Owen B. Samuels, MD

 Owen Samuels

Owen B. Samuels, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Director, Division of Neurointensive Care
Director, Neuroscience Critical Care and Stroke Units

The Emory Clinic, Building B, 2nd floor
1365-B Clifton Rd., NE, Ste. 2200
Atlanta, GA 30322

To make an appointment: 404-778-5770

Dr. Samuels received his M.D. degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn and completed his internship and residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed a Cerebrovascular Disease Fellowship at Emory University and a second fellowship in Neurologic and Neurosurgical Neurointensive Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Samuels was instrumental in the redevelopment of Emory University Hospital’s Neurointensive Care Unit. In 2007, Emory opened its 20-bed, neurosciences ICU that allows for centralization of the most critical medical services for patients suffering from severe neurologic and neurosurgical brain injury. Emory's new unit is one of the largest and busiest in the country, and one of only a few of this type of unit in the Southeast. It provides an unparalleled level of comfort and convenience, and most importantly, the integration of family members who wish to remain near their loved ones. The Neurosciences Critical Care Unit at Emory University Hospital was selected as the recipient of the 2008 ICU Design Citation Award.

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Areas of Clinical Interest:

  • Acute traumatic brain injury
  • Brain aneurysm
  • Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Raised intracranial pressure
  • Cerebral edema
  • Transient ischemic attacks
  • Head trauma
  • Brain anoxia, vegetative states and brain death

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Publications

Tong FC, Cloft HJ, Joseph GJ, Samuels OB, Dion JE. Abciximab rescue in acute carotid stent thrombosis.  American Journal of Neuroradiology. 21(9):1750-1752, 2000

Samuels OB, Joseph GJ, Lynn MJ, Smith HA, Chimowitz MI.  A standardized method for measuring intracranial arterial stenosis.  American Journal of Neuroradiology. 21(4):643-646, 2000

Cloft HJ, Samuels OB, Tong FC, Dion JE. Use of Abciximab for Mediation of Thromboembolic Complications of Endovascular Therapy. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 22(9): 1764-1767, 2001

Glass JD, Samuels OB, Rich MM. Poliomyelitis due to West Nile Virus. N Engl.J Med. Vol 347 No.16, Oct. 2002

Narayan P,Samuels OB, Barrow DL. Stroke and pediatric human immunodeficiency virus infection. Case report and review of the literature. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 37(3):158-63, 2002

Hemphill JC, Bleck T, Carhuapoma JR, Diringer M, Geocadin R, Mayer S, Samuels OB, Vespa P. Neurocritical Care Society. Is Neurointensive Care Really Optional for Comprehensive Stroke Care? Stroke. 36(11):2344-5, 2005

Samuels OB. Redesigning the neurocritical care unit to enhance family participation and improve outcomes. Heart-Brain Summit proceedings supplement. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 76 Suppl 2:S70-4, 2009

Wright WL, Asbury WH, Gilmore J, Samuels OB. Conivaptan for Hyponatremia in the Neurocritical Care Unit.  Neurocritical Care. 11(1):6-13, 2009

Webb A, Kolenda J, Martin K, Wright W, Samuels OB. The effect of intraventricular administration of nicardipine on mean cerebral blood flow velocity measured by transcranial doppler in the treatment of vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurocritical Care. 12(2):159-64, 2010

Webb AC, Samuels OB. Reversible brain death after cardiopulmonary arrest and induced hypothermia. Crit Care Med. 2011 Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21494112.

Samuels O, Webb A, Culler S, Martin K, Barrow D. Impact of a dedicated neurocritical care team in treating patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2011 Jun;14(3):334-40. PubMed PMID: 21424884.

Published Abstracts

Intracranial Angioplasty Study Group: Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty(PTA) plus Abciximab (ReoPro) for Symptomatic Intracranial Occlusive Disease of Vertebral of Basilar Arteries. Platform Presentation. Joint Section Meeting of the Cerebrovascular Section of the AANS and ASITN, 2002

Intensive Insulin Therapy in the Neurocritical Care Unit. Platform Presentation. American Academy of Neurology. 2003

Significantly Improved Outcome in a Neurocritical Care Unit Following Institution of a Neurocritical Care Team. Platform Presentation. American Academy of Neurology, 2003

Patient Outcomes in a Neurocritical Unit following Institution of a Dedicated Neurocritical Care team. Poster Presentation. University Health System Consortium Annual Meeting, 2003

Improved Outcome and Reduced Mortality and ICU Length of Stay in Neurocritical Care Patients Following the Establishment of a Neurointensive Care Service. World Stroke Congress Annual Meeting, 2004

 The Role of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner In The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit: A Critical Care Delivery Model. Poster Presentation. Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting, 2006

Conivaptan for Euvolemic Hyponatremia in the Neurocritical Care Unit. Platform Presentation.Neurocritical Care Society 5th Annual Meeting, 2007

