Samar Nahas, MD, MPH
Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UCR School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, UCR School of Medicine

Samar Nahas MD UCR HealthDr. Samar Nahas is Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UC Riverside School of Medicine (UCR School of Medicine). Dr. Nahas joined UCR Health as the Division Director, Gynecologic Oncology in December 2015 and has been working to bring gynecologic oncology services to women in our communities. In her new role at UC Riverside, Dr. Nahas oversees the development and growth of obstetrics and gynecology at UCR School of Medicine as well as its residency program. She also directs the women’s health clinical care activities for UCR Health.   

Dr. Nahas brings a depth of knowledge in administration and leadership experience, as well as advanced clinical expertise in gynecologic oncology, she has improved the care of women with gynecological cancer through minimal invasive techniques with enhanced recovery protocols. Prior to joining the UCR School of Medicine, Dr. Nahas worked as a consultant and teaching faculty at Trillium Health Partners Hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto; she is also a member of the teaching faculty at the Laparoscopic Institute of Gynecologic Oncology in San Francisco.
Dr. Nahas is an assistant professor, clinician and researcher. She earned her Canadian Board in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Nahas completed fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She completed a second fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery in gynecologic oncology at the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Nahas also earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Nahas is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Royal College of Physician and Surgeons Canada, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.

Dr. Nahas believes that the growth of the women’s health practice is attributable to the significant positive impact UCR Health physicians have had on the quality of care in Inland Southern California. Many of the minimally invasive and radical cancer surgeries and treatments UCR Health physicians perform are new to the area. Dr. Nahas feels that the whole spectrum of women’s cancers can now be treated locally and in a timely fashion. By collaborating with our local colleagues in medical oncology and radiation oncology, we can provide a full spectrum of cancer care treatments available to our patients, providing them with the best medical care available and saving them the time and expense of traveling hours to receive care.