Aiman Alassar, MD| Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery | MedStar Health

Aiman Alassar, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Languages: English

202-877-6891

About me

Aiman Alassar, MD, PGDip, FRCS, PhD, is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and serves as the associate director of the heart transplant program.

Dr. Alassar’s clinical focus encompasses the full spectrum of cardiothoracic conditions and treatment approaches, such as: complex coronary artery bypass graft surgery including total arterial revascularization; aortic valve replacement; major aortic surgery, including aortic root replacement, valve sparing aortic root replacement, ascending aorta and arch replacement; mitral valve repair/replacement; minimally invasive surgery; complex reoperative cardiac surgery; heart transplantation; lung transplantation; mechanical circulatory support (MCS); extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implants.

Dr. Alassar is committed to education, teaching, and delivering the highest quality of care while achieving the best outcomes. He has invested time in earning a PhD in Cardiac Surgery at University in London, UK. He has also earned a Diploma in Surgical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh. He held teaching roles at Stanford University and the University of London. This dual-degree “surgeon-scientist” background allows Dr. Alassar to treat his patients with the most innovative and comprehensive care.   

This unique academic background, combined with clinical expertise, afforded him the ability to obtain prestigious awards such as Ronald Edwards Medal by The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, research grants such as research fellowship award by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, in addition to Ethicon fellowship award and travelling awards from The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, European Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, and Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Alassar has presented at the most prestigious international conferences in the field and serves as reviewer for several high-impact journals and publications.

Dr. Alassar is extensively involved with cardiac surgery, heart transplant, and LVAD research, and continues to advance MedStar Health’s position at the forefront of cardiovascular innovation.

This benefits his patients by ensuring they have access to the latest and greatest treatment options. 

Prior to joining MedStar Health, Dr. Alassar worked as cardiothoracic surgeon and clinical instructor of cardiac surgery, cardiothoracic transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support at Stanford University Hospital, one of the world’s busiest transplant and cardiac surgery programs.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aneurysm Of Ascending Aorta
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Arch Aneurysm
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Aneurysm Of Ascending Aorta
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Arch Aneurysm
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Ulcer
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Double Aortic Arch
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Loeys Dietz Syndrome
  • Malignant Effusion
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Maternal Valvular Disease
  • Mediastinitis
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myocardial Bridge
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Rupture Of Papillary Muscle
  • Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Valvular Endocarditis
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair
  • Balloon Catheter
  • Bloodless Cardiac Surgery
  • Convergent Procedure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Cryoablation
  • Embolectomy
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Intra Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Median Sternotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardiotomy
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
  • Replacement Of Heart Valve
  • Septal Myectomy
  • Surgical Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair
  • Thrombectomy
  • Total Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tube Pericardiostomy
  • Valvuloplasty
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
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Washington, DC, 20010

202-877-7777

Fax 202-877-6891

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Education

Fellowship Program: Royal Papworth Hospital (2020)

Residency Program: Wessex Deanery Health Education England (2019)

Graduate Education: University of London (2013)

Medical School: Tishreen University School of Medicine (2004)

Hospital affiliations