Ahmad Sheikh

Cardiothoracic surgeon

Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Heart Transplant Program

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-5468
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Heart Surgery Clinic

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-724-7500
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Heart Surgery Clinic at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose

  • 751 S. Bascom Avenue
  • San Jose, CA 95128
  • Phone: 408-885-3838
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Stanford South Asian Translational Heart Initiative

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6459
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Stanford South Asian Translational Heart Initiative at Boswell Building

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
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Professional Education

Board Certification: Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery (2013)

Board Certification, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery (2013)

Transplant Fellowship, Stanford University, Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support (2013)

Fellowship: Stanford University (2012) CA

Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2009)

Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (2009) MA

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, Cardiac stem cell therapy (2007)

Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital (2002) MA

Medical Education: University of California at San Francisco (2001) CA

AB, summa cum laude, University of California at Berkeley, Molecular and Cellular Biology (1995)

Honors & Awards

Norman E. Shumway Award Research Award, The Western Thoracic Surgical Association (2013)

Chief Resident Teaching Award, Massachusetts General Hospital (2009)

Awarded Excellence in Teaching Citation, Tufts University School of Medicine (2008)

New Era Cardiac Care Scholar, - (2006)

Alpha Omega Alpha, President, UCSF Chapter (2000-2001)

UC Regents Scholar, University of California at San Francisco (1996-2001)

Phi Beta Kappa, - (1995)

Graduated with Highest Distinction in General Scholarship, University of California at Berkeley (1995)

Departmental Honors Thesis in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California at Berkeley (1995)

Dean's List, University of California at Berkeley (1992-1995)

Edward Frank Kraft Scholarship, University of California at Berkeley (1993)

Individual differences in field independence influence the ability to determine accurate needle angles.
Sheikh, A. Y., Keehner, M., Walker, A., Chang, P. A., Burdon, T. A., & Fann, J. I. (2014). Individual differences in field independence influence the ability to determine accurate needle angles. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.

In Vivo Functional and Transcriptional Profiling of Bone Marrow Stem Cells After Transplantation Into Ischemic Myocardium
Sheikh, A. Y., Huber, B. C., Narsinh, K. H., Spin, J. M., van der Bogt, K., & Wu, J. C. (2012). In Vivo Functional and Transcriptional Profiling of Bone Marrow Stem Cells After Transplantation Into Ischemic Myocardium. ARTERIOSCLEROSIS THROMBOSIS AND VASCULAR BIOLOGY, 32(1), 92-102.

Immediate Postoperative Percutaneous Stenting of Superior Vena Cava Obstruction Following Heart Transplantation in Adult Patients with Pacemaker Leads
Asseff, D., Sheikh, A. Y., Sze, D., Ha, R., Hofmann, L., & van der Starre, P. Ja. (2014). Immediate Postoperative Percutaneous Stenting of Superior Vena Cava Obstruction Following Heart Transplantation in Adult Patients with Pacemaker Leads. JOURNAL OF CARDIAC SURGERY, 29(5), 733-736.

Resource use trends in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in adults: An analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 1998-2009.
Maxwell, B. G., Powers, A. J., Sheikh, A. Y., Lee, P. Hu., Lobato, R. L., & Wong, J. K. (2014). Resource use trends in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in adults: An analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 1998-2009. journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 148(2), 416-421 e1.

A novel, catheter-based approach to left ventricular assist device deactivation after myocardial recovery.
Zeigler, S. M., Sheikh, A. Y., Lee, P. Hu., Desai, J., Banerjee, D., & Ha, R. V. (2014). A novel, catheter-based approach to left ventricular assist device deactivation after myocardial recovery. Annals of thoracic surgery, 98(2), 710-713.

Heart transplantation with or without prior mechanical circulatory support in adults with congenital heart disease
Maxwell, B. G., Wong, J. K., Sheikh, A. Y., Lee, P. Hu., & Lobato, R. L. (2014). Heart transplantation with or without prior mechanical circulatory support in adults with congenital heart disease. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY, 45(5), 842-846.

