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Aiman Smer, MBBCh

Associate Professor

Aiman Smer

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School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Cardiology Division

Aiman Smer, MBBCh

Associate Professor

Dr. Aiman Smer is a staff Cardiologist and associate program director for cardiovascular fellowship program at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center.  He was born and raised in Libya and received his medical degree from the University of Tripoli in Libya in 2005. Dr. Smer completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Smer is known as a dedicated educator and service as core faculty and division QI champion at the Cardiology fellowship training program. His research interests are in Quality Improvement and Cardiovascular diseases, including atrial fibrillation, effects of sleep apnea on heart disease and 3D echocardiography. He has participated in several international multicenter trials and has over 50 publications and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. He has been invited speaker at both national and international conferences.

Dr. Smer is a big soccer (football) fan, avid traveler and enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children "the little monsters” he called them. 

Teaching Interests

  • Cardiology

Research Focus

Quality Improvment processes
Atrial Fibrillation
Effects of obstructive Sleep Apnea on heart disease
3D Echocardiography 

Department

Medicine

Position

Associate Professor

Books

  • Usefulness of 3D and 4D Echocardiography in Clinical Practice. Cardiology Update Book 2019. December 2019  2019
  • Clinical Applications of Three-Dimensional Echocardiography. Textbook of Cardiac Imaging Update 2019  2019
  • Three-Dimensional Echocardiography: Diagnostic, Prognostic and Therapeutic Implications. Advances in Clinical Cardiovascular Imaging, Echocardiography and Interventions. A text book of Cardiology. July 2018  2018
  • Interesting Cases in Echocardiography. First Edition, 2017  2017

Articles

  • Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
    , Smer A, Squires R, Aboeata A, Bowman M, Mahlmeister K, Medina-Inojosa J, Bonikowske A, Patel A, Del Core M, Williams M. Type 2 Myocardial Infarction: Current Concepts and the Mayo Clinic Experience with Cardiac Rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. Jan 2021. PMID: 33470731 2021
  • , Kousa O, Essa A, Saleh M, Ahsan M, Alali Y, Pajjuru V, Anani A, Ahmad A, Baskaran J, Walters R, Sharma A, Haddad T, Smer A. The Impact of Cardiology Consultation on Medical Intensive Care Unit Patients with Elevated Troponin. Accepted in September 2020 2020
  • Mini-invasive Surgery Journal
    , Smer A, Nanda N, Akdogan R, Elmarzouky Z, Dulal Subash. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Mitral Valve Regurgitation. Review article. Mini-invasive Surgery Journal. August 2020, 10.20517/2574-1225.2020.36 2020
  • Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings
    , Lateef N, Kuniyoshi J, Latif A, Ahsan M, Shaikh K, DeVrieze B, Smer A, Aboeata A. Cardiac Tamponade as a Complication of Bronchogenic Cyst. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. August 2020. PMID: 33456190 2020
  • Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine
    , Ahsan M,Fazeel H, Haque S, Malik S, Latif A, Lateef N, Batool S, Kousa O,Ahsan M, Anwer F, Andukuri V, Smer A. Impact of Acquired Thrombocytopenia on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine. July 2020. PMID: 5. Ahsan M,Fazeel H, Haque S, Malik S, Latif A, Lateef N, Batool S, Kousa O,Ahsan M, Anwer F, Andukuri V, Smer A. Impact of Acquired Thrombocytopenia on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine. July 2020. PMID: 3280073132800731 2020
  • Journal of cardiac Surgery
    , Kousa O, Walters R, Saleh M, Awad D, Qasim A, Guddeti R, Smer A. Early Versus Late Cardiac Surgery in Patients with Native Valve Endocarditis. United States Nationwide Inpatient Database. Journal of Cardiac Surgery. July 2020. PMID: 32720363 2020
  • World Journal of Cardiology
    , Darrat Y, Smer A, Elayi C, Morales G, Alqahtani F, Alkhouli M, Catanzaro J, Shah J, Salih M. Mortality and Morbidity in Atrial Fibrillation and Liver Cirrhosis. World Journal of Cardiology. Accepted in June 2020. 2020
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology Case Reports
    , Kilic Y, Smer A, Goldstein N. Voices in Cardiology; The Importance Palliative Care in Cardiology: Differences Between Countries. Journal of American College of Cardiology Case Reports. Feb 2020, 2 (2) 326-329, p. 326-329 2020
  • Abuzaid A, Smer A, Nanda N, Salma A, Akdogan E, Fadala H, Abdelsalam M. Usefulness-of-Three-Dimensional-Echocardiography-in-Clinical-Practice. Sri Lankan Journal of Cardiology. Review Article.  2019
  • Sri Lankan Journal of Cardiology
    , Abuzaid A, Smer A, Nanda N, Salma A, Akdogan E, Fadala H, Abdelsalam M. Usefulness-of-Three-Dimensional-Echocardiography-in-Clinical-Practice. Sri Lankan Journal of Cardiology. Review Article. January 2019 2019
  • American Journal of Cardiology
    Smer A, Salih M, Mahfood Haddad T, MDa, Guddeti R, Saadi A, Saurav A, Belbase R, Ayan M, Traina M, Alla VM, Del Core M. Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials on Patent Foramen Ovale Closure versus Medical Therapy for Secondary Prevention of Cryptogenic Stroke. American Journal of Cardiology. March 2018. PMID: 29680170 
    122;11, p. 1830-36 2018
  • Ayan M, Alshebani Y, Tantoush H, Salih M, Abusnina W, Khaddr M, Smer A. Acute myocardial infarction in a young man with large left ventricular thrombus and the antiphospholipid syndrome. Baylor University Medical Center proceedings, p. 110-112 2018
  • Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
    Mahfood Haddad T, Saurav A, Smer A, Azzouz MS, Akinapelli A, Williams MA, Alla VM. Cardiac Rehabilitation in Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Device: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2017 Jul 19. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000254. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28727672. 2017
  • American Journal of Cardiology
    Smer A, Saurav A, Azzouz MS, Salih M, Ayan M, Abuzaid A, Akinapelli A, Kanmanthareddy A, Rosenfeld LE, Merchant FM, Abuissa H. Meta-analysis of Risk of Ventricular Arrhythmias After Improvement in Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction During Follow-Up in Patients With Primary Prevention Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators.. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.04.020. Epub 2017 Apr 27. Review. PubMed PMID: 28532779.
    120(2), p. 279-286 2017
  • Heart
    Smer A, Alla VM, Abuissa H. A 50-year-old man with incidental cardiac mass.  doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2016-310337. Epub 2016 Sep 15. PubMed PMID: 27634409.
