Amir Abolhoda

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Associate Clinical Professor, Surgery
School of Medicine

M.D., UCI, 1988, Medicine

Phone: (714) 456-3634
Fax: (714) 456-8870

University of California, Irvine
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
Building 53, Room 117, Rt 81
Mail Code: 3298
Orange, CA 92868
Research Interests
Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Metastasis, High Risk CABG, Temporary Cardiac Assist Devices, Aortic Surgery, Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation
Academic Distinctions
Dr. Amir Abolhoda is a board-Certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. Dr. Abolhoda is Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, and Chief of Section of Thoracic Surgery at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Abolhoda performs all types of open heart procedures: These include: 1)coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG),consisting of on-pump and beating heart CABG procedures, 2)surgery for aortic, mitral and tricuspid valve diseases, 3) surgical repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, and 4)surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. He also performs minimally invasive surgery for thoracic aneurysms (endovascular stent-graft) and minimally invasive surgery for correction of atrial fibrillation. He has special interest in extracorporeal assist devices for support of failing heart and is director of adult ECMO/Cardiopulmonary Support (CPS) program at UCIMC.

Dr. Abolhoda is an established Thoracic Surgical Oncologist with extensive research and clinical training from the world renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications on treatment of pulmonary metastasis and primary lung cancer. He is currently participating in a number of national intergroup cooperative trials for treatment of lung cancer. Dr. Abolhoda performs a myriad of thoracic surgical procdures, using both open and endoscopic (minimally invasive) techniques. He has expertise in major pulmonary and chest wall resection and reconstruction procedures. He works in close collaboration with the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center oncologists and the UCI Medical Center Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Division. He is also Chief of a busy thoracic surgery service at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Abolhoda obatined his Medical Degree from the University of California, Irvine,College of Medicine. He then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the Montefiore Medical Center(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) in New York City. He spent three years as thoracic surgery fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.

His academic awards include:

Phi Beta Kappa 1983 University of California Irvine
Summa Cum Laude 1984 University of California Irvine
Academic Excellence, 1986 University of California Irvine
within the Basic Sciences Award College of Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
Orange, California

Chief of Section-Thoracic Surgery
Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital
Long Beach, California
Research Abstract
1. “Phase III Randomized Trial of Lobectomy versus Sublobar Resection for
small (< 2cm) Peripheral Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer-CALGB 140503”.

Funding Agency: CALGB/LBVA
Principal Investigator: Amir Abolhoda, MD/ LBVA
Co-Investigator: Amir Abolhoda, MD/UCIMC

2. “A phase III Randomized Trial of Adjuvant Chemotherapy with or without Bevacizumab for Patients with Completely Resected Stage IB (>4 CM)-IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)-ECOG 1505”.

Funding Agency: ECOG, NCI, Genetech
Co-Investigator: Amir Abolhoda. MD/ UCIMC

3. “Effect of Acadesine on Clinically Significant Adverse Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Events in High-Risk Subjects Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery Using Cardiopulmonary Bypass (Protocol No. P05633) RED-CABG Trial”.

Funding Agency: Schering-Plough Corporation
Principal Investigator: Amir Abolhoda,MD
1. Wilson DJ, Abolhoda A, Spillert CR, Lazaro EJ. Gastric necrosis due to acute dilatation of the stomach. Digestive Surg 9:324-325, 1992.

2. Oyarzun R, Abolhoda A, Yu S, Chuback J, McCormick J, Donahoo J, Gabbay S. Effect of pretreatment on calcification of bioprosthetic valves. A comparative study of glutaraldehyde treated tissues vs. the Biocor No-React anticalcification treatment. J Penn Assoc Thorac Surg 4:13-16, 1996.

3. Abolhoda A, Buechel Jr. F, Spillert CR, Faison RY, Lazaro EJ. Complete cartilaginous duplication of the rib cage in a cadaver: a first reported case. Am Surg 62:976-978, 1996.

4. Abolhoda A, Yu S, Oyarzun R, Allen K, McCormick JR, Han S, Kemp FW, Bogden JD, Lu Q, Gabbay S. Biocor No-React detoxification process: a superior anticalcification method for bioprostheses. Ann Thorac Surg 62:1724-1730, 1996.

5. Abolhoda A, Yu S, Oyarzun JR, McCormick JR, Bogden JD, Gabbay S. Calcification of bovine pericardium: glutaraldehyde versus No-React biomodification. Ann Thorac Surg 62:169-174, 1996.

6. Nawata S, Abecasis N, Ross HM, Abolhoda A, Cheng H, Sachar KS, Burt M. Isolated lung perfusion with melphalan for the treatment of metastatic pulmonary sarcoma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 112:1542-1548, 1996.

7. Abolhoda A, Yelcick J, Swan KG. Pancreato-duodenectomy for giant benign villous adenoma of the ampulla of Vater. Am Surg 63:392-394, 1997.

8. Blair SL, Heerdt P, Sachar KS, Abolhoda A, Hochwald S, Cheng H, Burt M. Glutathione metabolism in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer Res 57:152-155, 1997.

9. Nawata S, Abolhoda A, Ross HM, Brooks A, Burt ME Sequential bilateral isolated lung perfusion in the rat: an experimental model. Ann Thorac Surg 63:796-799, 1997.

