S. Adil Husain, MD

Professor and Associate Program Director Thoracic Surgery Residency
Chief of Division, Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery
William Randolph Hearst Chair, Congenital Heart Disease

Dr. Husain obtained his Medical Degree from the University of North Dakota where he was a Ray Dugan Memorial Academic Scholar. He completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he was given the Edward Mason Resident award and also became the Chief Administrative Resident. He then completed fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of North Carolina. In 2006, after a successful three years as an adult cardiac surgeon specializing in aortic and valvular surgery, he pursued a fellowship at Riley Children's Hospital - Indiana University School of Medicine in Congenital Cardiac Surgery under the direction of Dr. John Brown. Dr. Husain began his academic career at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, prior to joining the Children’s Heart Network and UTHSCSA in 2008. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2009 at which time he was also appointed as the Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery. He subsequently became the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in 2010. He has recently been named the Surgeon In Chief for the UTHSCSA / UHS Pediatric Transition Process. He also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Cardiothoracic Fellowship Training Program within the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UTHSCSA. He is board certified in General Surgery, Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery as well as Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery. His research interests have produced published manuscripts involving the study of Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, Sternal Wound Infections as well as Pulmonary Homograft usage for Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction. Dr. Husain has also been a committee member for the review of grant applications involving cardiovascular devices submitted to the National Institutes of Health since 2010. In addition to a significant clinical interest in neonatal cardiac surgery and single ventricle physiology, Dr. Husain is also very involved in international humanitarian surgical mission work as well as local charitable endeavors. In particular, he is very involved with HeartGift, an organization designed to bring children from underserved nations to San Antonio for corrective heart surgery. Most importantly, he is married to his wife Rebecca and is the father to two young children, Sofia and Yusuf Husain.

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgeons
American Board of Thoracic Surgeons
American Board of Thoracic Surgeons – Congenital Cardiac Certificate

Education

MD, University of North Dakota School of Medicine, 1995

Postgraduate training

Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgical Fellow, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 2001-2003. Including general thoracic including lung transplantation / oncology, and adult / congenital cardiac including assist device insertion, and cardiac transplantation.
Visiting Fellow in Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, 2001
Cardiothoracic Surgical Research Fellow, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 2000
General Surgical Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 1995-2000

Research interests

Geographical Association with Incidence of Congenital Heart Disease
Sternal Wound Infections
Value Indices for Congenital Cardiac Surgical Programs

Clinical interests

Congenital Valvular pathology
Single Ventricle Physiology
Mechanical circulatory support within the pediatric population

Abstracts / Posters

Husain SA, Rahman M, Baisden C, Forgione D, Kane LC, Neish SR, Calhoon JH. Creating A “Value Index”: A Method to Compare Regional Programs Performing Congenital Heart Surgery. Poster Presentation: Society of Thoracic Surgeons 49th Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA. January 26-30, 2013

Husain SA. The Pharmacologic and Hemodynamic Management of Acute and Chronic Right Ventricular Failure. Thoracic Surgical Directors Association Web Based Curriculum Lecture: 2012

Husain S, Maldonado E, Calhoon J. Mitral Valve Replacement for Congenital Mitral Valve Stenosis / Regurgitation: A Novel Method of Annular Enlargement. Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Orlando, FL November 3-6, 2010

Husain SA. Pediatric Cardiovascular Physiology. Thoracic Surgical Directors Association Web Based Curriculum Lecture: 2010

Husain SA, Bader V, Nashishibi M, Fricker FJ, Calhoon JH. A Single Surgeon's Experience with Humanitarian Congenital Cardiac Surgery: Outcomes and Program Development During Serial Visits to the Same Location. Poster Presentation: World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Santo Domingo, Antigua, Guatemala; July 15-17, 2010.

Rich P, Douillet C, Husain SA, Boucher R. Alveolar TNFalpha is increased and MIP-2 decreased in a Rat Model of Large-Volume Ventilation.  American College of Surgeons Surgical Forum #698; 2002.

Rich P, Douillet C, Husain SA, Boucher R. Positive-Pressure Ventilation with Large Tidal Volumes Increases Alveolar ATP Levels. American College of Surgeons Surgical Forum #704; 2002.

Publications

Husain SA, Rahman M, Baisden C, Forgione D, Kane LC, Neish SR, Calhoon JH. Creating A “Value Index”: A Method to Compare Regional Programs Performing Congenital Heart Surgery. Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Submitted

Poynter JA, Eghtesady P, McCrindle BW, Walters HL III, Kirshbom P, Blackstone EH, Husain SA, Overman D, Austin E, Karamlou T, Lodge A, St. Louis J, Gruber P, Ziemer G, Davies R, Brown J, Williams WG, Tchervenkov C, Jacobs ML, Caldarone CA. Congenital Maxwell Chamberlain Paper: Effect of Conduit Type and Size on Right Ventricle – Pulmonary Artery Conduit Durability in Infants Less Than Two Years of Age: A Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Study. Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Accepted

Woodward C, Son M, Taylor R, Husain SA. Sternal Wound Infection Prevention in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery: A Protocololized Approach.  World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. 2012 3:463-469

Husain SA, Maldonado E, Rasch D, Curzon C, Milachek J, Neish S, Calhoon JH. Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection: Factors Associated with Mortality and Recurrent Pulmonary Venous Obstruction.  Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2012 94(3):825-832

Walker JL, Young HA, Lawson DS, Husain SA, Calhoon JH. Optimizing Venous Drainage Using an Ultrasonic Flow Probe on the Venous Line. The Journal of Extracorporeal Technology. 2011 Sep;43(3):157-161.

