Mazin Al Salihi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (MEST)
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta
Georgia 30322, USA


Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Al Salihi was an attending cardiac surgeon at Ibn Al Bittar Cardiac Surgery in Baghdad; held several positions at the Iraqi Center for Heart Diseases, including general director; and worked as a cardiac surgeon at Al-Issra General Hospital in Amman, Jordan. Upon arriving in the states in 2008, he studied for the three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and recertified his credentials at Kaplan Institute, Akron, Ohio. He then joined the Cleveland Clinic as a clinical associate staff surgeon while completing fellowships in cardiac surgery and heart and lung transplantation. He joins Emory as its first surgeon dedicated primarily to heart and lung procurement for transplantation. His clinical interests also include minimally invasive valve surgery and VATS thoracic surgery, and his research focus is ex vivo lung perfusion.

Research Interest

His research interest include: Ex vivo lung perfusion and his clinical interests include: Adult cardiac surgery; Procurement of heart and lungs for transplantation; Heart and lung transplantation, Robotically assisted mitral valve surgery, Minimally invasive valve surgery, VATS thoracic surgery

Scientific Activities


Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
Member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT)
Member of the American Medical Association (AMA)
Member of the Jordanian Medical Associations.
Member of the Iraqis Surgeons Society
Member of the Higher Consultation Commission of Iraqi Cardiac Surgery
Member of Iraqi Society of Cardio- Thoracic and Vascular
Physicians and surgeons (Treasurer)
Member of the Iraqi Medical Association


Journals and Publications

1. Hussain ST, Alsalihi M, Blackstone EH, Pettersson GB. Maximized left atrial dome approach for left atrial tumor resection. The JTCVS. 2014.
2. Svensson LG, Blackstone EH, Alsalihi M, et al. Mid-term results of David reimplantation in patients with connective tissue disorder. Annal of thoracic surgery. 2013; 95(2): 555-562. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.08.043.