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Abdulla Al Damluji

Abdulla A. Damluji, MD, MPH is a board certified cardiologist and health outcomes researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Johns Hopkins University and an interventional cardiologist at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

Dr. Damluji’s current research interests focus on long-term health outcomes of older adults after coronary and structural heart disease interventions. With advancement of structural heart technologies, he developed a research interest in resource utilization after transcatheter aortic valve replacement as treatment for severe aortic valve stenosis. His work also evaluates innovative systems of care in the management of older adults with ST elevation myocardial infarctions using the American Heart Association’s “Mission: Lifeline” program. Dr. Damluji’s long-term goals are to pursue an academic career in health services and outcomes research with a focus on coronary and structural heart disease interventions in older adults.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Damluji attended University of Baghdad College of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He trained in internal medicine at Penn State University (HMC) and general cardiology and interventional cardiology at University of Miami (JMH), and Miller School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. 

Selected Publications

1. Damluji A et al. Short-term mortality prediction for acute lung injury patients: external validation of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network prediction model. Crit Care Med. 2011; 39:1023-1028.

2. Damluji A et al. Safety and Feasibility of Femoral Catheters during Physical Rehabilitation in the ICU. J Crit Care. 2013 28(4):535.e9-15   

3. Damluji A, Cohen MG, Smairat R, Steckbeck R, Moscucci M, Gilchrist IC. The Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Catheterization or PCI:  A Comparison of Radial vs. Femoral Approach. International Journal of Cardiology. 2014 173(3):595-597

4. Damluji AA et al. Association between anti-human heat shock protein-60 and interleukin-2 with coronary artery calcium score. Heart. 2015;101:436-41.

5. Salluh JI, Wang H, Schneider EB, Nagaraja N, Yenokyan G, Damluji AA, Serafim RB and Stevens RD. Outcome of delirium in critically ill patients: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2015;350:h2538.

6. Damluji AA, Otalvaro L and Cohen MG. Anticoagulation for percutaneous coronary intervention: a contemporary review. Current Opinion in Cardiology. 2015;30:311-8.

7. Damluji AA et al. New-onset versus prior history of atrial fibrillation: Outcomes from the AFFIRM trial. American Heart Journal. 2015;170:156-163 e1.

8. Damluji AA, Ramireddy A, Otalvaro L, Forman DE. Secondary cardiovascular prevention in older adults: an evidence based review. J Geriatr Cardiol 2015;12:459-64.

9. Damluji AA, Kaynak HE, Heldman AW. Combined Retrograde/Antegrade Approach to Transcatheter Closure of an Aortic Paravalvular Leak. Tex Heart Inst J 2015;42:443-7.

10. Damluji A et al. Influence of total coronary occlusion on clinical outcomes (from the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation 2 Diabetes [BARI 2D] trial). Am J Cardiol. 2016; 117 (7):1031-1038  DOI:

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Academic Appointment

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Education & Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Baghdad College of Medicine (2006)
  • Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2007)
  • Internal Medicine Intern, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, HMC (2009-2010)
  • Internal Medicine Resident, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, HMC (2010-2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery Group, Johns Hopkins University (2010)
  • General Cardiology Fellow, Cardiovascular Division, University of Miami School of Medicine (2012-2015)
  • Interventional Cardiology Fellow, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, (2012-2015)
  • Board Certification, AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Board Certification, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology (2014)
  • Board Certification, AB of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (2015)
  • Board Certification, National Board of Echocardiography (2015)