"I intend to exert a positive impact on every patient I interact with so I can make their lives better.”
Specializing in the challenging field of palliative medicine, Samina Qamar, M.D., is passionate about improving her patients' physical and emotional well-being. She has studied a wide variety of interventions and their effects, ranging from chemotherapy to music to the power of positive thinking.
Educated in Pakistan, Dr. Qamar received her medical degree from Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women.
Her commitment to her patients was clear from the start: During her internship and residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Cornell University & Weill Medical College, Dr. Qamar was cited for Excellent Patient Care. Dr. Qamar completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative care at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Qamar also spent two years researching renal and bladder cancer at University of California San Francisco-Fresno. She was drawn to City of Hope (“a supportive and welcoming place to work”) for its research opportunities and its reputation for highest quality patient care.
2007, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.), Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women, Pakistan
2017-2018, Fellowship Hospice & Palliative Care, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas
2011-2014, Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Cornell University & Weill Medical College, Brooklyn, New York
2018-present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Supportive Medicine, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope, Duarte, California
2014-2017, Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Community Reginal Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, Fresno, California
Awards & Memberships
2012, Service Excellence Pin Award for Excellent Patient Care, Brooklyn Hospital Center
2000, Merit Scholarship Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Pakistan
American College of Physicians
American Medical Association
American Association of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
American Geriatrics Association
Research and Publications
Yiressy C, Qamar S, Aroche Gutierrez L, Hsi A, Healy J. Comparison of dispositional optimism and symptom burden in geriatric palliative care patients. Scientific abstract poster presentation, Annual Scientific Meeting of American Geriatrics Society (AGS), Florida. May, 2018.
Yiressy C, Qamar S, Healy J. Positive Optimism and Palliative Chemotherapy: Does it really effect symptom burden. Scientific abstract poster presentation, American Association of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, Massachusetts. March 2018.
Qamar S, Chaudhary U. PD1/PDL-1 Inhibitors: Emerging Hope for Bladder Cancer. Journal of cancer treatment and research. Vol. 5, No. 5, 2017, Sep; pp. 71-80. DOI: 10.11648/j.jctr.20170505.11
Qamar S, Naseer M. Hypercalcemia in In-Hospital patients; Is it really underdiagnosed? A retrospective chart review. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2016, May; 31(S2): S92. (12876836).
Gilmore G, Qamar S, Chaudhary U. Geographic tongue (Benign Migratory Glossitis) in a patient treated With Pazopanib for metastatic renal cell carcinoma. A case report. Cancer Treatment Communications. 2016, Feb; Volume 6, 2016 (CTRC85): 1-3.
Qamar S, Fathi A. Natural history of choledochal cysts and associated malignancies: Comparison of western finding to eastern data. (In process)
Qamar S, Mireles C. Music Therapy in Terminally Ill Cancer Patients during Specialized Inpatient Palliative Care. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. April 2018.
Qamar S, Morrow J. DNAR (Do Not Attempt Resuscitation). University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. December 2017.
Qamar S. Hypercalcemia in In-Hospital patients. Scientific abstract poster presentation, Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, Florida. May 2016.
Qamar S. Cushing syndrome. The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Cornell University and Weill Medical College. January 2014.
Qamar S. Sugar Sweet beverages and genetic risk of obesity. The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Cornell University and Weill Medical College. October 2013.
Rakasi R, Ayala-Rodriguez A, Qamar S, Nedelcu C. EKG Quality Improvement Project, Scholars Day. The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Cornell University and Weill Medical College. October 2012.
Qamar S. Mirizzi Syndrome. The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Cornell University and Weill Medical College. March 2012.
Ratings & Reviews
Ratings and reviews below are gathered from the Press Ganey Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG CAHPS) survey. CG CAHPS is a standardized survey that is used to measure a patient's experience in the physician office setting. Ratings are an average of all responses to questions about a provider's care, with 5 stars being the highest.