Professor of Medicine
Section Chief of Advanced Heart Failure, Transplantation, and Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Pamboukian Dr. Pamboukian completed her MD degree, with honors, at the University of Toronto, Canada, where she also completed an internal medicine residency. She received a cardiology fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, followed by cardiac transplantation and heart failure fellowships at Rush-Presbyterian — St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She certified by the American Board in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation. Dr. Pamboukian is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and is certified by the United Network of Organ Sharing as a heart transplant cardiologist. She is Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Program at UAB and co-section head of the Section of Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Pulmonascular Disease.



Cardiology Fellowship
Rush University, Chicago (1999 - 2000)
University of British Columbia 1996 - 1999)

Internal Medicine Residency
University of Toronto (1994 - 1996)

Medical Degree
University of Toronto (1993)

Board Certifications

Recertification American Board of Internal Medicine (2006)
Recertification American Board of Cardiovascular Disease (2009)
American Board of Cardiovascular Disease (1999)
American Board of Internal Medicine (1996)







Clinical Interests

End-stage cardiomyopathy
Cardiac transplantation
Mechanical circulatory support






Online Resource

“Heart Failure Prevention” Daytime Alabama Interview
Air date: September 28, 2011
YouTube link






Research Interests

Mechnanical circulatory support
Cardiac transplantation

Selected Journal


Pamboukian SV, Tallaj JA, Brown RN, Nielsen T, George JF, Kirklin JK, Holman WL, Levy WC. Comparison of observed survival after ventricular assist device placement versus predicted survival without assist device using the Seattle heart failure model. ASAIO J. 2012 Mar;58(2):93-7.
PMID: 22370679

Kirklin JK, Pearce FB, Pamboukian SV, Alten JA, Borasino S, Carlo WF, Holman WL. Implantation of the HeartWare HVAD in a Child After a Recent Thromboembolic Stroke. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Mar;93(3):977-8.
PMID: 22364990

Tallaj JA, Pamboukian SV, George JF, Brown RN, Pajaro OE, Bourge RC, Cadeiras M, Smallfield M, Kirklin JK, McGiffin DC. Total lymphoid irradiation in heart transplantation: long-term efficacy and survival--an 18-year experience. Transplantation. 2011 Nov 27;92(10):1159-64.
PMID: 22015463

Bourgeois GP, Cafardi JA, Groysman V, Pamboukian SV, Kirklin JK, Andea AA, Hughey LC. Fulminant myocarditis as a late sequela of DRESS: two cases. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Oct;65(4):889-90. No abstract available.
PMID: 21920256

Pamboukian SV, Tallaj JA, Brown RN, Holman WL, Blood M, George JF, Costanzo MR, Cadeiras M, Smallfield MC, McGiffin DC, Kirklin JK. Improvement in 2-year survival for ventricular assist device patients after implementation of an intensive surveillance protocol.
J Heart Lung Transplant. 2011 Aug;30(8):879-87. Epub 2011 Apr 21.
PMID: 21514180

PubMed Listings

Salpy V. Pamboukian, MD