Samer Azzam Kanaan, MD

Title: Cardiothoracic Surgeon
NorthBay Healthcare
San Juan Capistrano, California, United States

Samer Azzam Kanaan, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at NorthBay Healthcare, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Dr. Kanaan has been a member of the attending staff for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and NorthBay since 2008, and has worked hard to build his practice. He became a thoracic surgeon because of his mentor, Willard Fry, who inspired Dr. Kanaan as a medical student. In the coming years, he hopes to become director of a cancer institute, and to build a robotic center of excellence where nurses can learn about surgical procedure. Dr. Kanaan is the author of the online textbook “Diaphgmatic Pacing” and the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, featured in five volumes of Who’s Who in America.

Born to Azzam S. and Shadia M. Kanaan in Kalamazo, Michigan, Dr. Kanaan studied with Northwestern University to earn an MD in 1997, and further studied for a degree in general surgery there before working on cardiothoracic surgery with the University of Southern California. He is particularly proud of his work as a fellow in thoracic surgery and oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as his subsequent research in lung transplantation. Dr. Kanaan has been a prolific contributor to medical literature and has supported numerous medical societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the California Thoracic Society. He was undergraduate advisor of Kappa Sigma from 1998 to 1999, and vice president of Phi Beta Kappa in 1993.

Dr. Kanaan has received numerous awards, including 2010 to 2014 America’s Top Surgeons Awards from the Consumers’ Research Council of America. He was a 2013 finalist for the Physician of the Year honor from Jackson and Coker, and won the 2012 Values in Action Excellence Award from the St. Joseph Health System. As a young surgeon, he was awarded a 1996 Obstetrics and Gynecology Beatrice Tucker Award and a 2001 National Research Award from the National Institutes of Health, as well as best teaching resident awards and nomination to the 2004 Susan Pearlman Award. Dr. Kanaan is also the proud father of Caliana S., Jenna S., Dalya S., and Lailas with his wife, Lina R. Ghosheh.

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