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Muath Bishawi, MD, MPH

House Staff
Start Year: 
Stony Brook University
Medical School: 
Stony Brook School of Medicine

I am interested in translational and biomedical engineering approaches to studying cardiovascular function and end stage heart failure.  My current work is focused on using Tissue Engineered Blood Vessels (TEBVs) to model radiation related injury to the cardiovascular function.  Additional focus includes ex-vivo modification of donor hearts to improve cardiac transplantation outcomes

My clinical research is focused on clinical outcomes after adult cardiac surgery with a focus on end stage surgical heart failure and transplantation.

Truskey Lab:
Milano-Bowles Lab
Duke Transplant Center
Duke Medx

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Clinical interest in adult cardiac surgery, including surgical heart failure and transplantation

What were you looking for in a residency program?

  • Strong training of academic cardiothoracic surgeons with a track record of trainees
  • Strong case mix with a wide variety and high volume of different cases
  • Mentorship
  • Research support to carry out high-quality clinical, translational, and basic science projects

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Duke Surgery had the right combination of strong clinical training, academics, and research; multiple excellent mentors; and a program designed around training future cardiothoracic surgeons.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Find a program that fits your personality and goals. Different people will like different programs for different reasons so your goal should be finding the right "fit," which will be different for different people.

What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?

  • Affordable
  • Lots to do
  • Great weather

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

  • Photography
  • Soccer
  • Running

Honors and Awards

  • Association of Academic Surgery (AAS) Student Research Award
  • Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine Honor Society
  • Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Award ($10,000)
  • AMA Foundation Outstanding Young Researcher Seed Grant 2012
  • Best Podium Presentation Award ($500).  NY Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery 2012
  • MD-with Recognition in Research funding award (Quality of Life after Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery)
  • American College of Phlebology Best presentation cash prize (2nd place)
  • American College of Phlebology Travel presentation Award 2012
  • Department of Surgery, American College of Surgeons travel award 2012
  • Travel scholarship, Society for Vascular Surgery 2011 Vascular Annual Meeting.
  • Finalist poster award Stony Brook Research day (Lung Injury and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellow (2007-2008)
  • New York State Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (2006)
  • President Full Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2004-2006)
  • High Honor Roll Leadership Award (2006-2007)
  • Sheridan Award, Department of History, Government & Economics (2006)
  • Ann Zodikoff Award (2005)
  • Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Service Award (2007)
  • Dutchess United Educator Award (2006)
  • Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps Ray of Light Community Service Award (2007)
  • Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship (2006)
  • Resolution of Commendation (Board of Trustees 2006)
  • Community Service Award, Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance (2007)
  • Stony Brook University Dean’s List (2006)
  • Distinguished Delegation Award, National Model United Nations (2005)
  • Outstanding Delegation Award, National Model United Nations (2006)
  • Outstanding Position Paper Award, National Model United Nations (2006)
  • President list (Fall 2004, Fall 2005)
  • Honors List (Spring 2005, Spring 2006), (Fall 2006)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Honor Society, (2004-2006) and National Honors Society, (2005)



Zakhaleva, J., J. Tam, P. I. Denoya, M. Bishawi, and R. Bergamaschi. “The impact of intravenous fluid administration on complication rates in bowel surgery within an enhanced recovery protocol: a randomized controlled trial.” Colorectal Disease : The Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland 15, no. 7 (July 2013): 892–99.

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Bishawi, Muath, A Laurie Shroyer, John S. Rumsfeld, John A. Spertus, Janet H. Baltz, Joseph F. Collins, Jacquelyn A. Quin, et al. “Changes in health-related quality of life in off-pump versus on-pump cardiac surgery: Veterans Affairs Randomized On/Off Bypass trial.” The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 95, no. 6 (June 2013): 1946–51.

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Rosengart, Todd K., Muath M. Bishawi, Michael S. Halbreiner, Mathew Fakhoury, Eileen Finnin, Charleen Hollmann, Annie Laurie Shroyer, and Ronald G. Crystal. “Long-term follow-up assessment of a phase 1 trial of angiogenic gene therapy using direct intramyocardial administration of an adenoviral vector expressing the VEGF121 cDNA for the treatment of diffuse coronary artery disease.” Human Gene Therapy 24, no. 2 (February 2013): 203–8.

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Phillips, Brett T., Muath Bishawi, Alexander B. Dagum, Sami U. Khan, and Duc T. Bui. “A systematic review of antibiotic use and infection in breast reconstruction: what is the evidence?” In Plast Reconstr Surg, 131:1–13, 2013.

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Conkling, Nicole, Muath Bishawi, Brett T. Phillips, Duc T. Bui, Sami U. Khan, and Alexander B. Dagum. “Subjective rating of cosmetic treatment with botulinum toxin type A: do existing measures demonstrate interobserver validity?” In Ann Plast Surg, 69:350–55, 2012.

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Buscaglia, Jonathan, Seth A. Stein, Nicholas Palladino, Joshua Karas, Paula Denoya, Juan Carlos Bucobo, Satish Nagula, Muath Bishawi, and Roberto Bergamaschi. “Simulated NOTES (R) Sigmoidectomy Training Improves the Responsiveness Over Time of Surgical Endoscopists.” In Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 75:341–341. MOSBY-ELSEVIER, 2012.


Okolica, D., M. Bishawi, J. R. Karas, J. F. Reed, F. Hussain, and R. Bergamaschi. “Factors influencing postoperative adverse events after Hartmann's reversal.” Colorectal Disease : The Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland 14, no. 3 (March 2012): 369–73.

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Bishawi, M., M. Halbreiner, and T. Rosengart. “Gene therapy for coronary artery disease.” In Cardiothoracic Surgery Review, 164–66, 2012.


Bishawi, Muath, Bong Kim, William H. Moore, and Thomas V. Bilfinger. “Pulmonary function testing after stereotactic body radiotherapy to the lung.” International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 82, no. 1 (January 2012): e107–10.

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Karas, Joshua R., Rahila Essani, Christopher Haughn, Miroslav Uchal, Muath M. Bishawi, and Roberto Bergamaschi. “Colonoscopic injection for murine solid cecal cancer model.” Surgical Endoscopy 25, no. 9 (September 2011): 2956–59.

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