University of California San Francisco

Shahram Aarabi

Assistant Professor of Surgery
UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program
Chief, Vascular Surgery, Alameda Health System, Highland Hospital
Assistant Trauma Director, Alameda Health System, Highland Hospital



    Dr. Aarabi is a vascular and trauma surgeon interested in care of underserved populations as well as novel therapeutics for use in resource limited settings. His current research is focused on limiting ischemic damage in traumatic limb injuries as well as automated ultrasound monitoring of critically ill patients.


    Institution Degree Dept or School End Date
    University of Washington Vascular Surgery Fellowship 05/2017
    University of Washington Surgical Critical Care Fellowship 05/2015
    University of Washington General Surgery Residency 05/2013
    Harvard University MPH Epidemiology & Statistics 05/2010
    University of Washington General Surgery Internship 05/2008
    New York University MD Medicine 05/2007
    University of California BA Mathematics & Philosophy 05/1999

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
    American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
    American Board of Surgery, Vascular Surgery

    Collaboration Interests

    I am interested in:

    • CommunityAndStakeholderOrganizations
    • Press
    • AcademicCollaboration
    • AcademicSenateCommitteeService
    • CompaniesAndEntrepreneurs
    • MulticenterClinicalResearch
    • PhysicianScientist
    • ProspectiveDonors

    Clinical Expertise

    Vascular Surgery

    Trauma Surgery

    General Surgery

    Surgical Critical Care

    Foreign Languages Spoken

    Farsi, Spanish

    Grants and Funding

    • Wearable Machine-Learning Ultrasound Monitor | Department of Defense | 2024-07-01 - 2027-06-30 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • Pre-hospital thermal regulation for the prolonged field care of traumatic injuries | Department of Defense | 2023-10-12 - 2026-04-05 | Role:
    • Wearable machine-learning ultrasound monitor to detect hemorrhage and guide prolonged damage control resuscitation | Department of Defense | 2022-11-16 - 2025-05-31 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • Pre-Hospital Thermal Regulation For The Prolonged Field Care of Traumatic Injuries | Department of Defense | 2022-03-01 - 2025-05-31 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • Therapeutic Limb Cooling to Prevent Amputation in pDCR | DoD CDMRP | 2017-10-01 - 2022-09-30 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • Pre-Hospital Thermal Regulation For The Prolonged Field Care of Traumatic Injuries | Department of Defense | 2021-04-12 - 2021-07-12 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • VascuSight (3D ultrasound monitoring of critically ill patients) | University of Washington | 2018-06-01 - 2020-06-01 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • A Feedback Controlled Pressure Monitoring System for Limb-Stabilizing Medical Air Splints | Amazon | 2018-04-01 - 2019-04-01 | Role: Co-Investigator
    • LC-tourniquet (a novel life and limb saving cooling tourniquet) | University of Washington | 2016-01-01 - 2018-01-01 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • A novel life and limb saving cooling tourniquet | University of Washington | 2015-09-01 - 2016-09-01 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • A novel life and limb saving cooling tourniquet | Wallace H. Coulter Foundation | 2015-06-01 - 2016-06-01 | Role: Principal Investigator
    • Adult endothelial progenitor cell trafficking | NIH/NCCR | 2005-09-01 - 2006-09-01 | Role: Principal Investigator

    Research Narrative

    Dr. Aarabi's research interests are in the areas of vascular trauma, public health, and surgical innovation.  He has recently been working on novel devices for the care of critically ill patients, has filed several patents related to this work at the University of Washington, and has been awarded a $1.5 million Department of Defense award for research and development of a novel limb cooling tourniquet device. 

    His research plans at UCSF are to continue the development of these medical devices so that they will be able to translate to the care of critically ill patients at the bedside.  Further, Dr. Aarabi plans to continue participating in clinical collaborations with trauma-vascular surgeons nationally and internationally and to systematically study vascular trauma at high volume level 1 trauma centers such as Highland Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital. 

