Dr. Samer Koutoubi

    Program Director, Public Health at American Public University System

    Specialties

    • Nutrition
    • Epidemiology
    • Zika Virus
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Metabolism
    • Prevention and Wellness
    • Cultural Food and Health

    About Dr. Samer Koutoubi

    Dr. Koutoubi earned his Ph.D. in dietetics and nutrition from Florida International University in 2001. He earned his M.D. degree in 1988 from Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

    Samer’s research focuses on coronary heart disease among tri-ethnic groups including African-Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics. His interest is in disease prevention and wellness, epidemiological research, cardiovascular disease and nutrition, homocysteine metabolism, lipoprotein metabolism, and cultural food and health.

    Contributor: In Homeland Security, MultiBriefs
    Languages: Romanian, Arabic

    Samer has also authored a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and written a book review. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine and reviewed manuscripts for The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ethnicity and Disease Journal, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Intl. Journal of Translational Medical Research & Public Health, and The Journal of The National Medical Association. Samer has also been quoted in national magazines and newspapers, including Natural Health Magazine, Energy Time, Well Being Journal, Northwest Prime Time and Natural Food Merchandiser.

    Media Appearances

    CEPH Accreditation: The Benefits for Our Graduate Public Health Students and APUS July 2017
    Celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 - April 2017
    Careers in Public Health: 5 Ways to Prepare for the Next Level - August 2016
    Video: How to Prevent the Spread of Zika in the USA - July 2016
    How Concerned Should You Be About Zika? - May 2016
    5 Ways to Support National Public Health Week in 2016 - March 2016
    Zika: A Public Health Emergency - January 2016
    Diabetes: A Public Health Concern - October 2015
    Public Health Top 10 Priorities That Should Be “No More” in 2015
    Can We Stop Ebola from Spreading?
    Are We Ready For Ebola?
    Inside the Microwave - Microwave ovens are a marvel of modern engineering — but could they also be a menace to your health?
    Gene-Based Cuisine - Experts believe you can use diet to influence how your body responds to your genetic makeup. Energy Times, April 2011.
    Healthful Synergy - Whole foods, and supplements derived from them, provide dozens of compounds that work together to sustain health. Energy Times, January 2011. http://www.energytimes.com/pages/features/1101/synergy.html
    The Upside Down World - Christie Taylor and Samer Koutoubi - 50 Plus Northwest, May 11, 2010.
    Tame inflammation - Delicious living, Jan 14, 2010.
    Coconut: A functional, flavorful food - Genevieve Sherrow and Samer Koutoubi - Natural Medicine. January 21, 2010.
    5 Tips to Optimize the Financial Sustainability of the Gluten-free Diet - Genevieve Sherrow and Samer Koutoubi - Natural Medicine. September 24, 2009.
    Cooking with Gluten-free Whole Grains - Genevieve Sherrow and Samer Koutoubi - Natural Medicine. October 14, 2009.
    25 Naturally Gluten-free Snacks - Genevieve Sherrow and Samer Koutoubi - Natural Medicine. October 14, 2009.
    Cardiovascular Health - OMH, Office of Minority Health State Partnership Grant Program. - Web-Based resources Directory. Samer Koutoubi, The Florida Department of Health.
    Changes in Consumer Knowledge and Behavioral Intention toward Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods - Samer Koutoubi, Philip R. Heiselmann, Scott D. Murdoch, Masa Sasagawa. Scivee.tv. 2008.
    Take Care of Your Heart and More With Tocotrienol - Associated Content January 2007.
    Make sure your heart is just as young as you are - Spectator, 2006;76(25). Valdosta, Georgia, April 6, 2006.
    Amino acids 101: protein’s building blocks - The Natural Food Merchandiser. March 2005. volume XXVI/number 3/p. 94, 96
    Vitamins - Natural Health Magazine 2003.
    Health Partners: Calcium/Magnesium part I. - Well Being Journal. Vol 11. No. 6. November/December 2002.
    Anti-cancer Lifestyle - Energy Times, May 2002.
    Should you believe the headlines about vitamins? Natural Health Magazine, December 2001.

