Ronald Samuels MD

Ronald Samuels, MD, MPH

Associate Director of Primary Care

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-7701
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Medical Services


  • General Pediatrics
  • Immunization of Underserved Population
  • Inpatient Medicine


  • General Pediatrics
  • Medicine


  • English


  • Children's Hospital Primary Care Center
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Ronald Samuels MD

Philosophy of Care 

Dr. Samuels serves as an expert for the Division of General Pediatrics for Boston Children’s Hospital's Precision Medicine Service. For more information about the Precision Medicine Service please visit

Experience and Education



Harvard University, 1985

Cambridge, MA

Medical School

S.U.N.Y. Syracuse College of Medicine, 1989

Syracuse, NY

Graduate School

Harvard University, 1995

Cambridge, MA


New York Hospital, 1989-1990

New York, NY


New York Hospital, 1990-1992

New York, NY


Boston Children's Hospital, 1992-1995

Boston, MA


  • American Board of Pediatrics


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  1. Katz IT, Bogart LM, Fu CM, Liu Y, Cox JE, Samuels RC, Chase T, Schubert P, Schuster MA. Barriers to HPV immunization among blacks and latinos: a qualitative analysis of caregivers, adolescents, and providers. BMC Public Health. 2016 08 25; 16(1):874.
  2. van Haren SD, Ganapathi L, Bergelson I, Dowling DJ, Banks M, Samuels RC, Reed SG, Marshall JD, Levy O. In vitro cytokine induction by TLR-activating vaccine adjuvants in human blood varies by age and adjuvant. Cytokine. 2016 07; 83:99-109.
  3. Samuels RC, Ward VL, Melvin P, Macht-Greenberg M, Wenren LM, Yi J, Massey G, Cox JE. Missed Appointments: Factors Contributing to High No-Show Rates in an Urban Pediatrics Primary Care Clinic. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015 Sep; 54(10):976-82.
  4. Bottino CJ, Cox JE, Kahlon PS, Samuels RC. Improving immunization rates in a hospital-based primary care practice. Pediatrics. 2014 Apr; 133(4):e1047-54.
  5. Lee LK, Walia T, Forbes PW, Osganian SK, Samuels R, Cox JE, Mooney DP. Home safety practices in an urban low-income population: level of agreement between parental self-report and observed behaviors. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Dec; 51(12):1119-24.
  6. Asante PA, Cox J, Sonneville K, Samuels RC, Taveras EM. Overweight prevention in pediatric primary care: a needs assessment of an urban racial/ethnic minority population. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Oct; 48(8):837-43.
  7. Fortuna RJ, Palfrey JS, Shelov SP, Samuels RC. Paediatric experiences with work-hour limitations. J Eval Clin Pract. 2009 Feb; 15(1):116-20.
  8. RJ Fortuna, JS Palfrey, SP Shelov, RC Samuels. Pediatric Residency Program Directors’ Experiences with Work-Hour Limitations. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2008; In Press.
  9. Nakamura MM, Simons WW, Samuels R, Daniel J, Mandl KD. Service-oriented architecture for pediatric immunization decision support. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11; 1056.
  10. Samuels RC, Liu J, Sofis LA, Palfrey JS. Immunizations in children with special health care needs in a medical home model of care. Matern Child Health J. 2008 May; 12(3):357-62.
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  12. Powers ME, Cox J, Samuels RC. Immunization Rates among Children of Adolescent Mothers. Presented at the PAS Meeting Toronto, ON. 2007.
  13. Willis E, Frazier T, Samuels RC, Bragg D, Marcdante K. Pediatric residents address critical child health issues in the community. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2007; 1(3):273-80.
  14. Nakamura MM, Simons WW, Samuels RC, Daniel J, Mandl KD. Service-Oriented Architecture for Pediatric Decision Support. Presented at AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) meeting in Chicago, IL. 2007.
  15. Ronald C Samuels and WIlliam G Bithoney. Pediatric Education in Community and Office Settings (Starter Kit for Community Preceptors) - Chapter on Serving the Underserved. 2007.
  16. Samuels R, Chadwick DD. Predictors of asphyxiation risk in adults with intellectual disabilities and dysphagia. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2006 May; 50(Pt 5):362-70.
  17. Webster RA, Clarke L, Avery T, Cox J, Samuels RC. Mental Health Referrals in a Primary Care Practice. Presented at the PAS Meetings, Washington DC. 2005.
  18. Missal S, Samuels RC, Avery T, Cox J. Referrals to Social Work and Mental Health Services in Primary Care: Analysis of Patterns and Development of Services. Presented at the PAS Meetings, Washington DC. 2005.