10. Abolhoda A, Brooks A, Nawata S, Burt M. Isolated lung perfusion with doxorubicin prolongs survival in a rodent model of pulmonary metastases. Ann Thorac Surg 64:181-184, 1997.

11. Abolhoda A, Livingston DH, Donahoo JS, Allen K. Diagnostic and therapeutic video assisted thoracic surgery following chest trauma. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 12: 356-360, 1997.

12. Abolhoda A, Liu D, Brooks A, Burt M. Prolonged air leak following radical upper lobectomy: an analysis of incidence and possible risk factors. Chest 113:1507-1510, 1998.

13. Abolhoda A, Brooks A, Choudhry M, Kaneda Y, Liu D, Cheng H, Burt M. Characterization of local inflammatory response in an isolated lung perfusion model. Ann Surg Oncol 5:87-92, 1998.

14. Liu D, Abolhoda A, Burt ME, Martini N, Bains M, Downey R, Rusch VW, Bosl GJ, Ginsberg RJ. Pulmonary metastasectomy for testicular germ cell tumors: a 28 year experience. Ann Thorac Surg 66:1709-1714, 1998.

15. Abolhoda A, Keller SM. Thoracic surgical spectrum of HIV infection. Semin Respir Infect 14:359-365, 1999.

16. Abolhoda A, Wilson AE, Ross H, Danenberg P, Burt M, Scotto KW. Rapid activation of MDR1 gene expression in human metastatic sarcoma after in vivo exposure to doxorubicin. Clinical Cancer Res 5:3352-3356, 1999.

17. Burt ME, Liu D, Abolhoda A, Ross HM, Kaneda Y, Jara E, Casper ES, Ginsberg RJ, Brennan MF. Isolated lung perfusion for patients with unresectable metastases from sarcoma: a phase I trial. Ann Thorac Surg 69:1542-1549, 2000.

18. Kaneda Y, Liu D, Brooks A, Abolhoda A, Labow D, Burt ME, Ginsberg RJ. Toxicity and pharmacokinetics of isolated lung perfusion with Cisplatin in rat. Jp J Thorac Cardiovas Surg 49:443-448, 2001.

19. Martin J, Ginsberg RJ, Abolhoda A, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Korst RJ, Weigel TL, Kris MG, Venkatraman ES, Rusch VW. Morbidity and mortality after neoadjuvant therapy for lung cancer: the risks of right pneumonectomy. Ann Thorac Surg 72:1149-1154, 2001.

20. Baradarian S, Dembitsky WP, Jaski B, Abolhoda A, Adamson R, Chillcot S, Daily PO. Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction associated with chronic ventricular assist device support. ASAIO J 48:665-667, 2002.

21. Saremi, F, Gurudevan SV, Narula J, Abolhoda A. Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in diagnosis of “Cor Triatriatum Sinister”. J Cardiovasc CT, 1(3):172-174, 2007.

22. Saremi F, Abolhoda A, Ashikyan O, Milliken JC, Narula J, Gurudevan SV, Kaushal K, Raney A. Arterial supply to sinuatrial and atrioventricular nodes: imaging with multidetector CT. Radiology 246(1): 99-107, 2008.

23. Saremi F, Channual S, Abolhoda A, Gurudevan SV, Narula J, Milliken JC. MDCT of the s-shaped sinoatrial node artery. AJR 190:1-7, 2008.

24. Rose J, Barleben A, Abolhoda A. Intralobar pulmonary sequestration with anomalous systemic arterial supply illustrated by angiography: a case report and review of the literature. J Investig Med 56(1): 261-62, 2008.

25. Saremi F, Channual S, Gurudevan SV, Narula J, Abolhoda A. Prevalence of left atrial appendage pseudothrombus filling defects in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing coronary computed tomography angiography. J Cardiovas CT 2(3): 164-171, 2008.

26. Saremi F, Channual S, Krishnan S, Gurudevan SV, Narula J, Abolhoda A. Bachmann bundle and its arterial supply: imaging with multidetector CT- implications for intreratrial conduction abnormalities and arrhythmias. Radiology 248(2): 447-457, 2008.

27. Abolhoda A, Wirth GA, Bui TD, Milliken JC. Harvest technique for Pedicled transposition of latissimus dorsi muscle: an old trade revisited. Euro J Cardiothorac Surg 33(5): 928-930, 2008.

28. Saremi F, Channual S, Raney A, Gurudevan SV, Narula J, Fowler S, Abolhoda A, Milliken JC. Imaging of patent foramen ovale with 64-section multidetector CT. Radiology 249(2): 483-492, 2008.

29. Abolhoda A, Wirth GD. Reply to Terzi et al. Whole or split latissimus dorsi muscle for intrathoracic transposition. Euro J Cardiothorac Surg 35(1): 190, 2009.

30. Abolhoda A, Bui T, Wirth GD, Milliken JC. Routine use of pedicled latissimus muscle flap in high risk thoracic surgery procedures. Texas Heart Inst J. 2009.
Professional Societies
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Other Experience
Attending Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
Sharp Memorial Hospital 2000—2003

Graduate Programs
Thoracic Surgery


Research Centers
Chao NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute(NCI) Investigator
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