During his undergraduate years, Dr. Samuel Muench studied biology, knowing he wanted a career in science. He decided to pursue a career in medicine because it combines science with the care of people. After years of education and training, Dr. Muench chose to specialize in gastroenterology because of the field’s unique conditions and diseases and the lifelong patient-physician relationships that grow as a result of treating these chronic conditions.
Dr. Meunch is a board-certified, fellowship-trained gastroenterologist. He is comfortable working within all areas of gastroenterology, and he has particular interest in the following:
- Obesity medicine
- Colon cancer screening
- LGBTQIA+ specific care
He completed his undergraduate degree in biology with minors in clinical nutrition and Spanish at the University of Florida. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he was a Patient-Centered Medicine and Interprofessional Approaches to Health Disparities Program Scholar. He completed residency training and a gastroenterology fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While there, Dr. Meunch pursued additional coursework in obesity medicine at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Muench also spent time during his training addressing the social determinants of healthcare access and treatment and addressing the inequality in health outcomes among different racial and ethnic groups and within the LGBTQIA+ population. Much of his research has involved access to hepatitis C treatment and projects addressing the barriers to colon cancer screening.He is both Thai and German, although he was born and grew up in the U.S. He enjoys traveling and meeting people from around the country and the world.