Dr. Issam El Rassi

Pediatric Heart Surgeon

Dr. Issam El Rassi

Pediatric Heart Surgeon


CLINICAL: Dr. El Rassi is a Pediatric Heart Surgeon with 9 years of training, and then more than 20 years of work experience in this specialty. He trained in the best center in France (Necker Children's) and the best center in Australia (Royal Children's Hospital).  Dr. El Rassi is specialized in the surgical management of all cardiac anomalies in neonates and children, including Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Transposition of the great arteries, Truncus arteriosus, Total anomalous veins, Ebstein anomaly, Tricuspid/Pulmonary Atresia, Tetralogy, AV canal, Double Outlet right ventricle, Ventricular septal defect and others. He is a Member of the United States Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS).

TEACHING: Associate Professor of surgery with a Diploma in Medical Education for Medical Students, and more than 15 years of Teaching and Mentoring.

RESEARCH: 80 papers published in international journal.

HUMANITARIAN: Dr El Rassi has organized several surgical missions to underserved areas to operate children with cardiac anomalies. He is an active member of Several Humanitarian Associations helping children and adults with congenital heart disease: The United Arab Emirates Congenital Heart Association (UAECHA); BRAVEHEART Association; HEARTBEAT Association.

Professional Background

Medical School

Saint-Joseph University Medical School


Hotel-Dieu de France University Hospital


Necker Children's Hospital, Paris
Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

Work Experience

Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital
American University Hospital (AUH)
2021-Till date
Al Jalila Children's Hospital

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Achievements Career Highlights

  • Clinical surgical results similar to those of the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) for highly complex procedures
  • Developing and Running Comprehensive Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Facilities
  • Establishment of ECMO programs (including Mobile ECMO)
  • Founding member of Charity Organizations to help needy children with congenital heart disease
  • Organizing Medical/Surgical cardiac missions for the children of Iraq

Research & Publications

  1. Author Search in Scopus by name: Issam El Rassi


  2. Author Search by ORCHID number: 0000-0003-3850-8769


Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates

800 AJCH (8002524)
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