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Samuel Palpant, MD

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences


  • Penn State – BS, Pre-Medicine
  • Temple University, MD
  • Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program, Internal Medicine Residency
  • University of Arizona, Infectious Disease Fellowship
  • School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, England, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health

Past Academic Positions

  • Medical Director, Friend Lugulu Hospital, Kenya, 1979-85
  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington, SOM, 1985-present
  • Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Spokane, 1985-2016
  • Clinical Associate Professor, WSU ESFCOM, 2015-present
  • Micro-ID Course Component Director, WSU ESFCOM, 2016-present


  • AOA Medical Honor Society: 1984
  • Teaching Awards: 1999, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Physician/Citizen of the Year: 2001, Spokane County Medical Society
  • Osler Prize for Humanism: 2015 – Spokane Society of Internal Medicine
  • Distinguished Leadership Award with spouse Judy Palpant: 2016, Whitworth University

Additional Information

  • Professional Interests: parasitology, tropical medicine and medical informatics
  • Faculty Adviser for Global Health Interest Group
  • Member of Christian Medical & Dental Association, 1973-present
  • Hobbies: woodwork, reading and music

Sam Palpant
Samuel Palpant, MD
Clinical Associate Professor