Samuel Santoro, M.D., Ph.D.

Samuel Santoro, M.D., Ph.D.Samuel A. Santoro, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Since 2003, Dr. Santoro has led the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology to national prominence in research, clinical practice and education. Dr. Santoro plays a leading role in the development of personalized and genomic medicine at Vanderbilt and at the national level. He is a member of the Personalized Health Care Committee of the College of American Pathologists and chairs the working group that compiles and edits the Genome Analysis Resource Guide and the Molecular Pathology Resource Guide. Dr. Santoro has also been a pioneer in the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of cellular adhesion to the extracellular matrix and in defining the role of adhesion molecules in disease. His research group is largely responsible for the discovery and characterization of collagen receptors. 

He received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt in 1979. Dr. Santoro went on to complete residency training in laboratory medicine (clinical pathology) at Washington University and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Dr. Santoro is the author of more than 140 publications and has been an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, a member of the Pathology A Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, and a member of the editorial board of BLOOD. He has been elected to membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Throughout his career, Dr. Santoro has played an active role in the clinical laboratory aspects of hemostasis and thrombosis. He is the author of numerous articles and textbook chapters in the field.

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