Walid Saliba, MD, is Director of the Electrophysiology Lab, Associate Section Head of the Pacing and Electrophysiology Section, Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center, Medical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation, and a Staff Cardiologist in the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.
He is board-certified in cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. Dr. Saliba is trained in all aspects of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing, including catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias, implantation of cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, placement of left atrial occlusion devices and extraction of implanted pacemaker- and ICD leads using laser technology.
Specialty/Clinical interests: Atrial fibrillation , ventricular tachycardia, abnormal heart rhythms, supraventricular tachycardia, , epicardial ablation, biventricular pacemaker, catheter ablation, lead extraction, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, pacemaker implant, atrial fibrillation ablation, left atrial appendage occlusion
Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Saliba performs 100 ablations and 75 device procedures per year.
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: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx
Education and Training: Dr. Saliba completed his undergraduate work at the American University of Beirut (AUB), graduating with distinction and a degree in Physics. He continued at AUB, where he earned his medical degree. Dr. Saliba completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 1998, Dr. Saliba was Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, Medical Director of the Cardiopulmonary Laboratory and a Staff Cardiologist at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, N.Y. He then completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, and was appointed to the staff in 1999.
Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Saliba’s research has focused on topics related to new treatments for patients with atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker and defibrillator performance. He has been an invited lecturer at many national meetings and symposia, presenting on topics related to new therapies and ablation of atrial fibrillation; pacemaker implant techniques, including biventricular systems; arresting arrhythmia; and sudden cardiac death. Dr. Saliba has authored and co-authored articles in leading scientific journals such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Review and the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.
About Dr. Saliba: “The best reward is when the patient comes back to see you in the clinic, feeling great and they say: “I have a new life.”
Leisure time activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Saliba enjoys biking, swimming, skiing, traveling and spending time with his family.