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Sams, Richard Woodville, MD

Family Medicine
Primary Care
Office 706-721-2369

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Faculty Title

  • Associate Professor

Medical Degree

  • Boston University School of Medicine


  • Waukesha Family Practice Residency Program, Waukesha, WI


  • Waukesha Family Practice Residency Program, Waukesha, WI


  • Faculty Development Fellowship, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Tacoma, WA


  • I am interested research that intersects with the spiritual and moral dimensions of medicine and in how biotechnology affects our lives.


  • English

Philosophy of Care

  • The patient doesn't care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.
  • It is more important to know the person that has the disease, than the disease that has the person.
  • Cure sometimes, relieve often, care always.

Board Info

  • American Board of Family Practice - Certified

I was born in a small town called Pekin, IL, living in the country and on horse farms until I was 14. I moved with my family to Lake Geneva, WI and graduated from high school in 1984. I enlisted in the Navy in November, 1984, became a confessing Christian in 1985, and spent three years enlisted before going to Boston University on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship in 1987. I married my lovely bride, Teri in 1989. While at BU, I sensed a calling into medicine. I graduated from BU in 1991 and went to Boston University School of Medicine on a Navy Health Professions Scholarship, graduating in 1995. I completed my family medicine residency at Waukesha Family Practice Residency Program in 1998. I completed a Masters in Bioethics at Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL in 2006. I spent 19 years as a Medical Corps Officer / Navy Family Physician. We were stationed at Naval Hospital Guam; Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California; Madigan Army Medical Center and Bremerton Naval Hospital, WA state; Naval Hospital Jacksonville Florida; Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA; and Mayport Naval Station, Mayport FL. I served as a staff physician, teaching faculty physician, program director of a family medicine residency program, clinical medical ethics consultant EMS Medical Director, and the Senior Medical Officer for a squadron of ships. I deployed to Iraq in 2003 at the beginning of the war and to Afghanistan in 2011. My wife and I have 5 wonderful children. We are active in our local church, and we participate in international humanitarian missions. We have traveled to Haiti, Kenya, Mexico and rural America. I have a deep interest in healthcare for the poor, the intersection of faith and health, history, philosophy and theology. I love the Lord, the outdoors, stand up paddle boarding, bicycling, reading, writing and making home made pasta.
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