Open aortic valve replacement in a patient with Glanzmann's thrombasthenia: a multidisciplinary strategy to minimize perioperative bleeding
Sheikh, A. Y., Hill, C. C., Goodnough, L. T., Leung, L. L., & Fischbein, M. P. (2014). Open aortic valve replacement in a patient with Glanzmann's thrombasthenia: a multidisciplinary strategy to minimize perioperative bleeding. TRANSFUSION, 54(2), 300-305.

Surgical reconstruction of peripheral pulmonary artery stenosis in Williams and Alagille syndromes
Monge, M. C., Mainwaring, R. D., Sheikh, A. Y., Punn, R., Reddy, V. M., & Hanley, F. L. (2013). Surgical reconstruction of peripheral pulmonary artery stenosis in Williams and Alagille syndromes. JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, 145(2), 476-481.

Surgical outcomes for patients with pulmonary atresia/major aortopulmonary collaterals and Alagille syndrome
Mainwaring, R. D., Sheikh, A. Y., Punn, R., Reddy, V. M., & Hanley, F. L. (2012). Surgical outcomes for patients with pulmonary atresia/major aortopulmonary collaterals and Alagille syndrome. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY, 42(2), 235-241.

RevaTen platelet-rich plasma improves cardiac function after myocardial injury.
Mishra, A., Velotta, J., Brinton, T. J., Wang, X., Chang, S., & Fischbein, M. (2011). RevaTen platelet-rich plasma improves cardiac function after myocardial injury. Cardiovascular revascularization medicine : including molecular interventions, 12(3), 158-163.

What are the Predictors that Affect the Excellent Long-term Benefits of Redo Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting?
Ali, A., Ramoutar, D., Ashrafian, H., Abu-Omar, Y., Freed, D., & Wallwork, J. (2010). What are the Predictors that Affect the Excellent Long-term Benefits of Redo Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting?. HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION, 19(9), 528-534.

Stentless aortic valve replacement in patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease: clinical outcome and aortic diameter changes during follow-up
Ali, A., Patel, A., Ali, Z. A., Abu-Omar, Y., Freed, D., & Pepper, J. (2010). Stentless aortic valve replacement in patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease: clinical outcome and aortic diameter changes during follow-up. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY, 38(2), 134-140.

Indirect imaging of cardiac-specific transgene expression using a bidirectional two-step transcriptional amplification strategy
Chen, I. Y., Gheysens, O., Ray, S., Wang, Q., Padmanabhan, P., & Gambhir, S. S. (2010). Indirect imaging of cardiac-specific transgene expression using a bidirectional two-step transcriptional amplification strategy. GENE THERAPY, 17(7), 827-838.

Micro-CT for Characterization of Murine CV Disease Models
Sheikh, A. Y., van der Bogt, K. Ea., Doyle, T. C., Sheikh, M. K., Ransohoff, K. J., & Wu, J. C. (2010). Micro-CT for Characterization of Murine CV Disease Models. JACC-CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING, 3(7), 783-785.

Endogenous regulation of cardiovascular function by apelin-APJ
Charo, D. N., Ho, M., Fajardo, G., Kawana, M., Kundu, R. K., & Quertermous, T. (2009). Endogenous regulation of cardiovascular function by apelin-APJ. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-HEART AND CIRCULATORY PHYSIOLOGY, 297(5), H1904-H1913.

Postpericardiotomy syndrome from transdiaphragmatic pericardial window following trauma: first description and review of the literature
King, D. R., Vlahakes, G. J., Johri, A. M., & Sheikh, A. Y. (2009). Postpericardiotomy syndrome from transdiaphragmatic pericardial window following trauma: first description and review of the literature. JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE, 10(10), 806-809.

Right Atrial Mass: The Dilemma of Diagnosis and When Not to Operate Reply
Sheikh, A. Y., & Pelletier, M. P. (2009). Right Atrial Mass: The Dilemma of Diagnosis and When Not to Operate Reply. ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY, 87(6), 2005-2005.

