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Welcome, Dr. Clanton!

Posted on: November 1, 2018 by Robert Moss

We are thrilled to welcome Samuel Clanton, MD, PhD to the Sheltering Arms physician team full time!

Dr. Clanton is a familiar face at Sheltering Arms as he began working with us on a part-time basis in the summer of 2017 while completing a one-year Polytrauma/Brain Injury Fellowship at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“I love working for Sheltering Arms; I think it’s a great organization. I’m really happy to be here and I enjoy working here. It’s been a great experience so far and I’m looking forward to building something even better for the future,” Dr. Clanton said.

Dr. Clanton specializes in acquired brain injury and neurological rehabilitation and dedicates his practice to helping patients with a variety of diagnoses, including:

• Concussion
• Traumatic brain injury
• Stroke
• Other acquired brain injury
• Neurologic rehabilitation
• General rehabilitation

Dr. Clanton says he enjoys working with all types of physical rehabilitation patients, but particularly those with brain injuries. He said, “Brain injury patients can be severely injured, but also have a great chance of recovery. I see people who are really sick and have a lot of medical issues that are solvable, or at least manageable, so there’s a lot you can do for them and they get a lot better. Many times, you’ll watch them recover and in a sense get to know them and their families over the long term as their life renormalizes.”

An engineer by trade, Dr. Clanton earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and computer science from Johns Hopkins University. He then worked as a NASA engineer after college before pursuing a dual doctoral degree–a doctorate of philosophy in robotics from Carnegie Mellon and a medical degree from University of Pittsburgh–as part of a doctorate of medicine and philosophy (MD-PhD) program. It was over the course of this 10-year program that his passion for patient care became evident.

“During my last few years of medical school actually working in the hospital, working with patients, getting some experience, and seeing what physicians did and what kind of impact they could have on patients was really powerful. It made me see how you can really have a hand in improving their lives and helping them to lead fuller lives.”

From there, Dr. Clanton completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, now the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, before the aforementioned Polytrauma/Brain Injury Fellowship.

When asked why he wanted to work for Sheltering Arms, Dr. Clanton said, “I think Sheltering Arms has a very unique attitude toward patient treatment. The staff members I’ve worked with are wonderful–the therapists, the nurses. They’re truly caring and they’re very invested in patient outcomes and they really care for their patients in a way I hadn’t seen before.”

Dr. Clanton sees patients at the following Sheltering Arms locations:

• Midlothian Campus and South Hospital
• South Neuro Center
• Reynolds Center

To request an appointment with Dr. Clanton or one of our other clinicians, click here or call (804) 764-1000.