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Danny L. Sam, MD, FACP

Associate Professor

Dr. Danny Sam is an internal medicine physician who joined The Permanente Medical Group in 1989. He has devoted his career to the health and well-being of his patients as well as to medical education, having instructed at Stanford University, UC Davis School of Medicine, and the Kaiser Permanente-Boston University School of Medicine Silicon Valley Branch Campus. In addition, he has been involved in the development of the internal medicine residency program for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. Dr. Sam has presented faculty development courses at various regional and national conferences. He is a member of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Curriculum Committee involved in both case and curriculum development. He is an active member of the American College of Physicians.

Education and Training

  • BS, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Graduate Studies in Physical Chemistry, University of Maryland at College Park
  • MD, Howard University School of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, LA County-USC Medical Center


Selected Prior Positions

1989-present Physician, Internal Medicine
Permanente Medical Group
2004-present Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
2006-present Associate Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
2008-present Director of Graduate Medical Education
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
2014-present Assistant Professor of Medicine Affiliate
UC Davis School of Medicine
2015-present Assistant Dean
Kaiser Permanente-Boston University School of Medicine Silicon Valley Branch Campus
2016-present Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine (Affiliate)
Boston University School of Medicine
2016-present Physician Leader, Curriculum Committee
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine


Selected Honors and Awards

2012 Excellence in Teaching Award (Residency)
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
2013 Outstanding Resident Teaching Award
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
2016 Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education
Santa Clara County Medical Association
2016 Distinguished Teacher/Mentor Award
NCAL American College Physicians
2017 Achievement Award, Diabetes Champion
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Sha S, Sam D. Shortened Duration of Antibiotic Therapy for Atypical Pneumonia due to concern of Allergic Reaction. Poster Presentation/Competition NCAL ACP November 16, 2012.
  • Levis J, Sam D. Images in Emergency Medicine: Phlegmasia Cerulea Dolens. The Permanente Journal. Winter Vol 17, No. 1 page 68 published March 2013. (PMID # 23596373)
  • Louisell J, Escobar G, Turk B, Skully D, Sam D, Liu V. Outcomes of Patients in the Marked Interval Recovery After Critical Illness With Low Expected Survival (MIRACLES) Study. Chest 2013 Oct 1;144 (4_Meeting Abstract):399A.
  • Schmittdiel JA, Barrow JC, Wiley D, Ma L, Sam D, Chau CV, Shetterley SM. Improvements in Access and Care Through the Affordable Care Act Am J Manag Care 2017;23(3):e95-e97 (PMID# 28385029)
  • Jose Davila, Tom Baudendistal, Abhay Dandekar, Laura Minikel, Danny Sam, Theresa Azevedo, Kathleen Robinson. 15th Annual Innovations in Medical Education- USC Keck School of Medicine Poster. “The Professional Development Coach: A Novel Resource for Assisting Struggling Residents” Feb 23, 2018
  • Liisa Lyon, Erika Barbero, John Wong, Jennifer Marie Suga, Danny Sam, Minggui Pan and Michelle Levy: Histologic Grade Is Predictive of Incidence of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Mutations in Metastatic Lung Adenocarcinoma. Medical Sciences, 5(4), 34 December 11, 2017 (PMID# 29232915)
  • Nikanjam M, Sun A, Albers M, Mangalindin K, Song E, Vempaty H, Sam D, Capparelli EV. Vincristine-associated Neuropathy with Antifungal Usage: A Kaiser Northern California Experience. Journal of Pedi Hematology/Oncology. 40(5)e273-e277, July 2018 (PMID# 29771861)