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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 Associate Section Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute and Director of the Center for International Medical Education.  He is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University. Dr. Tarakji is the founder and Director of the Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute Center for Digital Health Technologies and Telemedicine. He is board-certified in Cardiovascular Medicine, and Clinical Electrophysiology. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus.

Specialty Interests: Atrial and ventricular arrhythmias; catheter ablation for arrhythmias, including pulmonary vein isolation; device therapy, including device and lead extraction and pacemaker, implantable defibrillator (ICD), pacemaker and biventricular pacemaker implantation

Experience: Specialists in the Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing Section are leaders in the diagnosis and care of patients with atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, Wolff Parkinson White syndrome, flutter and other abnormal heart rhythms.

Dr. Tarakji is experienced in caring for patients with all types of cardiac arrhythmias and specializes in catheter ablation, including advanced therapies for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. He is board certified in cardiovascular medicine and clinical electrophysiology.

Success Rates: Success rates for specific procedures are available at by clicking on a specific procedure from the Cardiac Rhythm Disorders Menu at the right of the page.

Education: Dr. Tarakji earned his medical degree from the University of Damascus, Syria.
Dr. Tarakji came to Cleveland Clinic in 2000. After completing his residency in internal medicine, he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, followed by a fellowship in electrophysiology, which he completed in 2011 and both at the Cleveland Clinic. While a fellow at Cleveland Clinic, he earned a master’s degree in public health from Cleveland State University.

Dr. Tarakji was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2011.
Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Tarakji has led many national and international clinical trials. He was the global lead investigators of two late breaking clinical trials; the WRAP-IT trial that examined the efficacy of an antibiotic envelope in reducing device infection, and the Blue Sync study which examined the first pacemaker in the world to send remote transmission using the patient’s smartphone.

He has published papers in leading scientific journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American Medical Association, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm. He has also presented at several national and international medical meetings.

Dr. Tarakji is a national and international leader in digital health and has pioneered the adoption of smart devices to enhance the care of cardiovascular patients, including the use of smartphone ECG monitors and the first pacemaker in the world to use the patient’s own smart device for remote monitoring (the BlueSync study). He is the founder and director of the Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute Center for Digital Health Technologies and Telemedicine and in 2016 conducted the first Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine virtual visit.

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Tarakji enjoys photography, biking, hiking, classical music and playing classical guitar.

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

Atrial and ventricular arrhythmias; catheter ablation for arrhythmias, including pulmonary vein isolation; device therapy, including device and lead extraction and pacemaker, implantable defibrillator (ICD), pacemaker and biventricular pacemaker implantation

Awards & Honors

  • 2006 Research Award, Ohio Chapter, American College of Cardiology
    2006 Cardiothoracic Annual Research Award, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
    2007 Cash Memorial Award for Clinical Research, Cleveland Clinic
    2009 Irving Dawson Award for Clinical Excellence, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
    2019 Sones Favaloro Innovation Award, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 3/15/2021, 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:

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

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Tarakji has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

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

223 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

The tests and Doctors' visits were scheduled very satisfactorily

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Dr Tarakji feels more like a friend than my doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Doctor Karajki also brought in the Doctor that will be placing the watchman device and they both answered my questions. I was very impressed.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Love Dr. T and his staff. All very caring and extremely proficient!

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

So glad Dr Tarakji is my doctor treating my AFib!!

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2021

Thank you *Dr. Kanj and *Dr. Tarakji for providing me with the VERY BEST of care.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr. Tarajki and his nurse are both fantastic!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Very fast and helpful follow up to conversation with Dr.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

I am very pleased with the care I am getting from my new Dr.

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Dr. T is the best! Considering all of the patients he serves, I feel I receive his full attention in answering any question I ask. He is professional, polite, and caring. Being from Port Clinton, it would be easier to go to one of your closer locations but as long as I can figure out a way to continue to get to Cleveland I will make the effort to see Dr. Tarakji.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

I can't say enough good things about Dr Tarakji. so thorough and caring.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

My total visit with this doctor was excellent.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Service providers were very prompt.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Excellent hospital. Excellent doctor. I am very happy with my experience.

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Very good visit with Dr. Very informative. Felt comfortable to be in his care.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

I messed up the video connection but the doctor continued over the phone. Nice recovery!

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

I felt as if I were in his office. He was engaging, personable, thoroughly knowledgeable, patient, honest and exacting, just an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Dr. T. is an excellent communicator and makes the patient feel very important to him.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Dr T is awesome.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Doctor T has a great manner; he was knowledgeable, thoughtful and thorough in explaining my diagnosis and options for treatment. He was professional and very caring.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Extremely pleased with Dr. Tarajki.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

excellent experience from start to finish!! Dr was so kind!! I was nervous he made me feel at ease! There was an amazing woman in scheduling her name is Gerri!! WOW!! what a gem!! so incredibly helpful.. kind.. she worked magic getting me all the appointments in one day! ( since I was from out of town) Gerri worked in the same are as Dr Tarjie .. he brought me over to her personally! She is truly an incredible person! please please recognize her!! she is so deserving of it!! Thank you!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Tarakji is awesome, professional, caring, easy to talk to, compassionate.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Tarakji was very considerate and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Dr. is very courteous and Gave for explanation and details of upcoming procedure

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Dr. Tarajki is a caring and professional who truly cares about his patients.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

nothing will compare to doctor to patient contact. however, under the circumstances of the pandemic, it is comforting to know your doctor is still able to evaluate and treat your condition.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

dr taraji. spent time with me. expressing concern about my a fib. he sincerely cares about his patients and doesn't make you feel like he is in a hurry. felt comfortable asking questions and receiving answers very competent

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

very pragmatic and easy to communicate with questions or general issues beyond just the reason for the visit. Highly recommend the doctor!

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Overall a very thorough and professional visit! Extremely pleased with the quality of service provided. Dr. Tarakji was fantastic as was his staff.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Fantastic, very thorough and listened to concerns. Extremely impressed that Dr had read case file and had already had a great understanding of my issues

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

dr Tarakji is a saint! never had a more caring informed doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

My decision to fly to Cleveland Clinic was made easy and confirmed by Dr Tarakji and his solution offered by Cleveland C to have the best Technology and Drs. to solve my Irregular Heartbeat...atrium flutter vs my history.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr. T was outstanding!

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr. Tarakji was impressive and truly Outstanding!

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Dr. Tarajki is not only a skilled practitioner but has a caring and personal approach to patient interaction.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Dr Tarakji is a very conscientious and caring doctor. He patiently and thoroughly answers all questions and explains in easy to understand terms. My entire experience with Dr. Tarakji has been exemplary.

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