    Research Interests

    Surgical innovation

    Public health and health systems improvement

    Management of vascular trauma


    1. Critical systolic blood pressure threshold for endovascular aortic occlusion-A multinational analysis to determine when to place a REBOA.
      Ordoñez CA, Parra MW, Caicedo Y, Rodríguez-Holguín F, García AF, Serna JJ, Serna C, Franco MJ, Salcedo A, Padilla-Londoño N, Herrera-Escobar JP, Zogg C, Orlas CP, Palacios H, Saldarriaga L, Granados M, Scalea T, McGreevy DT, Kessel B, Hörer TM, Dubose J, Brenner M, AAST-AORTA Investigators*, ABO Trauma Registry Group*| | View in PubMed
    2. "Mammalian thermal manikin"
      Shahram Aarabi, Jason Germany, Ketan Mhetre, Abhijith Shasheendra| | View in PubMed
    3. Zone 1 Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta vs Resuscitative Thoracotomy for Patient Resuscitation After Severe Hemorrhagic Shock.
      Cralley AL, Vigneshwar N, Moore EE, Dubose J, Brenner ML, Sauaia A, AAST AORTA Study Group| | View in PubMed
    4. Elective surgery system strengthening: development, measurement, and validation of the surgical preparedness index across 1632 hospitals in 119 countries.
      NIHR Global Health Unit on Global Surgery, COVIDSurg Collaborative| | View in PubMed
    5. Surgical management of bilateral thoracic outlet lymphaticovenous malformations causing recurrent cerebrovascular accidents.
      Kao E, Cohan C, Jaramillo E, Jean-Pierre J, Levine A, Aarabi S| | View in PubMed
    6. Resection of a giant mycotic left subclavian pseudoaneurysm.
      Le ST, Beattie G, Aarabi S| | View in PubMed
    7. International Patent "System and Method for Measuring Patient Total Blood Volume with Ultrasound
      Shahram Aarabi, Dan Leotta| | View in PubMed
    8. A Parallel Pandemic: Increased Firearm Injuries at Five Northern California Trauma Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Interrupted Time-series Analysis.
      Matthay ZA, Callcut RA, Kwok AM, Aarabi S, Forrester JD, Kornblith LZ,
      Northern California Research Consortium for Trauma & Acute Care Sur
      | | View in PubMed
    9. Torso vascular trauma.
      Evans LL, Aarabi S, Durand R, Upperman JS, Jensen AR| | View in PubMed
    10. Prototyping a Thermal Limb: Methods for Building a Thermally Representative Phantom Limb. ISBN 978-3-030-80744-3
      Mhetre K, Shasheendra A, Aarabi S, Emery A, Germany J.| | View in PubMed
    11. Design and Testing of a Thermal Phantom for Humans and Pigs for Treatment of Ischemia Part 2
      Mhetre K, Shasheendra A, White N, Aarabi S, Wang X, Germany J, Emery A. 595-605, DOI: 10.1615/| | View in PubMed
    12. International patent, "Feedback Controlled Pressure Monitoring System for Limb-Stabilizing Medical Air Splints "
      Jason Germany, Shahram Aarabi, Abhijith Shasheendra| | View in PubMed
    13. Design and Testing of a Thermal Phantom for Humans and Pigs for Treatment of Ischemia
      Mhetre K, Shasheendra A, White N, Aarabi S, Wang X, Germany J, Emery A. Identification TFEC-2020-32126.| | View in PubMed
    14. Limb Salvage Does Not Predict Functional Limb Outcome after Revascularization for Traumatic Acute Limb Ischemia.
      Hurd JR, Emanuels DF, Aarabi S, Dasari M, Starnes BW, Quiroga E, Tran NT, Singh N| | View in PubMed
    15. Design and Testing of Limb Cooling Tourniquet to Prevent Amputation Due to Ischemia. TFEC-2019- 27724
      Mhetre K, Shasheendra A, White N, Aarabi S, Wang X, Emery A.| | View in PubMed
    16. Safety of transfer, type of procedure, and factors predictive of limb salvage in a modern series of acute limb ischemia.
      Hemingway J, Emanuels D, Aarabi S, Quiroga E, Tran N, Starnes B, Singh N| | View in PubMed
    17. Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty for Metastatic Spinal Lesions: A Systematic Review.
      Sadeghi-Naini M, Aarabi S, Shokraneh F, Janani L, Vaccaro AR, Rahimi-Movaghar V| | View in PubMed
    18. Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta and Resuscitative Thoracotomy in Select Patients with Hemorrhagic Shock: Early Results from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma's Aortic Occlusion in Resuscitation for Trauma and Acu
      Brenner M, Inaba K, Aiolfi A, DuBose J, Fabian T, Bee T, Holcomb JB, Moore L, Skarupa D, Scalea TM, AAST AORTA Study Group| | View in PubMed
    19. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Surgery Resident Operative Logs: The Last Quarter Century.
      Drake FT, Aarabi S, Garland BT, Huntington CR, McAteer JP, Richards MK, Zern NK, Gow KW| | View in PubMed
    20. Iatrogenic Common Iliac Artery Rupture from Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta.
      Allison SK, Ingraham C, Aarabi S, Kogut M| | View in PubMed
    21. International patent, “Cooling sleeve and tourniquet"
      Shahram Aarabi| | View in PubMed
