Dr. Sam

ER is my specialty, but I prefer Pre-R

I am a Board Certified Emergency Physician with over 20 years experience. Since graduation from my residency in 2000, I worked for three years on faculty at UNM. I later worked in a variety of rural New Mexico hospitals, and the NM Heart Hospital. I’ve worked in Hawaii, Wyoming, New Zealand and Tasmania. I’ve also worked for a few weeks at a time on cruise ships (back in my youth) and have done a bit of relief work in places like Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

In 2003, I started a nonprofit in Albuquerque, Endorphin Power Company, to help people with drug and alcohol problems. Thankfully, EPC continues to thrive and grow.

Today I am on staff at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo and Mee Memorial Hospital in King City. During my off hours I enjoy tinkering in my shop and working with Cal Poly students on a variety of projects and medical devices. But my favorite pastime now is playing with my wife Vanessa and our two little crazies, Max and Zak.

Sam Slishman, MD

Board Certified Emergency Medicine

Sam Slishman, MD

Haiti Relief Work 2010

Professional Background

  • Licensed to practice in California, 2012 – Present
  • Licensed to practice in Hawaii, 2010 – Present
  • Endorphin Power Company founder and board member, 2003 – 2011
  • University of New Mexico Faculty, 2003 – 2007
  • Board Certified Emergency Medicine, 2001
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, University of New Mexico, 2000
  • Medical Degree, Washington University, 1997
  • Physics and Math BA, Wesleyan University, 1993

Pre-R allows me to be part of the community

In 2012 I moved to San Luis Obispo to live closer to my parents, and met my wife Vanessa shortly after. Today Vanessa and I love living in San Luis Obispo and we have embarked on a new adventure we call Pre-R. We want to help people with their basic medical needs in the comfort of home, while sheltering them from ER and urgent care stressors and expenses.

I manage the patient care and medical notes, while Vanessa manages our books, the website, and me. Between her programming classes Vanessa also helps as my medical assistant whenever her time permits. Being Venezuelan, her Spanish fluency is an enormous asset for Pre-R and our Spanish speaking patients.

Dr. Sam & Vanessa

Partners in Life & Business

Dr. Sam, Vanessa & Baby Max

Pre-R Expansion

In October 2015 Pre-R got a new boss named Max. I still do the medicine, Vanessa still does the books, while Max takes all the money… typical corporate medicine I guess. Joking aside, I’m considerably better at pediatrics now with Max in the mix.

In September 2017 I got demoted once again with the addition of Zak. Max’s shares have diluted considerably. But half of zero is still easy math. Nowadays if you call, you’ll likely hear background sounds not typical for telemedicine. However, my December vasectomy gives comfort. Hopefully this bio will have many years of future stability now.

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