|January 5, 2011
Place of Birth:
New York City, NY, USA
Date of Birth:
May 11, 1974
Childrens Hospital and Medical Center
8200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68144
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
September1992-June 1996 A.B. Harvard College (Applied Mathematics, summa cum laude)
September 1996-June 2001 M.D. Harvard Medical School (Thesis: Pulse-Wave Velocity as an Indicator of Infrainguinal Bypass Maturation for the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Sciences and Technology)
June 2001-June 2002 Intern in General Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
July 2002-June 2003 Resident in General Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
July 2003-June 2004 Research Fellow, The Cardiac Center, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
July 2004-June 2005 Research Fellow, The Cardiac Center, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
July 2005-June 2007 Resident in General Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
July 2007-June 2008 Chief Resident in General Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
July 2008-June 2010 Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery (Categorical Cardiac Track), Brigham and
Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
July 2010-Dec 2010 Resident in Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston
Jan 2011—Dec 2011 Chief Resident, ACGME Track, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Children’s
Awards, Honors, and Memberships in Honorary Societies:
1992 ARISTA (National Honorary Society, Stuyvesant High School, NY)
1992 Salutatorian, Stuyvesant High School
1992 U.S. Physics Team Training Camp at the University of Maryland
1992 Actuarial Minority Scholarship (second place in the nation on the course 100 exam administered by the Society of Actuaries)
1993-96 John Harvard Scholarship
1995 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (one member of a team of three representing Harvard nationally)
1995 Nominee for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics and Science
1995-96 Phi Beta Kappa
1998-99 Lifeline Foundation Grant
Membership in Professional and Scientific Societies:
Massachusetts Medical Society
2003-05 Conducted a Problem Based Learning session for Medical Students during their Surgical Clerkship at the University of Pennsylvania
2007-08 Chief Resident in General Surgery, University of Pennsylvania. Supervisory and teaching responsibility to residents in the area of general surgery
2010-11 Administrative Chief Resident in Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School. Supervisory and teaching responsibility to residents in the area of congenital cardiac surgery
Cardiac Surgery Representative, Graduate Medical Education, Children’s
Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Surgery (November 2009)
1998-99 Division of Vascular Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.
Worked in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Belkin where research was done to determine vein graft adaptation and patency using duplex ultrasonography as a surrogate to calculate infrainguinal vein graft compliance. This research was funded by the Lifeline Foundation and resulted in an M.D. Thesis
July 2003-June 2005 Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
Worked in the laboratory of Dr. Peter J. Gruber where research was done on developing an in-vivo model for ischemia-reperfusion injury in the murine heart and used this to analyze myocardial injury in different genetic strains as well as in strains undergoing epigenetic modulation.
NIH PHS Grant: T32 HL007843
Jacot JG, Abdullah I, Belkin M, Gerhard-Herman M, Gaccione P, Polak JF, Donaldson MC, Whittemore AD, Conte MS: Early adaptation of human lower extremity vein grafts: wall stiffness changes accompany geometric remodeling. Journal of Vascular Surgery 39 (3): 547-55, 2004.
Gruber PJ, Li Z, Li H, Worrad D, Huang B, Abdullah I, Wenge W, El-Deiry W, Ferrari V, Zhou R: In vivo imaging of MLC2v-luciferase, a cardiac-specific reporter gene expression in mice. Acad Radiol. 2004 Sep;11(9):1022-8.
Abdullah I, Lepore JJ, Huang B, Epstein JA, Parmacek MS, Gruber PJ: MRL mice fail to heal myocardium in response to ischemia-reperfusion. Wound Repair Regen. 2005 Mar-Apr; 13(2):205-208.
Gruber PJ, Fuller S, Cleaver KM, Abdullah I, Gruber SB, Nicolson SC, Gaynor JW, Wernovsky G, Spray TL: Early results of single-stage biventricular repair of severe aortic hypoplasia or atresia with ventricular septal defect and normal left ventricle. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Aug;132(2):260-3.
