Dr. Samuels is the Medical Director of the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance, a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep centre in Calgary, Alberta. The Centre provides clinical and diagnostic services in a community based setting. His clinical practice and research focus on the effect of sleep deprivation and disruption on health and performance. Specifically, Dr. Samuels’ expertise is in the effect of sleep on weight control, obesity, alteration in mood, cognitive processing, including memory and concentration, and performance in specialized groups. Dr. Samuels is also the chairman of the Alberta Medical Association Toward Optimized Practice, a committee dedicated to the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of insomnia in primary care. As an educator, Dr. Samuels is actively involved in the development and implementation of Sleep Education Programs for the Department of Continuing Medical Education at the University of Calgary.
In addition to acting as the primary and co-investigator on over 20 clinical trials, Dr. Samuels is a co-investigator in a unique study exploring the relationship of sleep on recovery and performance in elite Canadian athletes at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Clinic and the Canadian Sport Centre. This project is funded by “Own the Podium,” a collaboration of all the major Canadian stake holders in the Olympic Games. The beginning phases of this research have led to the publication of two articles by Dr. Samuels. “Jet Lag and Travel Fatigue: A Comprehensive Management Plan for Sport Medicine Physicians and High Performance Support Teams,” was published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine in 2010 and “Sleep, Recovery and Performance: The New Frontier in High-Performance Athletics,” was published in Neurological Clinical in 2008. As an ambassador to his community, Dr. Samuels sits as a member of the Institute of Public Health and has served as the Vice-Chairman for the Research Ethics Review Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.