As Medical Director of the Virginia Retina Center, Dr. Sam Mansour has both extensive experience and expertise in the management of patients with vitreoretinal disorders. He received both his M.D. and M.Sc. (Neuroscience) degrees from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. During that time, he was awarded two competitive and prestigious scholarships: The Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the McMaster University Scholarship, 1982 – 1984. Thereafter, he completed an internship in comprehensive medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Later Dr. Mansour went on to complete his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Toronto.
In 1991, Dr. Mansour was awarded the E.A. Baker Fellowship (1991- 1992). He then came to the United States to complete his fellowship in vitreoretinal and laser eye surgery. This was completed at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco under the direction of the world-renowned vitreoretinal surgeon, Dr. Everett Ai.
After completion of his fellowship, Dr. Mansour was retained by Stanford University where he was appointed as Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology. He was also Director of the Retina service as Associate Chief of the Division of Ophthalmology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), a major teaching hospital in the Stanford system. He remained there until he joined the faculty at George Washington University as Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology in 2003.
Throughout the past 20 years, Dr. Mansour has been involved in several areas of both basic science and clinical retinal research. He has presented his extensive research at numerous national and international conferences including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. He has also authored and co-authored several articles in peer review journals including Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Retina, the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science and the New England Journal of Medicine. In addition, he has authored several chapters in both medical and ophthalmology textbooks.
In addition to many publications and presentations, Dr. Mansour continues to be an actively involved instructor for the George Washington University medical students and ophthalmology residents. Since the completion of his fellowship to the present time, he has been an instructor at several American Academy of Ophthalmology courses.
Dr. Mansour is board certified in ophthalmology from the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American College of Surgeons. He is also an active member of the American Society of Retinal Surgeons and the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology