Maryam Valapour, M.D., M.P.P.
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About Maryam Valapour, M.D., M.P.P.
Maryam Valapour, MD, MPP is Director of Lung Transplant Outcomes at the Respiratory Institute.
A practicing pulmonologist, Dr. Valapour has worked in the field of lung transplantation for 20 years and has extensive clinical expertise in the care of lung transplant candidates and recipients.
Dr. Valapour is focused on research to improve the U.S. lung transplant system and the outcomes of transplant patients. She serves as Principal Investigator on a number of grants addressing patient- and system-level approaches to improve survival from lung transplantation. Dr. Valapour holds an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an improved risk-modeling approach to help prioritize patients with advanced lung diseases for lung transplant. She is the Principal Investigator for the Cystic Fibrosis Lung Transplant Consortium (CFLTC) award where the Cleveland Clinic is one of fifteen North American institutions participating in a clinical and translational network of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) lung transplant centers. The goal of this award is to facilitate lung transplant research for candidates and recipients with CF and other advanced lung diseases. Dr. Valapour is also Co-Principal Investigator for the CFLTC Biorepository Coordinating Center where she and her team of investigators provide scientific expertise and infrastructure to understand the pathogenesis of chronic transplant rejection and develop new therapies to improve outcomes for lung transplant patients.
In addition to her roles at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Valapour serves as Senior Investigator for Lung Transplantation for the U.S. Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). In this role, she oversees the analysis of all U.S. lung transplant data and refinement of the lung allocation system. She serves as scientific advisor to the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Lung Committee.
Dr. Valapour earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. She did fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, she completed fellowship training in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University and earned a Master in Public Policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Graduate School - University of Minnesota
Master of Public Policy
Minneapolis, MN USA
Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA
Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD USA
Residency - Thomas Jefferson University Medical College
Philadelphia, PA USA
Medical Education - Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC USA
Undergraduate - Charleston Southern University
Charleston, SC USA
- Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care (Johns Hopkins University)
- Fellowship, Bioethics and Health Policy (Johns Hopkins University)
- Master of Public Policy (University of Minnesota)
- Senior Investigator for Lung Transplantation, Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), Health Resources and Services Administration (2010-present)
- Invited Expert and Reviewer for the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report "Realizing the Promise of Equity in the Organ Transplantation System (2022)
- Member Board of Trustees, Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation Consortium (2021 - present)
- Elected Member of Executive Committee, American Society of Transplantation (AST) Thoracic and Critical Care Community of Practice (2016-2018)
- Chair, Research Committee of LifeSource Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization (2007-2014)
- Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease
Awards & Honors
- Fellow, American Society of Transplantation
- Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
- University of Minnesota Champion of Care award for excellence in care of patients
- International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
- American Society of Transplantation
- American Thoracic Society
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