Maheen Abidi, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine-Infectious Disease

Medical School:
  • MD, Dow Medical College, Karachi Pakistan (1998)
  • Michael Reese Hospital (2001)
  • Michael Reese Hospital, Internal Medicine (2004)
  • College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic (Rochester) Program, Infectious Disease (2013)
  • University of Rochester Program, Infectious Disease (2006)
  • Oregon Health & Science University, Geriatric Medicine (2007)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Infectious Disease

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Recognition & Awards

  • K23- Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2021)
  • Colorado Pilot Grant Award, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) (2019)

Research Interests

My research interests lie in CMV specific T-cell reconstitution & its relationship with Frailty in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients. I'm a current recipient of the National Institute of Health K23 Award, investigating the relationship of CMV & CMV immune reconstitution with Frailty and Cognitive Function in Older Kidney Transplant Recipients. I'm currently investigating CMV specific T-cell reconstitution in High-Risk Hematopoietic Cell Transplant recipients on Letermovir prophylaxis.


  • Assistant Professor (2016)
    School of Medicine, University of Colorado - Denver
    Transplant and Oncology Infectious Diseases


  • Abidi, M.Z., Erlandson, K.M. A Comprehensive Review of Infections in Older Kidney Transplant Recipients. Curr Transpl Rep 8, 90–99 (2021).
  • Grivas P, Khaki AR, Wise-Draper TM, French B, Hennessy C, Hsu CY, Shyr Y, Li X, Choueiri TK, Painter CA, Peters S, Rini BI, Thompson MA, Mishra S, Rivera DR, Acoba JD, Abidi MZ, Bakouny Z, Bashir B, Bekaii-Saab T, Berg S, Bernicker EH, Bilen MA, Bindal P, Bishnoi R, Bouganim N, Bowles DW, Cabal A, Caimi PF, Chism DD, Crowell J, Curran C, Desai A, Dixon B, Doroshow DB, Durbin EB, Elkrief A, Farmakiotis D, Fazio A, Fecher LA, Flora DB, Friese CR, Fu J, Gadgeel SM, Galsky MD, Gill DM, Glover MJ, Goyal S, Grover P, Gulati S, Gupta S, Halabi S, Halfdanarson TR, Halmos B, Hausrath DJ, Hawley JE, Hsu E, Huynh-Le M, Hwang C, Jani C, Jayaraj A, Johnson DB, Kasi A, Khan H, Koshkin VS, Kuderer NM, Kwon DH, Lammers PE, Li A, Loaiza-Bonilla A, Low CA, Lustberg MB, Lyman GH, McKay RR, McNair C, Menon H, Mesa RA, Mico V, Mundt D, Nagaraj G, Nakasone ES, Nakayama J, Nizam A, Nock NL, Park C, Patel JM, Patel KG, Peddi P, Pennell NA, Piper-Vallillo AJ, Puc M, Ravindranathan D, Reeves ME, Reuben DY, Rosenstein L, Rosovsky RP, Rubinstein SM, Salazar M, Schmidt AL, Schwartz GK, Shah MR, Shah SA, Shah C, Shaya JA, Singh SRK, Smits M, Stockerl-Goldstein KE, Stover DG, Streckfuss M, Subbiah S, Tachiki L, Tadesse E, Thakkar A, Tucker MD, Verma AK, Vinh DC, Weiss M, Wu JT, Wulff-Burchfield E, Xie Z, Yu PP, Zhang T, Zhou AY, Zhu H, Zubiri L, Shah DP, Warner JL, Lopes GD Jr. Association of Clinical Factors and Recent Anti-Cancer Therapy with COVID-19 Severity among Patients with Cancer: A Report from the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium. Ann Oncol. 2021 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33746047
  • Miller MA, Molina KC, Gutman JA, Scherger S, Lum JM, Mossad SB, Burgess M, Cheng MP, Chuang ST, Jacobs SE, Melendez DP, Shah DP, Zimmer A, Sohail MR, Syed S, Walker RC, Poeschla EM, Abidi MZ. Mucormycosis in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients and in Patients With Hematological Malignancies in the Era of New Antifungal Agents. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2021 Feb;8(2):ofaa646. PubMed PMID: 33575424
  • Sartain E, Schoeppler K, Crowther B, Smith JB, Abidi MZ, Grazia TJ, Steele M, Gleason T, Porter K, Gray A. Perioperative anidulafungin combined with triazole prophylaxis for the prevention of early invasive candidiasis in lung transplant recipients. Transpl Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 16. doi: 10.1111/tid.13692. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34270137.