    Published Works

    Knowledge, Awareness of Diabetes Mellitus, and weight change among Iranian adults living in the United States.
    Haleh Etemadinejad, Elizabeth Kirk, June Kloubec, Samer Koutoubi. FASEB J. 2012 321:1010.6.
    Essential Fatty Acid Intake and Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors among College Students of Three Ethnic Groups.
    Samer Koutoubi, Mary Jones Verbovski, Mark Kestin, Fatma G. Huffman.
    J Natl Med Assoc. 2011;103:99-108.
    Assessment of selection criteria used by internship directors for choosing Bastyr students, and of their competence as interns.
    Samer Koutoubi, Debra Boutin, Doris Piccinin, Wendy L. Caamano, Michelle J. Guzman, Misha C. Henshaw, Jamie C. Hunter, Laine S. Lum, Rebecca A. Rajcich, Ora J. Rhine, Catherine E. Southworth, Carol J. White, FASEB J. 2011 25:989.17.
    Assessment of content validity and reliability of Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) “Functional Medicine Matrix ModelTM, 2008.”
    Samer Koutoubi, Debra Boutin, Masa Sasagawa, Ruth Ann Crouse, Megan G. Gill, Autumn Hoverter, Michelle R.M. Lesher, Tarynne L. Mingione, Jaimie M. Morgan, Mary Ann Rasmussen, Mariya Shurnene, and Stephanie E. Wells. FASEB J. 2010 24:945.1
    Samer Koutoubi, Philip R. Heiselmann, Scott D. Murdoch, Masa Sasagawa. Changes in Consumer Knowledge and Behavioral Intention toward Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods. FASEB J. 2008;22:681.9.
    Impact of internet-based nutrition information on dietary behaviors in lean and obese adults.
    Cynthia Slaughter, Samer Koutoubi, Masa Sasagawa, Jennifer Lovejoy. NAASO-535-P, 200816:S202. obesityjournal.org
    Protein Nutrition in Fibromyalgia. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
    Samer Koutoubi, John W. Cartmel, Mark Kestin, Gerffrey Lecovin. 2007;14(3):47-58.
    Environmental Literacy of College Nutrition Students. The Internet Journal of Nutrition and Wellness.
    Samer Koutoubi, Maria L. Harrington, Steven Garrett, Scott D. Murdoch. 2007. Volume 3 Number 2.
    Essential Fatty Acid Intake and Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors among College Students of Three Ethnic Groups.
    Samer Koutoubi, Mary Jones, Mark Kestin, Scott D. Murdoch, Fatma G. Huffman. FASEB J. 2007;21(5):A344.
    Eating Pattern and Dietary Composition Associations with Insulin Resistance.
    Maribeth Evezich, Florence L. Solages, Cheryl H. Gilhooly, Galen D. Eldridge, Terry T-K Huang, Malinda M. Gehrke, Susan B. Roberts, Edward Saltzman, Paul J. Fuss, Samer Koutoubi, Scott D. Murdoch, Megan A. McCrory. FASEB J. 2007;21(5):A6.
    Intakes and Plasma Levels of Folate among Tri-ethnic College Students.
    Subrata D. Nath, Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman. J Natl Med Assoc. 2006;98(1):67-72.
    Differences in Arterial Stiffness and its Correlates in Tri-ethnic Young Men and Women.
    WayWay M. Hlaing, Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman. Ethn Dis. 2006;16:837-843.
    Heart Disease Risks in Young Adults.
    WayWay M. Hlaing, Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman. Ethn Dis. 2006;16:1015.
    Taste Preferences and Taste Sensitivity: Associations with Food Preferences, Dietary Intake and Body Composition.
    Anna C. Krueger, Galen D. Eldridge, Malinda M. Gehrke, Jennifer C. Lovejoy, Samer Koutoubi, Erica B. Oberg, Janelle M. Johnson, Kate E. Schenk, Megan A. McCrory. FASEB J. 2006;20(4):A175.
    Coronary Heart Disease Knowledge and Risk Factors among Tri-Ethnic College Students.
    Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman, Michele W. Ciccazzo, Susan P. Himburg, Paulette Johnson. The Health Education Journal. 2005;64(1):31-42.
