Dr Sam has been working in general practice since 2004. He grew up in Tasmania as an accomplished rower and hockey player, graduating with Honours from the University of Tasmania Medical School in 1999. He went on to work for two years at the Royal Hobart Hospital before moving to Sydney for his first posting with the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.
Dr Sam started his military career at the 1st Health Support Battalion (1HSB) – the army's premier field hospital. He worked there as a general duties doctor, facilitating the re-establishment of the Parachute Surgical Team – a small scale highly mobile hospital, able to respond within hours to any emergency, anywhere in the world, specifically by parachute.
After a couple of years Dr Sam moved to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), where he worked as the unit doctor, responsible for leading a team of a dozen medics to care for over 700 soldiers. Following 3RAR, Dr Sam moved back to 1HSB as their Senior Medical Officer.
Dr Sam was rewarded for his leadership and skill with six deployments overseas. Drawing on his experiences from short trips to Bougainville and the Solomon Islands, he found his most challenging trip was to Afghanistan. There, he led a small medical team that integrated with an American helicopter based retrieval team. They were responsible for retrieving injured soldiers from the combat zone, and evacuating them back to the military hospitals.
In addition, Dr Sam was able to provide a greater service to the local Afghanistan population. Aside from flying several missions to retrieve injured civilians, he was able to directly care for them in the local military base hospital in Kandahar. Being directly involved with caring for small children and their families was incredibly rewarding for Dr Sam, restoring a sense of balance in an otherwise chaotic environment.
Dr Sam is currently a partner in a thriving practice in Sydney’s Inner West, where he focuses on managing the multitude of issues effecting young families. Whether it be issues for the kids or issues for the parents, Dr Sam is keen to help.
Dr Sam is married with two young children, and lives in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.