Board Certified: Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary, Complex Primary, and Revision Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee
Orthopedic Surgery (Joint Replacement), Hip & Knee Reconstruction, Hip & Knee Arthritis
The American Orthopaedic Association, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Orthopaedic Research Society, The International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty, The Society for Biomaterials, The Musculoskeletal Infection Society, The Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, The Michigan Orthopaedic Society, The Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
DMC Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine – Heart Hospital
Orthopaedics – DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
DMC Sports Medicine – Troy
Education and Training
- Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine M.D., Ph.D. Program, Detroit, MI
- Residency: (Orthopedic Surgery) Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals, Detroit, MI
- Fellowship: National Institutes of Health Surgeon-Scientist Fellowship; (Orthopaedic Surgery Research) University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Internship: (General Surgery) Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals, Detroit, MI
“As a joint replacement specialist, my goal is to effectively treat the arthritic conditions involving the hip and knee, repair the damage from failed joint replacements, and return my patients to full activity as rapidly as possible. Using over thirty years of experience, I make every effort to eliminate pain and restore function for each patient I treat.”
Doctor Sam Nasser wants his patients to receive the same level of care that he would expect for members of his own family. This means he must constantly keep up-to-date with the latest developments in joint replacement, including surgical techniques, prosthesis design, and new and innovative biomaterials.
Dr. Nasser graduated with honors in biomedical research from the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He then continued his education in the Wayne State Affiliated Hospital System graduating from the orthopedic surgery residency program in 1987. Because of a strong interest in adult reconstructive surgery, he pursued additional training as a National Institutes of Health surgeon-scientist fellow, followed by a second year of fellowship in orthopaedic research at the University of California Los Angeles. During that second year of fellowship his work was honored with the prestigious Sir John Charnley Award for his research on the titanium alloys used in joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Nasser began his teaching career as assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, and returned to Detroit three years later as senior faculty member of the orthopaedic surgery department at Wayne State. During the following years he taught at all levels, from freshman medical students to teaching surgical techniques to senior residents. In 2005, he was promoted to full professor both of orthopaedic surgery as well as biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering at Wayne. He has performed more than 7,000 total joint replacement procedures including many on other surgeons and their family members, always receiving the highest patient satisfaction ratings.
He has served on the design teams for several different types of total hip and knee replacements, and is presently serving his third five-year appointment to the Food and Drug Administration’s Committee on Good Manufacturing Practice. Dr. Nasser is the author of more than forty scholarly reports and ten book chapters, and he has lectured around the world on subjects ranging from the design of joint replacements to the materials used to make them.
In Dr. Nasser’s spare time, he is an amateur chef and loves preparing feasts for family and friends. His love of cooking began at an early age learning from his father who worked as a restaurant manager. He enjoys staying active by cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, bicycling in the summer, and building model sailing ships.