Salim Hayek, MD

Salim Hayek, MD

Medical Director, Michigan Medicine Frankel Cardiovascular Center Clinics
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine
Frankel Cardiovascular Center
2139 Frankel Cardiovascular Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Linking Cardiovascular & Kidney Diseases

Examining the Crossroads of Cardiovascular and Kidney Diseases

Dr. Hayek's research focuses on the study of inflammation as the link between cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. Compared to the rest of the population, patients with chronic kidney disease are dramatically more affected by cardiovascular disease and vice versa. Dr. Hayek's work indicates this is the case across ages, races, and sexes, and doesn't seem to be fully accounted for by risk factors like hypertension and diabetes. His goal is to find the mechanisms behind this cross-over in diseases, and identifying new treatment targets for preventing kidney injury and decrease the risk of heart disease.

Additionally, Dr. Hayek is expanding the Michigan Medicine Cardio-Oncology Clinic, where he focuses on the cardiovascular health of cancer patients, extending from prevention to treatment of cardiac side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.


  • BS, Biology, American University of Beirut, 2004
  • MD, American University of Beirut, 2008
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Cardiovascular Development and Differentiation, Dr. Mona Nemer’s lab, University of Ottawa, 2008-10
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, 2010-13
  • Fellowship, Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, 2013-18

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 American Heart Association Samuel A. Levine Early Career Clinical Investigator Award
  • 2018 Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award
  • 2016 Highlighted as Star Fellow-in-Training (FIT)
  • 2016First Prize Award for Research Presentation American College of Cardiology GA Chapter
  • 2016 Sentinel of Science Award Recipient
  • 2016 Finalist at the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator’s Forum
  • 2015 Emory University Outstanding Postdoctoral Achievement Award