Soban Umar, MD, PhD

Soban Umar, MD, PhD


Dr. Umar is a physician-scientist and a practicing anesthesiologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. He does general anesthesia including multi-specialty adult anesthesia and anesthesia for labor and delivery. Dr. Umar is the Research Coordinator for Anesthesiology Residency Program at UCLA.

Dr. Umar has an academic background in basic cardiovascular research and has his laboratory in the Center for Health Sciences (CHS). Dr. Umar has interests in innovative research in Cardiovascular Medicine and Anesthesiology.




Medical Board Certification

Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology, 2020


Anesthesiology, UCLA School of Medicine, 2016


Medicine & Surgery, Nishtar Medical College, 2005


PhD, Leiden University Medical Center, 2009
MBBS, Nishtar Medical College, 2002


  • Junior Faculty Research Award Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) Meeting Washington DC, USA (2017)
  • UCLA Cardiovascular Theme Innovation Award (2017)
  • Best of Basic Science Award American Society of Anesthesiologists Conference Chicago, IL, USA (2016)
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Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



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Recent Publications:

  1. Partownavid P, Sharma S, Li J, Umar S, Rahman S, Eghbali M (2015). Involvement of Opioid Receptors in the Lipid Rescue of Bupivacaine-Induced Cardiotoxicity. Anesth Analg. 2015 Aug;121(2):340-7. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000788. PMID: 25993392
  2. Sharma S, Umar S, Centala A, Eghbali M (2015). Role of miR206 in genistein-induced rescue of pulmonary hypertension in monocrotaline model. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2015 Dec 15;119(12):1374-82. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00699.2014. Epub 2015 Oct 15. PMID: 26472874
  3. Iorga A, Li J, Sharma S, Umar S, Bopassa JC, Nadadur RD, Centala A, Ren S, Saito T, Toro L, Wang Y, Stefani E, Eghbali M (2016). Rescue of Pressure Overload-Induced Heart Failure by Estrogen Therapy. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Jan 22;5(1). pii: e002482. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002482. PMID: 26802104
  4. Anwar A, Ruffenach G, Mahajan A, Eghbali M, Umar S (2016). Novel biomarkers for pulmonary arterial hypertension (2016). Respir Res. (Impact Factor 3.841). 2016 Jul 20;17(1):88. doi: 10.1186/s12931-016-0396-6. Review. PubMed PMID: 27439993; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4955255.
  5. Sharma S, Ruffenach G, Umar S, Motayagheni N, Reddy ST, Eghbali M (2016). Role of oxidized lipids in pulmonary arterial hypertension (2016). Pulm Circ. (Impact Factor 2.178). 2016 Sep;6(3):261-73. doi: 10.1086/687293. Review. PubMed PMID: 27683603; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5019079.
  6. Li J, Ruffenach G, Kararigas G, Cunningham CM, Motayagheni N, Barakai N, Umar S, Regitz-Zagrosek V, Eghbali M (2017). Intralipid protects the heart in late pregnancy against ischemia/reperfusion injury via Caveolin2/STAT3/GSK-3β pathway. J Mol Cell Cardiol. (Impact Factor 5.680). 2017 Jan;102:108-116. doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2016.11.006. PubMed PMID: 27847332.
  7. Umar S, Partow-Navid R, Ruffenach G, Iorga A, Moazeni S, Eghbali M (2017). Severe Pulmonary Hypertension in Aging Female Apolipoprotein E Deficient Mice is Rescued by Estrogen Replacement Therapy. Biol Sex Differ. (Impact Factor 3.635). 2017 Mar 20;8:9. doi: 10.1186/s13293-017-0129-7. eCollection 2017. PMID: 28344760
  8. Umar S, Cunningham CM, Itoh Y, Moazeni S, Vaillancourt M, Sarji S, Centala A, Arnold AP, Eghbali M (2017). The Y Chromosome Plays a Protective Role in Experimental Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Sep 21. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201707-1345LE. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28934553.
  9. Iorga A, Cunningham CM, Moazeni S, Ruffenach G, Umar S, Eghbali M (2017). The protective role of estrogen and estrogen receptors in cardiovascular disease and the controversial use of estrogen therapy. Biol Sex Differ. 2017 Oct 24;8(1):33. doi: 10.1186/s13293-017-0152-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 29065927; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5655818.
  10. Vaillancourt M, Chia P, Sarji S, Nguyen J, Hoftman N, Ruffenach G, Eghbali M, Mahajan A, Umar S (2017). Autonomic nervous system involvement in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Respiratory Research 2017 18:201.


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  • Junior Faculty Research Award Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) Meeting Washington DC, USA (2017)
  • UCLA Cardiovascular Theme Innovation Award (2017)
  • Best of Basic Science Award American Society of Anesthesiologists Conference Chicago, IL, USA (2016)
  • Leonard F. Walts, MD Research Excellence Award, Department of Anesthesiology, UCLA (2013-16)
  • The White Mountain Research Award, WARC Meeting Los Angeles, CA (2014)
  • FAER Resident Scholar Award American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Conference New Orleans, LA, USA (2014)
  • Olive View UCLA Resident of the Year Award Annual Resident Graduation ceremony at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (2014)
  • UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research nomination Los Angeles, CA (2012)
  • Young Investigator Abstract Awards American Thoracic Society Annual Conference Denver (2011), San Francisco (2012), Philadelphia (2013), and Denver (2015)
  • Young Investigator Award American Heart Association (AHA) Annual Scientific Sessions Chicago (2010), and Los Angeles (2012)