Aiman Smer, MBBCh
Aiman Smer, MBBCh

Aiman Smer, MBBCh

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Expertise/Specializations

  • Cardiology

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Medicine

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Aiman Smer is a staff Cardiologist 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. 

Publications and Presentations

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

  • 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
  • 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
     , American Journal of Cardiology, 122;11, 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, 110-112, 2018
  • 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., Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 2017
  • 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., American Journal of Cardiology, 120(2), 279-286, 2017
  • 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., Heart, 103(3), 189, 2017
  • Smer A, Dietz R, Abuissa H. Repetitive non-reentrant ventriculo-atrial synchrony induced atrial fibrillation terminated with inappropriate shock. 
    PMID: PMC5197450, Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, 16(4), 139-144, 2016
  • 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., Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31(2), 253-4, 2016
  • 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., American Journal of Managed Care, 25(1), 46-52, 2016
  • 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., Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine, 16(6), 367-9, 2015
  • 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., Case Reports in Medicine, 2015, 467935, 2015
  • 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., Case Reports in Cardiology, 2015, 806291, 2015
  • 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., American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 33(7), 989, 2015
  • 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., American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2015
  • 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., Case Reports in Cardiology, 2015
  • 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., Case Reports in Cardiology, 2015, 182154, 2015
  • 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., Clinical Cardiology, 38(4), 251-8, 2015
  • 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., Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, 30(1), 70-3, 2015
  • 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., American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 91(5), 915-9, 2014
  • 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., BMJ Case Report, 2014, 2014

Publications

  • 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, American Journal of Cardiology, 122;11, 1830-1836, 2018
  • 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. 
     , Clinical Cardiology, 41, 1430-3, 2018
  • 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., International Journal of Cardiology, 243, 258-262, 2017
  • 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., American Journal of Cardiology, 118(4), 621-2, 2016

Presentations

  • 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
  • Imaging Symposium
    16th Malaysian Cardiovascular Interventional Symposium. Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, 2019
  • 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

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

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

Current Research Projects

  • Atrial Fibrillation 
    Obstructive Sleep apnea
    Type 2 Myocardial Infarction 

Awards and Honors

  • Syed M. Mohiuddin Excellence in Cardiovascular Fellowship Award, Creighton University School of Medicine Division of Cardiology , 2016
  • Annual Scientific Session Best FIT Poster Award, American College of Cardiology, 2016