Political Candidate, Dominica
Samuel Christian is a Dominican politician.
Early life and education
Samuel Christian graduated from the Dominica Grammar School and Sixth Form College. like his brother Gabriel, Sam served as president of the United Student Council and Secretary General of the National Youth Council. During that time, he organized prototype community work camps to Kalinago Territory and Petite Savanne. He also published articles while co-hosting the DBS youth program 'Motion.' Mr. Christian taught at the Wesley High School from 1975-1977 and strove to improve conditions at the former St. Luke's Psychiatric Hospital as president of the Dominica Association of Mental Health.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honours (Biochemistry) in Georgia. He directed aid back home in the form of a chill box, Cadillac hearse and other equipment which revolutionized Dominica's funeral industry. Dr. Christian graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC and went to train as a general surgeon in New Jersey. While there, he organized and help operate on the first Dominican living donor kidney transplant on brother and sister from the Philbert family of La Plaine. Dr. Christian was selected the top surgical intern in the state of New Jersey in 1985. Dr. Christian was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1991.
Dr. Christian was the first to introduce laparoscopic gallbladder surgery to Princess Margaret Hospital in 1993 when he donated equipment and taught Dr. Paul the procedure. In 2005, he was featured on the Discovery Channel viewed internationally. Dr. Christian had accomplished a record-breaking 1,000-pound weight loss in a super-morbidly obese patient. Arising from that, in 2007, he published his breakthrough faith and fitness nutrition book, 'Mannafast Miracle.' As Medical Director of the Gibsonburg Morbid Obesity Unit, he was managing up to 50 patients hailing from a dozen different states around America. Also, in San Francisco 2007, he qualified in Medical Acupuncture. This capability since added a much sought-after holistic approach to his medical practice.
Dr. Christian and his family performed relief work medical missions on Native American reservations in Arizona and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He volunteered for U.S. Army Reserves where he served as Battalion Surgeon of the 983 Combat Engineers Support Hospital. He qualified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and war surgery as he rose to the rank of Major. He obtained an honourable discharge from the Army rather than serve in what he considered to be an unjust war in Iraq.
Thereafter, he threw himself into the bitter battle for health care reform in the United States. He led demonstrations and became known as a leading campaigner for effective treatment options for the poor and addicted.
Dr. Christian devotes his energies as Medical Adviser to the Dominica Cancer Society and Grotto Home for the Homeless. Dr. Christian's Medical Minute is a regular feature Dominica Catholic Radio. He links caring with academic excellence as professor at the Dominica State College and All Saints University School of Medicine.
Christian, a political newcomer, is contesting the Soufriere constituency in the 2019 general election for the United Workers’ Party (UWP).