Dr. Araj received his MD degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UTSW. Prior to his general cardiology fellowship at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, he completed 2 years of training in Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation here at UTSW. He is board certified in Internal Medicine,  Cardiovascular Disease, Adult Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, and Adult Echocardiography.  Dr. Araj’s main focus is the comprehensive inpatient and outpatient evaluation and clinical care of people with advanced heart failure, recipients of cardiac transplants, and recipients of ventricular assist devices.


Medical School
American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2004)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2008), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2010), Heart Failure/cardiac Transplant
The University of Texas Health Science Center (2013), Cardiology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Sleeping prone with a left ventricular assist device: Dream or reality?
Tsang DC, Kellner M, Thomas M, Araj FG, Heart Lung 2022 Jun 56 57-61
Percutaneous Treatment of Symptomatic Left Ventricular Assist Device Outflow Graft Obstruction.
Araj FG, Morlend RM, Peltz M, Bavry AA, Kumbhani DJ, J Invasive Cardiol 2022 Jun 34 6 E484-E485
Predicting Post-Heart Transplant Composite Renal Outcome Risk in Adults: A Machine Learning Decision Tool.
Mete M, Ayvaci MUS, Ariyamuthu VK, Amin A, Peltz M, Thibodeau JT, Grodin JL, Mammen PPA, Garg S, Araj F, Morlend R, Drazner MH, AbdulRahim N, Kim Y, Salam Y, Gungor AB, Delibasi B, Kotla SK, MacConmara MP, Mohan Anand P, Gupta G, Tanriover B, Kidney Int Rep 2022 Jun 7 6 1410-1415
Letter by Araj and Hackmann Regarding Article, "Liberation From Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Review".
Araj FG, Hackmann AE, Circ Heart Fail 2022 Jan CIRCHEARTFAILURE121009079
Identifying Discordance of Right- and Left-Ventricular Filling Pressures in Patients with Heart Failure by the Clinical Examination.
Pham D, Drazner MH, Ayers CR, Grodin JL, Hardin EA, Garg S, Mammen PPA, Amin A, Araj FG, Morlend RM, Thibodeau JT, Circ Heart Fail 2021 Sep
Alternans of the pulse is rarely an alternans of prognosis.
Araj FG, Mammen PPA, J Card Fail 2021 Jul
A novel phonetic approach to continuous flow left ventricular assist device auscultation.
Araj FG, Cox J, Amin AA, Mammen PPA, Heart Lung 2021 Jul 50 6 780-783
Ascites and Edema After Bicaval Orthotopic Heart Transplant.
Araj FG, Balani JP, Amin AA, Mammen PPA, Garg S, Luna M, J Invasive Cardiol 2021 Jul 33 7 E581-E583
Letter by Hardin and Araj Regarding Article, "Role of Pulmonary Artery Wedge Pressure Saturation During Right Heart Catheterization: A Prospective Study".
Hardin EA, Araj FG, Circ Heart Fail 2021 Mar 14 3 e008158
Invasive Hemodynamic Red Flags to Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation.
Araj FG, Amin AA, Garg S, Hardin EA, J Invasive Cardiol 2020 Dec 32 12 E375-E376

Honors & Awards

  • Nominee-Mentoring Award
    UT Southwestern’s annual Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards (2021)
  • Nominee-Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine Southwestern’s annual Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards
    UT Southwestern’s annual Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards (2021)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Echocardiography (2021)
  • American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (2018)
  • British Society of Echocardiography (2017)
  • Heart Failure Society of America (2013)
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (2013)