Shahab A. Akhter, MD Print Friendly PageFaculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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.
UW Health Clinics
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
|Department of Surgery|
Professional Certifications and Education
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1993
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Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.
- Aortic Valve Sparing Surgery
- Balloon Angioplasty
- Cardiac Resynchronization Device
- Carotid Artery Stenting
- Carotid Artery Surgery
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
- Electrophysiology Study
- Fluoresence Endoscopic Surveillance
- Heart Pacemaker
- Limb Salvage Surgery
- Maze Procedure
- Mitral Valve Repair
- Photodynamic Therapy
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.
D'Souza KM Malhotra R Philip JL Staron ML Theccanat T Jeevanandam V Akhter SA .
G protein-coupled receptor kinase-2 is a novel regulator of collagen synthesis in adult human cardiac fibroblasts. J Biol Chem. 2015 Oct 23;290(43):25849
[PubMed ID: 26500293]
Philip JL Razzaque MA Han M Li J Theccanat T Xu X Akhter SA .
Regulation of mitochondrial oxidative stress by β-arrestins in cardiac fibroblasts. Dis Model Mech. 2015 Oct 8;
[PubMed ID: 26449263]
Akhter SA .
Invited Commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Oct;100(4):1297
[PubMed ID: 26434431]
Akhter SA Badami A Murray M Kohmoto T Lozonschi L Osaki S Lushaj EB .
Hospital Readmissions After Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation: Incidence, Causes, and Cost Analysis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep;100(3):884-9
[PubMed ID: 26095106]
Badami A Fehrenbach Prell EA Murray MA Johnson MR Akhter SA Lozonschi L Osaki S Lushaj E Kohmoto T .
A novel approach to prevent post-operative ileus after continuous-flow left ventricular assist device implantation: A retrospective cohort study. Int J Surg. 2015 Aug;20:135-9
[PubMed ID: 26118604]
Lushaj EB Badami A Osaki S Murray M Leverson G Lozonschi L Akhter S Kohmoto T .
Impact of age on outcomes following continuous-flow left ventricular assist device implantation. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2015 Jun;20(6):743-8
[PubMed ID: 25770085]
Dean D Kallel F Ewald GA Tatooles A Sheridan BC Brewer RJ Caldeira C Farrar DJ Akhter SA .
Reduction in driveline infection rates: Results from the HeartMate II Multicenter Driveline Silicone Skin Interface (SSI) Registry. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Jun;34(6):781-9
[PubMed ID: 25735901]
Xu X Philip JL Razzaque MA Lloyd JW Muller CM Akhter SA .
High-molecular-weight polyethylene glycol inhibits myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury in vivo. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Feb;149(2):588-93
[PubMed ID: 25455467]
Singh A Russo MJ Valeroso TB Anderson AS Rich JD Jeevanandam V Akhter SA .
Modified HeartMate II driveline externalization technique significantly decreases incidence of infection and improves long-term survival. ASAIO J. 2014 Nov-Dec;60(6):613-6
[PubMed ID: 25072552]
Gemel J Levy AE Simon AR Bennett KB Ai X Akhter S Beyer EC .
Connexin40 abnormalities and atrial fibrillation in the human heart. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2014 Nov;76:159-68
[PubMed ID: 25200600]
Li J Philip JL Xu X Theccanat T Abdur Razzaque M Akhter SA .
β-Arrestins regulate human cardiac fibroblast transformation and collagen synthesis in adverse ventricular remodeling. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2014 Nov;76:73-83
[PubMed ID: 25134464]
Osaki S Locher MR Lushaj EB Akhter SA Kohmoto T .
Functional evaluation of human donation after cardiac death donor hearts using a continuous isolated myocardial perfusion technique: Potential for expansion of the cardiac donor population. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Sep;148(3):1123-30; discussion 1130
[PubMed ID: 25129607]
Akhter SA Salabat MR Philip JL Valeroso TB Russo MJ Rich JD Jeevanandam V .
Durability of De Vega tricuspid valve annuloplasty for severe tricuspid regurgitation during left ventricular assist device implantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Jul;98(1):81-3
[PubMed ID: 24820391]
Naik A Akhter SA Fedson S Jeevanandam V Rich JD Koyner JL .
Acute kidney injury and mortality following ventricular assist device implantation. Am J Nephrol. 2014;39(3):195-203
[PubMed ID: 24556808]
Russo MJ Merlo A Johnson EM Akhter S McCarney S Steiman J Anderson A Jeevanandam V .
Transapical approach for mitral valve repair during insertion of a left ventricular assist device. ScientificWorldJournal. 2013;2013:925310
[PubMed ID: 23878531]
Akhter SA .
Invited commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Apr;95(4):1281
[PubMed ID: 23522195]
Akhter SA .
Invited commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jan;95(1):61-2
[PubMed ID: 23272829]
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 .
GRK2-mediated inhibition of adrenergic and dopaminergic signaling in right ventricular hypertrophy: therapeutic implications in pulmonary hypertension. Circulation. 2012 Dec 11;126(24):2859-69
[PubMed ID: 23124027]
Iribarne A Burgener JD Hong K Raman J Akhter S Easterwood R Jeevanandam V Russo MJ .
Quantifying the incremental cost of complications associated with mitral valve surgery in the United States. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Apr;143(4):864-72
[PubMed ID: 22424521]
Malhotra R Valuckaite V Staron ML Theccanat T D'Souza KM Alverdy JC Akhter SA .
High-molecular-weight polyethylene glycol protects cardiac myocytes from hypoxia- and reoxygenation-induced cell death and preserves ventricular function. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2011 May;300(5):H1733-42
[PubMed ID: 21335476]