Campbell_Courtney_724x840395 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. My first research experience was in high school. I worked in Dr. Eric Olsen’s laboratory at UT Southwestern where I studied genetic muscular development in mice and became hooked on laboratory research. For college, I moved up to north to Boston. I graduated from Harvard University in 2006 with an BA in history and science and an MA in history of science. In addition to spending my time in the stacks writing about medical history and volunteering in the hospital, most of my free time was in the lab. While at Harvard, I investigated zebrafish heart regeneration with Mark Keating, MD and worked on chemical screening to induce the directed differentiation of stem cells with Doug Melton, PhD. I also spent a summer at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland studying human embryonic stem cells. I took a year out of academia after college. I lived in Costa Rica working at the Hospital Nacional de Ninos becoming proficient in medical Spanish. Next, I worked at Aestus Therapeutics, a biotech start-up, identifying candidate drugs for neuropathic pain and ALS through microarray screens and pathway analysis in addition to writing and editing grant and patent applications.

I then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as part of their Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). I defended my PhD in 2013 in the laboratory of Alfred George, MD with my dissertation: Pharmacological Targeting of Gain of Function KCNQ1 Mutations Predisposing to Atrial Fibrillation. In addition to first author publications and presentations at national meetings, I received pre-doctoral fellowships from the American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. I graduated from Vanderbilt in 2015 with my husband, Richard Samade, MD, PhD.
At the end of the MSTP, I knew I still wanted to purse a physician-scientist career in cardiology. I looked for physician scientist training programs that supported the internal medicine to cardiology ABIM pathway. I wanted to train in an outstanding and growing research program in cardiac arrhythmias in addition to a high-volume, clinically excellent internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. I was thrilled to match with my husband at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which met all of our criteria. Peter Mohler, PhD, Director of the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute (DHLRI), is a leading researcher in cardiac arrhythmias and has recruited an excellent team of cardiac researchers, especially in arrhythmias. Further, DHLRI has developed a strong translational science and medicine program with the OSU cardiology clinical faculty. OSUWMC uniquely has the Ross Heart Hospital, a stand-alone hospital dedicated to cardiac and vascular medicine. Individual patient rooms can be upgraded from floor to ICU level care without changing care teams. Furthermore, Dr. Baiocchi has developed a PSTP with an intensive mentoring program to support the development and transition to independent faculty. Lastly, my husband, an OSU orthopedic surgery resident in the research track, and I love Columbus – an affordable, young, fun city for when we do get time away from the hospital.
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Clinical instructor house staff, resident physician, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Physician Scientist Training Program, present

MD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), 2015
PhD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, 2013
MS: Harvard University, history of science, 2006
BA: Harvard University, history and science, cum laude, 2006

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