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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Atrial Fibrillation Center
  • BIV ICD Implantation
  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Cardioversion
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction (ICD, Pacemaker)
  • Lifevest
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Bradyarrhythmias
  • Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Infection
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
  • Sudden Cardiac Death (Sudden Cardiac Arrest)
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
View all 13 Specialties +


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About Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH

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 & Thoracic Institute. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and Clinical Electrophysiology.

In addition to office visits, Dr. Tarakji  also offers scheduled follow up virtual visits to select patients, through the Cleveland Clinic Express Care ® Online app. This platform allows patients to see their physician live, using their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Specialty Interests:  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.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1994. Success rates for specific procedures are available at:

Education and Training: 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.

Research, Publications and Speaking: 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.

Leisure time activities:  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 & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - 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

Medical Education - Cleveland Clinic
Experimental Interventional Laboratory Center for Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Damascus University-Faculty of Medicine


  • 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).

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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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 5/11/2020, Dr. Tarakji 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. Tarakji receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • AliveCor, Inc.
  • Medtronic ATS Medical, Inc.

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

201 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

42 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Dr. T has always been very informative and direct regarding my AFIB situation. I respect his directions and am very confident in his care.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

outstanding,dr. went out of his way to get echo test done that day before I went home. the woman in the insurance office went out of her way and wonderful and personal concern and care to get this test scheduled that day. it was wpnderfol tobe treated so personally and respect.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Dr Tarakji and his nursing staff are always the ultimate professionals in both their clinical and interpersonal representation with me as a patient and a person

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Scheduling people are delightful and try very hard to accommodate within doctor availability.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

I was nervous about coming out to the clinic during these uncertain times, but all went well & I received the care I am accustomed to receiving every time I'm there. Dr. Tarakji the nurses & staff are all amazing ! Thank You all !

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Dr Tarakji was really great showing real concern for my well being.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

love Dr. T!

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

doctor Kaldoun Tarakji and his staff were excellent in my opinion. I felt confident in his care to help my health problem and him and his staff took there time and care for any of my concerns. the doctor spent more time with me on my visit and spoke and explained to me my issues then my doctor at home ever did in the 4 months combined. needless to say that I am not going to old doctor again and will be a patient at Cleveland because I'm confident I'll get the care and the truth I need there.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

dr Tarakji is an exceptional doctor and very caring!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr. Tarakji took great care to be sure I understood the information he shared. He gave me multiple opportunities to ask questions.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Very caring physician

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

The staff in the Dr.'s office is first class

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Dr. Trakaji is great!

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

My experience with Dr. Tarakji was excellent, and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing similar care.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

I could not ask for better treatment. The teamwork by the ablation team was amazing, and the proficiency of the team was very reassuring. Dr. Tarakji and the team were very determined to make my ablation treatment successful.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr Tarakji was easy to talk with and took his time in discussing my test. He is following up with the Kardia mobile and a 6 month appointment with me, via phone to review. He put my concerns at ease by giving clear information and truly listening to me. My experience at Cleveland Clinic from the test, labs and appointment with Dr Tarakji was a good experience. My only concern was my previous health records sent by my cardiologist for review prior to my appointment were not available for Dr Tarakji for my appointment. For some reason they did not get into the system for his viewing.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

I was blessed to make a Dec 2019 trip to Dubai. The royals know Cleveland Clinic and so do I. My experience has been everyone is treated as a royal and I am blessed to be one say it to everyone I meet. Thank you CC and Dr K!

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

My visit with Dr K left me with a sense of well-being and direction and comfort. Our Doctors in Naples miss the mark..and with office visits that do not compare across all measures, and I mentioned a few in all my comments.Again please give my Personal Thank You to Dr Tarakji. I have taken the time to pass my report to the CEO because my personal well-being has been uplifted. It means more when you are worried about complex variables that have been simplified with direction and knowledge. You can again take charge and enjoy life during these crazy times. Thank You CC.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

I was very lucky to get an appointment the same week I called. The next available was 2 months out. When I called later regarding the event monitor and other questions, Claire was always very helpful. Once she put me straight in the line with Doctor Tarakji. It is very rare to have a doctor speak personally. In general, working with this doctor and his office is wonderful.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Dr Tarakji is very careful and concerned about me. He remembers details from more than 3 treated ago. He looks carefully at me chart and is thorough in testing he requests. I feel confident in his care. His bedside manner is very kind and professional as well. He always treats me like I'm intelligent and like we are equals. That is very important to me. Coming to him, I know his desire is to partner WITH me in my care.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

My experience with Cleveland Clinic over the years has been near perfect. The reputation of having some of the best technology is a big part of coming there. But, at least as important is the kind mentality of the entire family. I came there from U of M because the speciality doctor I saw at U of M was not so kind. He was too sterile and matter of fact. I didn't get any comfort there, and instead was filled with fear. I'm very pleased I switched, even if it means double the distance.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Outstanding visit!!!!This Doctor is top notch and the Zoom went flawlessly!No need for office visits anymore...

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

good experience, uneasy on my side only because it was the first time virtual visit. Doctor is terrific.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Dr. T is very attuned to my needs as well as willing to provide guidance and direction.

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

I really respect the doctor. He does care.

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Dr. T is a clear and thorough communicator. I always enjoy visits with him.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Great experience, Dr. Tarakji is an excellent Doctor and I would recommend him to anyone. In fact, just this week a friend was having a heart situation and I advised him to call Him.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Great doctor and nurse practitioners.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Brilliant doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

dr. t broke down where we could go for my heart rhythme. It made it more easier for myself to understand it all.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr T was very good at balancing his expertise with my input and concerns

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Tarakji's personal interactions equal his high medical skills, knowledge, and sensitivity to my medical concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

I wish the doctor would have gone into detail regarding my symptoms and explain what exactly happens during an episode.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

My experience with Dr. Tarakji was beyond my expectations. He was knowledgeable, thorough, patient, and kind. He explained things very clearly. Wonderful experience with his office and staff.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

There is a good reason the Cleve Clinic is # 1 in the world for Heart care. Dr Tarakji was fanatastic - he explained things in plain English - was very knowledgeable, and put me at ease when I was a little worried. I would recommend him to anybody

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

excellent service and excellent Dr. explained everything and put our minds at ease

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

doctor's treatment was excellent

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

I will continue to see Dr Tarakji should any more problems arise.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

staff and provider did an excellent job of explaining everything

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

I have total confidence in Dr Tarakji, great bedside manor, thorough, professional

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Tarakji and Cleveland to many

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Dr. T was very helpful and courteous. Since we had come from another state and we needed one more test before he could be sure that the procedure he was recommending to us was possible in my case, he arranged for us to have the needed test run, even though it had not been included in our appointments during our visit. Since he did not want us to have to travel back hoping to have the procedure done, and, after seeing the results of the test, not be able to have the procedure, he arranged for a team to perform the test before we had to go back home. He even took us himself to the right desk for the extra test, and was very kind. Then he personally called us at home to let us know the results of the test.

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