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Heitham Talal Hassoun, MD

Medical Director, Global Services
Associate Professor of Surgery
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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  • Medical Director, Global Services
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Centers & Institutes

  • Heart and Vascular Institute


Aortic Aneurysms, Carotid Artery Stenosis, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Vascular Surgery

Research Interests

Innate Immunity; Sepsis; Molecular mechanisms of visceral organ ischemia/reperfusion injury and inflammation


Dr. Hassoun joined Johns Hopkins Medicine International in 2012 as the medical director for Global Services and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Hassoun brings with him a wealth of experience in global health care consulting, including business development, critical planning, knowledge transfer, physician governance and interdisciplinary program development. Dr. Hassoun began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and he was also part of the initial Johns Hopkins Medicine International management team at Tawam Hospital in the United Arab Emirates, serving as chief of surgery and director of vascular interventional therapy.

Dr. Hassoun’s areas of medical expertise include aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease and venous disorders.


  • English
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  • Education +


    • Baylor College of Medicine (Houston TX ) (1997)


    • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston / General Surgery (Houston TX ) (2004)


    • Northwestern Memorial Hospital / Vascular Surgery (Chicago IL ) (2005)
    • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston / Trauma Surgery (Houston TX ) (2001)


    • Vascular Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2006)
    • General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (2005)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Heitham T. Hassoun; Bruce C. Kone; David W. Mercer; Frank G. Moody; Norman W. Weisbrodt; Frederick A. Moore. Post-injury multiple organ failure: The role of the gut. Shock. 2001;15(1):1-10.

    Hazim J. Safi; Charles C. Miller III; Tam T. T. Huynh; Anthony L. Estrera; Eyal E. Porat; Anders N. Winnerkvist; Bradley S. Allen; Heitham T. Hassoun; Frederick A. Moore; Richard P. Cambria; et al. Distal Aortic Perfusion and Cerebrospinal Fluid Drainage for Thoracoabdominal and Descending Thoracic Aortic Repair: Ten Years of Organ Protection. Annals of Surgery. 2003;238(3):372-381.

    Dmitry N. Grigoryev; Manchang Liu; Heitham T. Hassoun; Chris Cheadle; Kathleen C. Barnes; Hamid Rabb. The local and systemic inflammatory transcriptome after acute kidney injury. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2008;19(3):547-558.

    Heitham T. Hassoun; Dmitry N. Grigoryev; Mihaela L. Lie; Manchang Liu; Chris Cheadle; Rubin M. Tuder; Hamid Rabb. Ischemic acute kidney injury induces a distant organ functional and genomic response distinguishable from bilateral nephrectomy. American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology. 2007;293(1):F30-F40.

    Hazim J. Safi; George V. Letsou; Dimitrios C. Iliopoulos; Mahesh H. Subramaniam; Charles C. Miller III; Heitham Hassoun; Panayiotis J. Asimacopoulos; John C. Baldwin. Impact of retrograde cerebral perfusion on ascending aortic and arch aneurysm repair. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 1997;63(6):1601-1607.

    Heitham T. Hassoun; Norman W. Weisbrodt; David W. Mercer; Rosemary A. Kozar; Frank G. Moody; Frederick A. Moore. Inducible nitric oxide synthase mediates gut ischemia/reperfusion-induced ileus only after severe insults. Journal of Surgical Research. 2001;97(2):150-154.

    Xiang Li; Heitham T. Hassoun; Rachel Santora; Hamid Rabb. Organ crosstalk: The role of the kidney. Current Opinion in Critical Care. 2009;15(6):481-487.

    Heitham T. Hassoun; Lei Zou; Frederick A. Moore; Rosemary A. Kozar; Norman W. Weisbrodt; Bruce C. Kone. α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone protects against mesenteric ischemia-reperfusion injury. American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. 2002;282(6 45-6):G1059-G1068.

    Heitham T Hassoun; Rosemary A Kozar; Bruce C Kone; Hazim J Safi; Frederick A Moore. Intraischemic hypothermia differentially modulates oxidative stress proteins during mesenteric ischemia/reperfusion. Surgery. 2002;132(2):369-376.

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    National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and American Vascular Association Lifeline Clinician Scientist Career Development Award.

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-2618
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 443-287-2312
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    Fax: 410-614-2079
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    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    4940 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Appointment Phone: 410-550-0400
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