Muhanned Abu-Hijleh, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Interventional Pulmonology
  • Therapeutic & Diagnostic Procedures for Lung Disease

Biography

Muhanned A. Abu-Hijleh, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in interventional pulmonology, thoracic oncology, advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema, and airway stenosis.

Dr. Abu-Hijleh earned his medical degree at the University of Jordan. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he also completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine and gained additional advanced training through mini-sabbaticals in interventional pulmonology.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2011.

Among his other roles at UTSW, Dr. Abu-Hijleh is the Director of Interventional Pulmonology, the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy at Clements University Hospital, and the Director of the COPD Clinic and Program for the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is also an active and previous member of several UTSW committees, including the Robotics Committee and Critical Care Committee.

An active clinical researcher, Dr. Abu-Hijleh is a current and past principal investigator and co-investigator on many research protocols at UT Southwestern. His research interests include large and small airway disease, COPD, emphysema, thoracic oncology, and pleural disease. He is interested in the development of new technologies and interventional pulmonary procedures.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of several professional organizations, including the American Thoracic Society and the Dallas County Medical Society. A frequent national and international lecturer and author of many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and other published works in his areas of expertise, he serves as an associate editor and editorial board member for Lung Journal and as an ad hoc reviewer for many other peer-reviewed publications.

Personal Note

When he is not at work, Dr. Abu-Hijleh enjoys traveling, watching basketball and soccer, and reading about many subjects, including history.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, Jordan (1989-1995)
  • Internship - Alpert Medical School of Brown University (1996-1997), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - Alpert Medical School of Brown University (1999-2002), Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine
  • Residency - Alpert Medical School of Brown University (1997-1999), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Jordanian Medical Association
  • Texas Medical Board
Honors & Awards
  • Best Doctors in America 2011-2023, Best Doctors
  • Super Doctor 2022, Super Doctors
  • Best Doctor 2019-2022, D Magazine
  • Compassionate Doctor Award, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, Vitals
  • Patients’ Choice Award, 2008-2011, 2016-2019, Vitals
  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award 2013-2014, UT Southwestern Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award 2010, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Beckwith Family Award for Outstanding Teaching 2008, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Dean’s Recognition for lecturing in the Pathophysiology Pulmonary Course 2007, the Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award in the Pathophysiology Pulmonary Course 2006, the Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Teacher of the Year 2006, the Alpert Medical School of Brown University Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award in the Pathophysiology Pulmonary Course 2004, the Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Veterans Administration Recognition 2002, Veteran’s Administration
Books & Publications
Research
  • Airway disease
  • COPD and emphysema
  • Interventional pulmonology
  • Pleural disease
  • Thoracic oncology

Clinical Focus

  • Interventional Pulmonology
  • Therapeutic & Diagnostic Procedures for Lung Disease
  • Cancer Screening
  • Lung Cancer and Other Thoracic Malignancies
  • Airway Disease, Including Advanced COPD and Advanced Emphysema
  • Screening for Lung Cancer
  • Pleural Diseases
  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders

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