Use of IV Lorazepam plus Slow IV Push Levetiracetam to Terminate Non-convulsive Status Epilepticus. Poster Presentation. Neurocritical Care Society 5th Annual Meeting, 2007

The Effect of Intraventricular Administration of Nicardipine on Mean Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity as Measured by Transcranial Doppler in the Treatment of Vasospasm Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Platform Presentation. Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting, 2008

Effectiveness of Conivaptan for hyponatremia in neurocritical care patients receiving hypertonic saline.  Poster Presentation. Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress, 2008

Risk of Hemorrhagic Extension in Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage Patients Treated with Enoxaparin for Deep Venous Thrombosis Prophylaxis. Poster Presentation. International Stroke Conference, 2008

Soundscapes of Two Critical Healthcare Settings. Acoustical Society of America, 2009

Aural Connectivity as a Product of Correlation Between Architectural Enclossure Features and Acoustical Qualities. Acoustical Society of America, 2008

Conivaptan to induce therapeutic hypernatremia in the neurocritical care unit. Poster Presentation. Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting 2009

Neuroscience ICU Provider Attitudes Regarding Palliative Care Consult Services. Poster Presentation. Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting, 2009

Sodium Goals in a Neurocritical Care Unit. Accepted for Poster Presentation. Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting, 2010

Fifty Percent Reduction in Aneurysmal Re-rupture Rates with Epsilon Aminocaproic Acid: A Retrospective Review of 454 Consecutive Patients. Accepted for Presentation, Congress Neurosurgery Annual Meetings, 2010

 Reversible Brain: Clinical Case Report. Critical Care Medicine (Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting SCCM 2011

Glycemic Control in Critical Care. SCCM Annual Meeting, 2011

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Book Chapters and Reviews

Samuels OB, Holloway, R et al.  1996.  Clinical Therapy in Neurology in Clinical Neurology. Griggs & Joynt, Editors.

Samuels OB, Stern B.  Ischemic Strokes, TIAs and Carotid Bruits.Cardiology in Primary Care, William Branch, Editor., 1998

Kasner S, Samuels OBAcute Stroke Therapy. In Update, Scott Mannacher, Editor. 1999

Samuels OB, Chimowitz MI.  Diagnosis and Management of Large Arterial Intracranial Stenosis.  In Management of Ischemic Stroke:  A Clinical Approach.Stanley Cohan & Joseph Hefta, Editors. 2001

Kasner S, Samuels OB. Acute Stroke Therapy.  In Update, Scott Mannacher, Editor. 2001

Samuels OB, Ischemic Attacks, Office Practice of Medicine, 4th Edition. William Branch, Editor . 2003

Kasner S, Samuels OB. Acute Stroke Therapy.  In Update, Scott Mannacher,Editor. 2003

Samuels, OB, Webb, A. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Decision Making in Neurocritical Care, Editor, Jennifer Fronterra, Theme New York, NY, 2007

Samuels, OB, Webb, A.,Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Neurocritical Care Board Review, 2007

Oliveira-Filho J, Koroshetz, WJ, Samuels, OB, Fibrinolytic (thrombolytic) therapy for acute ischemic stroke. In :UpToDate, Basow, DS (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2008.

Oliveira-Filho J, Samuels, OB, Fibrinolytic (thrombolytic) therapy for acute ischemic stroke. In :UpToDate, Basow, DS (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2009.

Samuels, OB, Zimring, C. Evidenced Based Design in Critical. Design for Critical Care: An Evidence-Based Approach, Editors D. Kirk Hamilton and Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Architectural Press, a division of Elsevier, 2009

Samuels, OB, Webb, A. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Board Review. Neurocritical Care Society-UCNS Board Review, 2009

Oliveira-Filho J, Samuels, OB, Fibrinolytic (thrombolytic) therapy for acute ischemic stroke. In :UpToDate, Basow, DS (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2010.

Samuels, OB, Webb, A. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Board Review. Neurocritical Care Society-UCNS Board Review. 2010

Samuels, OB, Webb, A. Cerebral Vascular Malformations Board Review. Neurocritical Care Society-UCNS Board Review, 2010

Samuels, OB, Webb, A. Dural Sinus Thrombosis Board Review. Neurocritical Care Society-UCNS Board Review, 2010

Samuels, OB, Webb, A. Carotid Cavernous Fistula Board Review. Neurocritical Care Society-UCNS Board Review, 2010

Samuels, OB, Webb, A. Cervical & Cerebral Arterial Dissections Board Review. Neurocritical Care Society-UCNS Board Review, 2010

Barrow, DL, Samuels, OB. Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Review. In Comprehensive Neurosurgery Review. Editor, Edward Laws. Oakstone Publishing, 2010

Oliveira-Filho J, Samuels, OB, Fibrinolytic (thrombolytic) therapy for acute ischemic stroke. In :UpToDate, Basow, DS (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2011.

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