    Body Composition Assessment and Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors among College Students of Three Ethnic Groups.
    Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman. J Natl Med Assoc. 2005;97(6):784—791.
    Natural or Synthetic?
    Samer Koutoubi. Letter to the Editor in response to: Edgar R. Miller, III, Roberto Pastor-Barriuso, Darshan Dalal, Rudolph A. Riemersma, Lawrence J. Appel, and Eliseo Guallar. Meta-Analysis: High-Dosage Vitamin E Supplementation May Increase All-Cause Mortality. Ann Intern Med 2005;142: 37-46.
    Environmental Literacy of College Nutrition Students.
    Maria L. Harrington, Samer Koutoubi, Steven Garrett, Scott D. Murdoch, Mary E. McGann. FASEB J. 2005;19(4):A459.
    Protein Nutrition in Fibromyalgia; a Pilot Study.
    John W. Cartmell, Samer Koutoubi, Mark Kestin, Gerffrey Lecovin. FASEB J. 2005;19(5):A1001.
    Serum Total Homocysteine Levels, Folate, and B-Vitamins Intake and Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors Among Tri-Ethnic College students.
    Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman. Ethn Dis. 2004;14:64-72.
    Eat Right and Exercise for Lower Homocysteine Levels and Less Chance of Heart Disease.
    Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman. Ethn Dis. 2004;14:160.
    Vitamin Intakes with and without Supplement Use Among Tri-ethnic College Students.
    Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman, and Subrata Nath. FASEB J. 2004. 365.3.
    Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors among Tri-Ethnic college students.
    Koutoubi, Samer, and Huffman Fatma. FASEB J. 2003;17:A295.
    Etiology of Heart Disease
    Huffman, FG, Koutoubi, Samer and Nath, Subrata. Academic Press Limited, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, U.K. In Encyclopaedia of Food Science, Food Technology and Nutrition, 2003.
    Mean Nutrient Intakes of Calories, Fiber, and Cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) risk Factors among College Students.
    Huffman, Fatma, and Koutoubi, Samer. FASEB J. 2003;17:A289.
    Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors Among Tri-Ethnic College Students.
    Samer Koutoubi, Fatma G. Huffman. The Internet Journal of Cardiovascular Research, 2002;1:1.
    Ethnic differences of coronary heart disease knowledge among college students.
    Samer Koutoubi, and Huffman Fatma. FASEB J. 2002;16:A650.
    Intake and plasma levels of folate among tri-ethnic college students.
    Nath, Subrata, D, Samer Koutoubi, Shah, Zara, S, and Huffman Fatma. FASEB J. 2002;15:A252.
    Serum Homocysteine levels, vitamins B-12 and B-6 and coronary heart disease risks among college students.
    Samer Koutoubi, and Huffman Fatma. FASEB J. 2001;15:A613.
    Body composition and coronary heart disease risks.
    Samer Koutoubi, and Huffman Fatma. FASEB 2001;15:A274.
    Clinical, Histological and Histochemical Changes in Allergic Rhinitis
    Samer Koutoubi. Presented at the XXXIII session of the Research circle. Faculty of Medicine, Cluj-Napoca University, Romania. April 10, 1987 (Original Published in Romanian).
    Clinical, Histological and Histochemical Changes in Allergic Rhinitis
    Samer Koutoubi. Presented at the XXXIV session of the Research circle. Faculty of Medicine, Cluj-Napoca University, Romania. July 10 1988 (Original published in Romanian).

    Conferences to Consider

    American Public Health Association

    Annual

    various U.S. locations

    Society for Public Health Education

    Annual

    various U.S. locations

    Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

    Semi-Annual

    U.S. and international locations

    Articles By Dr. Samer Koutoubi