Majid Afshar, MD, MSCR‌ joined Loyola University in 2014 as Assistant Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and in Public Health Sciences. A major focus of his research is in outcomes of critically ill with an emphasis on alcohol exposure. His work incorporates clinical informatics to identify and track diseases in the electronic health records.  His work has successfully demonstrated the use of an automated screening system to identify Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).  He has also shown associations between acute alcohol exposure and deleterious outcomes in the critically ill.  An additional dimension to his work has been as an asthma investigator within CAPriCORN (Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network) and working with population health surveys to identify asthma prevalence and risk factors. He currently practices in the medical intensive care unit at Loyola University Health Center.

 Dr. Afshar currently has intramural and extramural funding to support his work. During his internal medicine residency training at Rush University, Dr. Afshar remained an additional year as Chief Resident and completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Research. He was a recipient of the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral F32 Fellowship during his Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship training at the University of Maryland. He is currently a member of the Alcohol Research Group and Burn and Shock Trauma Research institute at Loyola. His career development award includes the Dean’s Office Clinical Scholars (DOCS) program and is currently awaiting notice of his K23 NIH/NIAAA Career Development Award. Moving forward, Dr. Afshar is interested in leveraging the strengths of Loyola and collaborating Chicago centers to utilize clinical informatics and electronic health records to perform clinical outcomes research with a focus in sepsis, ARDS, and respiratory diseases.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. Afshar M, Kim AW, Liptay MJ, Leyenson V, Wirtz W, Kahan E, Ries M. A 74-year-old man with an enlarging pleural-based mass that was not a mesothelioma. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Jun;57(4): 244-246. PMID 19670125
  2. Afshar M, Raju M, Ansell D, Bleck TP. Narrative Review: Tetanus-Health threat after natural disasters in developing countries. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2011; Mar 1;154(5): 329-335. PMID 21357910
  3. Afshar M, Collado F, Doukky R. Pulmonary hypertension in elderly patients with diastolic dysfunction and preserved ejection fraction. The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal. 2012. 1(6):1-8. PMID 22282715
  4. Shah, NG, Cowan MJ, Pickering E, Sareh H, Afshar M, Fox D, Marron J, Davis J, Herold K, Shanholtz CB, Hasday JD. Nonpharmacologic approach to minimizing shivering during surface cooling: A proof of principle study. J Critical Care.  2012; 27(6): 746.e1-8. PMID 22762936
  5. Afshar M, Netzer G. Update in Critical Care for the Nephrologist: Transfusion in Non-Hemorrhaging Critically Ill Patients. Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease. 2013; 20(1): 30-38. PMID 23265594.
  6. Afshar M, Netzer G. The International Epidemiology of ARDS: How Can We Think Locally and Measure Globally? Crit Care Med. 2013;42(3): 739-740.
  7. Afshar M, Smith GS, Terrin ML, Barrett M, Lissaeur ME, Mansoor S, Jeudy J, Netzer G. Blood Alcohol Content, Injury Severity and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014; 76(6): 1447-1455. PMID 24854314
  8. Verceles AC, Corwin DS, Afshar M, Friedman EB, McCurdy MT, Shanholtz C, Oakjones K, Zubrow MT, Titus J, Netzer G. Half of Family Members of Critically Ill Patients Experience Excessive Daytime Sleepiness. Intensive Care Med. 2014; 40(8): 1124-1131. PMID 24898893
  9. Afshar M, Richards S, Mann D, Cross A, Smith GB, Netzer G, Kovacs EJ, Hasday J. Acute Immunomodulatory Effects of Binge Alcohol Consumption. Alcohol. 2014; Dec; 14: 1-8. PMID 25572859
  10. Mansoor S, Afshar M, Barret M, Smith GS, Barr EA, Lissauer ME, McCurdy M, Murthi SB, Netzer G. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Outcomes after Near-hanging. Am J Emerg Med. 2014; 33(3): 359-362. PMID 25596627.
  11. Afshar M, Netzer G, Murthi S, Smith GS. “Alcohol Exposure, Injury, and Death in Trauma Patients.” J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015; Oct; 79(4): 643-648.
  12. Afshar M, Netzer G, Salisbury-Afshar ES. Murthi S, Smith GS. Injured Patients with Very High Blood Alcohol Concentrations.  Injury. 2015; 47(1): 83-88.
  13. O’Halloran EB, Curtis BJ, Afshar M, Chen MM, Kovacs EJ, Burnham EL. Alveolar macrophage inflammatory mediator expression is elevated in setting of alcohol use disorders. Alcohol. 2015. Epub ahead of print.
  14. Afshar M, Smith GS, Cooper RS, Murthi S, Netzer G. Use of Common Trauma Severity Indices for Prediction of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Injured Adults. J Surg Res. 2015; 201(2):394-401.
  15. Afshar M, Foster CL, Layden JE, Burnham EL. Azithromycin use and outcomes in severe sepsis patients with and without pneumonia. J Crit Care. 2015. Epub ahead of print.
  16. Afshar M. O’Poole JA, Cao G, Durazo R, Cooper RS, Kovacs EJ, Sisson JH. Exhaled nitric oxide levels among adults with excessive alcohol consumption. CHEST. Manuscript in Press.

Book Chapter

  • Afshar M, Shah, NG. “Upper Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis” Vascular Emergencies: Expert Management for the Emergency Physician.  Edited by Rogers, Scalea, Gopal, et al, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013.