Tanyka Sam, MD

Clinician for Primary Care Medical Services


Tanyka Sam joined Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Student Health Service (SHS) in 2019 as a Primary Care Physician.  Dr. Sam has always worked in Ambulatory Medicine and has held roles as a Medical Director and Clinician-Educator.  In her previous roles, she provided clinical oversight for ambulatory services and directed the ambulatory component of the internal medicine residency program at Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Sam completed her medical training and internal medicine residency at SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.  She then completed a GIM fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an MPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health where she focused on urban health and the built environment, health disparities, and community based participatory research principles. Dr. Sam’s interests include community-oriented primary care, ambulatory quality improvement, urban health and the built environment, health disparities, community based participatory research, and asset mapping

Published Articles

  • Antiretroviral Therapy Use, Medication Adherence, and Viral Suppression among PLWHA who have Panic Symptoms Sam TS, Hutton HE, Lau B, McCaul ME, Keruly J, Moore R, Chander G. AIDS and Behavior. 2015 Nov; 19(11):2049-56. Doi:10.1007/s10461-015-1064-4
  • Improving urban African-Americans’ blood pressure control through multilevel interventions in the Achieving Blood Pressure Together (ACT) study: a randomized clinical trial. Ephraim PL, Hill-Briggs F, Rotor DL, Bone LR, Wolff JL, Lewis-Boyer L, Levine DM, Aboumatar HJ, Cooper LA, Fitzpatrick SJ, Gudzune KA, Albert MC, Monroe D, Simmons M, Hickman D, Purnell L, Fisher A, Matens R, Noronha GJ, Fagan PJ, Ramamurthi HC, Ameling JM, Charlston J, Sam TS, Carson KA, Wang NY, Crews DC, Greer RC, Sneed V, Flynn SJ, DePasquale N, Boulware LE. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2014 Jul; 38(2):370-82. Doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2014.06.009

Awards and Honors

  • Teacher of the Year: 2015, 2017


  • American College of Physicians
  • Society for General Internal Medicine