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Walid Saliba, MD

216.444.6810

Walid Saliba, MD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J2-2
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6810
DeskDesk:216.444.6810
WorkFax:216.636.6950
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Walid Saliba, MD, is Director of the Electrophysiology Lab, Associate Section Head of the Pacing and Electrophysiology Section, Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center, Medical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation, and a Staff Cardiologist in the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. Dr. Saliba is trained in all aspects of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing, including catheter ablation of various arrhythmias, implantation of cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators and extraction of implanted pacemaker and ICD leads using laser technology.

A native of Lebanon, Dr. Saliba did his undergraduate work at the American University of Beirut, graduating with Distinction and a degree in physics. He continued at the American University where he made the Dean’s Honor List during his medical studies and earned his medical degree. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic. He moved to the United States where he completed an internship and residency program in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., before receiving a fellowship in cardiology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 1998, Dr. Saliba was Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and Medical Director of the Cardiopulmonary Laboratory of Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, N.Y., where he worked as a Staff Cardiologist. Cleveland Clinic awarded him a fellowship in the subspecialty of cardiac electrophysiology, and he was appointed to Cleveland Clinic as a Staff Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist in 1999.

Dr. Saliba’s research has focused on topics related to new treatments for atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker and defibrillator performance. He has been an invited lecturer at many national meetings and symposia, presenting on topics related to new therapies and ablation of atrial fibrillation, pacemaker implant techniques including biventricular systems, arresting arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. He has authored or co-authored articles in leading scientific journals such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Review and the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

Dr. Saliba is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cleveland, OH USA
1999
Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine
Cardiology
Houston, TX USA
1995
Residency - Duke University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Durham, NC USA
1992
Internship - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Beirut Lebanon
1989
Medical School - American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
New York, NY USA
1988
Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Physics
Beirut Lebanon
1984

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Abnormal Heart Rhythms, Long QT Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Tachycardia, Biventricular Pacemaker, Catheter Ablation, Lead Extraction, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, Pacemaker Implant, Pulmonary Vein Isolation Ablation

Memberships

  • American College of Cardiology
  • Heart Rhythm Society

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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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 6/27/2014, Dr. Saliba has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Saliba receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Johnson & Johnson

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

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French