Mazin Al Salihi, MD, PhD, FACS, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon with Tampa General Hospital

Get to know Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Mazin Al Salihi, who serves patients in Tampa, Florida.

An experienced cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Al Salihi works with patients at Tampa General Hospital, and has served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida since 2018. He specializes in adult cardiac surgery, cardiopulmonary transplantation, and cardiovascular surgery, and is seasoned in lung transplantation, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, adult cardiac surgery, lung transplant surgery, and valvular surgery.

Tampa General Hospital is a private not-for-profit hospital and one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in West Central Florida serving a dozen counties with a population in excess of 4 million. As the region’s leading safety net hospital, it is committed to providing area residents with excellent and compassionate health care ranging from the simplest to the most complex medical services.

A native of Iraq, Dr. Al Salihi earned his medical degree from Al-Mustansiriya University College of Medicine in 1985, before receiving his Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) from the Iraqi Board for Medical Specialization at Baghdad Medical City and attaining his board certification through the Iraqi Board of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in 1993. He then went on to serve at several hospitals throughout the region, including the Ibn Al-Bittar Cardiac Surgery Center (1995-1999), Iraqi Center for Heart Diseases (1999-2006), and Al-Essra Hospital (2006-2008).

Upon relocating to the United States, he completed his fellowship in adult cardiac and thoracic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in 2011, followed by an additional fellowship in heart and lung surgery at the same educational venue in 2014.

Distinguished as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Dr. Al Salihi is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplant, the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network.

Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in the surgical treatment of organs inside the thorax. Cardiothoracic surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in surgical procedures inside the thorax, which may involve the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. Alongside performing surgery, they also diagnose and treat diseases of these organs.

On a more personal note, Dr. Al Salihi is fluent in both English and Arabic.

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