Mohtashem Samsam, MD, PhD

Mohtashem Samsam, MD, PhD

Professor, Director of Research


Dr. Mohtashem Samsam is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Director of research at AdventHealth University (AHU). He joined AHU in August 2020. Dr. Samsam studied Medicine in English language program of Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University, in Szeged, Hungary (1991- 1996) and received his PhD in Neurosciences from the Dep. of Cell biology and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Salamanca, Spain, in 2002. He did his post-doc studies in Developmental Neurobiology in the Neurology University Clinic of Wuerzburg University, Germany (1999- 2002).

Publishing several articles in headache and migraine during his MD and PhD studies he continued his post-doc studies examining the mechanism of neurodegeneration in animal models of inherited peripheral neuropathies and treatment of Charcot-Marie Tooth disorders using gene therapy and alteration of immune response. His research and scholarly activities are in migraine headaches and role of inflammation in neurological and psychiatric disorders. He is the author and coauthor of several books and the Editor in Chief of the Neuro-open journal:

Prior to AHU, Dr. Samsam was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida (2004-2020), teaching anatomy, clinical neuroanatomy, and clinical neuroscience to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Dr. Samsam developed several courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at UCF, co-founded the neuroscience graduate program (2016) and as a member of the curriculum planning committee he chaired several subcommittees and was heavily involved in the development of many of the medical courses for the UCF College of Medicine LCME accreditation in 2006-2007.