  19. Taveras EM, Avery T, Sonneville K, Sullivan MJ, Samuels RC, Cox J. Association of Maternal Overweight with Childhood Overweight Risk Factors. Presented at the PAS Meetings, Washington DC. 2005.
  20. Willis E, Wendelberger-Marcdante K, Samuels RC, Bragg D, Frazer T. Pediatric Residents' Community-Based Initiatives Improve Child Health. 2005.
  21. Risko W, Avery T, Samuels RC, Cox J. Saying No to Post Call Clinics—Impact of an Alternative Clinic Day Model on Resident's Experiences . Presented at the PAS Meetings, Washington DC. 2005.
  22. Willis E, Wendelberger-Marcdante K, Samuels RC, Bragg D, Frazer T. Utilizing Parents in Pediatric Graduate Medical Education. Presented at the PAS Meetings, Washington DC. 2005.
  23. Asante P, Cox J, Rein J, Hannon C, Samuels RC , Taveras E. Childhood Obesity Prevention: Which Behaviors Are Parents Ready To Change?. Presented at PAS Meeting, Washington DC. 2005.
  24. Samuels RC, Chi GW, Rauch DA, Palfrey JS, Shelov SP. Lessons from pediatrics residency program directors' experiences with work hour limitations in New York State. Acad Med. 2005 May; 80(5):467-72.
  25. Samuels RC, Chi GW, Rauch DA, Palfrey JS , Shelov SP. Lessons from Pediatrics Residency Program Directors' Experiences with Work Hour Limits in New York State. Academic Medicine. 2005; 80(5):467-472.
  26. Samuels RC and Bithoney WG. Serving the Underserved: A Residents Education Case Based Curriculum, Part I, 2nd edition. 2004.
  27. RC Samuels and WG Bithoney. Training Residents to Serve the Underserved: A Residents Education Curriculum - Part 1 (2nd Edition). 2004.
  28. Kemper KJ, Amata-Kynvi A, Dvorkin L, Whelan JS, Woolf A, Samuels RC, Hibberd P. Herbs and other dietary supplements: healthcare professionals' knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 May-Jun; 9(3):42-9.
  29. Kemper KJ, Amata-Kynvi A, Sanghavi D, Whelan JS, Dvorkin L, Woolf A, Samuels RC, Hibberd P. Randomized trial of an internet curriculum on herbs and other dietary supplements for health care professionals. Acad Med. 2002 Sep; 77(9):882-9.
  30. Samuels RC, Appel L, Reddy SI, Tilson RS. Improving accuracy in a computerized immunization registry. Ambul Pediatr. 2002 May-Jun; 2(3):187-92.
  31. Samuels RC, Appel L, Readdy S, and Tilson M. Improving Accuracy In a Computerized Immunization Registry. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2002; 2:187-192.
  32. Kemper K, Amata-Kynvi A, Sanghavi D, Whelan J, Samuels RC and Hibbered P. Randomized Trial of a Internet Curriculum on Herbs and Other Dietary Supplements for Health Care Professionals. Academic Medicine. 2002; 77:9.
  33. Samuels RC and Cohen LE. Understanding Growth Patterns. Contemporary Pediatrics. 2001.
  34. Shaw JS, Samuels RC, Larusso EM, Bernstein HH. Impact of an encounter-based prompting system on resident vaccine administration performance and immunization knowledge. Pediatrics. 2000 Apr; 105(4 Pt 2):978-83.
  35. Shaw JS , Samuels RC , Bernstein HH . Vaccine Registries are Useful Despite Data Entry Errors. Presented at the APA Meeting in New Orleans, LA. 1998.
  36. Cox JE, Samuels RC, Melinkovich P, and Bithoney WG. Serving the Underserved Curriculum Use Survey. Ambulatory Child Health. 1997; 3:275-281.
  37. Samuels RC, Sarah R, Palfrey, JS. General Pediatric Fellowships: A Pathway to Academic Careers?. Presented at the APA Meeting in Washington DC. 1997.
  38. Rider E, Samuels R, Wilson K, Homer C. Physical growth, infant nutrition, breastfeeding, and general nutrition. Curr Opin Pediatr. 1996 Jun; 8(3):293-7.
  39. Bithoney WG, Samuels RC and Rivo ML. Medical School Clerkship Opportunities in General Pediatrics. Ambulatory Child Health. 1996; 1(4):340-346.
  40. Rider E., Samuels R., Wilson K., Homer C. Physical Growth, Infant Nutrition, Breastfeeding and General Nutrition. Current Opionion in Pediatrics. 1996; 8(3):293-7.
  41. Bithoney WG and Samuels RC. A Review of Child Maltreatment: A clinical Guide and Reference. NEJM 332(14) 968-9,1995. 1995; 332(14):968-9.
  42. Palfrey JS, Samuels RC, Haynie M, Cammisa ML. Health care reform: what's in it for children with chronic illness and disability. J Sch Health. 1994 Aug; 64(6):234-7.
  43. Palfrey JS, Samuels RC, Haynie M and Cammisa L. . Health Care Reform: What's In It for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability?. Journal of School Health. 1994.
  44. Meistrich ML, Samuels RC. Reduction in sperm levels after testicular irradiation of the mouse: a comparison with man. Radiat Res. 1985 Apr; 102(1):138-47.
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