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Department Pediatric Cardiology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology and CT Surgery
  • Pediatrics
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About Iqbal El Assaad, MD

Iqbal El Assaad M.D. is an attending physician in Pediatric Electrophysiology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. She specializes in treating children and adults with congenital heart disease who have heart rhythm disorders. Dr. El Assaad received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. She then came to the United States and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic Children’s followed by pediatric cardiology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and the highest-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States. She then pursued an advanced invasive Electrophysiology fellowship during which she acquired skills in catheter ablation and device implantation. Dr. El Assaad enjoys training and teaching medical students, residents, and fellows and has been recognized as an exceptional teacher. She is equally passionate about doing clinical research and has won multiple awards for outstanding achievements in research, an Outstanding Investigator Award from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and a Top Investigator Award from the American Society of Echocardiography.

During her free time, Dr. El Assaad likes to spend time with her nieces and nephews.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Boston Children's Hospital
Boston,, MA USA

Fellowship - Boston Children's Hospital
Pediatric Cardiology
Boston,, MA USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Undergraduate - Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Premedical certificate of completion
Education City, Qatar

Additional Training

Professional Highlights


  • Pediatrics - Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatrics

Awards & Honors

  • 2007 WCMC-Q Dean’s honor list (WCMC-Q)
  • 2014 Department of Nursery Resident of the year award (Cleveland Clinic)
  • 2015 Department of Pediatric Cardiology Resident of the year award (Cleveland Clinic)
  • 2015 The Douglas S Moodie Annual Pediatric Resident Research award (Cleveland Clinic) 
  • 2015 Lower Clinical Award – Honorable Mention (Cleveland Clinic) 
  • 2016 Cardiology 2016’s Annual Outstanding Investigator Award (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) 
  • 2016 Department of Pediatric Cardiology Resident of the year award (Cleveland Clinic) 
  • 2016 Senior Resident Teacher of the year award – (Cleveland Clinic) 
  • 2016 The Douglas S Moodie Annual Pediatric Resident Research award (Cleveland Clinic) 
  • 2019 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Foundation Top Investigator Award 

Innovations & Patents


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/30/2023, Dr. El Assaad 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

36 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

5 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Amazing experience at Cleveland Clinic and with Dr. Asaad and her team! We are so very grateful.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr. El-Assad was amazing with my daughter. She was thorough, explained things in a manner that my daughter could understand, and kept her other drs up to date on her findings. Her staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. We are very happy with our care.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Very nice team of doctors, very attentive and compassionate.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

The doctor took a great deal of time and thought to consider my daughter as a person and her medical concerns. She clearly cared about my daughter's well being and was exceptional when considering all the information and gathering opinions from experts.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

Dr. El-Assaud is amazing. She listens to my daughter and her concerns. She explains things in great detail making sure my daughter and I understand. Lists options for treatments but also wants to know what is happening in my daughter's life that may affect if she can do those treatments now or later. My daughter generally doesn't like doctors for various reasons-mostly she feels they just talk and don't listen. When leaving our appt, she said how much she likes her.

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