cardiology, with many of his patients having had life-threatening cardiac issues, such as shock, end-stage heart failure, or multi-organ system failure. He also has an interest in caring for pregnant women with cardiovascular disease, including those with severe preeclampsia, and his clinical research efforts focus on the effects of preeclampsia on the cardiovascular system. Additionally, his other research areas of interest include critical care issues affecting cardiac patients and studying innovations in medical education.

Dr. Zakaria is heavily involved in medical education and serves as an educator for students, residents, fellows, and staff. He is a JHUSOM Colleges Advisor and is responsible for teaching and mentoring a cohort of medical students during their time in medical school. In his role as an Associate Program Director for the JHBMC Internal Medicine Residency Program, he has helped to increase the JHBMC Internal Medicine residency program’s nationally-recognized reputation for excellence by championing curricular innovations, resident scholarly work, and resident academic careers. He also is a Core Faculty member for the JHH Osler Internal Medicine residency program and for the Johns Hopkins Cardiovascular Disease fellowship. As a result of his efforts in education, he has been honored with multiple teaching awards, including the Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education.

Dr. Zakaria earned his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and his master of public health degree from the University of Maryland. He trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Internal Medicine and also practiced there as a faculty attending for one year. He then completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Maryland and subsequently a Critical Care Medicine fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2008, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Critical Care Medicine. more


  • Associate Program Director, Johns Hopkins Bayview Internal Medicine Residency
  • Assistant Director, Johns Hopkins Bayview Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Core Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Colleges Advisory Program
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Thomas Jefferson University (2000)


  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (2003)


  • University of Maryland Medical Center / Cardiovascular Disease (2007)
  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine / Critical Care Medicine (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (2003)

Research & Publications

Activities & Honors


  • Presidential Citation, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2018
  • Dr. Joseph and Rae Brown Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2017
  • Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education, 2017
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Johns Hopkins Bayview Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2012
  • Top Doctor US News in partnership with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2012 - 2014
  • Service Excellence Reward & Recognition Program Award (Four Citations) Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 2008 - 2012
  • Safety Star Award Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 2013


  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

Professional Activities

  • Leader, The Critical Care Collaboration & Communication Project (The C4 Project):
  • Facilitator, Appropriate Telemetry Usage in the Hospital Floor Setting

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