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Dr. Afshin Molkara

Health Sciences Clinical Professor - Surgery
Associate Chair of Surgery for Education
Program Director - General Surgery Residency Program
Director - Surgical Clerkship

Dr. Afshin Molkara

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Riverside University Health System - Medical Center
26520 Cactus Ave.
Moreno Valley, Calif. 92556
(951) 486-4175

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

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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
  • Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Residency, General Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
  • Residency, General Surgery, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Basic Science Research, Cardiothoracic Surgery, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • M.D., Howard University College of Medicine, Washington D.C.
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland


Dr. Afshin Molkara, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a clinical professor of surgery at the U.C. Riverside School of Medicine as well as program director of the general surgery residency program, director of surgical clerkships, and associate chair of surgery for education.. He is also chairman of the department of surgery and chief of vascular and endovascular surgery at Riverside University Health System - Medical Center.

Molkara is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Southern California Chapter of American College of Surgeons, the American Program Directors Association, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

He attended the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C., then performed a residencies in general surgery at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and Loma Linda University.

He is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery.

Research Interests

His current research includes a reviews of dialysis access outcomes in relation to general versus local anesthesia. Previous research topics include reviews of appendectomy outcomes and the association and reliability of preoperative duplex and intra-operative stump pressure during carotid endarterctomy.

He has made presentations and lectures on a variety of surgical topics, including endovascular management of aortic vascular trauma and varicose veins, basilic veing to cephalic vein transposition and treatment of abdominal vascular trauma. He has also presented on techniques to reduce surgical site infection.


  • Eckmann Visionary Award, Riverside University Health System - Medical Center, 2007.
  • Induction to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), 1996.
  • Robert S Jason Sr. Award for outstanding performance in Pathology in the College of Medicine, 1996.
  • Sylvia Julian Veal Memorial Recognition Award for outstanding performance in Pharmacology in the College of Medicine, 1996.
  • College of Medicine Academic Achievement Award, 1994.

Selected Publications

  • Jason Chiriano, Ahmed M. Abou-Zamzam Jr., Kahn Nguyen, Afshin M. Molkara, Wayne W. Zhang, Christian Bianchi, Theodore H. Teruya. Preoperative Carotid Duplex Findings Predict Carotid Stump Pressures During Endarterectomy in Symptomatic But Not Asymptomatic Patients. Ann Vasc Surg. 2010 Nov;24(8):1038-44.
  • Chiriano J, Killeen JD, Molkara AM, Bianchi C, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr. Rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm following nonaccidental blunt abdominal trauma. Vascular. 2010 Sep-Oct;18(5):303-6.
  • Bianchi C, Ou HW, Bishop V, Zhang W, Molkara A, Teruya TH, Abou-Zamzam AM. Carotid artery stenting in high-risk patients: midterm mortality analysis. Ann Vasc Surg. 2008 Mar;22(2):185-9.
  • Chiriano J, Molkara AM, Teruya TH, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr. Acute cholangitis secondary to hepatic artery aneurysm and acute aortic dissection: A case report. Surgical Rounds . Sept. 2007
  • Abou-Zamzam AM Jr, Gomez NR, Molkara A, Banta JE, Teruya TH, Killeen JD, Bianchi C. A prospective analysis of critical limb ischemia: factors leading to major primary amputation versus revascularization. Ann Vasc Surg. 2007 Jul;21(4):458-63.
  • Molkara AM, Abou-Zamzam AM Jr, Teruya TH, Bianchi C, Killeen JD. Chronic ergot toxicity presenting with bilateral external iliac artery dissection and lower extremity rest pain. nn Vasc Surg. 2006 Nov;20(6):803-8.

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