J. Reeves Ellis Samaha

J. Reeves Ellis Samaha, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Business Phone: (352) 265-2020

About J. Reeves Ellis Samaha

I was born and raised in New Orleans, completed my undergraduate training at Wake Forest University, my medical training at Duke University, and masters of public health at University of North Carolina. Then, I completed a residency in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the Kellogg Eye Center at University of Michigan. At University of Florida, I practice pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus as well as comprehensive ophthalmology. My husband, Michael, is from Tampa and comes from a family of Gators. Reeves is a proud mother of a three-year-old daughter (and eight-year-old yellow lab). We enjoy outdoor activities such as, hiking, swimming, or fishing.


Advocacy Ambassador
2019 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Senior Colloquim, Best Orator
2009 · Wake Forest University
Dr. Benjamin Patrick Boles Fellowship and Research Grant
2008 · Three Corner Round Pack Outfit, Independence CA
Premedical Society
2008 · Alpha Epsilon Delta
Deans List
2005-2009 · Wake Forest University

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
PAS5010 Intro to Medicine 1

Clinical Profile

  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
Areas of Interest
  • Strabismus


Ophthalmia nodosa secondary to intraocular, white-marked tussock caterpillar setae (Orgyia leucostigma) in a 15-year-old.
SAGE open medical case reports. 11 [DOI] 10.1177/2050313X231172563. [PMID] 37187492.
Spontaneous Brain Oscillations and Perceptual Decision-Making.
Trends in cognitive sciences. 24(8):639-653 [DOI] 10.1016/j.tics.2020.05.004. [PMID] 32513573.
Multiple mechanisms link prestimulus neural oscillations to sensory responses.
eLife. 8 [DOI] 10.7554/eLife.43620. [PMID] 31188126.
Effects of meaningfulness on perception: Alpha-band oscillations carry perceptual expectations and influence early visual responses.
Scientific reports. 8(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41598-018-25093-5. [PMID] 29700428.
Frequency modulation of neural oscillations according to visual task demands.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115(6):1346-1351 [DOI] 10.1073/pnas.1713318115. [PMID] 29358390.
Prevailing theories of consciousness are challenged by novel cross-modal associations acquired between subliminal stimuli.
Cognition. 175:169-185 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cognition.2018.02.008. [PMID] 29544152.
Determination of the Minimal Clinically Important Difference of the University of North Carolina Dry Eye Management Scale.
Cornea. 36(9):1054-1060 [DOI] 10.1097/ICO.0000000000001287. [PMID] 28708816.
Preparatory Encoding of the Fine Scale of Human Spatial Attention.
Journal of cognitive neuroscience. 29(7):1302-1310 [DOI] 10.1162/jocn_a_01124. [PMID] 28294717.
Prestimulus alpha-band power biases visual discrimination confidence, but not accuracy.
Consciousness and cognition. 54:47-55 [DOI] 10.1016/j.concog.2017.02.005. [PMID] 28222937.
Decoding and Reconstructing the Focus of Spatial Attention from the Topography of Alpha-band Oscillations.
Journal of cognitive neuroscience. 28(8):1090-7 [DOI] 10.1162/jocn_a_00955. [PMID] 27003790.
The Speed of Alpha-Band Oscillations Predicts the Temporal Resolution of Visual Perception.
Current biology : CB. 25(22):2985-90 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cub.2015.10.007. [PMID] 26526370.
Top-down control of the phase of alpha-band oscillations as a mechanism for temporal prediction.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112(27):8439-44 [DOI] 10.1073/pnas.1503686112. [PMID] 26100913.


Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus
2020-2021 · Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Residency, Ophthalmology
2017-2020 · Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Interhship, Internal Medicine
2016-2017 · Oschner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA
Master of Public Health
2013-2014 · University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2011-2016 · Duke University of Medicine, Durham, NC
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Minor in Biology & Chemistry
2005-2009 · Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Contact Details

(352) 265-2020
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100284