Dr . Asad A. Shah

Asad Shah, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.S. is Co-Director of Cardiac Surgery at Hoag Hospital. As a high-volume, board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Shah performs the full spectrum of cardiac surgical procedures at Hoag.


Dr. Shah was born and raised in New York and completed medical school at Duke University. While there, he was awarded the prestigious Doris Duke Research Fellowship which allowed him to spend a year at Yale University School of Medicine conducting research on ischemic preconditioning, a technique used to help muscle survive when it is deprived of oxygen. He continued his surgical residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Duke University, widely considered the top cardiac surgery training program in the country. Prior to joining Newport Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery, formerly the Raney Zusman Medical Group, Dr. Shah worked in the University of North Carolina Health Care System, achieving an exclusive top three star rating for coronary artery bypass grafting by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr. Shah’s clinical interests include thoracic aortic disease, minimally invasive valve surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting, robotic cardiac surgery, and transcatheter therapies, including TAVR and TEVAR. Dr. Shah has conducted extensive research in cardiovascular surgery including studying the genetics of thoracic aortic aneurysms and bicuspid aortic valve syndrome. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has given over 20 national presentations. He has been an invited speaker for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons on multiple occasions and has received multiple academic and research awards from organizations including the American Association of Thoracic Surgery and the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgical Education. Dr. Shah leads the robotic cardiac surgery program at Hoag.

“What I love about cardiac surgery is the ability we have to help very sick patients live longer and with a better quality of life. What I believe sets us apart here at Newport Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery, is our ability to do this with a personal, caring, and compassionate approach. We know and bond with our patients and their loved ones, and welcome them into our family every time we begin taking care of them.”


Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC (2004-2008)

Specialty Research Training

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Duke University Medical Center (2012-2016)

General Surgery Residency, Duke University Medical Center (2008-2014)

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (2007-2008)

Board Certification

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Honors & Awards


  • Joint Council on Thoracic Surgical Education Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident Jeopardy Competition
    Winner (2015)
  • American College of Cardiology Legislative Conference Travel Award (2015)
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery Resident Critical Care Scholarship (2014)
  • Travel Award for American Thoracic Society International Conference (2011)
  • American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination Score Award, Duke General Surgery Residency
    Program (2010)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons Looking to the Future Scholarship (2009)
  • Appleseed Award for excellence in medical student education – Duke University School Of Medicine

Medical School:

Barham Merit Scholarship
Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at Yale University and University of North Carolina, Chapel
Phi Beta Kappa
Magna Cum Laude Graduate
Presidential Scholar
Dean’s List
Member of Honors Academy
Scholar Athlete Award

Recent Positions
  • Chair, Department of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
  • Director of Robotic Cardiac Surgery program
  • Co-director of Cardiac Surgery
  • Task Force on Case Logs, Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee (2016)
  • Vice President, Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (2015-2016)
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery Scientific Affairs and Government Relations
    Committee (2015-2016)
    Association (2012-present)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons Council on Education and Member Services Operating Board (2016-2017)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on E-Learning and Educational Innovation (2016-present)
  • Early Career Professional Officer, North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (2016-
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons Health Policy and Relationships Operating Board (2012-2015)
  • Executive Committee, Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (2013-2016)
  • Chair, Education Committee, Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (2013-2015)
  • CTSNet Surgeons in Training Committee (2014-2016)
  • Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Communications Committee (2012-2013)
  • Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Projects Committee (2012-2013)
  • Secretary, Duke General Surgery Resident Leadership Council (2010)