Employee Spotlight: Samuel "Sam" Campbell

By Brandi Garrigus

To kick-start our employee spotlight, we sat down with our fearless Lead Ophthalmic Technician, Sam Campbell, to discover what attracted him to the University of Chicago Medicine and to learn more about this Eye Clinic rock star.

1. What attracted you to the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM)?

My mother, Debbie Campbell, used to be the administrator for the Department of Ophthalmology. When I started asking for money as a young teen, she told me I needed a job. I was able to find a job in the file room, then the UCM provided me with the training to become a technician.

2. What's your favorite thing about working at UCM?

The patients. The ones who recognize you and remember your name. It’s validation that you’re doing a good job.

3. What does true leadership mean to you?

Leadership to me means that the people I’m charged with leading have good attitudes. Attitude reflects leadership. It’s showing that you’re doing a good job.

4. If you could describe working at UCM in three words, what would they be?

Busy. Productive. Inspiring.

5. What do you do religiously?

I listen to sports radio every morning and evening. It’s basically former athletes talking about sports. If I didn’t have this job, I’d love to a sports radio talk show host.

6. What is your hidden talent?

I have so many, it’s hard to narrow it down! Hmmm….I’m a handyman. I am always fixing things in the clinic and at home. I’m really good at putting Ikea furniture together.

7. What TV show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love?

Tiny House Hunters. My girlfriend and I love that show!

8. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tacos. Specifically, beef tacos. I could eat literally eat them every day.

9. What do you like to do when you're not working?

Play Madden on Xbox One.  It’s a football video game. I’m a hardcore guy when it comes to that. I take that game very seriously.

10. What advice would you give to recent new hires at UCM?

Take it one day at a time. Do a good job because The University of Chicago Medicine is a great place to work.