Biography

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 Adult Echocardiography.  Dr. Araj’s main focus is the comprehensive inpatient and outpatient evaluation and clinical care of patient’s with advanced heart failure, recipients of cardiac transplants, and recipients of ventricular assist devices.

Education

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

Publications

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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
Heterozygous Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Regulator Gene Missense Variants Are Associated With Worse Cardiac Function in Patients With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Jiang X, Shao Y, Araj FG, Amin AA, Greenberg BM, Drazner MH, Xing C, Mammen PPA, J Am Heart Assoc 2020 Oct 9 19 e016799
Impact of Induction Immunosuppression on Patient Survival in Heart Transplant Recipients Treated with Tacrolimus and Mycophenolic Acid in the Current Allocation Era.
Amin AA, Araj FG, Ariyamuthu VK, Drazner MH, Ayvaci MUS, Mammen PPA, Mete M, Urey MA, Tanriover B, Clin Transplant 2019 Jun e13651
Delayed febrile response with bloodstream infections in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices.
Wrobel CA, Drazner MH, Ayers CR, Pham DD, La Hoz RM, Grodin JL, Garg S, Mammen PPA, Morlend RM, Araj F, Amin AA, Cornwell WK, Thibodeau JT J. Investig. Med. 2019 Mar 67 3 653-658
Induction regimen and survival in simultaneous heart-kidney transplant recipients.
Ariyamuthu VK, Amin AA, Drazner MH, Araj F, Mammen PPA, Ayvaci M, Mete M, Ozay F, Ghanta M, Mohan S, Mohan P, Tanriover B J. Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Nov
Predictors of Death in Adults With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy-Associated Cardiomyopathy.
Cheeran D, Khan S, Khera R, Bhatt A, Garg S, Grodin JL, Morlend R, Araj FG, Amin AA, Thibodeau JT, Das S, Drazner MH, Mammen PPA J Am Heart Assoc 2017 Oct 6 10
Bendopnea and risk of adverse clinical outcomes in ambulatory patients with systolic heart failure.
Thibodeau JT, Jenny BE, Maduka JO, Divanji PH, Ayers CR, Araj F, Amin AA, Morlend RM, Mammen PP, Drazner MH Am. Heart J. 2017 Jan 183 102-107
In-hospital cardiopulmonary arrests in patients with left ventricular assist devices.
Garg S, Ayers CR, Fitzsimmons C, Meyer D, Peltz M, Bethea B, Cornwell W, Araj F, Thibodeau J, Drazner MH J. Card. Fail. 2014 Dec 20 12 899-904
Hypoglycemia From a Cardiologist's Perspective.
Sanon VP, Sanon S, Kanakia R, Yu H, Araj F, Oliveros R, Chilton R Clin Cardiol 2014 Jun
Concentric left ventricular hypertrophy as assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and risk of death in cardiac transplant recipients.
Patel PC, Reimold SC, Araj FG, Ayers CR, Kaiser PA, Peshock RM, Yancy CW, Ring WS, Gupta S, Mishkin JD, Mammen PP, Markham DW, Drazner MH J. Heart Lung Transplant. 2010 Dec 29 12 1369-79

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Echocardiography (2021)
  • Heart Failure Society of America (2013)
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (2013)