Department Pediatric Cardiology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
  • Clinical Cardiology, Echocardiography, Cardiac Mri
  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology & CT Surgery
  • Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Echocardiography
  • Sports Cardiology Center
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coarctation Of The Aorta
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Ebstein Anomaly
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myocarditis
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
  • Syncope
  • Tetralogy Of Fallot
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Transposition Of The Great Vessels
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Ventricular Septal Defects
  • William's Syndrome
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About Kenneth Zahka, MD

Following residency in pediatrics, fellowship in pediatric cardiology and a faculty position at Johns Hopkins, Dr Zahka moved to Cleveland as Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. After nearly 20 years at Rainbow, he joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in July 2009.  He holds the academic rank of Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

His clinical focus is genetic forms of cardiovascular disease including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and connective tissue diseases. His current clinical research centers on the understanding of the impact of the founder gene mutation of myosin binding protein C3 in the Old Order Amish. He is also involved in researching medical therapy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. His current education focus is curriculum development to facilitate cardiology fellowship training in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and physiology.

He has been dedicated to the enhancement and development of cardiovascular care abroad, working with cardiologists in the Middle East, Kenya, Armenia, Russia and Ecuador. He has been recognized by Best Doctors in Cleveland from Cleveland Magazine and Best Doctors in America. He is a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pediatric Cardiology
Baltimore, MD USA

Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD USA

Internship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical School - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Undergraduate - Boston University
Boston, MA USA


  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - Pediatric Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine - Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Specialty Interests

Genetic cardiovascular disease: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Marfan Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, familial aortic aneurysm, mitochondrial disease, cardiovascular sports medicine, exercise physiology and testing, adult congenital heart disease

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/31/2017, Dr. Zahka has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

143 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 5
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2018

Dr. Zahka always explains test results and decisions he is making in such a way that I understand, but I don't feel talked down to.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2018

Dr. Zakha and the entire cardiology and pediatric cardiology department continually make both my husband and I a part of the conversation when it comes to my care. They take the time to listen to concerns, plan for the future, and make us feel both at ease throughout the appointment. We always leave confident in the plan set out for future appointments, tests and the like.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2017

We love Dr. Z! He is top notch and we trust him implicitly.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2017

Dr Zahka had being seeing my son since he was born and taken to the PICU for his heart surgery. when talking to him about my son's care and during daily morning rounds in the PICU, I was completely blown away with his knowledge. I knew my son had to see him. Although all the other cardiologists in the department are fantastic, Dr Zahka is one I have full trust in with my son's condition. my son may be little but he certainly listens to him when he talks. I also admire when Dr Zahka talks to my son about his plans and what he expects from my son. Dr Zahka's fellow Dr. Steele is also fantastic! He really is extremely knowledgable just like Dr zahka and we are so comfortable with him. I really hope Dr Steele can stay with CCF because he would make a great asset to the team! My family and I are so greatful for the both of them and also so appreciative for the way they've cared for my son. Thank you!

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2017

Dr. Zahka sets the gold standard for medical care and communication. This doctor is a premier role model for all doctors and healthcare staff.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2017

Dr. Zahka is a great man. You can tell he truly cares about his patients and their families.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2017

Dr. Zahka is very patient and explains everything in detail. His staff is wonderful.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2017

We absolutely love Dr. Zahka. He is wonderful to work with, he is fabulous with my daughter (the patient) as well as me. I love how he can explain everything to me, as well as directly to my daughter in a way that we both understand. And I love that he writes his notes on a piece of paper to send home with me, I have all of them over the years we have been seeing Dr. Zahka, it helps to keep track of progress and I really appreciate that!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2017

Dr Zahka is an incredible Dr. I love the way he sits down and talks to not only me but my son. He writes down everything he says so when you leave his office you have literally all the information at hand. He is so impressive with the best bed side manner I have ever seen

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2017

Dr. Zahka was phenomenal. He engaged my 8-year-old in a dialogue throughout the course of our visit. I loved that he took the time to write down important questions and answers about her health during our conversation, and gave us that paperwork to keep. This is a practice that should be standardized across all specialties. It allowed me to just talk and listen, and to not have to worry about remembering all of the important details because my child's physician took notes for us. What an incredible concept.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2017

it was a great experience.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2017

I truly can't say enough good things about Dr. Zahka. I was impressed by several things: 1. He was prepared before he entered the exam room--knew my daughter's history despite not having seen her before, and previous cardiac care was provided in our former state of residence. 2. He spoke to my daughter as well as to me. She's only 4, but it is her health and she deserves to be spoken to. 3. He didn't rush AT ALL. Certainly this wasn't the case, but it felt as though we were his only patient of the day. I have already recommended Dr. Zahka to others and will again.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2017

the doctor took the time to spell out and actually write down everything we went over in the appointment and was so friendly and professional.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2017

Dr. Zahka is very caring, thorough & AMAZING! He has truly been a godsend for our family!

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