Sam Sears

Dr. Sam Sears
Senior Medical Advisor
Department Head of Cardiology
East Carolina University


Nationally recognized expert in the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients, made by Medtronics. Dr. Sears was honored by the University of North Carolina system as the O. Max Gardner Award winner for 2013. Has published over 150 articles in the medicine literature on the psychological aspects of cardiology. Regularly appears in PBS TV series, Second Opinion, on topics related to cardiology, such as Long QT Syndrome, Artificial Hearts, and Stress Cardiomyopathy. He holds a PhD, in Clinical and Health Psychology, from University of Florida (1995) MS, Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida (1992) BS, Psychology, University of Florida (1990)