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
"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
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.
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."
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.