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Tulane Medical Center
Tulane Lakeside
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Nidal Abi Rafeh, MD

Nidal Abi Rafeh, MD

Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Nidal Abi Rafeh is an interventional cardiologist who specializes in heart and vascular conditions that are often difficult to treat with conventional medical and surgical techniques. Before moving to New Orleans, where he has cared for patients at Tulane Medical Center since 2013, Dr. Abi Rafeh spent several years training, seeing patients and conducting research in New York City. He obtained a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at North Shore LIJ - Staten Island University Hospital. During his time there, he held several prominent positions including chief medical resident and chief cardiology fellow. He also received numerous awards, including recognition by the City of New York for completing Richmond County Medical Society’s first fellowship in organized medicine. Dr. Abi Rafeh completed a third fellowship in interventional cardiology at Tulane University School of Medicine, where he is now a faculty member and 2013-2014 recipient of the C. Thorpe Ray Clinical Cardiology Award. In his current role as director of the chronic total occlusion (CTO) program at Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Abi Rafeh cares for patients with complicated forms of coronary artery disease. He is among a small percentage of interventional cardiologists in the U.S. trained to perform complex percutaneous interventional procedures such as chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention (sometimes referred to as CTO PCI). To make CTO treatment accessible to more patients, Dr. Abi Rafeh travels to other U.S. hospitals to train his peers. To date, he has helped establish CTO programs at hospitals in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana. Dr. Abi Rafeh is actively involved in clinical research, and his findings have been published in numerous medical and scientific journals. His research interests include the factors that influence blood flow (called hemodynamics) in people with CTO, and the relationship between CTO and depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to participating in national, multi-center clinical trials, where he serves as principal investigator representing Tulane Medical Center, Dr. Abi Rafeh conducts his own original research designed to find better ways of diagnosing and treating CTO. He currently is the principal investigator for a clinical trial studying new methods of assessing blood circulation in small “collateral” blood vessels that feed the coronary arteries. He has also served as faculty for a number of national and international cardiology meetings and scientific sessions. Dr. Abi Rafeh’s approach to care is guided by the belief that no patient should be told they have run out of options. Knowing that there are always opportunities to refine existing techniques – or discover new ones – he is committed to life-long training and research that will continue to expand treatment options for people with the most rare or complex conditions. Outside of his busy clinical practice and his scientific and teaching duties, Dr. Abi Rafeh enjoys composing and playing music.




Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO)

Heart Catheterizations

  • Interventional Cardiology - Primary - Board Certified
  • Residency: Northshore-LIJ Staten Island University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Northshore-LIJ Staten Island University Hospital
  • English
  • Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
  • Tulane Medical Center