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Francisco A. Arabia, MD
Francisco A. Arabia, MD, serves as Surgical Director of Cedars-Sinai's Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and is an acting professor of surgery at the medical center.
Certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Heart Association in advanced cardiovascular life support, Dr. Arabia came to Cedars-Sinai from the Mayo Clinic Arizona, where in 2005 he helped to start the first heart transplant program in metropolitan Phoenix.
Dr. Arabia has more than two decades of experience in the fields of thoracic, cardiothoracic vascular, and transplant surgery, and often is called upon for his expertise by national and international news agencies. He has presented his work at professional conferences and meetings throughout the world, and has published peer-reviewed research in multiple journals, including the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
Dr. Arabia received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and served residencies in general surgery at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans and in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. His undergraduate work was done at Tulane University, where he graduated magna cum laude in the field of Biomedical Engineering.
Among Dr. Arabia's professional honors and awards are the Training Award of Excellence by the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs and a place on the Best Doctors in America list, compiled by Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc., which works with the best five percent of doctors, ranked by impartial peer review, to help people get the right diagnosis and right treatment.
Dr. Arabia also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona.