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Michel N. Ilbawi, MD

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery
Board Certification:
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Medical or Graduate Education: American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine - Doctorate of Medicine
Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland - Thoracic Surgery
Fellowship: Children's Memorial Hospital - Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery
Clinical Expertise:
  • Congenital heart surgery
  • Heart surgery, pediatric
Languages Spoken:
  • Arabic
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  • Rush University Pediatric Cardiac Surgeons
  • Jones Building
  • 1653 W. Congress Pkwy.
  • Suite 744
  • Chicago, IL  60612
  • Phone: (312) 563-3834
  • Fax: (312) 563-3839
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Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to Listings go back five years.

  1. Management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome with intact atrial septum: a two-centre experience.
    Sathanandam SK, Philip R, Gamboa D, Van Bergen A, Ilbawi MN, Knott-Craig C, Waller BR, Javois AJ, Cuneo BF
    Cardiol Young
    2015 Sep 8
  2. Evolution of the surgical approach to congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries.
    El-Zein C, Subramanian S, Ilbawi M
    Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu
  3. Significance of low peak Doppler velocity in the proximal sano conduit in hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
    Sathanandam SK, Philip R, Van Bergen A, Roberson DA, Cui W, Ilbawi MN, Javois AJ, Husayni TS
    Ann. Thorac. Surg.
    2014 Oct
  4. Staged biventricular repair for neonates with left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, ventricular septal defect, and aortic arch obstruction.
    Shihata M, El-Zein C, Wittle K, Husayni T, Ilbawi M
    Ann. Thorac. Surg.
    2014 Oct
  5. Tracheal compression following hybrid procedure in an infant with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
    Sidoti F, Hibbeln J, Ilbawi M, Kenny D
    JACC Cardiovasc Interv
    2014 Oct
  6. Perventricular closure of pulmonary stump in a 16-kg child.
    Darby S, Ilbawi M, Amin Z
    Catheter Cardiovasc Interv
    2014 Mar 27
  7. Single-Center Outcome Analysis Comparing Reintervention Rates of Surgical Arterioplasty With Stenting for Branch Pulmonary Artery Stenosis in a Pediatric Population.
    Patel ND, Kenny D, Gonzalez I, Amin Z, Ilbawi MN, Hijazi ZM
    Pediatr Cardiol
    2013 Oct 6
  8. Fate of Ventricular and Valve Performance Following Early Bidirectional Glenn Procedure After Norwood Operation Controlled for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndome Anatomic Subtype.
    Polimenakos AC, Bokowski JW, Ghawi HS, El-Zein CF, Ilbawi MN
    Pediatr Cardiol
    2013 Oct 15
  9. Systematic approach to aortic valvuloplasty in children and young adults.
    ElZein C, Subramanian S, Polimenakos AC, Roberson D, Ilbawi MN
    World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg
    2013 Oct
  10. Perventricular melody valve implantation in a 12 kg child.
    Holoshitz N, Ilbawi MN, Amin Z.
    Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2013
    2013 May 31. doi: 10.1002/ccd.25044. [Epub ahead of print]
  11. Is additional pulsatile pulmonary blood flow beneficial to patients with bidirectional Glenn?
    Ferns SJ, El Zein C, Multani K, Sajan I, Subramanian S, Polimenakos AC, Ilbawi MN.
    J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013
    2013 Feb
    145(2):451-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.11.027.
  12. Proximal sano anastomosis aneurysm due to degeneration of bovine pericardial patch.
    ElZein C, Subramanian S, Roberson D, Husayni T, Polimenakos A, Ilbawi M.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2012
    2012 Sep
    94(3):993-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.01.095.
  13. Tetralogy of Fallot With Atrioventricular Septal Defect: Surgical Strategies for Repair and Midterm Outcome of Pulmonary Valve-Sparing Approach.
    Gupta U, Polimenakos AC, El-Zein C, Ilbawi MN.