Comparison of Optical Bioluminescence Reporter Gene and Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide MR Contrast Agent as Cell Markers for Noninvasive Imaging of Cardiac Cell Transplantation
Chen, I. Y., Greve, J. M., Gheysens, O., Willmann, J. K., Rodriguez-Porcel, M., & Gambhir, S. S. (2009). Comparison of Optical Bioluminescence Reporter Gene and Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide MR Contrast Agent as Cell Markers for Noninvasive Imaging of Cardiac Cell Transplantation. MOLECULAR IMAGING AND BIOLOGY, 11(3), 178-187.

Comparison of Transplantation of Adipose Tissue- and Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Infarcted Heart
van der Bogt, K. Ea., Schrepfer, S., Yu, J., Sheikh, A. Y., Hoyt, G., & Wu, J. C. (2009). Comparison of Transplantation of Adipose Tissue- and Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Infarcted Heart. TRANSPLANTATION, 87(5), 642-652.

Propensity analysis of survival after subcoronary or root replacement techniques for homograft aortic valve replacement
Ali, A., Abu-Omar, Y., Patel, A., Sheikh, A. Y., Ali, Z., & Pepper, J. (2009). Propensity analysis of survival after subcoronary or root replacement techniques for homograft aortic valve replacement. JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, 137(2), 334-341.

Multimodal evaluation of in vivo magnetic resonance imaging of myocardial restoration by mouse embryonic stem cells
Hendry, S. L., van der Bogt, K. Ea., Sheikh, A. Y., Arai, T., Dylla, S. J., & Yang, P. C. (2008). Multimodal evaluation of in vivo magnetic resonance imaging of myocardial restoration by mouse embryonic stem cells. JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, 136(4), 1028-U14.

Apelin signaling antagonizes Ang II effects in mouse models of atherosclerosis
Chun, H. J., Ali, Z. A., Kojima, Y., Kundu, R. K., Sheikh, A. Y., & Quertermous, T. (2008). Apelin signaling antagonizes Ang II effects in mouse models of atherosclerosis. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION, 118(10), 3343-3354.

Comparison of different adult stem cell types for treatment of myocardial ischemia
van der Bogt, K. Ea., Sheikh, A. Y., Schrepfer, S., Hoyt, G., Cao, F., & Wu, J. C. (2008). Comparison of different adult stem cell types for treatment of myocardial ischemia. CIRCULATION, 118(14), S121-U166.

Immunosuppressive therapy mitigates immunological rejection of human embryonic stem cell xenografts
Swijnenburg, R.-J., Schrepfer, S., Govaert, J. A., Cao, F., Ransohoff, K., & Wu, J. C. (2008). Immunosuppressive therapy mitigates immunological rejection of human embryonic stem cell xenografts. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 105(35), 12991-12996.

Multimodality Evaluation of the Viability of Stem Cells Delivered Into Different Zones of Myocardial Infarction
Hung, T.- chuan, Suzuki, Y., Urashima, T., Caffarelli, A., Hoyt, G., & Yang, P. C. (2008). Multimodality Evaluation of the Viability of Stem Cells Delivered Into Different Zones of Myocardial Infarction. CIRCULATION-CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING, 1(1), 6-13.

Valve failure following homograft aortic valve replacement: does implantation technique have an effect?
Ali, A., Abu-Omar, Y., Patel, A., Ali, Z., Sheikh, A. Y., & Pepper, J. (2008). Valve failure following homograft aortic valve replacement: does implantation technique have an effect?. EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, 29(11), 1454-1462.

Multimodal imaging characterization of intracardiac thrombus and myxoma - Reply
Sheikh, A. Y., & Pelletier, M. P. (2008). Multimodal imaging characterization of intracardiac thrombus and myxoma - Reply. ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY, 85(6), 2162-2163.

Perioperative myocardial injury after elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair predicts outcome
Ali, Z. A., Callaghan, C. J., Ali, A. A., Sheikh, A. Y., Akhtar, A., & Gaunt, M. E. (2008). Perioperative myocardial injury after elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair predicts outcome. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF VASCULAR AND ENDOVASCULAR SURGERY, 35(4), 413-419.

Smooth muscle protein 22 alpha-mediated patchy deletion of Bmpr1a impairs cardiac contractility but protects against pulmonary vascular remodeling
El-Bizri, N., Wang, L., Merklinger, S. L., Guignabert, C., Desai, T., & Rabinovitch, M. (2008). Smooth muscle protein 22 alpha-mediated patchy deletion of Bmpr1a impairs cardiac contractility but protects against pulmonary vascular remodeling. CIRCULATION RESEARCH, 102(3), 380-388.

A novel platform device for rodent echocardiography.
Kutschka, I., Sheikh, A. Y., Sista, R., Hendry, S. L., Chun, H. J., & Robbins, R. C. (2008). A novel platform device for rodent echocardiography. ILAR journal , 49, E1-7.

In vivo genetic profiling and cellular localization of apelin reveals a hypoxia-sensitive, endothelial-centered pathway activated in ischemic heart failure
Sheikh, A. Y., Chun, H. J., Glassford, A. J., Kundu, R. K., Kutschka, I., & Quertermous, T. (2008). In vivo genetic profiling and cellular localization of apelin reveals a hypoxia-sensitive, endothelial-centered pathway activated in ischemic heart failure. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-HEART AND CIRCULATORY PHYSIOLOGY, 294(1), H88-H98.

HIF-1 regulates hypoxia- and insulin-induced expression of apelin in adipocytes
Glassford, A. J., Yue, P., Sheikh, A. Y., Chun, H. J., Zarafshar, S., & Tsao, P. S. (2007). HIF-1 regulates hypoxia- and insulin-induced expression of apelin in adipocytes. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM, 293(6), E1590-E1596.

Spatial and temporal kinetics, of teratoma formation from murine embryonic stem cell transplantation
Cao, F., van der Bogt, K. Ea., Sadrzadeh, A., Xie, X., Sheikh, A. Y., & Wu, J. C. (2007). Spatial and temporal kinetics, of teratoma formation from murine embryonic stem cell transplantation. STEM CELLS AND DEVELOPMENT, 16(6), 883-891.

Right atrial mass after primary repair of an atrial septal defect: Thrombus masquerading as a myxoma
Sheikh, A. Y., Schrepfer, S., Stein, W., West, J., Lombard, J., & Pelletier, M. P. (2007). Right atrial mass after primary repair of an atrial septal defect: Thrombus masquerading as a myxoma. ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY, 84(5), 1742-1744.

Differentiation, survival, and function of embryonic stem cell-derived endothelial cells for ischemic heart disease
Li, Z., Wu, J. C., Sheikh, A. Y., Kraft, D., Cao, F., & Wu, J. C. (2007). Differentiation, survival, and function of embryonic stem cell-derived endothelial cells for ischemic heart disease. CIRCULATION, 116(11), I46-I54.

Positron emission tomography imaging of conditional gene activation in the heart
Chang, G. Y., Cao, F., Krishnan, M., Huang, M., Li, Z., & Wu, J. C. (2007). Positron emission tomography imaging of conditional gene activation in the heart. JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR CARDIOLOGY, 43(1), 18-26.

Magnetic resonance imaging of progressive cardiomyopathic changes in the db/db mouse
Yue, P., Arai, T., Terashima, M., Sheikh, A. Y., Cao, F., & Tsao, P. S. (2007). Magnetic resonance imaging of progressive cardiomyopathic changes in the db/db mouse. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-HEART AND CIRCULATORY PHYSIOLOGY, 292(5), H2106-H2118.

Comment on "Transplantation of undifferentiated murine embryonic stem cells in the heart: teratoma formation and immune response"
Swijnenburg, R.-J., Sheikh, A. Y., & Robbins, R. C. (2007). Comment on "Transplantation of undifferentiated murine embryonic stem cells in the heart: teratoma formation and immune response". FASEB JOURNAL, 21(7), 1290-1290.

Molecular imaging of embryonic stem cell misbehavior and suicide gene ablation
Cao, F., Drukker, M., Lin, S., Sheikh, A. Y., Xie, X., & Wu, J. C. (2007). Molecular imaging of embryonic stem cell misbehavior and suicide gene ablation. CLONING AND STEM CELLS, 9(1), 107-117.

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is linked to insulin resistance and reversed by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma activation
Hansmann, G., Wagner, R. A., Schellong, S., Perez, V. A. J., Urashima, T., & Rabinovitch, M. (2007). Pulmonary arterial hypertension is linked to insulin resistance and reversed by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma activation. CIRCULATION, 115(10), 1275-1284.

