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Shahab Akhter, MD

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(608) 263-6551

H4/340A CSC
MADISON, WI 53792-0001

Shahab Akhter, MD

Chairman, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • MD, University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, 1993
  • Residency in General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, 2000
  • Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Akhter is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in complex and high-risk cardiac surgery in adults. His particular areas of expertise include mitral and tricuspid valve repair, ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation, minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, and re-operative cardiac surgery. Dr. Akhter also performs coronary artery bypass grafting, minimally invasive valve surgery, and transcatheter valve replacement.

Dr. Akhter provides a wide range of services including Angioplasty, Aortic Valve-Sparing Surgery, Aortic Valve-Sparing Surgery, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair, Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT), Cardioversion, Carotid and Peripheral Blood Vessel Revascularization, Carotid Artery Stent, Carotid Surgery and Intervention, Cryoablation, Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure, Endoscopic Surveillance, Heart Bypass (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery - CABG), In Situ Vein Bypass for Limb Salvage, Limb Salvage, Maze Procedure (Minimally Invasive), Mitral Valve Repair, Pacemakers, Photodynamic Therapy, (show all).

Research Interests

Dr. Akhter’s clinical research focuses on optimizing outcomes in mechanical circulatory support for advanced heart failure and developing novel approaches for minimally invasive arrhythmia surgery. His laboratory research program investigates molecular mechanisms involved in the development of heart failure with the goal of discovering novel therapeutic strategies to prevent this disease process.

Recent Publications
  • Transapical approach for mitral valve repair during insertion of a left ventricular assist device.
    Russo MJ, Merlo A, Johnson EM, Akhter S, McCarney S, Steiman J, Anderson A, Jeevanandam V
    ScientificWorldJournal 2013; 2013():925310.
    [PubMed ID: 23878531, PMC ID: 3710651]
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  • Invited commentary.
    Akhter SA
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2013 Apr; 95(4):1281.
    [PubMed ID: 23522195]
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  • Invited commentary.
    Akhter SA
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2013 Jan; 95(1):61-2.
    [PubMed ID: 23272829]
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  • GRK2-mediated inhibition of adrenergic and dopaminergic signaling in right ventricular hypertrophy: therapeutic implications in pulmonary hypertension.
    Piao L, Fang YH, Parikh KS, Ryan JJ, D'Souza KM, Theccanat T, Toth PT, Pogoriler J, Paul J, Blaxall BC, Akhter SA, Archer SL
    Circulation 2012 Dec 11; 126(24):2859-69.
    [PubMed ID: 23124027]
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  • Quantifying the incremental cost of complications associated with mitral valve surgery in the United States.
    Iribarne A, Burgener JD, Hong K, Raman J, Akhter S, Easterwood R, Jeevanandam V, Russo MJ
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2012 Apr; 143(4):864-72.
    [PubMed ID: 22424521]
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  • The heart and pericardium.
    Akhter SA
    Thorac Surg Clin 2011 May; 21(2):205-17, viii.
    [PubMed ID: 21477771]
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  • G protein-coupled receptor kinase-2 is a novel regulator of collagen synthesis in adult human cardiac fibroblasts.
    D'Souza KM, Malhotra R, Philip JL, Staron ML, Theccanat T, Jeevanandam V, Akhter SA
    J. Biol. Chem. 2011 Apr 29; 286(17):15507-16.
    [PubMed ID: 21357420, PMC ID: 3083230]
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  • High-molecular-weight polyethylene glycol protects cardiac myocytes from hypoxia- and reoxygenation-induced cell death and preserves ventricular function.
    Malhotra R, Valuckaite V, Staron ML, Theccanat T, D'Souza KM, Alverdy JC, Akhter SA
    Am. J. Physiol. Heart Circ. Physiol. 2011 May; 300(5):H1733-42.
    [PubMed ID: 21335476, PMC ID: 3094071]
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  • Urinary biomarkers in the clinical prognosis and early detection of acute kidney injury.
    Koyner JL, Vaidya VS, Bennett MR, Ma Q, Worcester E, Akhter SA, Raman J, Jeevanandam V, O'Connor MF, Devarajan P, Bonventre JV, Murray PT
    Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2010 Dec; 5(12):2154-65.
    [PubMed ID: 20798258, PMC ID: 2994075]
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  • Cardiac tamponade mimicking tuberculous pericarditis as the initial presentation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in a 58-year-old woman: a case report.
    Lin E, Boire A, Hemmige V, Husain AN, Sorrentino M, Nathan S, Akhter SA, Dickstein J, Archer SL
    J Med Case Rep 2010; 4():246.
    [PubMed ID: 20684780, PMC ID: 2923171]
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