    Pediatr Cardiol. 2012
    2012 Oct 27. [Epub ahead of print]
  14. Shunt reintervention and time-related events after Norwood operation: impact of shunt strategy.
    Polimenakos AC, Sathanandam SK, Blair C, El Zein CF, Husayni TS, Ilbawi MN.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2012
    2012 Nov
    94(5):1551-61. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.04.036. Epub 2012 Jul 6.
  15. Coronary artery-to-pulmonary artery fistula in a case of pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect.
    Sathanandam SK, Loomba RS, Ilbawi MN, Van Bergen AH.
    Pediatr Cardiol. 2011
    2011 Oct
    32(7):1017-22. doi: 10.1007/s00246-011-0043-4. Epub 2011 Jul 16.
  16. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome and aortic atresia-mitral stenosis variant: role of myocardial protection strategy and impact of ventriculo-coronary connections after stage I palliation.
    Polimenakos AC, Sathanandam SK, Husayni TS, El Zein CF, Roberson DA, Ilbawi MN.
    Pediatr Cardiol. 2011
    2011 Oct
    32(7):929-39. doi: 10.1007/s00246-011-0017-6. Epub 2011 Jun 5.
  17. Post-cardiotomy extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation in neonates with complex single ventricle: analysis of outcomes.
    Polimenakos AC, Wojtyla P, Smith PJ, Rizzo V, Nater M, El Zein CF, Ilbawi MN.
    Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011
    2011 Dec
    40(6):1396-405; discussion 1405. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2011.01.087. Epub 2011 Apr 20.
  18. Selective tricuspidization and aortic cusp extension valvuloplasty: outcome analysis in infants and children.
    Polimenakos AC, Sathanandam S, Blair C, Elzein C, Roberson D, Ilbawi MN.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2010
    2010 Sep
    90(3):839-46; discussion 846-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.05.052.
  19. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome: feasibility study for patients undergoing completion fontan at or prior to two years of age.
    Sathanandam S, Polimenakos AC, Blair C, El Zein C, Ilbawi MN.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2010
    2010 Sep
    90(3):821-8; discussion 828-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.04.079.
  20. Mitral stenosis and aortic atresia in hypoplastic left heart syndrome: survival analysis after stage I palliation.
    Sathanandam SK, Polimenakos AC, Roberson DA, elZein CF, Van Bergen A, Husayni TS, Ilbawi MN.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2010
    2010 Nov
    90(5):1599-607; discussion 1607-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.06.113.
  21. Ventriculocoronary artery connections with the hypoplastic left heart: a 4-year prospective study: incidence, echocardiographic and clinical features.
    Sathanandam S, Cui W, Nguyen NV, Husayni TS, Van Bergen AH, Sajan I, El-Zein C, Polimenakos A, Ilbawi MN, Roberson DA.
    Pediatr Cardiol. 2010
    2010 Nov
    31(8):1176-85. doi: 10.1007/s00246-010-9783-9. Epub 2010 Sep 5.
  22. Aortic cusp extension valvuloplasty with or without tricuspidization in children and adolescents: long-term results and freedom from aortic valve replacement.
    Polimenakos AC, Sathanandam S, Elzein C, Barth MJ, Higgins RS, Ilbawi MN
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.
    2010 Apr
    139(4):933-41; discussion 941.
  23. Surgical repair of anomalous coronary arteries arising from the opposite sinus of Valsalva in infants and children.
    elZein C, Hanhan Z, Massad M, Barth MJ, Muangmingsuk S, Geha A, Polimenakos A, Ilbawi M.
    J Card Surg. 2009
    2009 Jul-Aug
    24(4):466-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2009.00884.x.
  24. Transcription repression and blocks in cell cycle progression in hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
    Gambetta K, Al-Ahdab MK, Ilbawi MN, Hassaniya N, Gupta M.
    Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008
    2008 May
    294(5):H2268-75. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.91494.2007. Epub 2008 Mar 14.
  25. Recent advances in neonatal cardiac surgery.
    el-Zein C, Ilbawi MN.
    World J Surg. 2008
    2008 Mar
    32(3):340-5. doi: 10.1007/s00268-007-9418-3. Review.