In vivo optical bioluminescence imaging of collagen-supported cardiac cell grafts
Kutschka, I., Chen, I. Y., Kofidis, T., von Degenfeld, G., Sheikh, A. Y., & Robbins, R. C. (2007). In vivo optical bioluminescence imaging of collagen-supported cardiac cell grafts. JOURNAL OF HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANTATION, 26(3), 273-280.

Clinical hurdles for the transplantation of cardiomyocytes derived from human embryonic stem cells: role of molecular imaging
Swijnenburg, R.-J., van der Bogt, K. Ea., Sheikh, A. Y., Cao, F., & Wu, J. C. (2007). Clinical hurdles for the transplantation of cardiomyocytes derived from human embryonic stem cells: role of molecular imaging. CURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, 18(1), 38-45.

Genetic modification of embryonic stem cells with VEGF enhances cell survival and improves cardiac function
Xie, X., Cao, F., Sheikh, A. Y., Li, Z., Connolly, A. J., & Wui, J. C. (2007). Genetic modification of embryonic stem cells with VEGF enhances cell survival and improves cardiac function. CLONING AND STEM CELLS, 9(4), 549-563.

Molecular Imaging of bone marrow mononuclear cell homing and engraftment in ischemic myocardium
Sheikh, A. Y., Lin, S.-A., Cao, F., Cao, Y., van der Bogt, K. Ea., & Wu, J. C. (2007). Molecular Imaging of bone marrow mononuclear cell homing and engraftment in ischemic myocardium. STEM CELLS, 25(10), 2677-2684.

Experimental orthotopic tracheal transplantation: The Stanford technique
Schrepfer, S., Deuse, T., Hoyt, G., Sheikh, A., Hoffmann, J., & Pelletier, M. P. (2007). Experimental orthotopic tracheal transplantation: The Stanford technique. MICROSURGERY, 27(3), 187-189.

Collagen matrices enhance survival of transplanted cardiomyoblasts and contribute to functional improvement of ischemic rat hearts
Kutschka, I., Chen, I. Y., Kofidis, T., Arai, T., von Degenfeld, G., & Robbins, R. C. (2006). Collagen matrices enhance survival of transplanted cardiomyoblasts and contribute to functional improvement of ischemic rat hearts. CIRCULATION, 114, I167-I173.

Adenoviral human BCL-2 transgene expression attenuates early donor cell death after cardiomyoblast transplantation into ischemic rat hearts
Kutschka, I., Kofidis, T., Chen, I. Y., von Degenfeld, G., Zwierzchoniewska, M., & Robbins, R. C. (2006). Adenoviral human BCL-2 transgene expression attenuates early donor cell death after cardiomyoblast transplantation into ischemic rat hearts. CIRCULATION, 114, I174-I180.

Transcriptional profiling of reporter genes used for molecular imaging of embryonic stem cell transplantation
Wu, J. C., Spin, J. M., Cao, F., Lin, S. A., Xie, X. Y., & Quertermous, T. (2006). Transcriptional profiling of reporter genes used for molecular imaging of embryonic stem cell transplantation. PHYSIOLOGICAL GENOMICS, 25(1), 29-38.

Molecular imaging of cardiac stem cell transplantation.
Sheikh, A. Y., & Wu, J. C. (2006). Molecular imaging of cardiac stem cell transplantation. Current cardiology reports, 8(2), 147-154.

Hyperoxia improves microvascular perfusion in a murine wound model
Sheikh, A. Y., Rollins, M. D., Hopf, H. W., & Hunt, T. K. (2005). Hyperoxia improves microvascular perfusion in a murine wound model. WOUND REPAIR AND REGENERATION, 13(3), 303-308.

Effect of hyperoxia on vascular endothelial growth factor levels in a wound model
Sheikh, A. Y., Gibson, J. J., Rollins, M. D., Hopf, H. W., Hussain, Z., & Hunt, T. K. (2000). Effect of hyperoxia on vascular endothelial growth factor levels in a wound model. ARCHIVES OF SURGERY, 135(11), 1293-1297.