Shahab Akhter, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Surgical Arrhythmia Program
Also a nationally recognized surgeon-scientist, Dr. Akhter's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. He is actively investigating basic molecular mechanisms for the development of heart failure and designing novel therapeutic strategies to prevent this condition. His research team is investigating molecular strategies to prevent the progressive adverse ventricular remodeling and heart failure that frequently occurs in patients who have suffered a heart attack. His clinical research is focused on optimizing the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and improving outcomes in mechanical circulatory support for advanced heart failure.
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University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
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Dr. Akhter is featured in a video about our cardiac surgeons.
Dr. Akhter is featured in a video about Lynda Spiegel, an avid runner diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. She turned to UChicago Medicine for treatment because our heart surgeons can offer the most advanced minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Akhter describes her case and the benefits of atrial fibrillation surgery.
For Frank Fleischer, medications and catheter ablation therapy provided only temporary relief from atrial fibrillation. Dr. Akhter performed a minimally invasive modified Maze procedure to restore Fleischer's normal heart rhythm.
View a partial list of Dr. Akhter's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.