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Dr. Soroush R. Samani joins Oaklawn Medical Group – Endocrinology and Diabetes Care

Soroush R. Samani, M.D., has joined Oaklawn Medical Group – Endocrinology and Diabetes Care, located at 215 E. Mansion St., Suite 2A in Marshall.

Patients may call 269-558-0710 to set up an appointment.

Dr. Samani specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and prior to his arrival at Oaklawn Medical Group, completed his Fellowship at Michigan State University/Sparrow Hospital where he was also Chief Fellow from March 2022 to February 2023. He also served as a Hospitalist in Acute Cardiology/Internal Medicine at  the University of Iowa Health Care and Clinics from 2021-2022.

Born in Iran and raised in the Chicago area, Dr. Samani said as a boy, he always imagined himself becoming a physicist. The decision to pursue medicine, however, came while in college at Benedictine University in Illinois.

“I remember taking this biology course and that got me interested in medicine, but then that interest really flourished when I took a 300-level class in endocrinology,” said Dr. Samani, who majored in Biology. “After taking that course, everything pointed me in the direction of pursuing something in medicine.”

Endocrinology is one of the cornerstones of medicine, noted Dr. Samani.

“It’s the caring of the endocrine glands and includes many different glands responsible for diabetes, thyroid disorders, parathyroid, pituitary and adrenal disorders,” he said. “An endocrinologist’s job is to care for these glands and the hormonal interaction that takes place… From my perspective, it marriages biochemistry, genetics and physiology to patient care. It’s very important – without these glands, we cannot function, we cannot live.”

“Within endocrinology, I am able to provide a lot of preventative care to my patients,” he continued. “The chronic nature of these diseases we take care of allows me to establish close relationships with my patients. At the same time, the patients become like educators for me. I love that aspect of being able to see people’s progress and help them.”

The advancement in diabetes technology such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems as well as a recent rise of the use of GLP-1 agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors has led to an interest in the field of endocrinology, Dr. Samani added.

“Now we have better tools to help people,” he said. “If I can help people to lose weight, then I might be able to help them from becoming diabetic down the road.”

Dr. Samani said he enjoys spending time with his wife Zahra and 15-month-old son Iliya, reading, hiking and going to the beach along Lake Michigan.

He said he was extremely impressed with Oaklawn and the Marshall community during the interview process.

“I have always had an interest in moving to a small community,” said Dr. Samani. “I was very impressed with Oaklawn while interviewing because of their professionalism, and living in a smaller community helps you connect with people more easily. I love to take care of my patients. I’m easy to work with and flexible with patients and with staff. I value my nursing staff and medical assistants. They are so important in the success of a physician.”