Muhammad Aftab, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery-Cardiothoracic

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Medical School:
  • MD, King Edward Medical University (1999)
Internship:
  • NSLIJHS-Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center Program (2006)
Residency:
  • NSLIJHS-Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (2011)
Fellowships:
  • Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine Program, Thoracic and Cardiac (2014)
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Surgery (2004)
Languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi
Department: Surgery-Cardiothoracic

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor, Surgery-Cardiothoracic
  • Assistant Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Colorado

Recognition & Awards

  • AATS -Adult Cardiac Surgery Resident Poster Competition Winner, American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) (2014)
    AATS Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 27-30, 2014
  • American College of Cardiology Fellow in training (FIT) Award, American College of Cardiology (ACC)- Surgeon Council (2014)
    Travel Award, American College of Cardiology 63rd Annual Scientific Session, March 28 – 31, Washington, DC
  • Delegate to AMA Interim Assembly Meeting, Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) (2014)
    AMA-Resident and Fellow Section’s (AMA-RFS), Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX November 6-8, 2014
  • Chief Resident Teaching Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), Bronx, New York (2011)
    Nominated by the medical students from AECOM for excellence in teaching.
  • Best Clinical Research Paper Award - Annual Research Day, Department of Surgery, Hofstra – LIJ School of Medicine Manhasset, New York (2011)
  • Best Research Presentation Award,, Annual Meeting of American College of Surgeons (ACS), Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter and Nassau Surgical Society (2011)
  • Voting Member of Institutional Review Board Committee (IRB) North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Feinstein Institute of Medical Research, Manhasset, NY (2009)
  • Poster of Distinction Award, American Gastroenterology Association (AGA)/ Digestive Disease Week 2006 (2006)
    Award given to top 10% posters and abstracts
  • Scholar in-training Award, American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) (2005)
    Conference on Colorectal Cancer: Molecular Pathways and Therapies. One of six awards presented to Research Scholars.

Research Interests

I am interested in the clinical outcomes research after cardiac and aortic surgery. Also, I am exploring the ways we can protect the human brain, spinal cord, kidneys and other vital organs during the complex cardiac and aortic surgery to make the cardiac surgical procedures safer and provide the best outcomes to my patients.

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2016)
    School of Medicine, Surgery
    Dr. Aftab has authored several book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed research articles. He is the co-editor of the surgical textbook, “Operative Dictations in Cardiothoracic Surgery”. Dr. Aftab’s academic interests encompass end-organ protection during cardiac surgery, clinical outcomes research, surgical education and innovations in endovascular interventions. He has served as a member of the executive committee of the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA).

