Abdo Asmar, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. He is a founding faculty member and serves as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cook County (Stroger) Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where he also served as chief resident. He then completed his nephrology fellowship training at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He is a Designated Clinical Specialist in Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Asmar is an appointed member of the Orlando Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. His clinical interests are varied and include resistant hypertension, glomerulonephritis, and acid-base and electrolyte disorders. An award-winning physician educator at the college, Dr. Asmar serves as Module Director for the S-4: GI/Renal module and develops content relevant to his specialty for the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary module. He also teaches renal topics in the medical clerkship program. Dr. Asmar’s academic interest is in student and resident education. His goal as an educator is to empower the learner with a broad knowledge base, foster critical thinking and to infuse a desire for lifelong learning.

Dr. Asmar is a member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Test Material Development Committee. He serves on the National Kidney Foundation of Florida Board of Directors and is also a member of its medical advisory board. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), and the National Kidney Foundation. As a member of the ASN, he serves on the workforce committee and on the William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Review Committee. Dr. Asmar is also on the editorial board for the American Journal of Kidney Disease.


Alsabbagh MM, Asmar A, Ejaz NI, Aiyer R, Kambhampati G, Ejaz AA. Update on clinical trials for the prevention of acute kidney injury in cardiac surgery patients. Am J Surg. 2013 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:23411349.

Asmar A, Iqbal S, Mohandas R, Ejaz NI,Shimada M,Maroz N, Dass B,Ejaz AA. Renal Support in Acute Kidney Injury. Minerva Urol Nefrol 2013;65:51-60.

Asmar A, R Mohandas, Wingo CS A Physiologic-Based Approach to the Treatment of a patient with hypokalemia. Am J Kidney Dis. 2012 Sep;60(3): 492-7.

Kambhampati G, Ross EA, Alsabbagh MM, Asmar A, Pakkivenkata U, Ejaz NI, Arif AA, Ejaz   AA.  Perioperative fluid balance and acute kidney injury. Clin Exp Nephrol. 2012 Mar 29.   [Epub ahead of print]

Ejaz AA, Asmar A, Alsabbagh MM, Ahsan N. Rituximab in immunologic glomerular diseases. MAbs 201, Mar 1;4(2). [Epub ahead of print]

Kambhampati G, Asmar A, Pakkivenkata UK, Ather A, Ejaz AA. Anaerobic clavicular osteomyelitis following colonoscopy in a hemodialysis patient. Clinical and Experimental Nephrology 2011 Oct;15(5):780-2. Epub 2011 May 28.

Lucas BP, Candotti C, Margeta B, Mba B, Kumapley R, Asmar A, Franco- Sadud R, Baru J, Acob C, Borkowsky S, Evans AT (2011). Hand-Carried Echocardiography by Hospitalists: A Randomized Trial. Am J Med.

Abdo A, Edward A. Ross (2011). Post-parathyroidectomy thyrotoxicosis and atrial flutter: a case for caution. NDT Plus, 4 (2): 117-119.

Shimada M, Dass B., Dhatt GS, Alsabbagh MM, Asmar AR, Ather IM, Sharma R, Ejaz AA (2010). Practical implications of recent clinical trials for the prevention of acute kidney injury in cardiovascular surgery. J Hosp Prac, 38: 1-7.

Lucas BP, Candotti C, Margeta B, Evans AT, Mba B, Baru J, Asbury JK, Asmar A, Kumapley R, Patel M, Borkowsky S, Fung S, Charles-Damte M (2009). Diagnostic accuracy of hospitalist-performed hand-carried ultrasound echocardiography after a brief training program. J Hosp Med, 4: 340-349. PMID: 19670355.

Lucas BP, Kumapley R, Mba B, Nisar I, Lee K, Ofori-Ntow S, Borkowsky S, Asmar A, Lewis T, Bienias JL (2009). A hospitalist-run short stay unit: features that predict patients length-of-stay and need for full admission. J Hosp Med, 4 (5): 276-284. PMID: 19504489.

Asmar A, Alsabbagh MM, Shimada M, Ejaz AA. Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Replacement Therapy in the Neurologically Injured Patient. In: Layon, Gabrielli, Friedman, Editors. Textbook of Neurointensive Care, 2nd Edition. 2011; chapter 20, part IV.(In press)


Education & Specialties

  • M.D., Kaunas Medical University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, Cook County (Stroger) Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Chief Medical Resident, Cook County (Stroger) Hospital, Chicago,IL
  • Fellow, Nephrology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Designated Specialist in Clinical Hypertension

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