Sikandar Raza, MD

Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency


Sikandar Raza is a current integrated cardiothoracic surgery resident at the University of Michigan. He was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to the US in 2010 with his family. He completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville where he double-majored in Chemistry and Neuroscience, graduating with honors. He completed his medical school training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he excelled not only in academics graduating Alpha Omega Alpha, conducted xenotransplantation research, but also led several community organizations (ie local free clinic). For his commitment to serving others and his local community through these organizations and outcomes research, Sikandar was awarded the Sara Crews Finley Award and Scholarship during his final two years of medical school.

Sikandar continues to value mentorship and teaching. He currently serves as the medical student liaison for the I6 program and has helped guide and mentor several medical students in medical school and beyond in their pursuit of medicine and surgical residency.

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interest
Sikandar’s clinical interests include adult cardiac surgery, specifically aortic pathology, valvular heart disease, and transplantation.

Research Interest
Sikandar’s research interests include outcomes research related to health disparities and inequity, medical device development and innovation, global surgical outcomes, and surgical education and mentorship.

Honors & Awards

2022: Charles Selah Award for General Surgery

2022: Robert and Jamie Dabal Award in Cardiothoracic Surgery

 2021: Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship

 2021: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

 2021: AATS Member for a Day Program 

 2020: Sara Crews Finley, M.D. Leadership Scholarship

 2020: AATS Summer Intern Scholarship                                                                                


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN– Chemistry (Honors) and Neuroscience, magna cum laude

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL – MD, cum laude

Published Articles or Reviews

Raza SS, Asban A, Donahue J, Wei B. Analysis of Applicants' Perspectives of Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program Websites. Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 Mar 25:S0003-4975(22)00372-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.03.010.
Raza SS, Hara H, Cleveland DC, Cooper DKC. The potential of genetically engineered pig heart transplantation in infants with complex congenital heart disease. Pediatr Transplant. 2022 Mar 1:e14260. doi: 10.1111/petr.14260. Epub ahead of print.
Asban A, Raza SS, McLeod C, Donahue J, Wei B. Mechanical or chemical and mechanical pleurodesis for spontaneous pneumothorax: what is the most effective approach in preventing recurrence? A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2020 Oct 1;58(4):682-691. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezaa130.
Raza SS, Agarwal G, Anderson D, Deierhoi M, Fatima H, Hanaway M, Locke J, MacLennan P, Orandi B, Young C, Mannon RB, Seifert ME. Abnormal time-zero histology is predictive of kidney transplant outcomes. Clin Transplant. 2022 Jul;36(7):e14676. doi: 10.1111/ctr.14676. 
Raza SS, Tyler K, Najjar RJ. Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta in the Management of a Gunshot Wound and Rupture of the Uterus. Am Surg. 2021 Nov 3:31348211054061. doi: 10.1177/00031348211054061. Epub ahead of print.

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