Charbel Abi Khalil, MD, PhD

Charbel Abi Khalil

Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Consultant Cardiology, HMC

(+974) 4492 8484


University of Paris VII – Denis Diderot, France, 2009

University of Latvia, 2004

Research Fellow 
Hôpital Bichat - Claude-Bernard and INSERM U695 (French Institute of Health and Medical Research), Paris 2006-2010

Cardiology Fellow 
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris 2010-2012



Dr. Abi Khalil joined Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) in March 2013 as Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine. Prior to coming to WCM-Q, he served as Research Fellow at Hôpital Bichat - Claude-Bernard and at INSERM U695-French Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris (2006-2010), Cardiology Fellow at the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (2010-2012), and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Genetic Medicine at WCMC (2012- 2013).

Although Dr. Abi Khalil’s clinical training is cardiology-oriented, his research studies have been focused on a wide range of cardiovascular medicine specialties, particularly cardiovascular complications of diabetes, genetic and fetal origin of cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, and nephropathy. His most recent clinical investigation consisted of creating a bridge between basic science and clinical application, trying to translate in-vivo and animal models into human studies and working with cohorts for testing several hypotheses.

Dr. Abi Khalil’s current research interests at WCM-Q focus on cardiovascular epidemiology, epigenetics in cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular complications of diabetes, and cardiovascular genetics. Dr. Abi Khalil currently sees patients at the Heart Hospital, HMC.

Selected Publications

  • Pasquier J, Hoarau-Vechot J, Fakhro K, Rafii A, Abi Khalil C.Epigenetics and Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes. Curr Diab Rep2015; 15(12): 108.
  • Gautier JF, Porcher R, Abi Khalil C, et al. Kidney Dysfunction in Adult Offspring Exposed In Utero to Type 1 Diabetes Is Associated with Alterations in Genome-Wide DNA Methylation. PLoS ONE 2015; 10(8): e0134654
  • Al-Kindi SG, El-Assaad I, Abi Khalil C, Oliveira GH. Heart transplantation of Middle Eastern patients in the United States: A brief report from the UNOS database. J Heart Lung Transplant 2015; 34(9): 1219-20.
  • Al-Kindi S, Al-Juhaishi T, Haddad F, Taheri S, Abi Khalil C.Cardiovascular disease research activity in the Middle East: a bibliometric analysis. Ther Adv Cardiovasc Dis 2015; 9(3): 70-6.
  • Abi Khalil C. The emerging role of epigenetics in cardiovascular disease. Ther Adv Chronic Dis 2014; 5(4): 178-87.