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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)



Castleberry, Anthony W., Muath Bishawi, Mathias Worni, Loretta Erhunmwunsee, Paul J. Speicher, Asishana A. Osho, Laurie D. Snyder, and Matthew G. Hartwig. “Medication Nonadherence After Lung Transplantation in Adult Recipients.” Ann Thorac Surg 103, no. 1 (January 2017): 274–80.

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Bishawi, Muath, Asad A. Shah, Richard L. McCann, and Carmelo A. Milano. “Concomitant Thoracic Aortobifemoral Bypass With Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation.” Ann Thorac Surg 102, no. 5 (November 2016): e413–15.

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Bishawi, M., C. Foppa, S. Tou, R. Bergamaschi, and R. Rectal Prolapse Recurrence Study Group. “Recurrence of rectal prolapse following rectopexy: a pooled analysis of 532 patients.” In Colorectal Disease : The Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, 18:779–84, 2016.

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Phillips, Brett T., Mitchell S. Fourman, Muath Bishawi, Mary Zegers, Brian J. O’Hea, Jason C. Ganz, Tara L. Huston, Alexander B. Dagum, Sami U. Khan, and Duc T. Bui. “Are Prophylactic Postoperative Antibiotics Necessary for Immediate Breast Reconstruction? Results of a Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial.” J Am Coll Surg 222, no. 6 (June 2016): 1116–24.

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Bishawi, M., J. Joseph, B. Yerokun, D. Ranney, P. Winterton, J. Schroder, M. Daneshmand, D. Bowles, J. Rogers, and C. Milano. “Incidence and Outcomes After Stroke on Rotary Flow Ventricular Assist Device Support.” In The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 35:S262–63. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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Almassi, G. H., B. M. Carr, M. Bishawi, L. Shroyer, J. A. Quin, and B. Hattler. “Erratum: Resident versus attending surgeon graft patency and clinical outcomes in on- versus offpump coronary artery bypass surgery (Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (2015) 150 (1428-37)).” Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 151, no. 3 (March 1, 2016): 895–96.

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Almassi, G. H., B. M. Carr, M. Bishawi, L. Shroyer, J. A. Quin, and B. Hattler. “Resident versus attending surgeon graft patency and clinical outcomes in on-versus off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (vol 150, pg 1428, 2015).” Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 151, no. 3 (March 1, 2016): 895–96.


Almassi, G Hossein, Brendan M. Carr, Muath Bishawi, A Laurie Shroyer, Jacquelyn A. Quin, Brack Hattler, Todd H. Wagner, et al. “Resident versus attending surgeon graft patency and clinical outcomes in on- versus off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.” In The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 150:1428–35, 2015.

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Hattler, Brack, Brendan M. Carr, John Spertus, John Messenger, John Rumsfeld, Ramin Ebrahimi, Muath Bishawi, et al. “PATIENT-REPORTED SYMPTOMS AND REVASCULARIZATION STATUS AFTER CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT SURGERY IN DIABETICS AND NON-DIABETICS.” In Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 65:A1659–A1659. Elsevier BV, 2015.

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Almassi, G Hossein, Todd H. Wagner, Brendan Carr, Brack Hattler, Joseph F. Collins, Jacquelyn A. Quin, Ramin Ebrahimi, et al. “Postoperative atrial fibrillation impacts on costs and one-year clinical outcomes: the Veterans Affairs Randomized On/Off Bypass Trial.” The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 99, no. 1 (January 2015): 109–14.

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