Woodward C, Son M, Calhoon JH, Milachek J, Husain SA. Mediastinal Wound Infections in Pediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery: A Survey of Incidence and Preventative Practice. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2011 Mar;91:799-804.

Fanous NH, Husain SA, Turrentine MW, Rodefeld MD, Brown JW. Anterior Pericardial Tracheoplasty for Congenital Tracheal Stenosis:  Long-Term Outcomes. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 2010;139:18-25.

Husain SA, Wallis G, Fricker FJ, Bleweis MS, Staples ED, Klodell CT, Brown JW, Turrentine MW. Ventricular Assist Device Implantation in the Pediatric Population: Does Pump Size Selection and Associated Hemodynamics Impact Outcomes? American Society for Artificial Internal Organs Journals. 2008 Sep;54:474-78.

Husain SA and Brown JW. When Reconstruction Fails or is not Feasible – Valve Replacement Options in the Pediatric Population.  Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual. 2007;117-124.

Husain SA and Brown JW. Biologic versus Mechanical Valve Replacement of the Pulmonary Valve After Multiple Reconstructions of the RVOT Tract.  Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery:  A Comparative Atlas. 2006(Fall);11(3):207-215.

Rich, P, Douillet C, Husain SA, Boucher R. ATP is released during injurious mechanical ventilation and contributes to lung edema.  Journal of Trauma, Infection and Critical Care. 2003 Aug;55(2):290-97.

Husain SA and Richenbacher, W. The Clamshell Incision Provides Excellent Exposure for Aortic Valve Replacement and Coronary Revascularization.  Journal of Cardiac Surgery. 1998 Mar;13:136-7.

Husain SA and Slotnick, HB. Pharmacology and Paper Airplanes: A Model For Educating Physicians About Statistics.  Journal of the American Statistical Association - Proceedings from 1992 Section on Statistical Education. 1992;56-62

Bergstrom D, Beal P, Husain SA, Lind R, Jenson J. Palladium-Mediated Coupling Between Organic Disulfides and Nucleic Acid Constituents.  Journal of the American Chemical Society 1989;111:374.

Books

Husain SA. Special Considerations in the Medical and Surgical Management for the Premature Infant.  In: Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Intensive Care. Springer 2013. in print

Weitzel N, Husain SA, Davies LK. Anesthetic Management in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: The Adult Population. In: Hensly, Martin and Gravlee, editors. A Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2012.

Davies LK, Husain SA, Weitzel N. Anesthetic Management in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: The Pediatric Population. In: Hensly, Martin and Gravlee, editors. A Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2012.

Wallis G and Husain SA. Cardiac Surgery in the Pediatric Population. In: ICU Recall. 3rd ed. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2008.

Husain SA. Editor: Section on Pediatrics: ICU Recall – 3rd Edition; Chapter 35: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2008.

Husain SA and Bleiweis, MS. Cardiopulmonary Bypass – Definitions and Impacts upon Post Operative Care. In: Rogers Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care. 4th ed. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2007.

Husain, SA, Mokadam NA, Pemut LC, Rodeleld MD. Coarctation of the Aorta and Interrupted Aortic Arch. In: Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery. McGraw-Hill Medical; 2007.

Husain SA, Sheridan BC, Mill MR. Congenital Coronary Anomalies. In: Netter’s Cardiology. Icon Leaning Systems Publishing; 2004.

Presentations

International / National Meeting Presentations

Husain SA, Rahman M, Baisden C, Forgione D, Kane LC, Neish SR, Calhoon JH. Creating A “Value Index”: A Method to Compare Regional Programs Performing Congenital Heart Surgery. Congenital Poster Finalist Presentation Society of Thoracic Surgeons  49th Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA. January 28, 2013

Poynter JA, Eghtesady P, McCrindle BW, Walters HL III, Kirshbom P, Blackstone EH, Husain SA, Overman D, Austin E, Karamlou T, Lodge A, St. Louis J, Gruber P, Ziemer G, Davies R, Brown J, Williams WG, Tchervenkov C, Jacobs ML, Caldarone CA. Congenital Maxwell Chamberlain Paper: Effect of Conduit Type and Size on Right Ventricle – Pulmonary Artery Conduit Durability in Infants Less Than Two Years of Age: A Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Study. Society of Thoracic Surgeons 49th Annual Conference, January 29, 2013.

Woodward C, Son M, Taylor R, Husain SA. Sternal Wound Infection Prevention in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. A Protocolized Approach. Presented at The 16th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiology 2012, Orlando, FL, February 22-26, 2012.