    103(3), p. 189 2017
  • Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
    Smer A, Dietz R, Abuissa H. Repetitive non-reentrant ventriculo-atrial synchrony induced atrial fibrillation terminated with inappropriate shock. PMID: PMC5197450
    16(4), p. 139-144 2016
  • Journal of General Internal Medicine
    Elsallabi O, Smer A, DeVrieze B, Sirineni G. Scimitar Syndrome. doi: 10.1007/s11606-015-3358-7. Epub 2015 May 5. PubMed PMID: 25941106; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4720631.
    31(2), p. 253-4 2016
  • American Journal of Managed Care
    Hilleman D, Smer A. Prescription Omega-3 Fatty Acid Products and Dietary Supplements Are Not Interchangeable. Manag Care. 2016 Jan;25(1):46-52. Review. PubMed PMID: 26882630.
    25(1), p. 46-52 2016
  • Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine
    Ayan M, Smer A, Azzouz M, Abuzaid A, Mooss A. Hand ischemia after transradial coronary angiography: resulting in right ring finger amputation. doi: 10.1016/j.carrev.2015.06.002. Epub 2015 Jun 21. PubMed PMID: 26152848.
    16(6), p. 367-9 2015
  • Case Reports in Medicine
    Smer A, Elsallabi O, Ayan M, Buaisha H, Rayes H, Alshebani Y, Tantoush H, Salih M. Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm: A Rare Cause of Dyspnea. doi: 10.1155/2015/467935. Epub 2015 Aug 24. PubMed PMID: 26379711; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4561312.
    2015, p. 467935 2015
  • Case Reports in Cardiology
    Anantha Narayanan M, DeZorzi C, Akinapelli A, Mahfood Haddad T, Smer A, Baskaran J, Biddle WP. Malignant Course of Anomalous Left Coronary Artery Causing Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.  doi: 10.1155/2015/806291. Epub 2015 Jul 15. PubMed PMID: 26257964; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4518180.
    2015, p. 806291 2015
  • American Journal of Emergency Medicine
    Smer A, Anantha Narayanan M, Mahfood Haddad T, Devineni H, Alla V. Cocaine-induced isolated right ventricular infarction. e1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2014.12.053. Epub 2014 Dec 30. PubMed PMID: 25791151.
    33(7), p. 989 2015
  • American Journal of Emergency Medicine
    Smer A, Mahfood Haddad T, Alla V. The Authors Reply: further consideration in evaluation of right ventricular infarction. Am J Emerg Med. 2015 Jun;33(6):836-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2015.02.037. Epub 2015 Feb 26. Erratum in: Am J Emerg Med. 2015 Oct;33(10):1536. Haddad, Toufik Mahfood [corrected to Mahfood Haddad, Toufik]. PubMed PMID: 25825031. 2015
  • Case Reports in Cardiology
    Abuzaid A, Saad M, Ayan M, Kabach A, Haddad TM, Smer A, Arouni A. Acute Amiodarone Pulmonary Toxicity after Drug Holiday: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Case Rep Cardiol. 2015;2015:927438. doi: 10.1155/2015/927438. Epub 2015 May 14. Erratum in: Case Rep Cardiol. 2015;2015:182154. PubMed PMID: 26075108; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4446474. 2015
  • Case Reports in Cardiology
    Abuzaid A, Saad M, Ayan M, Kabach A, Mahfood Haddad T, Smer A, Arouni A. Corrigendum to "Acute Amiodarone Pulmonary Toxicity after Drug Holiday: A Case Report and Review of the Literature".  doi: 10.1155/2015/182154. Epub 2015 Oct 19. PubMed PMID: 26558115; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4629011.
    2015, p. 182154 2015
  • Clinical Cardiology
    Saurav A, Smer A, Abuzaid A, Bansal O, Abuissa H. Premature ventricular contraction-induced cardiomyopathy. doi: 10.1002/clc.22371. Epub 2015 Feb 10. Review. PubMed PMID: 25678299.
    38(4), p. 251-8 2015
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
    Smer A, Alla V, Chandraprakasam S, Abuzaid A, Saurav A, Holmberg J. Saphenous venous graft pseudoaneurysm: a review of the literature. doi: 10.1111/jocs.12469. Epub 2014 Nov 3. PubMed PMID: 25363741.
    30(1), p. 70-3 2015
  • American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Sanchez DR, Traina MI, Hernandez S, Smer AM, Khamag H, Meymandi SK. Chagas disease awareness among Latin American immigrants living in Los Angeles, California. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Nov;91(5):915-9. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0305. Epub 2014 Sep 8. PubMed PMID: 25200261; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4228887.
    91(5), p. 915-9 2014
  • BMJ Case Report
    Abuzaid A, Smer A, Akturk HK, Bittner M. Are we missing anaerobic infective endocarditis in some acute coronary syndromes? pii: bcr2014204791. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-204791. PubMed PMID: 24943143; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4069754.
    2014 2014

