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Texas Medical Center
The Woodlands

Pediatric Radiology
Phone: 936-267-7400


Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6701 Fannin Street, Suite 470
Houston, TX 77030

Marla B.K. Sammer, MD, MHA, FAAP

Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs

Pediatric Radiologist
Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Texas A&M Masters Master of Healthcare Administration 2021
University of Washington School of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Radiology 2009
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA Residency Diagnostic Radiology 2008
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2003


Dr. Sammer’s goal is to positively improve quality of care and outcomes for patients. As a pediatric imager, ensuring children have equal access to high quality medical imaging is paramount. To accomplish, Dr. Sammer emphasizes data driven processes to bring cutting edge technology into clinical practice in a reliable and useful manner.

Clinically, Dr. Sammer specializes in Pediatric Radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital and is primarily based at The Woodlands campus. She is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology with additional subspecialty certification (Certificate of Added Qualification) in Pediatric Radiology. Dr. Sammer performs all aspects of Pediatric Radiology with an emphasis on Body Imaging. She has multiple peer reviewed publications, including in Pediatric Radiology, the American Journal of Roentgenology, and the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Awards she has received for research include the Society of Nuclear Medicine Pediatric Imaging Council Young Investigator Award, and recognition from the RSNA, ARRS, and the University of Washington. Her approach to patient care is to provide appropriate and accurate imaging in a convenient and family friendly environment.

Clinical Interests:

Body and Pelvic MRI, Fluoroscopy, Pediatric AI

Research Interests:

Artificial Intelligence in Pediatric Radiology, Operational Logistics


Organization Name Role
Alpha Omega Alpha Member
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
American College of Radiology (ACR) Member
Children’s Oncology Group Member
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Member
Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR) Member

Selected Publications

Seghers VJ, Sher AC, Nguyen HN, Hayatghaibi SE, Huisman TAGM, Sammer MBK.  Development of pediatric academic-community radiology services: lessons learned.  Pediatr Radiol. 2020 Aug;50(9):1207-1216. doi: 10.1007/s00247-020-04662-9. Epub 2020 May 2.PMID: 32358677 No abstract available.

Miranda-Schaeubinger M, Blumfield E, Chavhan GB, Farkas AB, Joshi A, Kamps SE, Kaplan SL, Sammer MBK, Silvestro E, Stanescu AL, Sze RW, Zerr DM, Chandra T, Edwards EA, Khan N, Rubio EI, Vera CD, Iyer RS.  A primer for pediatric radiologists on infection control in an era of COVID-19.  Pediatr Radiol. 2020 Aug;50(9):1191-1204. doi: 10.1007/s00247-020-04713-1. Epub 2020 Jul 7.PMID: 32638055 Free PMC article. 

Nguyen HN, Sammer MBK, Ditzler MG, Carlson LS, Somcio RJ, Orth RC, Rodriguez JR, Seghers VJ  Transition to ultrasound as the first-line imaging modality for midgut volvulus: keys to a successful roll-out.  .Pediatr Radiol. 2021 Apr;51(4):506-515. doi: 10.1007/s00247-020-04913-9. Epub 2021 Jan 8.PMID: 33416922 

Nguyen HN, Navarro OM, Guillerman RP, Silva CT, Sammer MBK.  Untwisting the complexity of midgut malrotation and volvulus ultrasound.  Pediatr Radiol. 2021 Apr;51(4):658-668. doi: 10.1007/s00247-020-04876-x. Epub 2021 Jan 4.PMID: 33398405

Sammer MBK, Sher AC, States LJ, Trout AT, Seghers VJ.  Current trends in pediatric nuclear medicine: a Society for Pediatric Radiology membership survey.  Pediatr Radiol. 2020 Jul;50(8):1139-1147. doi: 10.1007/s00247-020-04670-9. Epub 2020 May 12.PMID: 32399687

Nguyen HN, Sammer MB, Bales B, Cano MC, Trout AT, Dillman JR, Hayatghaibi SE  Time-Driven Activity-Based Cost Comparison of Three Imaging Pathways for Suspected Midgut Volvulus in Children.  .J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Dec;17(12):1563-1570. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.06.023. Epub 2020 Jul 19.PMID: 32697960

Sammer MBK, Sher AC, Huisman TAGM, Seghers VJ.AJR   Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Practical Guide to Rapidly Deploying Home Workstations to Guarantee Radiology Services During Quarantine, Social Distancing, and Stay Home Orders.  Am J Roentgenol. 2020 Dec;215(6):1417-1420. doi: 10.2214/AJR.20.23297. Epub 2020 Jun 30.PMID: 32602344

Sammer MBK, Kan JH, Sammer MD, Donnelly LF.  Radiographic appearance and clinical significance of fidget spinner ingestions.  Pediatr Radiol. 2018 Oct;48(11):1584-1592. doi: 10.1007/s00247-018-4179-8. Epub 2018 Jun 28.PMID: 29955903

Sammer MBK, Sammer MD, Donnelly LF  Review of learning opportunity rates: correlation with radiologist assignment, patient type and exam priority.  .Pediatr Radiol. 2019 Sep;49(10):1269-1275. doi: 10.1007/s00247-019-04466-6. Epub 2019 Jul 17.PMID: 3131724110.

Sammer MBK, Kan JH.  Providing second-opinion interpretations of pediatric imaging: embracing the call for value-added medicine.  Pediatr Radiol. 2021 Apr;51(4):523-528. doi: 10.1007/s00247-019-04596-x. Epub 2021 Mar 20.PMID: 33743036 Review.

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