Publications

  • Aftab M, Cikach FS, Zhu Y, Idrees JJ, Rigelsky CM, Kalahasti V, Roselli EE, Svensson LG. Loeys-Dietz syndrome: Intermediate-term outcomes of medically and surgically managed patients. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Feb;157(2):439-450.e5. PubMed PMID: 30669217
  • Yamanaka K, Eldeiry M, Aftab M, Ryan TJ, Meng X, Weyant MJ, Fullerton DA, Reece TB. Synergetic Induction of NGF With Diazoxide and Erythropoietin Attenuates Spinal Cord Ischemic Injury. J Surg Res. 2019 Jan;233:124-131. PubMed PMID: 30502238
  • Eldeiry M, Ghincea C, Aftab M, Cleveland JC, Fullerton D, Reece TB. Innominate Versus Axillary Artery Cannulation for the Hemiarch Repair. J Surg Res. 2018 Dec;232:234-239. PubMed PMID: 30463723
  • Yamanaka K, Eldeiry M, Aftab M, Ryan TJ, Roda G, Meng X, Weyant MJ, Cleveland JC Jr, Fullerton DA, Reece TB. Pretreatment with Diazoxide Attenuates Spinal Cord Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury Through STAT3 pathway. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Nov 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30395862
  • Yamanaka K, Eldeiry M, Roda G, Aftab M, Reece TB. Potential benefit of pharmacological induction of beta common receptor. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Nov;156(5):1796-1797. PubMed PMID: 30336913
  • Venardos N, Reece TB, Aftab M. Perioperative Statins for Ascending Aortic Repairs: Helpful or Hurtful?. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Winter;30(4):427-428. PubMed PMID: 30278266
  • Yamanaka K, Eldeiry M, Aftab M, Ryan TJ, Mares J, Meng X, Weyant MJ, Cleveland JC Jr, Fullerton DA, Reece TB. Synergistic Reduction of Apoptosis With Diazoxide and Erythropoietin in Spinal Cord Ischemic Injury. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Dec;106(6):1751-1758. PubMed PMID: 30193997
  • Reece TB, Aftab M. Invited Commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Sep;106(3):776-777. PubMed PMID: 29800540
  • Ambardekar AV, Weiser-Evans MCM, Li M, Purohit SN, Aftab M, Reece TB, Moulton KS. Coronary Artery Remodeling and Fibrosis With Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device Support. Circ Heart Fail. 2018 May;11(5):e004491. PubMed PMID: 29724722
  • Yamanaka K, Eldeiry M, Aftab M, Mares J, Ryan TJ, Meng X, Weyant MJ, Cleveland JC Jr, Fullerton DA, Reece TB. Optimized induction of beta common receptor enhances the neuroprotective function of erythropoietin in spinal cord ischemic injury. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Jun;155(6):2505-2516. PubMed PMID: 29523405
  • Reece TB, Aftab M. No need to tailor: Paraplegia risk is intrinsic to complex aortic intervention. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Apr;155(4):1357. PubMed PMID: 29370909
  • Levack MM, Aftab M, Roselli EE, Johnston DR, Soltesz EG, Gillinov AM, Pettersson GB, Griffin B, Grimm R, Hammer DF, Al Kindi AH, Albacker TB, Sepulveda E, Thuita L, Blackstone EH, Sabik JF 3rd, Svensson LG. Outcomes of a Less-Invasive Approach for Proximal Aortic Operations. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Feb;103(2):533-540. PubMed PMID: 27788942
  • Aftab M, Cleveland JC Jr, Reece TB. Noteworthy Literature Published in 2016 for Cardiac Surgery. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2017 Mar;21(1):30-35. PubMed PMID: 28134010
  • Javadikasgari H, Roselli EE, Aftab M, Suri RM, Desai MY, Khosravi M, Cikach F, Isabella M, Idrees JJ, Raza S, Tappuni B, Griffin BP, Svensson LG, Gillinov AM. Combined aortic root replacement and mitral valve surgery: The quest to preserve both valves. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 May;153(5):1023-1030.e1. PubMed PMID: 28262292
  • Zanotti G, Reece TB, Aftab M. Aortic Arch Pathology: Surgical Options for the Aortic Arch Replacement. Cardiol Clin. 2017 Aug;35(3):367-385. PubMed PMID: 28683908
  • Bergeron EJ, Mosca MS, Aftab M, Justison G, Reece TB. Neuroprotection Strategies in Aortic Surgery. Cardiol Clin. 2017 Aug;35(3):453-465. PubMed PMID: 28683913
  • El-Sayed Ahmed MM, Hussain O, Ott DA, Aftab M. Severe Aortic Valve Stenosis Due to Alkaptonuric Ochronosis. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2017 Dec;21(4):364-366. PubMed PMID: 28709382
  • Eldeiry M, Yamanaka K, Reece TB, Aftab M. Spinal Cord Neurons Isolation and Culture from Neonatal Mice. J Vis Exp. 2017 Jul 11;(125). PubMed PMID: 28745627
  • Aftab M, Plichta R, Roselli EE. Acute DeBakey Type I Dissection Repair Using Frozen Elephant Trunk: The Cleveland Clinic Technique. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2017 Sep;21(3):200-205. PubMed PMID: 28758558
  • Aftab M, Idrees JJ, Cikach F, Navia JL, Hammer D, Roselli EE. Open Distal Fenestration of Chronic Dissection Facilitates Endovascular Elephant Trunk Completion: Late Outcomes. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Dec;104(6):1960-1967. PubMed PMID: 28939200
  • Roselli EE, Hasan SM, Idrees JJ, Aftab M, Eagleton MJ, Menon V, Svensson LG. Inoperable patients with acute type A dissection: are they candidates for endovascular repair?. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2017 Oct 1;25(4):582-588. PubMed PMID: 28962505
  • Aftab M, Reece TB. Invited Commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Aug;102(2):532-3. PubMed PMID: 27449426
  • Stephens EH, Robich MP, Walters DM, DeNino WF, Aftab M, Tchantchaleishvili V, Eilers AL, Rice RD, Goldstone AB, Shlestad RC, Malas T, Cevasco M, Gillaspie EA, Fiedler AG, LaPar DJ, Shah AA. Gender and Cardiothoracic Surgery Training: Specialty Interests, Satisfaction, and Career Pathways. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jul;102(1):200-6. PubMed PMID: 27157051
  • Stephens EH, Shah AA, Robich MP, Walters DM, DeNino WF, Aftab M, Tchantchaleishvili V, Eilers AL, Rice RD, Goldstone AB, Shelstad RC, Malas T, Cevasco M, Gillaspie EA, LaPar DJ. The Future of the Academic Cardiothoracic Surgeon: Results of the TSRA/TSDA In-Training Examination Survey. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Aug;102(2):643-50. PubMed PMID: 27131899
  • Shah AA, Aftab M, Tchantchaleishvili V, LaPar DJ, Stephens EH, Walters DM, DeNino WF, Odell DD, Robich M, Cevasco M, Eilers AL, Gillaspie EA, Goldstone A, Malas T, Rice RD, Shelstad RC, Andersen ND. Characterizing the Operative Experience of Cardiac Surgical Trainees: What Are Residents Really Doing in the Operating Room?. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jun;101(6):2341-9. PubMed PMID: 27021035
  • Plichta RP, Aftab M, Roselli EE. Current management of aortic arch lesions with hybrid procedures: a tailored approach to a progressive disease. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2016 Jun;57(3):437-47. PubMed PMID: 26939046
  • Ghanta RK, Green SY, Price MD, Arredondo CC, Wainwright D, Preventza O, de la Cruz KI, Aftab M, LeMaire SA, Coselli JS. Midterm Survival and Quality of Life After Extent II Thoracoabdominal Aortic Repair in Marfan Syndrome. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Apr;101(4):1402-9; discussion 1409. PubMed PMID: 26794897
  • Robich MP, Flagg A, LaPar DJ, Odell DD, Stein W, Aftab M, Berfield KS, Eilers AL, Groth SS, Lazar JF, Shah AA, Smith DA, Stephens EH, Stock CT, DeNino WF, Tchantchaleishvili V, Soltesz EG. Understanding Why Residents May Inaccurately Log Their Role in Operations: A Look at the 2013 In-Training Examination Survey. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jan;101(1):323-8. PubMed PMID: 26453419
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Professional Memberships

  • Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS), Active Member
  • Southern Thoracic Surgery Society (STSA), Active Member
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Associate Fellow
  • Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society (ECTSS), Active Member
  • Association of Academic Surgery (AAS), Active Member
  • American Medical Association (AMA), Active Member
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC), Fellow
  • Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society, Active Member
  • Cooley Hands Society, Active Member

Practice Locations

UCH - Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion
1635 Aurora Ct
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

UCH - Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Administration Medical Center
1700 Wheeling St
Aurora, CO 80045
303-399-8020

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Thoracic and Cardiac, Board Certification (2015)
  • Surgery, Board Certification (2012)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Heart and Circulation - Aneurysms
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Heart and Circulation - Arrhythmia
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Failure
  • Heart and Circulation - Vascular Malformations
  • Heart and Circulation - Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Valve Diseases
  • Heart and Circulation - Coronary Disease
  • Surgery - Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgery - Heart Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Vascular Surgery
  • Surgery - Open Heart Surgery
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests in adult cardiac surgery include surgery for thoracic aortic aneurysm, open and endovascular thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic repair, heart valve surgery, high-risk reoperation surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and percutaneous valve treatment. I believe in a patient centered approach by combining the traditional open cardiac and vascular surgery with the cutting edge catheter-based interventions and endovascular surgery to provide the best outcomes for my patients. Some of the areas of my clinical interest are coronary artery bypass grafting, aortic and mitral valve repair, arrhythmias surgery, hybrid aortic repair and heart transplantation. I treat the patients with bicuspid aortic valve and other connective-tissue disorders such as Marfan, Loeys-Dietz syndrome and Ehlers-Dalos syndromes.

Personal Interests
I operate on the entire spectrum of adult cardiac and aortic surgery. Some of the areas of my particular clinical interest in cardiac surgery include surgery for the thoracic aortic aneurysms including aortic root surgery, ascending aortic and aortic arch replacement, thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair, endovascular aortic surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart valve surgery including mitral and aortic valve repair, percutaneous valve interventions, arrhythmia surgery and heart transplantation.

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, King Edward Medical University (1999)
Internships:
  • NSLIJHS-Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center Program (2006)
Residency Programs:
  • NSLIJHS-Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (2011)
Fellowships:
  • Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine Program, Thoracic and Cardiac (2014)
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Surgery (2004)
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Languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi
Department: Surgery-Cardiothoracic
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