Publications

  • Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine
    , Surgical aortic valve replacement versus conservative treatment in asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis 2022
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology
    , Urja P, Saadi A, Peterson J, Smer A, Alla V, Carstens J. Improving Rates of Same-Day Discharge After Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 75 (11 Supplement 1), 3612. March 2020, p. 3612 2020
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology
    , Freeman W, Smer A, Abuissa H, Kabach A, Saurav A. Nationwide Trends of Preferred Pacemaker Implantation in Patients with Sick Sinus Syndrome: A Cost-Effective Analysis of Single Chamber Atrial Pacemaker versus Dual Chamber Pacemaker. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 75 (11 Supplement 1), 300. March 2020
    75, p. 300 2020
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology
    , Kousa O, Essa A, Ahsan M, Pajjuru V, Anani A, Saleh M, Ahmed A, Baskaran J, Alai Y, Walters R, Hadddad T, Smer A. The Impact of Routine Cardiology Consultation on Critically ill Patients with Elevated Troponin Levels. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 75 (11 Supplement 1), 196. March 2020
    75, p. 196 2020
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology
    , Sharma A, Urja P, Smer A, Andukuri V, Alla V. Impact of a Structured Quality Improvement Framework on Project Output in C Cardiology Fellowship Program. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 75 (11 Supplement 1), 3483. March 2020
    75, p. 3483 2020
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology
    , Ayan M, Salih M, Siraj A, Hasan R, Kadavath S, Habash F, Smer A. Short versus Twelve Months of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy After Drug-Eluting Stents Implantation: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 73 (9 Supplement 1), 244. March 2019
    73, p. 244 2019
  • American Journal of Cardiology
    Murray J, Balmri A, Saurav A, Smer A, Alla V. Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease on Utilization of Coronary Angiography and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, and Their Outcomes in Patients with Non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction. American Journal of Cardiology. December 2018. PMID: 30336930
    122;11, p. 1830-1836 2018
  • Clinical Cardiology
    Smer A, Salih M, Darrat Y, Saadi Abdulghani, Guddeti R, Mahfood Haddad T, Kabach A, Ayan M, SauravA, Abuissa H, Elayi C. Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials on Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction. Clinical Cardiology.  
    41, p. 1430-3 2018
  • American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
    , Thandra A, Jhand A, Smer A. Martin S. Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection in a Young Female with Fibromuscular Dysplasia. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine A3432-A3432, May 2018, p. A3432-A3432 2018
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology
    , Jhand A, Kabach A, Smer A, Holmberg M. Unusual Source of Bacteremia in a Patient with Prosthetic Valve and Implantable Defibrillator. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 71 (11 Supplement), A2278. March 2018
    71, p. A2278. 2018
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology
    , Haddad T, Jhand A, Parekh J, Sarsam L, Saadi A, Smer A, Agarwal H, Del Core M, Alla V. Outcomes of Drug-Eluting versus Bare-metal Stents in Saphenous Vein Graft Lesions: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 72 (13 Supplement), B112. January 2018
    72, p. B112 2018
  • International Journal of Cardiology
    Salih M, Smer A, Charnigo R, Ayan M, Darrat YH, Traina M, Morales GX, DiBiase L, Natale A, Elayi CS. Colchicine for prevention of post-cardiac procedure atrial fibrillation: Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.04.022. PubMed PMID: 28747027.
    243, p. 258-262 2017
  • American Journal of Cardiology
    Smer A, Traina M. A Fellow's Perspective of the Relative Value Unit Model in Academia.  doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.05.058. Epub 2016 May 29. PubMed PMID: 27418391.
    118(4), p. 621-2 2016
  • Journal of American College of Cardiology
    , Jhand A, Ahmad A, Guddeti R, Thanda A, Walters R, Andukuri V, Alla V, Smer A. Impact of Anemia on In-Hospital Mortality of Heat Failure Patients: A National Database Analysis. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 73 (9 Supplement 1), 919. March 2019
    73, p. 919 -0001

