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photo Rima Abdel-Massih, MD

Infectious Diseases

Program Director Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Director of Telemedicine


Phone: 412-647-7228

Office: Falk Medical Building, 3601 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-7228
Fax: 412-647-7951
Administrative Assistant:
Sarah Glenn
Address: 3601 Fifth Avenue
Suite 5B
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-6406
Fax: 412-648-6399
Education and Training
M.D., Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon, 2001
Internship/Residency Internal Medicine, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ, 2006
Associate Chief Resident, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ, 2006
Infectious Diseases Fellow, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ, 2008
Transplant Infectious Disease Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2009
Research Interest
Dr. Abdel-Massih's research interests include infectious complications in transplant recipients, cytomegalovirus, fungal infections and bacterial resistance. She is a co-investigator on multiple clinical trials. She also has a special interest in telehealth models of care applied in the infectious diseases specialty.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Rima Adbel-Massih, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. She joined the Transplant Infectious Diseases group upon completion of a transplant infectious diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic. Her major clinical interest are in the field of infections in solid organ transplant recipients as well as infections related to artificial heart and lung devices. Dr. Abdel-Massih is a member of the Antimicrobial Management Program and Director of Education for the Division of Transplant Infectious Diseases. Dr. Abdel-Massih also has interest in developing and instituting models of telemedicine service in infectious diseases.
Educational Interest
Dr. Abdel-Massih is the Transplant Infectious Diseases Education and Fellowship Director. In 2013, she was appointed Associate Program Director for the General Infectious Diseases Fellowship. She mentors infectious diseases fellows in their training and helps them maximize their educational experience by individualizing their second year of training based upon their career path and interests.
Selected Publications:
Silveira FP, Abdel-Massih R, Bogdanovich T, Pakstis DL, Routh RL, Moss RB. Treatment of resistant influenza virus infection in a hospitalized patient with cystic fibrosis with DAS181, a host-directed antiviral. Antiviral Therapy. 2016; 21(1): 71-4.
Cariello PF, Kwak EJ, Abdel-Massih RC, Silveira FP. Safety and tolerability of clofazimine as salvage therapy for atypical mycobacterial infection in solid organ transplant recipients. Transpl Infect Dis. 2015; 17(1): 111-8.
Eschenauer GA, Kwak EJ, Humar A, Potoski BA, Clarke LG, Shields RK, Abdel-Massih R, Silveira FP, Vergidis P, Clancy CJ, Nguyen MH. Targeted versus universal antifungal prophylaxis among liver transplant recipients. Am J Transplant. 2015; 15(1): 180-9.
Baydoun E, Karam M, Atia-tul-Wahab, Khan MS, Ahmad MS, Samreen, Smith C, Abdel-Massih, R, Choudhary MI. Ganciclovir-resistant cytomegalovirus infections among lung transplant recipients are associated with poor outcomes despite treatment with foscarnet-containing regimens. Steroids. 2014; 88: 95-100.
Clancy CJ, Chen L, Shields RK, Zhao Y, Cheng S, Chavda KD, Hao B, Hong JH, Doi Y, Kwak EJ, Silveira FP, Abdel-Massih R, Bogdanovich T, Humar A, Perlin DS, Kreiswirth BN, Hong Nguyen M. Epidemiology and molecular characterization of bacteremia due to carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in transplant recipients. Am J Transplant. 2013; 13(10): 2619-33.
Notable Achievements
Associate Program Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship, 2013