M. Samer Ammar, MD, FAAP, FAGA


Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Fellowship, 2002
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Pediatric Residency
Department of Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1999

Medical School
Damascus University School of Medicine, Damascus, Syria


  • Clinical Assistant Professor in Dept. of Pediatric, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, SIU School of Medicine;
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in Dept of Pediatric & Human Development, Michigan State University;

Awards, Honors, Distinctions

  • Continental Who’s Who, 2005-06
  • Fellow of the James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Association, June, 2002
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2002-03
  • American Gastroenterological Association and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Investing In The Future, May 2002

Medical Societies

  • North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterolgy, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Certifications & Licensure

  • Tennessee Medical License
  • Illinois Medical License
  • Michigan Medical License
  • Indiana Medical License
  • United States Dept. of Justice-Drug Enforcement Administration

Board Certified:

  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology


Since I was a young boy in middle school I knew I wanted to be a health care provider. It was not unusual in high school to be called “Dr. Ammar.” Interacting with children, while in medical school, was the leading factor in my decision to become a pediatrician and then to specialize in pediatric gastroenterology.

I love working and treating children of all ages. The majority of pediatric GI patients are treated for abdominal pain and/or irregular bowel movement; and working in this specialty presents a unique set of challenges.

I am a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist. I practiced in Grand Rapids, Michigan prior to coming to Knoxville. It is my pleasure teaming up with GIforKids, PLLC to provide care for children of East Tennessee and the surrounding areas.

Knoxville is an attractive place to live and raise a family. My wife, Manal, has a degree in business management. We have four children ages 11, 6, 5, and 2 years old. Outside of work, I enjoy biking, listening to country music and building friendships with people from different background and cultures.

Dr. Samer Ammar, received one of the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital IMPACT awards in 2013 for Service Excellence. This award is given to an individual who consistently demonstrates and lives the core value of Service Excellence by going above and beyond to exceed the expectations of patients, families or other customers.

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