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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)



Choi, Ashley Y., Zachary Brown, Yuting Chiang, Michael S. Mulvihill, Benjamin Bryner, Jacob N. Schroder, Joseph G. Rogers, Carmelo A. Milano, and Muath Bishawi. “Stroke Following Current Generation Ventricular Assist Devices: A Systematic Review of Incidence and Outcomes.” In Circulation, Vol. 140, 2019.


Almassi, G Hossein, Robert B. Hawkins, Muath Bishawi, A Laurie Shroyer, Brack Hattler, Jacquelyn A. Quin, Joseph F. Collins, et al. “New-onset postoperative atrial fibrillation impact on 5-year clinical outcomes and costs.” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, November 14, 2019.

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Nasir, Basil S., Michael S. Mulvihill, Yaron D. Barac, Muath Bishawi, Morgan L. Cox, Dominick J. Megna, John C. Haney, Jacob A. Klapper, Mani A. Daneshmand, and Matthew G. Hartwig. “Single lung transplantation in patients with severe secondary pulmonary hypertension.” J Heart Lung Transplant 38, no. 9 (September 2019): 939–48.

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Lin, Liwen, He Xu, Muath Bishawi, FeiFei Feng, Kannan Samy, George Truskey, Andrew S. Barbas, Allan D. Kirk, and Todd V. Brennan. “Circulating mitochondria in organ donors promote allograft rejection.” Am J Transplant 19, no. 7 (July 2019): 1917–29.

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Barac, Yaron D., Jacob N. Schroder, Muath Bishawi, Chetan B. Patel, Carmelo A. Milano, and Mani A. Daneshmand. “Controlling axillary intra-aortic balloon pump inflation is a viable option for turning an acute heart failure patient into a chronic one.” Artif Organs 43, no. 7 (July 2019): 677–80.

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Khorsandi, Maziar, Jacob Schroder, Mani Daneshmand, Muath Bishawi, Omar Bouamra, Patrick Winterton, Ashley Y. Choi, et al. “Outcomes After Extracorporeal Right Ventricular Assist Device Combined With Durable Left Ventricular Assist Device Support.” Ann Thorac Surg 107, no. 6 (June 2019): 1768–74.

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Bishawi, Muath, Jun-Neng Roan, Carmelo A. Milano, Mani A. Daneshmand, Jacob N. Schroder, Yuting Chiang, Franklin H. Lee, et al. “A normothermic ex vivo organ perfusion delivery method for cardiac transplantation gene therapy.” Sci Rep 9, no. 1 (May 29, 2019): 8029.

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Bishawi, Muath, Giorgio Zanotti, Linda Shaw, Michael MacKenzie, Anthony Castleberry, Karsten Bartels, Jacob Schroder, et al. “Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation Immediately After Heart Transplant and Long-Term Outcomes.” Ann Thorac Surg 107, no. 5 (May 2019): 1348–55.

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Hattler, Brack, Brendan M. Carr, John Messenger, John Spertus, Ramin Ebrahimi, Muath Bishawi, Jacquelyn A. Quin, et al. “Clinical and Angiographic Predictors of Patient-Reported Angina 1 Year After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery.” Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 12, no. 4 (April 2019): e005119.

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Suresh, Visakha, Muath Bishawi, Benjamin Bryner, Michael Manning, Chetan Patel, Carmelo Milano, Jacob Schroder, and Courtney Sommer. “Outcomes of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Patients Supported with a Left Ventricular Assist Device.” J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 29, no. 4 (April 2019): 441–44.

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