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Peyman Benharash, MD


Peyman Benharash, MD

UCLA Physician Peyman Benharash, MD specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Language Spoken
English, Farsi, Hebrew
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 206-6717
Fax Number
(310) 206-5901

UCLA Cardiothoracic Surgery
10833 Le Conte Ave 62-249 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2011
Cardiothoracic Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2008 - 2010
Surgery, Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, 2003 - 2008
Surgery, Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, 2002 - 2003
MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 2002
Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic Root Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Assist Devices, Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Septal Defect Repair, Congenital Heart Disease ( Adult), Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, General Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart, Heart Lung Transplant, Heart Transplant, Maze Procedure (for atrial fibrillation), Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mitral Valve Surgery, Pericardial Window, Pericardiectomy, Robotic Surgery, Thoracoscopy, Tricuspid Valve Surgery, Ventricular Anuerysms Repair, Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
Department Affiliation
Provider, Cardiac Surgery
Research Interest
Cardiac tissue engineering using stem cells, Cardiopulmonary bypass, Kidney damage after cardiac surgery, Role of antioxidants in mitigating the effects of bypass. Acupuncture in myocardial injury. Cardiovascular simulation.
Additional Information

Other Hospital Affiliations

  • West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hopsital
  • St Johns Health Center, Santa Monica

Inventions and Patents

  1. Benharash P, Abilez O, Zarins C, Stanford University. “Liquid Phase Real-time Magnetic Cell Sorter.” USA. 2005. (Disclosed to Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, Docket S05-377, Patent Pending 60/791,026 USPTO)
  2. Benharash P, Abilez O, Zarins C, Stanford University. “Magnetic Drug Delivery System.” USA. 2006. (Disclosed to Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, Docket S06-044)
  3. Benharash P, Abilez O, Zarins C, Stanford University. “Computer-Controlled Physiologic Pump.” USA. 2006. (Disclosed to Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, Docket S06-097, Patent Pending)
  4. Benharash P, Abilez O, Zarins C, Stanford University. “Mechanism for Lateral Stabilization of Vascular Edografts to Prevent Migration.” USA. 2006 (Disclosed to Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, Docket S06-0967, Patent Pending)
  5. Benahrash P, Frank P, UCLA. “Novel Computer Based Cardiovascular Simulator.”USA 2011 (Disclosed to UCLA Office of Intellectual Property)
  6. Benharash P, Mahajan A, UCLA. “Self Navigating Intravascular Catheter.” USA 2011(provisional patent filed 5/2012, UCLA Office of Intellectual Property)
Awards & Recognition
  • 2013 Award for Excellence in Patient-Centered-Care, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
  • 2011, 2012 Teacher of the Year Award, UCLA Cardiothoracic Residency Program
  • 2010 Rosenberg Humanitarian Award, UCLA Cardiothoracic Residency Program
  • 2008 Teaching-Resident-of-the-Year Award, Harbor-UCLA General Surgery
  • 2006 Stanford Cardiovascular Institute SEED Grant, Stanford University
  • 2004 Surgical Jeopardy, American College of Surgeons, 2nd place
  • 2002 The William Dignam Award for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA School of medicine
  • 2002 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society
  • 2001 STTP Summer Research Fellowship , UCLA School of Medicine
  • 1998 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • 1998 Arthur Furst Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Research, UCLA Department of Chemistry
  • 1998 Graduate Student Teaching Award, UCLA Department of Chemistry
  • 1998 Ramsey Prize for Excellence in Physical Chemistry
  • 1997 Alpha Chi Sigma Society Summer Research Grant, UCLA Department of Chemistry
  • 1997 UCLA Association of Chemists and Biochemists Research Scholarship
  • 1995 Presidential Undergraduate Fellowship for Outstanding Research
  1. Benharash P, Gleason MJ, Felker PM: Rotational Coherence Spectroscopy of Naphthalene Trimer, Evidence for C3h Symmetry. The Journal of Physical Chemistry, 1999, V 103, N 11, 1442-1446
  2. Benharash P, Omari B: Administration of Nesiritide in Patients after Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Induces Brisk Diureses. American Surgeon. 2005 Sep;71(9):794-6
