Faculty Profile

Mazin Al Salihi, MD, PhD

Mazin Al Salihi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (MEST), Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.858.8983

Email: mazin.al.salihi@emory.edu

Certification: Iraqi Board for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Fellowship in Cardiac Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2014


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 joined 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.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory Transplant Center

  • LifeLink of Georgia


  • MD, University of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq, 1985

  • General Surgery Residency, Baghdad Medical City, Iraq, 1989

  • PhD, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery, Baghdad Medical City, Iraq, 1993

  • Clinical Fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, 2012

  • Clinical Fellowship in Heart and Lung Transplantation, Cleveland Clinic, 2013

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Medical Association

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

Clinical Interests

  • 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

Research Interests

  • Ex vivo lung perfusion