  • Chu NM, Chen X, Gross AL, Carlson MC, Garonzik-Wang JM, Norman SP, Mathur A, Abidi MZ, Brennan DC, Segev DL, McAdams-DeMarco MA. Cognitive Impairment Burden in Older and Younger Adults Across the Kidney Transplant Care Continuum. Clin Transplant. 2021 Jul 16. doi: 10.1111/ctr.14425. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34272777.
  • Scherger S, Mathur S, Bajrovic V, Johnson SC, Benamu E, Ramanan P, Wolfel G, Levi ME, Abidi MZ. Cytomegalovirus myocarditis in solid organ transplant recipients: A case series and review of literature. Transpl Infect Dis. 2020 Jun;22(3):e13282. PubMed PMID: 32232951
  • Waghmare A, Abidi MZ, Boeckh M, Chemaly RF, Dadwal S, El Boghdadly Z, Kamboj M, Papanicolaou GA, Pergam SA, Shahid Z. Guidelines for COVID-19 Management in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Recipients. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2020 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32736007
  • Kolb JM, Conzen K, Wachs M, Crossno J Jr, McMahon B, Abidi MZ, Pomfret EA, Kriss M. Liver Transplantation for Decompensated Cirrhosis Secondary to Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase Mutation. Hepatology. 2020 Jul;72(1):356-358. PubMed PMID: 31943309
  • Budgin AM, Abidi MZ, Bajrovic V, Miller MA, Johnson SC. Severe acute Q fever pneumonia complicated by presumed persistent localized Q fever endocarditis in a renal transplant recipient: A case report and review of the literature. Transpl Infect Dis. 2019 Dec 5;:e13230. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31808240
  • Ramanan P, Scherger S, Benamu E, Bajrovic V, Jackson W, Hage CA, Hakki M, Baddley JW, Abidi MZ. Toxoplasmosis in non-cardiac solid organ transplant recipients: A case series and review of literature. Transpl Infect Dis. 2019 Nov 26;:e13218. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31769583
  • Sharma P, Gakhar N, MacDonald J, Abidi MZ, Benamu E, Bajrovic V, Purev E, Haverkos BM, Tobin J, Kaiser J, Chase S, Miller M, Weinberg A, Gutman JA. Letermovir prophylaxis through day 100 post transplant is safe and effective compared with alternative CMV prophylaxis strategies following adult cord blood and haploidentical cord blood transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2019 Oct 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31664185
  • Morrisette T, Van Matre AG, Miller MA, Mueller SW, Bajrovic V, Abidi MZ, Benamu E, Kaiser JN, Barber GR, Chase S, Tobin J, Fish DN, Gutman JA. Oral Vancomycin Prophylaxis as Secondary Prevention Against Clostridioides difficile Infection in the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Hematologic Malignancy Population. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2019 Oct;25(10):2091-2097. PubMed PMID: 31255741
  • Abidi MZ, Hari P, Chen M, Kim S, Battiwala M, Dahi PB, Diaz MA, Gale RP, Ganguly S, Gergis U, Green J, Hildebrandt G, Hill JA, Komanduri K, Lazarus H, Marks D, Nishihori T, Olsson R, Seo S, Ustun C, Yared J, Yin D, Wingard J, Wirk BM, Auletta J, Lindemans C, Riches M. Virus detection in the cerebrospinal fluid of hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients is associated with poor patient outcomes: a CIBMTR contemporary longitudinal study. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2019 Aug;54(8):1354-1360. PubMed PMID: 30696997
  • Lum J, Z Abidi M, McCollister B, Henao-Martínez AF. Miliary Histoplasmosis in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Case Rep Med. 2018;2018:2723489. PubMed PMID: 29849657
  • Abidi MZ, Haque J, Varma P, Olteanu H, Guru Murthy GS, Dhakal B, Hari P. Reactivation of Pulmonary Tuberculosis following Treatment of Myelofibrosis with Ruxolitinib. Case Rep Hematol. 2016;2016:2389038. PubMed PMID: 27843657
