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Iman Sami Zakhari, MD

Pulmonologist, Sleep Medicine Specialist


Languages Spoken

  • English


Board Certifications

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

National Provider ID: 1457449837

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 



Iman R. Sami-Zakhari, MD, earned her bachelor's degree from University of Khartoum, 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 her pediatric pulmonary medicine fellowship at Children's National Health System.Dr. Sami is an Assistant 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.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, 1985
    Children's National Medical Center
  • MBBS, 1979
    University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency Program, Pediatric Residency
    Children's National Medical Center
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Iman Sami Zakhari

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Ryan M.'s Story

"I assure you, cystic fibrosis may have won the battle, but we are going to win the war."

Research & Publications

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

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