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Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH


Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J2-2
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Khaldoun George Tarakji, MD, MPH, is a staff physician in the Section of Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and Clinical Electrophysiology. His specialty areas include: atrial and ventricular arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation and catheter ablation for treatment of these arrhythmias including pulmonary vein isolation. He also specializes in device therapy including device and lead extraction and the implantation of pacemakers, implantable defibrillators (ICDs), and biventricular pacemakers and ICDs.

Dr. Tarakji received his medical degree from the University of Damascus, Syria.  After graduation, he relocated to the United States where he worked as a research associate in cardiovascular medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Tarakji came to Cleveland Clinic in 2000 as a research fellow in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. From 2001 through 2004 he was a resident in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. After completing his residency, he remained at Cleveland Clinic as a clinical associate in the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology, department of Cardiovascular Medicine. In 2009 Dr. Tarakji completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, followed by a fellowship in electrophysiology, which he completed in 2011 and both at the Cleveland Clinic. He was the recipient of many awards including the Ohio ACC chapter fellows research award in 2006, the Cardiothoracic Annual Research award in 2006, the Cash Memorial Award for clinical research in 2007, and the Irving Dawson Award For Clinical Excellence in 2009 in the department of Cardiovascular Medicine. In 2010 he received a Master’s degree in Public Health from Cleveland State University. He was appointed to the medical staff in 2011.

Dr. Tarakji has authored and co-authored many articles in leading scientific journals including Circulation, Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Heart Rhythm. He has also presented at several  national and international medical meetings. He is a member of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society and the Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business.

In his leisure time, Dr. Tarakji enjoys photography, biking and hiking. He also is an accomplished classical guitarist, graduating with an “Excellent” rating from the Syrian Ministry of Culture National Conservatory for Classical Music.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Graduate - Cleveland State University
Master of Public Health
Cleveland, OH USA
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Research Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Experimental Interventional Laboratory Center for Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - Damascus University-Faculty of Medicine
Damascus Syria


  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine- Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Specialty Interests

Pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation for both atrial and ventricular arrhythmia, device therapy including the implantation and extraction of cardiac pacemakers, implantable cardiovascular defibrillators (ICDs), cardiac resynchronization therapy (CR-D).

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

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