Abt PL, Abdullah I, Korenda K, Frank A, Petereman H, Stephenson GR, Markmann JF, Shaked A, Olthoff KM: Appendicitis among liver transplant recipients. Liver Transpl. 2005 Oct;11(10):1282-4.
Augoustides JG, Abdullah I, Pochettino A, Hanson CW. Inhaled prostacyclin for the management of pneumonia in a patient with cyanotic heart disease with superior cavo-pulmonary connection. Ann Card Anaesth. 2007 Jan;10(1):51-3.
*Granger A, *Abdullah I, Huebner F, Stout A, Wang T, Huebner T, Epstein JA, Gruber PJ: Histone deacetylase inhibition reduces myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury in mice. FASEB J. 2008 Oct;22(10):3549-60.
Mick SL, Abdullah I, Tchantchaleishvili V, Razo Vazquez AO, Gilfeather MS, Balcells, E, Chen FY: Sewing needles embedded in the cardiac interventricular septum and chest wall. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Sep;140(3):709-10.
*denotes co-first authorship
*Press release regarding this work entitled “Novel Approach May Protect Against Heart Attack Injury” was published in Science Daily on July 10, 2008
Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations:
Abdullah I, Lepore JJ, Huang B, Epstein JA, Parmacek MS, Gruber PJ: MRL mice do not regenerate myocardium. Pennsylvania Muscle Institute Twelfth Annual Retreat and Symposium: muscle growth and regeneration, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2004.
Abdullah I, Lepore JJ, Huang B, Epstein JA, Parmacek MS, Gruber PJ: MRL mice fail to heal myocardium in response to ischemia-reperfusion injury. First Annual Symposium of the American Heart Association Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences: stress signals, molecular targets and the genome, Stevenson, WA July 14-18, 2004.
Abdullah I, Lepore JJ, Huang B, Epstein JA, Parmacek MS, Gruber PJ: Epigenetic Modifications Reduce the Severity of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in the Murine Heart. Keystone Symposia: molecular biology of cardiac diseases and regeneration, Steamboat Springs, CO, April 7, 2005.
Gruber PJ, Fuller S, Cleaver KM, Abdullah I, Gruber SB, Nicolson SC, Gaynor JW, Wernovsky G, Spray TL: Early results of single-stage biventricular repair of severe aortic hypoplasia or atresia with ventricular septal defect and a normal left ventricle. Western Thoracic Surgical Association 31st Annual Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, June 24, 2005.
Augoustides JG, M.D., Abdullah I, M.D., Pochettino A, M.D., Hanson CW: Successful Management of Life-Threatening Hypoxemia with Inhaled Prostacyclin in an Adult with Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease. American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA October 25, 2005.
Abdullah I, Cohn LH: A 43 year old female presenting with palpitations and syncope. Harvard Combined Cardiothoracic Conference. Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, May 7, 2010.
Abdullah I, Aranki SF: Aortic Graft Pseudoaneurysm. Harvard Combined Cardiothoracic Conference. Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, Boston, MA, June 17, 2010.
Abdullah I, Craig J, Emani S: A mitral mass in the setting of Marfan Syndrome. Harvard Combined Cardiothoracic Conference. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, January 20, 2011.
Abdullah I, Nathan M: Management of massive cerebral air embolism during cardiopulmonary bypass. Perfusion Morbidity and Mortality Conference. Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, January 26, 2011.
Abdullah I, Morris JB: Hernias (Chapter 8) in Atluri P, et al (Ed.) The Surgical Review, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2006, pp. 122-132.
Abdullah I, Frederick JR, Resnick A, Morris JB: Hernias in Porret P, et al (Ed.) The Surgical Review, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2010, pp. 85-97.
Abdullah I, Rosato E: Esophagectomy in Roses R, et al (Ed.) Gowned and Gloved Surgery: Introduction to Common Procedures, Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2009.
Abdullah I, Mettler BA: Truncus Arteriosus and Aortopulmonary Window in Mery C, et al (Ed.) Thoracic Surgery Resident Association Review Book, online publication (expected March 2011).
Mettler, BA, Abdullah I: Palliative Operations in Mery C, et al (Ed.) TSRA Review Book, online publication (expected March 2011).