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Ali Tabatabai, MD

Academic Title:

Adjunct Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program in Trauma University of Maryland School of Medicine Director of Physician Education R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center


Shock Trauma

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-9878

Education and Training


1996 – 2000                            Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics

                                                University of Maryland at College Park

                                                Departmental Honors in Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics

2000 – 2004                            Doctor Medicine

                                                University of Maryland School of Medicine


Post Graduate Education and Training:

2004 – 2007                            Residency in Internal Medicine

                                                Department of Internal Medicine

                                                University of Maryland Medical Center

2008 – 2009                            Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship

                                                University of Maryland Medical Center / R Adams Cowley Shock

                                                Trauma Center



Dr. Tabatabai has clinical interest in surgical critical care, trauma critical care , cardiac surgery critical care, medical critical care, and ECMO support.  His research interests include simulation education research and clinical outcomes research.

Research/Clinical Keywords

ARDS outcome research, focusing on VV ECMO rescue therapy

Highlighted Publications

Reynolds HN, Sheinfeld G, Chang J, Tabatabai A, Simmons D.  The Tele-ICU during a "Disaster":  Seamless Transition from Routine Operations to Disaster Mode. Telemedicine and e-Health, 2011 Nov;17(9):746-9. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0046. Epub 2011 Sep 23.


Rabinowitz RP, Tabatabai A, Stein DM, Scalea TM.  Infectious Complications in the GSW’s through the gastrointestinal tract into the spine.  Injury, 2012 Jul;43(7):1058-60. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.01.014. Epub 2012 Feb 4.


Sorensen EN, Carla Williams P, Tabatabai A.  Use of tissue plasminogen activator to resolve high purge system pressure in a catheter-based ventricular-assist device.  J Heart Lung Transplant, 2014 Apr;33(4): 457-8. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2014.01.005. Epub 2014 Jan 19.


Menaker J, Tabatabai A, Rector R, Dolly K, Kufera J, Lee E, Kon Z, Sanchez P, Pham S, Herr DL, Mazzeffi M, Rabinowitz RP, O╩╝Connor JV, Stein DM, Scalea TM. Incidence of cannula associated deep vein thrombosis after veno-venous ECMO. ASAIO J. 2017 Sep/Oct;63(5):588-591. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000539.


Menaker J, Dolly K, Rector R, Kufera J, Lee EE, Tabatabai A, Rabinowitz RP, Kon Z, Sanchez P, Pham S, Herr DL, O'Connor JV, Stein DM, Scalea TM. The Lung Rescue Unit (LRU) - Does a dedicated intensive care unit for veno-venous extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (VV ECMO) improve survival to discharge? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 Sep;83(3):438-442. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001524.


Timofte I, Terrin M, Barr E, Kim J, Rinaldi J, Ladikos N, Menaker J, Tabatabai A, Kon Z, Griffith B, Pierson R, Pham S, Iacono A, Herr D. Adaptive periodic paralysis allows weaning deep sedation overcoming the drowning syndrome in ECMO patients bridged for lung transplantation: A case series. J Crit Care. 2017 Jul 17;42:157-161. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2017.07.033. [Epub ahead of print]


Wells CL, Forrester J, Vogel J, Rector R, Tabatabai A, Herr D. Safety and Feasibility of Early Physical Therapy for Patients on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator: University of Maryland Medical Center Experience. Crit Care Med. 2017 Oct 19. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002770. [Epub ahead of print]