    22. Aarabi S, Mathur S, Cuschieri J. Multisystem organ failure after ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. In: Starnes BW, et al, editors. Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: The Definitive Manual. Berlin (Germany): Springer-Verlag, January 2017, 1(16):340-350.
      Aarabi S, Mathur S, Cuschieri J.| | View in PubMed
    23. Using Thermoelectric Cooling with Tourniquets for Nerve Preservation
      Trupiano M, Aarabi S, Emery E.| | View in PubMed
    24. Call for a new classification system and treatment strategy in blunt aortic injury.
      Heneghan RE, Aarabi S, Quiroga E, Gunn ML, Singh N, Starnes BW| | View in PubMed
    25. Global Surgery Fellowship: A model for surgical care and education in resource-poor countries.
      Aarabi S, Smithers C, Fils MM, Godson JL, Pierre JH, Mukherjee J, Meara J, Farmer P| | View in PubMed
    26. Parenteral Nutrition Utilization After Implementation of Multidisciplinary Nutrition Support Team Oversight: A Prospective Cohort Study.
      Parent B, Shelton M, Nordlund M, Aarabi S, O'Keefe G| | View in PubMed
    27. Management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. In: Valentine RJ, Eidt JF, editors. Scientific American vascular and endovascular surgery [online]. Hamilton (Canada): Decker Intellectual Properties, March 2015. DOI: 10.2310/7800.3020.
      Aarabi S, Starnes BW.| | View in PubMed
    28. The ACGME case log: general surgery resident experience in pediatric surgery.
      Gow KW, Drake FT, Aarabi S, Waldhausen JH| | View in PubMed
    29. Traumatic laceration of the cisterna chyli treated by lymphangiography and percutaneous embolization.
      Allison S, Rainey M, Aarabi S, Padia SA| | View in PubMed
    30. Surgical versus nonsurgical treatment of acute Achilles tendon rupture: a meta-analysis of randomized trials.
      Soroceanu A, Sidhwa F, Aarabi S, Kaufman A, Glazebrook M| | View in PubMed
    31. ACGME case logs: Surgery resident experience in operative trauma for two decades.
      Drake FT, Van Eaton EG, Huntington CR, Jurkovich GJ, Aarabi S, Gow KW| | View in PubMed
    32. Noningested intraperitoneal foreign body causing chronic abdominal pain: a role for laparoscopy in the diagnosis.
      Aarabi S, Stephenson J, Christie DL, Javid PJ| | View in PubMed
    33. High-carbohydrate, high-protein, low-fat versus low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat enteral feeds for burns.
      Masters B, Aarabi S, Sidhwa F, Wood F| | View in PubMed
    34. Comparison of minimally invasive versus conventional open harvesting techniques for iliac bone graft in secondary alveolar cleft patients.
      Sharma S, Schneider LF, Barr J, Aarabi S, Chibbaro P, Grayson B, Cutting CB| | View in PubMed
    35. Pediatric appendicitis in New England: epidemiology and outcomes.
      Aarabi S, Sidhwa F, Riehle KJ, Chen Q, Mooney DP| | View in PubMed
    36. Don't ignore home grown medical systems.
      Aarabi S, Smithers CJ, Mukharjee J| | View in PubMed
    37. Mesothelial cyst presenting as an irreducible inguinal mass.
      Aarabi S, Drugas G, Avansino JR| | View in PubMed
    38. Treating chronic wound infections with genetically modified free flaps.
      Ghali S, Bhatt KA, Dempsey MP, Jones DM, Singh S, Arabi S, Butler PE, Gallo RL, Gurtner GC| | View in PubMed
    39. Bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw: successful treatment at 2-year follow-up.
      Aarabi S, Draper L, Grayson B, Gurtner GC| | View in PubMed
    40. Pulsed electromagnetic fields accelerate normal and diabetic wound healing by increasing endogenous FGF-2 release.
      Callaghan MJ, Chang EI, Seiser N, Aarabi S, Ghali S, Kinnucan ER, Simon BJ, Gurtner GC| | View in PubMed
    41. Age decreases endothelial progenitor cell recruitment through decreases in hypoxia-inducible factor 1alpha stabilization during ischemia.
      Chang EI, Loh SA, Ceradini DJ, Chang EI, Lin SE, Bastidas N, Aarabi S, Chan DA, Freedman ML, Giaccia AJ, Gurtner GC| | View in PubMed
    42. Hypertrophic scar formation following burns and trauma: new approaches to treatment.
      Aarabi S, Longaker MT, Gurtner GC| | View in PubMed
    43. db/db mice exhibit severe wound-healing impairments compared with other murine diabetic strains in a silicone-splinted excisional wound model.
      Michaels J, Churgin SS, Blechman KM, Greives MR, Aarabi S, Galiano RD, Gurtner GC| | View in PubMed
    44. Mechanical load initiates hypertrophic scar formation through decreased cellular apoptosis.
      Aarabi S, Bhatt KA, Shi Y, Paterno J, Chang EI, Loh SA, Holmes JW, Longaker MT, Yee H, Gurtner GC| | View in PubMed
    45. Early-gestation fetal scarless wounds have less lysyl oxidase expression.
      Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP| | View in PubMed