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Muzaffar Ahmad, MD


Muzaffar Ahmad, MD

Appointed: 1973

Muzaffar Ahmad, MD
Department: Pulmonary Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Muzaffar Ahmad, MD, is Chairman Emeritus of Medicine and a Staff Physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Ahmad received his medical degree from Kashmir University in 1965 and after completing his pulmonary fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in June 1973, he joined the Department of Pulmonary Disease. He served as Chairman of the department from March 1983 to September 1991 and Chairman of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic from 1991 to 2003. Dr. Ahmad has served on the Medical Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors.

His specialty interests include chronic obstructive lung disease, bronchial asthma, lung cancer and fiberoptic bronchoscopy. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific publications.  

Professional Highlights

  • Past President, Ohio Chapter, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, Association of Pulmonary Program Directors

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pulmonary Disease
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Fairview General Hospital
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Queens Hospital Center
Internal Medicine
Jamaica, NY USA
Internship - Barberton Citizens Hospital
Rotating Intern
Barberton, OH USA
Medical School - University of Kashmir Faculty of Medicine
Srinagar India
Undergraduate - University of Kashmir
Srinagar India


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Pulmonary Disease

Specialty Interests

Asthma, lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma

Awards & Honors

  • Chairman, Department of Pulmonary And Critical Care Medicine, 1983-1991
  • Chairman, Division of Medicine, 1991-2003
  • Executive Committee of Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, 1988-1989
  • Elected to the Board of Governors of Cleveland Clinic, 1989-1993
  • Chairman, Accountability Committee (World-Class Care), 2002-2003

Additional Training

  • Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Office of Practice Management, Case Western Reserve University

Innovations & Patents

Advanced the use and safety of outpatient transbronchial biopsy through the flexible scope.


  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American Medical Association
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians

Treatment & Services

  • Pulmonary Function Testing

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 2/23/2010, Dr. Ahmad has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English