Samer Samir Najjar, MD| Heart Failure And Transplantation Cardiology | MedStar Health

Samer Samir Najjar, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (300 reviews)

Specialties: Heart Failure And Transplantation Cardiology

Languages: French, Arabic, English

410-554-6534

About me

Samer Najjar, MD, is the Regional Chief of Cardiology for the Baltimore region. In this role, he has oversight over the following hospitals: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, and MedStar Harbor Hospital. In addition, he oversees the MedStar Medical Group ambulatory cardiology practices.

Dr. Najjar is a cardiologist with subspecialty expertise in advanced heart failure, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. He is a Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University and he co-chairs MedStar’s Cardiology Clinical Practice Council. He was most recently the director of the Advanced Heart Failure program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where he oversaw its growth and development into one of the leading programs in the country.

Prior to joining MedStar Health, Dr. Najjar was an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, where he served as director of the heart failure clinic at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was also a member of the intramural NIH clinical research program, serving as the Head of the Human Cardiovascular Studies Unit at the National Institute on Aging. 

Dr. Najjar completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He then completed his medical degree at Yale School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Najjar completed his residency training in internal medicine and his fellowship training in cardiovascular diseases at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also completed subspecialty training in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. During his fellowship, he won the prestigious American College of Cardiology/Merck Research award.

Dr. Najjar specializes in state-of-the-art therapies for heart failure. His clinical interests include caring for patients with advanced heart failure, patients who have received an LVAD, and those who have undergone a heart transplant. Dr. Najjar is passionate about advancing the care of patients through research and innovation. Dr. Najjar has won numerous honors and awards. He is widely published, with over 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. 

Dr. Najjar and his dedicated team provide a holistic approach to each patient and their caregiver. This often includes the involvement of a multidisciplinary team of health care providers with expertise in heart failure such as nurses, coordinators, nutritionists, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, and symptom specialists.

When not pursuing his passion of caring for patients with cardiac conditions, Dr. Najjar enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and three kids.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Advanced Heart Failure (AHF)
  • Cardiac Amyloid
  • Cardiac Sarcoidosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Transplant
  • Home Inotropes
  • Left Heart Failure
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Ventricular Assist Device
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Advanced Heart Failure (AHF)
  • Amyloidosis
  • Autoimmune Heart Diseases
  • Cardiac Amyloid
  • Cardiac Sarcoidosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Disease Related To Chemotherapy
  • Centrimag Ventricular Assist Device Complications
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Cor Pulmonale
  • Diabetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • End Stage Heart Disease
  • Genetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Giant Cell Myocarditis
  • Heart Transplant Rejection
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Left Heart Failure
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation Associated Heart Failure
  • Myocarditis
  • Non Compaction Cardiomyopathy NCM
  • Non Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Associated Connective Tissue Disease
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Rheumatic Heart Failure
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
  • Tachycardia Induced Cardiomyopathy
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy
  • Transplant Related Infection
  • Viral Cardiomyopathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Cardiomems
  • Chronic Inotropic Therapy
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Heart Biopsy
  • Heart Transplant
  • Home Inotropes
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Pretransplant Clearance
  • Ventricular Assist Device
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Practice locations

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3333 North Calvert Street
Johnston Professional Bldg Ste LL08
Baltimore, MD, 21218

410-554-6550

Fax 410-554-6534

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110 Irving Street Northwest
MHVI-1st Floor North Addition
Washington, DC, 20010

202-877-4698

Fax 202-877-9393

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Insurance

MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • United Student Resources
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • Tricare Prime
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • First Health PPO
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP

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Education

Fellowship Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (2000)

Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1996)

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine (1993)

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.8
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.8
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.8
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.8
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.8
  • Nov 10, 2023

    Great experience.

  • Oct 27, 2023

    Good

  • Oct 27, 2023

    Excellent