Salim Aziz, MD, FACS
Clinical Professor, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Salim Aziz MD is a leading cardiovascular surgeon who has an appointment as a Clinical Professor in Surgery at George Washington University and has a large private practice in the DC area. In addition to his clinical activities in complex adult cardiovascular surgery he has extensive expertise in the surgical management of patients with cardiac and pulmonary failure and pulmonary hypertension and has published in these areas.
Dr. Aziz did his surgical training at Stanford University and his thoracic fellowship at the University of Minnesota after getting his medical degree from the University of London, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School. He gained his early transplant experience with Sir Roy Calne at Cambridge and did a cardiopulmonary research fellowship with Drs. Bruce Reitz and N.E Shumway at Stanford University. These activities played an important role in the introduction of cyclosporine into cardiopulmonary transplantation, the development of pulmonary preservation techniques and a better understanding of transplant atherosclerosis. Together with professors M. Allen and E Verrier he managed and expanded the scope of the cardiac transplant and assist programs at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Aziz was an invited reviewer for the FDA, Division of Cardiovascular Respiratory & Neurological Devices Panel (1993-2004) for many of the seminal developments in cardiac assist devices, and interventional cardiology.
In addition to his US activities, Dr. Aziz has lectured and operated internationally. A particular interest of his is the delivery of advanced cardiovascular care in developing countries and he has consulted widely in this area and is a firm believer in the public-private partnership model to reduce the inequities of health care disparity/availability. He has collaborated extensively with the Saudi Critical Care Society to expand the use of ECMO for patients with cardiac and pulmonary failure.