Sam spent many years as an Associate Professor of Nursing. He came to UVa to do research in cell biology at the medical school. Two years later, he signed up for a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class, hoping to learn to cope with job stress. It helped, so he began exploring mindfulness in greater depth, participating in additional classes, practice groups and retreats.
In 2005 Sam began teaching MBSR classes through the UVa Mindfulness Center. He has been teaching mindfulness classes for undergraduates since 2009, and has recently resigned from teaching at the medical school to devote more time and energy to the undergraduate class. Sam also gives short introductory presentations in many venues, including a weekly educational group for patients in the psychiatric ward, and hosts a weekly meditation group for the CCI.