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

Medical School - 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 9/30/2018, 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

188 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

5 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2018

We had no delays. The nurse was very thorough and we saw her immediately. The doctor took the time to review my chart (I came from another doctor) and so the time we waited while he did that was appreciated. He was well versed in my history and we appreciated that.

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

wonderful. CC is a well oiled machine but still personal. we have gotten prompt and excellent service. We love Dr. T. We do still need the results of my echocardiogram.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2018

I saw Dr. Tarakji, who was covering for Dr. Kanj when Dr. Kanj had a traveling delay. I was very impressed that Dr. Tarakji had reviewed my file on short notice, took time with me to answer questions and explain well the procedure I had scheduled with Dr. Kanj the next day. Excellent visit, and I am very appreciative.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2018

Thoroughly explained the medications, my adjustments in lifestyle & what was hoped for in 3 months.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2017

Dr. Tarakji is a true professional

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