Faculty Profile

Omar Lattouf

Omar M. Lattouf, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine




American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



A graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Lattouf is an innovative cardiac surgeon with substantial experience in complex cardiac procedures including heart transplantation, laser re-vascularization, left ventricular reduction procedures, thoracoscopic minimally invasive interventional therapy, and mitral valve repair.

Throughout a career of more than three decades, Dr. Lattouf has been a vital contributor to Emory's distinguished national reputation in CT surgery. In 1988, he was part of the team that performed Georgia's first domino heart transplant; in 1999, he helped implant the state's first Abiomed biventricular assist system to support the failing heart of a patient suffering from post-cardiotomy shock; and in 2001, he performed the world's first totally endoscopic left ventricular resynchronization.

In 2017, Dr. Lattouf was named medical director of the cardiothoracic surgical partnership established between Navicent Health in Macon, GA, and Emory Healthcare. In that role, Dr. Lattouf served as vice president for cardiac innovation and outreach. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lattouf trained Navicent Health physicians in the minimally invasive Convergent procedure to treat patients suffering from longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation.

During his years as an active faculty member, Dr. Lattouf engaged in clinical and laboratory research and development work in genetic engineering and stimulated angiogenesis, receiving various patents in the process.


  • Masters in Science and PhD in Anatomy, 1974-1977, MD received 1980, Emory University School of Medicine

  • Emory University School of Medicine: General Surgery Internship and Residency, 1980-1985, Fellowships in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiac Transplantation, 1985-1988

Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

  • Arab American Medical Association

  • American College of Cardiology

  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

  • National Arab American Medical Association

  • American College of Cardiology Work Group on Cardiometabolic Diseases

  • Jordan Medical Association

  • Jordan Heart Society

  • Joint Committee of the American College of Cardiology–Middle East Initiative

  • Association of Arab Medical Institutions: Founding Member

  • Arab Society of Telemedicine

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Award of Honor, Emory University School of Medicine

Clinical Interests

  • Coronary revascularization

  • Valve repair

  • Aneurysm repair

  • Left ventricular remodeling

  • Transmyocardial laser revascularization

  • Surgical resynchronization procedures

  • Percutaneous echo guided pericardial drainage for tamponade

  • Combined CABG valve procedures

Research Interests

  • Complex coronary revascularization utilizing off-pump vs. on-pump techniques

  • Transmyocardial laser revascularization to improve myocardial perfusion and reduction of angina

  • The role of stem cells in the treatment of end-stage ischemic or idiopathic cardiomyopathy

  • The diagnosis and treatment of heparin induced thrombocytopenia