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 & Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Cardioversion
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction (ICD, Pacemaker)
  • Lifevest
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
View all 12 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. His specialty areas include: 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.

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.

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.

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

216 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

35 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

From registering to EKG to the nurse and then the doctor, all went well and everyone was doing their job without delays.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

the doctor was very caring. I was very upset and he showed a lot of compassion for my issue

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

liked the Dr. immediately.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr Tarakji was excellent! He explained my tx options thoroughly and provided exceptional care.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

Dr T is top notch!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019

Both *Dr. Tarakji & *Dr. Menon were amazing. Explained everything to me thoroughly. Very caring people.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

If physician did not get back to me when he said he did communicate with my nurse and info was passed on that way. Then when I again saw dr. he reexplained what was going on. Also had heart echo. Results given to me by nurse but the dr. called the next day when I was home and went into great detail. I liked that.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Tarakji for a few years. I have found him to be a very knowledgeable about my heart problems. He is easy to talk to and answers my questions in ways I can understand. I appreciate the time he spends with me. He never seems rushed and always asks what I think about the plan he suggests. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

I will continue to recommend Dr. Tarakji and the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

I am so pleased with Dr Tarakji. He is very caring and professional. I could not ask for a better doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Dr. T is the best. Very compassionate and caring.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

dr Tarakji was very kind and very caring

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Excellent doctor. Great bedside manner. Truly concerned and cares. Clear discussion of conditions and options.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

exceptional dr.does a great job addressing health concerns. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Tarakji

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

dr. Tarakji demonstrated he cares about me as an individual .

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