  3. Benharash P, Putnam B, Bongard F: Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa for Adjunctive Hemorrhage Control in Trauma and Surgical Patients. American Surgeon. 2005 Sep;71(9):776-80
  4. Abilez O, Benharash P, Mehrotra M, Miyamoto E, Gale A, Picquet J, Xu C, Zarins C: A Novel Culture System Shows that Stem Cells Can be Grown in 3D and Under Physiologic Pulsatile Conditions for Tissue Engineering of Vascular Grafts. Journal of Surgical Research. 2006 May 15;132(2):170-178
  5. Bublik M, Head C, Benharash P, Paiva M, Eshraghi A, Kim T, Saxton R: Hypericin and Pulsed Laser Therapy of Squamous Cell Cancer in vitro. Photomedecine and Lasers in Surgery. 2006 Jun;24 (3):341-7
  6. Abilez O, Benharash P, Mehrotra M, Miyamoto E, Gale A, Picquet J, Xu C, Zarins C: P 19 Progenitor Cells Progress to Organized Contracting Myocytes After Chemical and Electrical Stimulation: Implications for Vascular Tissue Engineering. Journal of Endovascular Therapy. 2006 June;13(3): 377-88
  7. Picquet J, Benharash P, Blin V, Jousset Y, Papon X, Enon B.: Surgery of the pretransversal vertebral artery: indications and results. International Angiology. 2007 Sep;26(3):279-84
  8. Benharash P, Lee JT, Abilez O, Zarins CK: Iliac Fixation Inhibits Migration of both Suprarenal and Infrarenal Aortic Endografts. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 2007 Feb;45(2):250-58
  9. Rafii BY, Abilez OJ, Benharash P, Zarins CK: Lateral Movement of Endografts within the Aneurysm Sac is an Indicator of Stent-Graft Instability. Journal of Endovascular Therapy. 2008 Jun;15(3):335-43
  10. Jaquinandi V, Picquet J, Saumet JL, Benharash P, Leftheriotis G, Abraham P: Functional Assessment at the Buttock Level of the Effect of Aortobifemoral Bypass Surgery. Annals of Surgery. 2008 May;247(5):869-76
  11. Van Natta TL, Nguyen AT, Benharash P, French SW: Thoracoscopic Thoracic Duct Ligation for Persistent Cervical Chyle Leak: Utility of Immediate Pathologic Confirmation. Journal of Surgical and Laparascopic Surgery. 2009 July: 13(3):430-2
  12. Rabkin DG, Benharash P, Shemin RJ: Vertebral Artery Dissection After Iatrogenic Cervical Subcutaneous Emphysema. Journal of Cardiac Surgery. 2011 Jan:26(1):54-6
  13. Benharash P, Frank P, Hoy B: Development and Use of a Novel Cardiovascular Simulator: Time for a Paradigm Shift?. American Surgeon. 2012 Oct;78(10):1132-36
  14. Zhou W, Ko Y, Benharash P, Yamakawa K, Patel S, Ajijola OA, Mahajan A: Cardioprotection of Electroacupuncture Against Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury by Modulation of Cardiac Norepinephrine Release. American Journal of Physiology, Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2012 May 1;302(9):H1818-25
  15. Ajijola OA, Vaseghi M, Zhou W, Yamakawa K, Benharash P, Hadaya J, Lux RL, Mahajan A, Shivkumar K: Functional Differences Between Junctional and Extrajunctional Adrenergic Receptor Activation in Mammalian Ventricle. American Journal of Physiology, Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2013 Feb 15;304(4):H579-88
  16. Zhou W, Yamakawa K, Benharash P, Ajijola O, Ennis D, Hadaya J, Vaseghi M, Shivkumar K, Mahajan A: Effect of Stellate Ganglia Stimulation on Global and Regional Left Ventricular Function as Assessed by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography. American Journal of Physiology, Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2013 March 15;304(6):H1840-7
  17. Tan R, Benharash P, Schulam P, Schmidt JJ. Implantable electrolyte conductance-based pressure sensing catheter, II. Device construction and testing. Biomedical Microdevices. 2013 Jul 19. [Epub ahead of print]
  18. Benharash P, Zhou W: Neuromodulation in Treatment of Hypertension by Acupuncture: A Neurophysiological Prospective. Health. 2013;5(4A): 65-72
  19. Lancaster E, Frank P, Laufer D, Satou N, Tamrat M, Shemin R, Benharash P: Female Gender Predicts Poor Outcomes with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2013 Jan; 61(1) 209-210
  20. Zhou W, Benharash P, Ho J, Ko Y, Patel N, Mahajan A: Left Ventricular Twist and Untwist Rate Provide Reliable Measures of Ventricular Function in Myocardial Ischemia and a Wide Range of Hemodynamic States. Physiological Reports, 2013 Oct. [Epub ahead of print]
  21. Lancaster E, Postel M, Satou N, Shemin R, Benharash P: Introspection into Institutional Database Allows for Focused Quality Improvement Plan in Cardiac Surgery: Example for a New Global Healthcare System. American Surgeon. 2013 Oct;79(10):1040-4
  22. Ashman Z, Lancaster E, Satou N, Shemin RJ, Hiatt JR, Benharash P: Acute Care Surgery in Heart Transplant Recipients. American Surgeon. 2013 Oct;79(10):973-6

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