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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 12/18/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Department of Surgery Welcomes New Heart Surgeon

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati Department of Surgery is pleased to welcome Shahab A. Akhter, MD, to the Greater Cincinnati community. Dr. Akhter joins the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery and brings special expertise in mitral valve repair, assist devices and heart transplant.

"Dr. Akhter trained at two of the most highly respected cardiac programs in the country," said Walter Merrill, MD, chief of the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery. "Dr. Akhter will be an important part of the expanding program in heart failure and cardiac transplantation at UC. He brings strong clinical skills and is an active researcher, seeking new knowledge in the treatment of advanced heart failure."

Born in London, Dr. Akhter received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine. He received his postgraduate training in general and thoracic surgery at Duke University Medical Center and completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

"The University of Cincinnati has a long tradition of excellence in cardiac care and we are pleased to bring Dr. Akhter's expertise to the Department of Surgery," said Jeffrey Matthews, MD, chairman of the UC Department of Surgery. "Dr. Akhter will be a valuable resource to heart patients in the region in terms of his clinical practice and his research abilities in the treatment and prevention of heart failure."

Dr. Akhter's research focuses on the causes of heart failure and strategies to inhibit its development. Dr. Akhter is currently seeing patients at the Cardiothoracic Outpatient Clinic at The University Hospital and can be reached at (513) 584-3278.

Dr. Akhter and his wife reside in Anderson Township.

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