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Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • BIV ICD Implantation
  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing Section
  • Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Optimization (programming)
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction (ICD, Pacemaker)
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
  • Temporary Pacemakers
View all 13 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Abnormal Rhythm Ablation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Bradyarrhythmias
  • Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Infection
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Infected Cardiac Devices
  • Sinus Node Dysfunction
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
View all 13 Specialties +


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About Shady Nakhla, MD

Shady Nakhla, MD, is an electrophysiologist in the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He sees patients at main campus.

Specialty Interests: Atrial fibrillation ablation, atrial flutter ablation, ventricular tachycardia ablation, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, supraventricular tachycardia, conduction system pacing, biventricular pacing, PVC ablation, long QT syndrome, ventricular fibrillation, sudden cardiac death

Experience: Dr. Nakhla specializes in heart rhythm disorders, performing ablations for the most common types of arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and ventricular tachycardia, as well as less common cardiac electrical disorders such as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He also is experienced in implanting pacemakers and defibrillators to manage arrhythmias.

Dr. Nakhla is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic has been rated the top heart center in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for more than 20 consecutive years, drawing patients from across the country and around the world. To learn about patient outcomes for specific conditions and procedures at Cleveland Clinic, go to

Education: Dr. Nakhla earned his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar, graduating with academic distinction. He completed his internship and internal medicine residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. Subsequently, he served as an Assistant Chief of Service in the Osler Housestaff Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr Nakhla came to Cleveland Clinic in 2015 as a cardiovascular medicine fellow and continued his training at Cleveland Clinic as a fellow in electrophysiology. 

Dr. Nakhla joined the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2021.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Nakhla has coauthored scientific papers on ablation and pacing published in peer-reviewed medical journals and has made poster presentations at prestigious national medical meetings such as American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society. He also has authored chapters in a clinical cardiology reference book and a board review prep guide.

About Dr. Nakhla: “I enjoy electrophysiology because of the interplay it has between bedside clinical judgement, technology, procedural skill and patient interaction. Seeing how impactful a single ablation lesion or pacemaker implant can be to a patient’s quality of life or longevity is gratifying and why we wake up every morning.”

Leisure Activities:
In his leisure time, Dr. Nakhla enjoys playing a variety of sports, including tennis, squash, soccer and golf, travel and spending time with his family.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Electrophysiology
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular Disease
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - The John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Internship - The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Education City, Qatar


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

Specialty Interests

Atrial fibrillation ablation, atrial flutter ablation, ventricular tachycardia ablation, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, supraventricular tachycardia, conduction system pacing, biventricular pacing, PVC ablation, long QT syndrome, ventricular fibrillation, sudden cardiac death

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Shady Nakhla, MD.

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Industry Relationships

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. 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, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/13/2022, Dr. Nakhla 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about 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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

134 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

The nurse and doctor were kind, compassionate and understanding

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

After we got to physicians office he and his staff were very good.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr Nakhla was great. He called me at 5:40pm on my way home toMichigan to tell me what happened with one of my tests and confirm the options for next steps. Above and beyond for sure!!!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Dr Nakhla is a superb listener. His explanations are clear. His expertise is evident. He doesn't object to questions that come from my own reading on my condition. He considers my inputs and accounts for them in the care plan.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

The Doctor was Excellent !!

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

I would reccomend Dr. Nihkala to any of my friends, very, very impressed.

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr Nahkla is a very talented and gracious professional.

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Dr. Was the absolute best. He went over the dosages and why it was important not to undertake the recommended dosage by using relatable examples. Also gave me better than expected treatment options. I liked him very much.

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Very impressed with doctor's overall discussion, recommendation, and plan moving forward.

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Doctor did say he would provide written report of our appointment. Haven't seen any thing yet but he's probably been busy.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

The Healthcare Provider was friendly, professional and informative.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

I was incredibly impressed by everyone I came in contact with at The Clinic. From the Valet, to the Red Coats, to the Nurses and most especially Dr. Nakhla.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr. Nakhla was very thorough & kind!

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr. Nakhla answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Dr. Nakhla was professional, inquisitive, and extremely helpful. He took time to explain himself clearly and seemed to genuinely care. I would definitely recommend him to someone else.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Our interaction with the nurses and the doctor was pleasant and personable. We were so thankful for all their concerns. This was our first experience with this Clinic and it was a good one.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Doctor and staff were great

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Excellent meeting with Dr Nakhla

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Would highly recommend Dr. Nakhla and this visit format. Thank you.

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