Mahsa Abassi

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine


Administrator Info
Name: Admin
Phone: 612-624-9996
Fax: 612-625-4410

Research Summary

  • HIV-associated Cryptococcal Meningitis
  • Reducing mortality in HIV-associated
  • Cryptococcal Meningitis Understand the pathophysiology of neurological impairment cryptococcal meningitis

Research Projects 
Targeting Neuropathogenesis of Altered Mental Status to Improve Survival in Cryptococcal Meningitis (Pending - K23)

Clinical Summary

  • Infectious Disease
  • HIV Medicine
  • Opportunistic Infections

Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Genetics


DO, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Infectious Diseases, Fellowship
University of Minnesota Medical School
Internal Medicine, Residency
University of Minnesota Medical School

Honors and Recognition

Clinical Excellence
Peter G. Pappas Young Investigators Award
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Diehl, J. W., Hullsiek, K. H., Okirwoth, M., Stephens, N., Abassi, M., Rhein, J., Meya, D. B., Boulware, D., Musubire, A. K., 2018. Cerebral Oximetry for Detecting High-mortality Risk Patients with Cryptococcal Meningitis. Open Forum Infect Dis, 5 (6): ofy105.
doi: PubMed ID: 29942819.
Abassi, M., Rhein, J., Meya, D. B., Boulware, D. R., 2017. Cryptococcal disease in the era of “test and treat,” is there cause for concern? . Open Forum Infect Dis, 5 (1): ofx274.
doi: PubMed ID: 29372172.
Abassi, M., Morawski, B. M., Nakigozi, G., Nakasujja, N., Kong, X., Meya, D. B., Robertson, K., Gray, R., Wawer, M., Sacktor, N., Boulware, D. R., 2017. Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers and Hiv-associated neurocognitive disorders in Rakai, Uganda. J Neurovirol, 23 (3): 369-375.
doi: PubMed ID: 27995575.
Abassi, M., Boulware, D. R., Rhein, J., 2015. Cryptococcal meningitis: diagnosis and management update. Curr Trop Med Rep, 2 (2): 90-99.
PubMed ID: 26279970.