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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)



Mulvihill, Michael S., Morgan L. Cox, Muath Bishawi, Asishana A. Osho, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Cameron R. Wolfe, Adam D. DeVore, et al. “Decline of Increased Risk Donor Offers on Waitlist Survival in Heart Transplantation.” J Am Coll Cardiol 72, no. 19 (November 6, 2018): 2408–9.

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Barac, Yaron, Muath Bishawi, Jacob Schroder, Mani Daneshmand, Alina Nicoara, Nazish Hashmi, Eric Velazquez, Joseph Rogers, Chetan Patel, and Carmelo Milano. “Effectiveness of Tricuspid Valve Repair Performed Concurrent With LVAD Implantation.” In Circulation, Vol. 138, 2018.


Ranney, David N., Babatunde A. Yerokun, Ehsan Benrashid, Muath Bishawi, Adam Williams, Richard L. McCann, and G Chad Hughes. “Outcomes of Planned Two-Stage Hybrid Aortic Repair With Dacron-Replaced Proximal Landing Zone.” Ann Thorac Surg 106, no. 4 (October 2018): 1136–42.

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Suresh, Visakha, Muath Bishawi, Michael W. Manning, Chetan Patel, Joseph Rogers, Carmelo Milano, Jacob Schroder, Mani Daneshmand, and David Powers. “Management of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices Requiring Teeth Extraction: Is Halting Anticoagulation Appropriate?” J Oral Maxillofac Surg 76, no. 9 (September 2018): 1859–63.

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Osho, Asishana, Michael Mulvihill, Nayan Lamba, Sameer Hirji, Babatunde Yerokun, Muath Bishawi, Philip Spencer, Nikhil Panda, Mauricio Villavicencio, and Matthew Hartwig. “Is Functional Independence Associated With Improved Long-Term Survival After Lung Transplantation?” Ann Thorac Surg 106, no. 1 (July 2018): 79–84.

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Bishawi, Muath, Jeremy Joseph, Chetan Patel, Jacob Schroder, Mani Daneshmand, Dawn Bowles, Joseph Rogers, and Carmelo Milano. “Risk factors for stroke on left ventricular assist devices.” J Card Surg 33, no. 6 (June 2018): 348–52.

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Bishawi, Muath, Jun-Neng Roan, Jordan Richards, Zachary Brown, Laura Blue, Mani A. Daneshmand, Jacob N. Schroder, Dawn E. Bowles, and Carmelo A. Milano. “Use of Two Intracorporeal Ventricular Assist Devices As a Total Artificial Heart.” J Vis Exp, no. 135 (May 11, 2018).

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Shroyer, A Laurie W., William E. Gioia, Muath Bishawi, Amelia S. Wallace, Brian C. Gulack, Ying Xian, Sean M. O’Brien, Vinod H. Thourani, and Thomas V. Bilfinger. “Single- Versus Multicenter Surgeons' Risk-Adjusted Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Procedural Outcomes.” Ann Thorac Surg 105, no. 5 (May 2018): 1308–14.

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Bishawi, Muath, Jun-Neng Roan, Carmelo A. Milano, Mani A. Daneshmand, Jacob N. Schroder, Zachary D. Brown, Adam Nevo, et al. “Wide Spread Adenoviral Vector Delivery to a Cardiac Allograft Utilizing an Ex Vivo Perfusion Storage Strategy.” In Molecular Therapy, 26:69–69. CELL PRESS, 2018.


Barc, Y., M. Mulvihill, M. Cox, M. Bishawi, J. Klapper, J. Haney, M. Daneshmand, and M. Hartwig. “Blood Group O is Associated with Decreased Rates of Transplantation and Increased Waitlist Mortality in Lung Transplantation: A Propensity-Matched Registry Analysis.” In Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 37:S167–S167. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2018.