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Following residency in pediatrics and fellowship pediatric cardiology and a faculty position at Johns Hopkins, Dr Zahka moved to Cleveland as Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. After nearly 20 years at Rainbow he joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in July 2009. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
His clinical focus is genetic forms of cardiovascular disease including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and connective tissue diseases. His current clinical research centers on the understanding of the impact of the founder gene mutation of myosin binding protein C3 in the Old Order Amish. His current education focus is curriculum development to facilitate cardiology fellowship training in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and physiology.
He has been dedicated to the enhancement and development of cardiovascular care abroad, working with cardiologists in the Middle East, Kenya, Armenia, Russia and Ecuador. He has been recognized by Best Doctors in Cleveland from Cleveland Magazine and Best Doctors in America. He is a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration and the genetic testing company, Familion.
Genetic cardiovascular disease: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Marfan Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, familial aortic aneurysm, mitochondrial disease, cardiovascular sports medicine, exercise physiology and testing, adult congenital heart disease
American Society of Echocardiography
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
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