  • Abidi MZ, Ledeboer N, Banerjee A, Hari P. Mycobacterium mucogenicum bacteremia in immune-compromised patients, 2008-2013. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016 Jun;85(2):182-5. PubMed PMID: 27117516
  • Dhakal B, D'Souza A, Pasquini M, Saber W, Fenske TS, Moss RB, Drobyski WR, Hari P, Abidi MZ. DAS181 Treatment of Severe Parainfluenza Virus 3 Pneumonia in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients Requiring Mechanical Ventilation. Case Rep Med. 2016;2016:8503275. PubMed PMID: 26941799
  • Abidi MZ, Ledeboer N, Banerjee A, Hari P. Morbidity and mortality attributable to Rothia bacteremia in neutropenic and nonneutropenic patients. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016 May;85(1):116-20. PubMed PMID: 26906191
  • Abidi MZ, D'Souza A, Kuppalli K, Ledeboer N, Hari P. CYP2C19*17 genetic polymorphism--an uncommon cause of voriconazole treatment failure. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2015 Sep;83(1):46-8. PubMed PMID: 25986028
  • Dioverti MV, Cawcutt KA, Abidi M, Sohail MR, Walker RC, Osmon DR. Gastrointestinal mucormycosis in immunocompromised hosts. Mycoses. 2015 Dec;58(12):714-8. PubMed PMID: 26456920
  • Abidi MZ, Coelho-Prabhu N, Hargreaves J, Weiland T, Van Dyken I, Tande A, Tosh PK, Walker RC, Cummins NW. Mucormycosis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: case series and review of the literature. Case Rep Med. 2014;2014:637492. PubMed PMID: 24872818
  • Abidi MZ, Sohail MR, Cummins N, Wilhelm M, Wengenack N, Brumble L, Shah H, Jane Hata D, McCullough A, Wendel A, Vikram HR, Kusne S, Litzow M, Letendre L, Lahr BD, Poeschla E, Walker RC. Stability in the cumulative incidence, severity and mortality of 101 cases of invasive mucormycosis in high-risk patients from 1995 to 2011: a comparison of eras immediately before and after the availability of voriconazole and echinocandin-amphotericin combination therapies. Mycoses. 2014 Nov;57(11):687-98. PubMed PMID: 25040241
  • Abidi MZ, Wilhelm MP, Neff JL, Hughes JG, Cunningham SA, Patel R. Helicobacter canis bacteremia in a patient with fever of unknown origin. J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Mar;51(3):1046-8. PubMed PMID: 23284025
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Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Transplant, ID Community of Practice (AST-IDCOP), Executive Committee Member-at-Large
  • Infectious Disease Society of America, Member
  • American Society of Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT), Transplant ID SIG, Steering Committee Member
  • American Society of Transplant, ID Community of Practice (AST-IDCOP), Older Adult Workgroup, Co-Chair

Practice Locations

UCH - Infectious Disease Clinic
1635 Aurora Ct
7th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Infectious Disease, Board Certification (2009, 2019)
  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification (2004)
  • Transplant Infectious Disease, Specialized Training (2013)
Clinical Interests
CMV specific T-cell reconstitution in Transplant Recipients.

Personal Interests
I love capturing Colorado's spectacular rugged mountains, waterfalls & forests on lens when hiking in our beautiful state with its diverse terrain. I travel often to the equally magical Pacific Northwest & British Columbia & enjoy hiking the mountain and sea trails & photographing their majestic foggy peaks & enchanting coastal vistas.

Public Speaking
I give talks nationally & internationally on my research.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Dow Medical College, Karachi Pakistan (1998)
  • Michael Reese Hospital (2001)
Residency Programs:
  • Michael Reese Hospital, Internal Medicine (2004)
  • College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic (Rochester) Program, Infectious Disease (2013)
  • University of Rochester Program, Infectious Disease (2006)
  • Oregon Health & Science University, Geriatric Medicine (2007)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Infectious Disease