Husain SA, Woodward C, Son M, Milachek J. Sternal Wound Best Practice Preventative and Treatment Guidelines in the Pediatric Heart Surgical Population. Presented at the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Ft. Lauderdale, FL, January 29, 2012.

Husain SA, Maldonado E, Rasch D, Curzon C, Milachek J, Neish S, Calhoon JH. Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection: Factors Associated with Mortality and Recurrent Pulmonary Venous Obstruction. Presented at the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA), San Antonio, TX, November 9-12, 2011.

Husain SA. Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection: An Analysis of Outcomes and the Need for Reoperation. Presented at the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society International Meeting (CHSS), Chicago, IL, October 25, 2010.

Husain SA. Variables Which Impact Mediastinal Wound Infections in the Congenital Heart Surgical Population. Presented at the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society International Meeting (CHSS), Chicago, IL, November 2, 2009.

Husain SA, Wallis G, Fricker FJ, Bleiweis MS, Staples ED, Klodell CT, Brown JW, Turrentine MW. Ventricular Assist Device Implantation in the Pediatric Population: Does Pump Size Selection and Associated Hemodynamics Impact Outcomes? Presented at the Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Bypass Perfusion Fourth International Conference, Portland, OR, May 22-24, 2008.

Husain SA, Bleiweis MS, Turrentine MW, Brown JW. Ventricular Assist Devices in the Pediatric Population:  Is There an Alternative Paradigm for Selecting the Appropriate Device? Presented at the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society International Meeting (CHSS), Chicago, IL, October 28-29, 2007.

Husain SA, Fanous NH, Turrentine MW, Rodefeld MD, Brown JW. Anterior Pericardial Tracheoplasty for Congenital Tracheal Stenosis:  Long-Term Outcomes. Presented at the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, June 27-30, 2007.

Husain SA, Brown JW: The Ross II Mitral Valve Procedure: Employing and Old Idea as a New Trick. Presented at the Womack Society Invited Lecturer – University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, June 18-19, 2006.

Husain SA, Verhofste M, Wilson JS, Wcisel GJ, Kern JA, Widmann MD, Hanson M, Rossi NP, Kernstine KH. Logistic Regression Analysis (LRA) to Identify Factors Important in Predicting Prolonged Air Leaks in The Surgical Treatment of Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Diego, CA, April 23-28, 1999.

Husain SA, Verhofste M, Wilson JS, Wcisel GJ, Kern JA, Widmann MD, Hanson M, Rossi NP, Kernstine KH. Logistic Regression Analysis (LRA) to Identify Factors Important in Predicting Mortality, Length of Stay (LOS), and  Prolonged Air Leaks (PAL) in the Surgical Treatment of Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Presented at the Society of University Surgeons 60th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 11, 1999.

Husain SA, Carlin C. Relating Aerospace to Industrial Polymers: Using Para-Amino Benzoic Acid Compounds to Synthesize Aeronautical Adhesives. Presented at the PEW Midstates Consortium - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 1989.

Honors and Awards

J Maxwell Chamberlin Award – Top Scoring Abstract – 2013 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Conference – Los Angeles, CA, 2013
Society of Thoracic Surgeons Top Congenital Poster Award – 2013 Annual Conference – Los Angeles, CA, 2013
William S. Pierce, MD Young Investigator Award: 4th International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion May 22-24, 2008; Portland Oregon, 2008
University of Florida College of Medicine / Shands Hospital Physician Service Award, 2007
University of North Carolina Hospitals Outstanding House-staff Physician Award, 2003
University of North Carolina School of Medicine Outstanding Surgical Service Award per Intern Surgical Class, 2001
University of Iowa College of Medicine Chief Surgical Administrative Resident, 2000
University of Iowa College of Medicine Edward Mason Award for Outstanding Surgical Resident, 1999
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award - Humanism as a Physician Resident, 1998-1999
E.L. Grinnell Memorial Scholar – University of North Dakota School of Medicine, 1995
Ray Dugan Memorial Academic Scholar – University of North Dakota School of Medicine, 1992-1995

Professional organizations

Society of Thoracic Surgeons 49th Annual Meeting Session Moderator; Los Angeles, CA, January 2013
American College of Cardiology: Faculty / Session Moderator / Poster Discussant; Chicago, IL, March 2012
National Institutes of Health – Center for Scientific Review – SBTS Grant Reviewer – Cardiovascular Devices, May 2010 - present
Thoracic Surgical Directors Association (TSDA) ITE (In-Training Exam) Review Team, August 2009 - present
Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), January 2009 - present
STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Task Force, November 2008 - present
Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Work Weekend Member – Toronto, CA, November 2008 - present
Thoracic Surgical Directors Association (TSDA) Congenital Cardiac Surgery Curriculum Committee, November 2008 – present
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA), September 2008 – present
World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery http://aude.mopimmo.com/, August 2007 – present
Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, January 2007 – present
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, January 2007 – present