Dr. Sam Newsome


Dr. Sam Newsome is one of five authors to participate in the Writer’s Panel moderated by Nancy Hall at this years festival.



Dr. Newsome was raised in King, North Carolina on a farm that has been in his family for generations.  He attended King School and graduated from South Stokes High School in 1967.  Sam graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1971 with a degree in American History and then attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now Wake Forest University Medical School) and received an MD degree in 1975.  He then completed a residency in Family Medicine.

     In 1978, Dr. Newsome began his practice of Family Medicine in King, North Carolina in an office he built on his family’s land and has been on staff at Stokes County’s hospital ever since.  Dr. Newsome has been continually certified in Family Practice since 1978 and in Geriatric Medicine since 1992.  During his years of medical practice, he has also helped to staff the county’s health department, run the county’s jail and local state prison’s health programs.  Dr. Newsome has also worked with the local skilled nursing facilities since 1980. Dr. Newsome has also served as a county medical examiner since 1978.

Dr. Newsome married his high school sweetheart, Betty Jo, in 1971.  They have two children,  Carlton who lives in Raleigh and shares his father’s interest in writing and Justin who is an Engineer at B/E Aerospace and lives in Rural Hall, NC. Dr. Newsome has learned that everyone has a story that they are usually willing to share.  Many of which have untapped and unappreciated potential.  If that untapped potential can be fostered and developed, marvelous results occur.  That is the driving inspiration for Dr. Newsome’s first novel, Jackie, recipient of the Garcia Memorial award for fiction book of the year.

     Some of Dr. Newsome’s current efforts include the novel Joe Peas which returns to Dr. Newsome’s background as a physician and an educator; and a new invention, the Auto Ice Safety System to help reduce sliding ice from the tops of moving vehicles.