Zain Al Rstum, MD, is a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, and serves as assistant professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Dr. Al Rstum is board certified in vascular surgery. His clinical interests include the treatment of complex aortic and vascular disease. He primarily operates out of LBJ Harris Health System Hospital, Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann Woodlands Hospitals.

Al Rstum has authored and co-authored several journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters on the subjects of cardiothoracic, vascular, and endovascular surgery, emphasizing aortic surgery. He continues his work in research, focusing on cardiothoracic and aortic diseases. He is the recipient of many academic awards and is an active member of the Society of Vascular Surgery, American College of Surgeons, and Society of Thoracic Surgery.

In his free time, Al Rstum enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams, especially the Houston Astros, and staying active. He is an avid swimmer and surfer and also loves to play soccer.


Doctor of Medicine
University of Jordan School of Medicine
Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston
Thoracic Surgery Fellowship
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Publication Information

-Zain Al Rstum, Akiko Tanaka, Hazim J Safi, Anthony L Estrera. Extra-anatomical ascending-thoraco-abdominal bypass for aortic fistula after thoracic endovascular aortic repair. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Volume 56, Issue 6, December 2019, Pages 1199–1201

-Al Rstum Z, Tanaka A, Eisenberg SB, Estrera AL. Optimal timing of type A intramural hematoma repair. Ann Cardiothoracic Surg. 2019;8(5):524–530. doi:10.21037/acs.2019.07.08

-Zain Al Rstum, Naveed Saqib et al. Routine Tube Thoracostomy After Paraclavicular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Decompression Reduces Complications. Journ Vasc Surg 2016

-Zain Al Rstum, Harleen Sandhu, Charles Miller III, Naveed Saqib, Gordon Martin, Joseph Besho, Kristofer Charlton-ouw, Ali Azizzadeh. Differential Impact of Etiology on Long-Term Functional Outcomes of Patients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 69(3):e29, Mar 2019

-Zain A. AlRstum, Tam T. Huynh, Steven Y. Huang, George T. Pisimisis. Risk of bleeding after ultrasound-guided jugular central venous catheter insertion in severely thrombocytopenic oncologic patients. The American Journal of Surgery, Volume 217, Issue 1,2019,Pages 133-137,ISSN 0002-9610.

-Tanaka A, Sandhu HK, Al Rstum Z, Afifi RO, Miller CC 3rd, Charlton-Ouw KM, Codreanu ME, Saqib NU(1), Safi HJ, Estrera AL. Preoperative Sarcopenia Portends Worse Outcomes After Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Nov;106(5):1333-1339. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.05.060. Epub 2018 Jun 23.

-Akiko Tanaka, Zain Al-Rstum, Samuel D. Leonard, Bri’Ana D. Gardiner, Ibrahim Yazij, Harleen K. Sandhu, Charles C. Miller, Hazim J. Safi, Anthony L. Estrera,. Intraoperative Intercostal Nerve Cryoanalgesia Improves Pain Control After Descending and Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repairs. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 109, Issue 1,2020, Pages 249-254, ISSN 0003-4975.

-Zain Al Rstum, Naveed Saqib. Initial Single Center Experience With a New Aspiration Thrombectomy Device For Arterial And Venous Thrombosis. Poster presentation at Southern Society Of Vascular Surgery Meeting in 2017.

-Naveed U. Saqib, Hunter M. Ray, Zain Al Rstum, Kenton L. Rommens, Hazim J. Safi, Anthony L. Estrera. Endovascular Repair of Ruptured Ascending Aorta Secondary to Embolized Transcatheter Aortic Valve, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2019.

-Joseph M. Besho, Akiko Tanaka, Zain Al-Rstum, Hunter M. Ray, Bruce Tjaden, Naveed U. Saqib. Thoracic branched endograft for traumatic aortic pseudoaneurysm. Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2019, Pages 540-543.

-Hunter M. Ray, Zain Al Rstum, Naveed U. Saqib. Successful cerebral protection during removal of large right atrial thrombus with AngioVac in a patient with patent foramen ovale and recent embolic stroke. Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2019, Pages 201-204, ISSN 2468-4287.

-Zain Al Rstum. Hand Osteoarthritis Prevalence among table-tennis players in Jordan (with sport medicine department in University of Jordan), Original Article, and Unpublished. 2014 .

-Zain Al Rstum et al. Prevalence of Vaginal Tears among Normal Vaginal Deliveries in Jordan University Hospital in June , July and August. Jordanian Journal of Gyne/Obs 2013, 77;665 .

– Zain Al Rstum, Kamel Alajloni. Metformin use for weight loss among overweight patients with Professor Journ Jor endocrinology (2012);77; 435

-Zain Al Rstum, Nakhla Abu-yaghi. Satisfaction Rate Among Diabetic Patients Who Underwent Laser Photocoagulation in University of Jordan in 2011. Jour of Jord Surg, 455, 1588

-TOS poster competition- SVS 2016 – won 1st place in its category.

-Management of traumatic aortic injury- book chapter- to be published in Jan 2020

-“Is modified Cabrol Inferior to Coronary Button Re-implantation in Aortic Root Surgery”. Paper presented at STSA 2019

-“Is modified Cabrol Inferior to Coronary Button Re-implantation in Aortic Root Surgery”, Presented at UTH Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Grand-Rounds Nov 2019

-” Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia: Should Endovascular Therapy be the gold standard?”, Presented at UTH Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Grand-Rounds Sept 2019

-“Thoracic outlet syndrome: An update”, Presented at UTHealth Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Grand-Rounds Feb 2019

-“Endovascular Procedures for Mesenteric Ischemia”, Presented at UTHealth Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Grand-Rounds Oct 2018

-“Choice of conduit in contaminated traumatic vascular injuries”, Presented at UTHealth Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery and Trauma surgery conjoint Grand-Rounds Feb 2018

-“Endovascular Basics”, Presented at UTHealth Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Grand-Rounds Mar 2016

Memberships & Honors


Jordanian Society of Surgery

American College of Surgeons

Society of Vascular Surgery

Thoracic Surgery Association

Honors & Awards

Best Teaching Chief Vascular Resident 2019

King of Jordan medical excellency list 2013

The University of Jordan school of Medicine full Scholarship (competitive program: being ranked among the top 2% of Jordanian National Standardized exam takers in 2007).

Jordanian National Standardized Exam score 95, 1% June 2007

Almanhal International School Full Scholarship (Competitive program: ranked No. 2 among Jordanian High schools)

Best Group leader in biostatistics project (3rd year project): Depression among 3rd and 4th year medical students in University of Jordan in 2009.