Samar Jasser, MD, Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals


Psychiatry Philadelphia, PA

Psychopharmacology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Integrative Psychiatry

Part-time in private practice with focus on integrated psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic principles in the setting of medical comorbidities, striving to maintain awareness of the interplay between psychiatric & medical factors in patients' mental health. Also working part-time in Neurology: Circadian rhythms light research studying light-related factors in health and disease processes.

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  • Dr. Samar Jasser is a psychiatrist in Philadelphia, PA. She received her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College and has been in practice 12 years. She specializes in General/Integrative Psychiatry and focuses on continuing the tradition of integration of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic values with biological/medication evaluation and management. She is experienced in Mindfulness meditation, Psychotherapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Insight-oriented psychotherapy, as well as psychopharmacology in treatment resistance.

Education & Training

  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
    University of Pennsylvania Health SystemResidency, Psychiatry, 2005 - 2009
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College
    Sidney Kimmel Medical CollegeClass of 2005
  • The Pennsylvania State UniversityB.S., General Sciences (Combined B.S./M.D. 6-Year Program with Jefferson Medical College), Eberly College of Science Dean's List Each Semester, 1998 - 2003

Certifications & Licensure

  • NJ State Medical License
    NJ State Medical License 2019 - 2021
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 2019 - 2021
  • AZ State Medical License
    AZ State Medical License 2010 - 2014
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2007 - 2022
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Baldwin L. Keyes Prize in Psychiatry Jefferson Medical College Class of 2005, 2005
  • Nominated for the J. Woodrow Savacool Prize in Medical Ethics 2005
  • Summer Student Research Fellowship in Neurology Jefferson Medical College, 2001-2002
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Sensitivity of the human circadian system to short wavelength (420 nm) light  
    Brainard G.C., D. Sliney, J.P. Hanifin, G. Glickman, B. Byrne, J.M. Greeson, S. Jasser, E. Gerner, and M.D. Rollag, Journal of Biological Rhythms, 1/1/2008
  • Information Technology in Mental Health Research: Impediments and Implications in One Chronic Pain Study Population  
    Jasser S.A., Garvin J.H., Weidemer, N., Roche, D., Gallagher, R.M., Pain Medicine, 1/1/2007
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is Associated with Improved Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Pilot Study  
    Rosenzweig, S., Reibel, D., Greeson, J., Jasser, S., and McMearty, K., Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 1/1/2007
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Books/Book Chapters


  • Testing Solid State Lighting Countermeasures to Improve Circadian Adaptation, Sleep, and Performance During High Fidelity Analog and Flight Studies for the Internation...
    G. Brainard, J. Hanifin, B. Warfield, D. Hasher, S. Jasser, L. Balaicuis, L. Panepinto, B. Byrne, C. Pineda, E. Gerner, T. Clark, J. Maida, R. Moomaw, S. Johnston, M. ..., NASA Human Research Program Investigators Workshop, Galveston, TX, 1/8/2016
  • Efficacy of blue-enriched fluorescent light for melatonin suppression and circadian phase resetting.
    Hanifin, J., K. Cecil, K. West, M. Jablonski, B. Warfield, M. James, M. Thiessen, S. Jasser, M. Stone, R. Fucci, E. Martin, B. Byrne, E. Gerner, M. Rollag, S. Lockley ..., 11th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, Destin, FL, 1/17/2008
  • Studies on blue-enriched fluorescent light as a countermeasure for circadian and sleep disruption during space flight.
    Brainard, G., J. Hanifin, B. Warfield, M. James, K. Cecil, K. West, M. Jablonski, S. Jasser, M. Stone, R. Fucci, E. Martin, B. Byrne, E. Gerner, M. Thiessen and M. Rollag, NASA Human Research Program Investigators Workshop, League City, TX, 1/4/2008
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  • Mood, Art, & Politics-Vincent Van Gogh, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln. 
  • Coding and Mental Health Research 
  • "Ethical Decision Making: A Hierarchical Model" 
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - 1/27/2003


  • Two Worlds 
    Jasser S, Treasures of the Imagination: The International Library of Poetry (Owing Mills, MD: Watermark Press)


  • Participant, JeffMD new Curriculum development and steering committee for incoming Sidney Kimmel Medical Students 2016 - Present

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Arabic

Hospital Affiliations