University of California, Riverside

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Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Hilal S. Abuzahra

Health Science Clinical Assistant Professor - Pediatrics

Dr. Hilal Said Abuzahra

Medical Office

Desert Regional Medical Center
1150 N Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs CA 92262
(760) 323-6511

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

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Education and Training

  • Categorical Pediatric Residency, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
  • M.D., Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • M.S., Medical Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • B.S., Biology, Economics and Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
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Dr. Hillal S. Abuzahra, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the UC Riverside School of Medicine and practices pediatric medicine at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

Abuzahra earned his M.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine and conducted his residency in pediatrics at the University of Maryland. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University. He is fluent in English and Arabic and is learning Spanish.

As part of his residency research project, Abuzahra developed a trivia-like smart phone application to enhance studying for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Shelf exams.

Abuzahra enjoys biking, golfing, and reading science fiction and WWII non-fiction. He is writing his own science fiction novel and has released an Android game application.

Research Interests

While pursuing his master's in medical sciences at Boston University, Abuzahra was a research assistant in the Vitamin D Laboratory in the Department of Endocrinology at the School of Medicine.

Selected Publications

  • Bastepe M, Frohlich L, Linglart A, AbuZahra HS, Tojo K, Ward LM, Juppner H. “Deletion of the NESP55 differentially methylated region causes loss of maternal GNAS imprints and pseudohypoparathryodism type 1b.” Nat Genet. 2005 Jan;37(1):257.
  • Robert C. Gensure, Outi Mäkitie, Catherine Barclay, Catherine Chan, Steven R. DePalma, Murat Bastepe, Hilal Abuzahra, Richard Couper, Stefan Mundlos, David Sillence, Leena Ala Kokko, Jonathan G. Seidman, William G. Cole and Harald Jüppner. “A novel COL1A1 mutation in infantile cortical hyperostosis (Caffey disease) expands the spectrum of collagen related disorders.” J Clin Invest. 2005 May;115(5):12507.
  • Clemens Bergwitz, Nicole M. Roslin, Martin Tieder, J C. LoredoOsti, Murat Bastepe, Hilal AbuZahra, Danielle Frappier, Kelly Burkett, Thomas O. Carpenter, Donald Anderson, Michèle Garabédian, Isabelle Sermet, T. Mary Fujiwara, Kenneth Morgan, Harriet S. Tenenhouse, and Harald Jüppner “SLC34A3 Mutations in Patients with Hereditary Hypophosphatemic Rickets with Hypercalciuria Predict a Key Role for the Sodium Phosphate Cotransporter NaPiIIc in Maintaining Phosphate Homeostasis.” Am J Hum Genet. 2006 February; 78(2): 179–192.
  • Leopold F. Fröhlich, Murat Bastepe, Defne Ozturk, Hilal AbuZahra and Harald Jüppner “Lack of Gnas Epigenetic Changes and Pseudohypoparathyroidism Type Ib in Mice with Targeted Disruption of Syntaxin16”. Endocrinology. 2007 Vol. 148, No. 6 29252935.
  • Traish AM, AbuZahra H, Guay AT “The brain, the penis and steroid hormones: clinical correlates with endothelial dysfunction.”. Curr Pharm Des. 2008;14(35):372336. Review.
  • Max P. Huang, Kathryn A. Rodgers, Rosemary O’Mara, Meetal Mehta, Hilal S. Abuzahra, Andrew D. Tannenbaum, Kelly Persons, Michael F. Holick and Joshua D. Safer “The thyroid hormone degrading Dio3 is the primary deiodinase active in murine epidermis.” . Thyroid 2011 Nov;21(11):12638.

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