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About Dr. Shahab A Akhter MD
Dr. Shahab A Akhter, MD is a doctor primarily located in Greenville, NC. Their specialties include Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Shahab A Akhter has the following 1 SPECIALTIES
Dr. Shahab A Akhter has the following 3 expertise
- Heart Transplantation
- Brain Death
Dr. Shahab A Akhter Accepts the Following Insurance
- Aetna Choice POS II
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
BCBS North Carolina
- BCBS NC Blue Value
- BCBS NC BlueOptions
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry Carelink - Carolinas HealthCare System Tier 2
- First Health PPO
More about Dr. Shahab A Akhter
Dr. Akhter is a cardiothoracic surgeon. He specializes in adult cardiac surgery with emphases on valvular heart surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support systems. Dr. Akhter has particular expertise in complex mitral valve repair and surgical treatments for advanced heart failure. In addition, he also specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. An active researcher, Dr. Akhter studies molecular mechanisms of cardiac hypertrophy and how they lead to heart failure, with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic strategies to prevent this disease process. His laboratory also investigates methods to improve protection of the heart during cardiac surgery and basic mechanisms of donor heart dysfunction. Dr. Akhter's clinical research projects focus on recovery of heart function after ventricular assist device implantation and outcomes following mechanical circulatory support. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education.