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Education & Training

  • Fellowship, 1985
    Children's National Medical Center
  • MD, 1979
    University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency
    Newmarket General Hospital
  • Residency, Pediatrics
    Children's National Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics/Pulmonology
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Sleep Medicine
  • American Board of Pediatrics

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors No Va Magazine (2023, 2022, 2021)

National Provider ID: 1457449837


Iman R. Sami-Zakhari, M.D., earned a bachelor's degree from University of Khartoum in Khartoum, Sudan. She went to medical school at University of Khartoum and University of Liverpool, UK, for post-graduate training. Dr. Sami completed her residency at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters and Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. After her residency, she completed a pediatric pulmonary medicine fellowship at Children's National Hospital.

Dr. Sami is Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program at Children’s National. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology. She is particularly interested in asthma, cystic fibrosis, BPD and sleep, with specific research in the area of pulmonary function testing.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • Genentech USA Inc. 
  • Novartis 
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals 
  • Gilead Sciences 

Research & Publications

American Thoracic Society International Conference

(2002) Cystic Lung Disease in a patient with Down’s Syndrome

American Thoracic Society International Conference

(2003) A 9-year-old with Sickle Cell Disease, Dyspnea and Hemoptysis

Bronchodilator Responsiveness in Sickle Cell Patients

(2003) American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

DC Thoracic Society annual meeting

(1994) Topical immunoprophylaxis of nasal respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in cotton rats

Inactivation of respiratory syncytial virus by generic hand dishwashing detergents and antibacterial hand soaps

(1999) Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

International Respiratory Syncytial Virus Symposium

(2003) Respiratory Syncytial Virus prophylaxis with Palivizumab in high risk patients

Lower Airway Obstruction LAO in Children with Scoliosis

(1998) American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care

Preoperative use of bronchodilators in patients with scoliosis

(2001) Journal of Pediatric Research

Semipermissive Replication and Functional aspects of the Immune Response in a Cotton Rat Model of Human Parainfluenza Virus Type 3 Infection

(1996) Journal of General Virology

Systemic Immunoprophylaxis of Nasal Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Cotton Rats

(1995) Journal of Infectious Diseases