Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Weston
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Farsi, French, Persian
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Weston
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Weston

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute radiation for pneumonitis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Pulmonary clearance for surgery
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Pulmonary Function Testing - Abnormal Results
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Chest Sounds
  • Abnormal Chest X-Ray/CT
  • Allergic Vasomotor Rhinitis
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Amyloidosis
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Asbestosis
  • Aspergillosis
  • Asthma
  • Breathing Complaints
  • Bronchitis
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Chest - Chest Wall
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Chylothorax
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Cough
  • Diaphragm Disorders
  • Drug Reactions to the Lungs
  • Emphysema
  • Goodpasture Syndrome
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • High Blood Pressure in the Lungs
  • Hypoxia
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Kyphoscoliosis
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Nodules
  • Palpitations
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Pleuritis
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Insufficiency
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiation Fibrosis - Lung
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Vasculitis
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About Franck Rahaghi, MD

Franck Rahaghi, MD, MH, FCCP, is Chair of Quality at Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital and Clinic. He has also been Medical Director of the Respiratory Care Department since 2003.

In 2003, Dr. Rahaghi became Staff Attending in Pulmonary Critical Care as well as Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, Cleveland Clinic Florida. In 2005, he became Head of the Pulmonary Education and Rehabilitation Department as well as a member of the Internal Review Board, responsible for correct conduct of research and clinical trials at Cleveland Clinic Florida. In the following year, he was named Director of Quality and Outcomes Development in the Division of Medicine.

Formerly, Dr. Rahaghi was a Fellow in Medicine/Pulmonary/Critical Care at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City (1999-2003). He was also an Instructor in genetic medicine at the Cornell University Weill School of Medicine (2001-2003) and assisted in the design and implementation of clinical trials at Cornell (Activated Protein C and  IFN gamma-1b) (2000-2003).

In 1999, he was a Visiting Associate Physician at Rockefeller University Hospital, New York, N.Y. He participated in the Categorical Internal Medicine Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1997-1999. From 1996-1997, he participated in the Categorical Internal Medicine the University of Minnesota, Minn. In 2000, he became a Hospitalist at Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego. The following year, he was a Visitor at the University of California-San Diego Interventional Pulmonology Department/Pulmonary Hypertension.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Univ. & Weill Cornell Medical Center
Pulmonary&Critical Care
New York, NY USA

Residency - University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Internship - University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic
Internal Medicine
Minneapolis, MN USA

Medical Education - University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA

Graduate School - University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA USA

Undergraduate - University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA USA

Additional Training

  • Enhancing Team Effectiveness, professional development program for health professions faculty, jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and Harvard Medical School
  • Cleveland Clinic Leadership Course, Cleveland Clinic, 2006
  • Advanced Training in Quality, American College of Executive Physicians

Professional Highlights

  • Expert in pulmonary hypertension, serving South Florida (Broward and Palm Beaches)
  • Head of the first comprehensive Pulmonary Education Department
  • Chair of Quality in Cleveland Clinic Florida, advancing outcome-based improvements in quality


  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine

Specialty Interests

pulmonary hypertension, Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency/COPD, interstitial lung diseases, including: collagen vascular diseases (Scleroderma) and pulmonary fibrosis, Sarcoidosis, critical care

Awards & Honors

  • Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic, for innovation in medical technology, 2005-2007
  • Leadership Certificate, Cleveland Clinic (promising future leaders at Cleveland Clinic), 2006
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians, 2005
  • Cornell Award for Best Fellow Research, 2004

Innovations & Patents

  • Convertible dual-lumen endotracheal tube: U.S. Patent Pending, 2005


  • College of Chest Physicians
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Association/Research
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Executive Physicians,Vanguard Member
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

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. 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 10/6/2019, Dr. Rahaghi 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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

  • Mallinckrodt, plc
  • Grifols, S.A.
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Genentech, Inc
  • Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.
  • United Therapeutics Corporation

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

228 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 3.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Rahagni made my day, week, month and year during our visit. For the first time, I have found a doctor who is looking beyond and wants to help me and continue trying to get to the root of my health issues. No other doctor has gone further. I actually cried, happy tears for the first time in 5 years. I am looking forward to Dr. Rahagni's plan as to what is next. I can't say enough how happy he made me that day. I know that there are no promises or guarantees, but he is at least looking into other things. None of my other doctors have done that or even mentioned looking at this problem a different way.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

very courteous, Dr Rahagi, excellent in explaining & treatment was fantastic

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr Rahagi was perfect!!

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

I was very impressed with the physician. He really look at me as a whole person and I felt like he truly understood my medical issues.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020

I have always had a good relationship with Dr Rihaghi from our first visit. without him I would not be alive to take this sjurvey.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Dr Rahaghi is excellent

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

I am very satisfied with Dr. Rahaghi and his team

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Dr. R is one of the most thorough doctors I have ever seen. I feel like I'm getting answers for for the first time ever. He takes me seriously and listens and thinks outside the box. I have recommended him to a friend and told her that he is absolutely worth the drive (we both live about an hour away)

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Excellent service by Dr. Rahaghi. Starlette'sprofessionalism and communication was stellar.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

was very pleased with how thorough Dr Franck and his team were with my wife and me . we are new patients and were very impressed with their professionalism.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Dr is five star

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

wait time to see doctor was very long, not able to get in touch with nurse in a timely manner was a bit frustrating