Presentations

  •  Kousa O, Walters R, Saleh M, Awad D, Qasim A, Guddeti R, Smer A. Early Versus Late Cardiac Surgery in Patients with Native Valve Endocarditis. United States Nationwide Inpatient Database. 3rd Annual Midwest Women in Cardiology Virtual Symposium. September 2020    2020
  • Type 2 Myocardial Infarction: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment the Role of Cardiac Rehabilitation  American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation 34 annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon  2019
  • Type 2 Myocardial Infarction: Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment and the Role of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Smer, A. AACVPR Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. 2019
  • The Role of Neurologist and Cardiologist in The Management of Cryptogenic Stroke. Smer, A., Jani, V. Creighton University Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Omaha, NE. 2019
  • Imaging Symposium 16th Malaysian Cardiovascular Interventional Symposium. Kuala Lampur, Malaysia 2019
  • Economic Impact of Anemia on Heart Failure Hospitalizations: A National Inpatient Sample Analysis. Jhand, A., Ahmad, A., Guddeti, R., Thandra, A., Walters, R., Andukuri, V., Alla, V., Smer, A. American College of Cardiology Conference, New Orleans, LA. 2019
  • Impact of Anemia on In-Hospital Mortality of Heart Failure Patients : A National Database Analysis. Jhand, A., Guddeti, R., Ahmad, A., Thandra, A., Walters, R., Andukuri, V., Alla, V., Smer, A. American College of Cardiology Conference, New Orleans, LA. 2019
  • The Role of Cardiologist in The Management of Cryptogenic Stroke. Smer, A. Creighton University Cardiology Grand Rounds, Omaha, NE. 2018
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Patients with Improved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction. Heart Rhythm Society 37th Annual Scientific Session, San Francisco, CA, May 2016. Oral Presentation. 2016
  • Smer A, Saurav A, Kanmanthareddy A, Alshebani Y, Ayan M, Abuzaid A, Bansal O, Abuissa H. Defibrillation Threshold Testing Does Not Affect Outcomes: A Meta-analysis. Heart Rhythm Society 36th Annual Scientific Session, Boston, MA, May 2016. 2016
  • Smer A, Dietz R, Abuissa H.  Repetitive Non-Reentrant Ventriculo-Atrial Synchrony Induced Atrial Fibrillation Terminated with Inappropriate Shock. Heart Rhythm Society 37th Annual Scientific Session, San Francisco, CA, May 2016. 2016
  • Dynamic Right to Left Shunt in Patient with Unexplained Hypoxemia. American College of Cardiology 65th Annual Scientific Session, Chicago, IL, 2016 (Best FIT Poster Award). 2016
  • Angiographic Diagnostic Dilemma Unveiled. “Top Ten” in Imaging: OCT and IVUS. Oral Presentation at Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics (C3) Annual Scientific Meeting. Orlando, FL June 2015 2015
  • Smer A, Saurav A, Kanmanthareddy A, Alshebani Y, Ayan M, Abuzaid A, Bansal O, Abuissa H. Defibrillation Testing Does Not Affect Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis. Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Boston, MA May 2015 2015
  • Smer A, Ayan M, Kaushik M, Mooss A. Impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Grafts Patency in Patients after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Annual Scientific Session. San Diego, CA May 2015 2015
  • Salih M, Ayan M, Mlatoum H, Spinetto P, Smer A, Traina M. Vascular Closure Devices Versus Femoral Compression in Patients Undergoing Trans-femoral Coronary Angiography: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Annual Scientific Session. San Diego, CA May, 2015 2015
  • Salih M, Ayan M, Mlatoum, Smer A, Traina M.ADP Receptor/P2Y12 Inhibitors Routine Pre-Load Versus Loading at the Time of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients with Stable Angina, Unstable Angina or NSTEMI Undergoing Coronary Angiography. A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Annual Scientific Session. San Diego, CA May, 2015 2015
  • Azzouz M, Saurav A, Smer A, Haddad T, Kaushik M. The Effects of Subcutaneous Nitroglycerin on Radial Artery Spasm during Trans-radial Coronary Angiography: A Meta-Analysis. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Annual Scientific Session. San Diego, CA May, 2015 2015
  • Azzouz M, Smer A, Kanmanthareddy A, Ayan M, Abuissa H. Not All Left Ventricular Leads Created Equal. American College of Cardiology 64th Annual Scientific Session, San Diego, CA March, 2015 2015
  • Salih M, Smer A, Elmasry Y, Mlatoum H, Spinetto P. Colchicine for Prevention of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Control Trials. American College of Cardiology 64th Annual Scientific Session. Oral Presentation. San Diego, CA March, 2015 2015
  • Abuzaid A, Saad M, Ayan M, Smer A, Arouni A. Heavy Heart with Light Proteins; An Insight. American College of Cardiology 64th Annual Scientific Session. San Diego, CA March, 2015 2015
  • Anantha Narayanan M, Haddad T, Smer A, Ayan M, Mooss A. Cocaine Toxicity Presenting as Acute Reversible Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure. American College of Cardiology 64th Annual Scientific Session. San Diego, CA March, 2015 2015
  • Ayan M, Smer A, Abuzaid A, Salih M, Hunter C. Frequency of Fast Food Consumption and Being Overweight Among Highly Educated People. The Society of Hospital Medicine’s 15 Annual Meeting. March 2015  2015
  • Smer A, Abuzaid A, Kanuri S, Airey K. (March 2014). Stopping Short of Certainty. Poster presentation at: American College of Cardiology 63st Annual Scientific Session; Washington, DC. 2014

Awards

  • Syed M. Mohiuddin Excellence in Cardiovascular Fellowship Award
    Creighton University School of Medicine Division of Cardiology
  • Annual Scientific Session Best FIT Poster Award
    American College of Cardiology