University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Waqas Aftab

Health Science Assistant Clinical Professor - Internal Medicine

Waqas Aftab

Medical Office

Riverside Community Hospital
4445 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, Calif. 92501
(951) 788-3000

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School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, Calif. 92521

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Education and Training

  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • Fellowship, Aging and Dementia, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • M.B.B.S., King Edward Medical College, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


Dr. Waqas A. Aftab, M.D. is an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.

Aftab is board certified in internal medicine and clinical lipidology.

From 1999 to 2002, Aftab was a medical officer for three different medical centers in Pakistan. Shortly after, he worked as a research fellow and assistant at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

Before coming to UCR, Aftab previously served as an assistant professor of medicine at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he also worked as a hospitalist in the transplantation institute, focusing on pre- and post- liver and kidney transplant patients. He was also a hospitalist at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for acute inpatient, step-down, and telemetry settings.

Aftab is a member of the National Lipid Association and the Society of Hospital Medicine and a member of Physicians for Human Rights. Since 2014, he has been a fellow in nephrology for the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Research Summary

Aftab's current interests include general nephrology, renal pathologies and management. He previously worked as a research assistant on a study of Alzheimer's Disease patients at NYU and left ventricular function at the University of Southern California.

Recent Publications

  • Aftab W, Gazallo J, Motabar A, Varadrajan P, Deedwania PC, Pai RG. Survival Benefit of Statins in Hemodialysis Patients Awaiting Renal Transplantation. Int J Angiol. 2015 Jun;24(2):105-12. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1547373.
  • Aftab W, Varadarajan P, Rasool S, Pai RG. Predictors and prognostic implications of major adverse cardiovascular events after renal transplant: 10 years outcomes in 321 patients. Int J Angiol. 2014 Jun;23(2):131-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1372248.
  • Aftab W, Varadarajan P, Rasool S, Kore A, Pai RG.. Beta and angiotensin blockades are associated with improved 10-year survival in renal transplant recipients. Journal of American Heart Association (JAHA). 2013 Feb; 2(1): e000091. doi: 10.116. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 23525422.
  • Aftab W, Mlotowsky J, Varadarajan P, Pai RG.. Dobutamine stress-induced stroke in a patient with mechanical mitral prosthesis despite normal function.. Journal of Heart and Valve Disease. 2012 May; 21(3): 407-9. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 22808850.
  • Ambrose JA, Loures-Vale A, Javed U, Buhari CF, Aftab W... Angiographic correlates in type 1 and 2 MI by the universal definition... JACC Imaging. 2012 Apr; 5(4): 463-4. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 22498337.
  • Barua RS, Sy F, Srikanth S, Huang G, Javed U, Buhari C, Margosan D, Aftab W, Ambrose JA.. Acute cigarette smoke exposure reduces clot lysis--association between altered fibrin architecture and the response to t-PA.. Thrombosis Research. 2010 Nov; 126(5): 426-30. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 20813396.
  • Javed U, Aftab W, Ambrose JA, Wessel RJ, Mouanoutoua M, Huang G, Barua RS, Weilert M, Sy F, Thatai D.. Frequency of elevated troponin I and diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction.. American Journal of Cardiology. 2009 Jul; 104(1): 9-13. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 19576313. Publication Status: Published.
  • Manzoor K, Aftab W, Choksi S, Khan IA.. Lyme carditis: sequential electrocardiographic changes in response to antibiotic therapy.. International Journal of Cardiology. 2009 Oct; 137(2): 167-71. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 18684533. Publication Status: Published.

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