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

the doctor is very busy

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Dr. Rahagni has a plan of action for my care, which is something no other doctor came up with. I am optimistic about the plan we talked about and hoping for a good result after my course of treatment. He's a very good doctor, in my opinion, I was extremely nervous but he put my mind at ease, where my other doctors did nothing nor did they put my mind at ease, Dr. Rahagni at least came up with a plan to treat my lung issue. No other doctor that I have seen for my issue had any plans to do anything but to wait. I look forward to working with doctor Rahagni and with the course of treatment. I have to say that I left with a more positive outlook on life. Walking in, I had no expectations or at least very little, that's only based on my experiences since July 2, 2019 working with my Pulmonary doctor at physicians. He actually referred to Doctor Rahagni. I am glad I went and looking forward to seeing him in April.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

I am very satisfied Dr. Rhajghi explains everything to me so that I understand which makes it easy to come for my appointments

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Dr. Rahaghi has earned my trust and respect as an insightful physician. I saw dozens of doctors prior to finding him, all of whom missed very important symptoms, ignored what I told them or confidence. He actually listens to my concerns and addresses them in an insightful manner. I travel four hours each direction to see Dr. Rahaghi, but am happy to do so because of the trust U have for Dr. Rahaghis medical advice.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

dr rahaghi is the best around, genuinely cares for me as a patient and as a personI'm thankful I ended up in his care

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Dr takes his time to answer questions and explain his concerns. His sense of humor is helpful too

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019


Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

Dr Ragahi is great all the time!

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

I use the mychart often to communicate with Dr. Rahaghi's office and have always gotten a response to from Dr. Rahaghi's nurse Starlet who will in turn address issue with Dr. Rahaghi and get right back to me with instructions or appointment. Dr. Rahaghi and his staff are very professional, helpful and courteous.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Always recommend Dr. Rahaghi and Cleveland Clinic because the care is awesome.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

*Dr. Obzut was amazing & I appreciate being in his care.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Dr Rahaghi is a verry good doctor and is always very nice and caring as the nurse and other people I met.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Dr. Raghagi is a professional and a gentleman.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Dr. Rahaghi has always taken excellent care of me. I feel he's a fabulous doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

am completely comfortable with Dr. Rahaghi He goes out of his way to be both personable and professional.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

All of the providers showed respect, listened to my comments and were very friendly/

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

for sure, I will recommend Dr Rahagui

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

I have been to Dr. Rahaghi several times but this most recent visit has been the longest gap between visits, and I was thoroughly disappointed and dissatisfied with his interaction (or lack thereof) with me. Dr. Rahaghi had never in my opinion had great bedside manner from any of my experiences. However, the very first time I met with him I was very excited to meet him because of the fact he specializes in the disease I have (Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency), and after six long years of going from one specialist to another attempting to figure out what was wrong with me, I finally got a definitive answer and a very good friend of mine who is affiliated with your organization strived very hard to get me into the Cleveland Clinic quickly to see Dr. Rahaghi because he is supposedly one of the very best who specializes in this particular vaguely known disease.During my very first visit to him, he seemed genuinely concerned for my well-being and once he determined my final testing results, immediately recommended infusion therapy which was approved for the first year. The following year my healthcare provider changed due to Aetna no longer servicing Florida residents and I had to seek healthcare through Florida Blue HMO through Obama care since my employer did not offer healthcare coverage at the time. My second visit the following year with Dr. Rahaghi I recall was unfortunate because Florida Blue denied Dr. Rahaghi's request for infusion therapy and he unfortunately never challenged it. Now to the most recent visit with him: He walked in the door, barely made any eye contact with me or acknowledged me or my family that was with me, immediately sat in front of the computer and I'm guessing was reading the notes the nurse had typed from our encounter prior to his entering. He proceeded to tell me that there has been some decline in my lung function but never once showed me actual testing results and comparisons from previous visits, nor did he tell me how my chest X-ray looked. I had to ask all of the questions. Honestly, I felt as if he wasn't even present during the visit. He seemed disengaged and I felt as if I or my health didn't matter to him. It was most disappointing considering this man specializes in this disease and I go to him seeking his expertise and guidance regarding my condition and prognosis. He couldn't even remember that I hadn't had an infusion in 2 years, and when I explained to him how Florida Blue denied his request he asked specifically "did I challenge it?" and I replied no you didn't, and he seemed in disbelief and looked at me and said "I didn't?" and again I replied no, you didn't. Moving on he then said well we can try again or just wait another year, it's up to you whether or not you want to "go for it". That was his exact verbage! Obviously given my profession as a certified Personal Trainer, my health is top priority or I cannot service my clients and perform my duties effectively so of course I want to "go for it"!Not to mention, since the infusion therapy is the only course of action at this time to slow the progression of the disease. He also stated that I should be good for the next 3-5 years but failed to elaborate beyond that comment. Now I'm very knowledgeable and realize that my healthy lifestyle has so much to do with the fact that I have been maintaining my health as well as I have. I also know that the infusion therapy allowed me to be exacerbation free for an entire year which has never been the case for me prior or since being denied after that initial year. Now I'm not sure if Dr. Rahaghi had a bad day the day he met with me or perhaps because I had a late afternoon appointment with him and he was just tired. Whatever it may have been, I am important and I do deserve to be treated with respect, care and true concern!My intention is not to point blame at Dr. Rahaghi but to be honest and allow him to realize how his interactions with his patients affect the patient. I left feeling deflated, disheartened, ambiguous and disenchanted. I do hope my future visits with Dr. Rahaghi are much better because unfortunately there are no doctors in the Sarasota FL area with his specialty.

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