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Faculty, 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.


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Transplant Surgery

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter, Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Residency Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Internship Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Medical School University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1993

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions


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.

PubMed Articles
Lushaj E Julliard W Akhter S Leverson G Maloney J Cornwell RD Meyer KC DeOliveira N . Timing and Frequency of Unplanned Readmissions After Lung Transplantation Impact Long-Term Survival. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Aug;102(2):378-84
[PubMed ID: 27154148]
Schmocker RK Vanness DJ Macke RA Akhter SA Maloney JD Blasberg JD . Outpatient air leak management after lobectomy: a CMS cost analysis. J Surg Res. 2016 Jun 15;203(2):390-7
[PubMed ID: 27363648]
Akhter SA . Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices and bleeding events: Is there a biological role for decreasing pump speed? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Jun;151(6):1755-6
[PubMed ID: 26971386]
Theccanat T Philip JL Razzaque AM Ludmer N Li J Xu X Akhter SA . Regulation of cellular oxidative stress and apoptosis by G protein-coupled receptor kinase-2; The role of NADPH oxidase 4. Cell Signal. 2016 Mar;28(3):190-203
[PubMed ID: 26631573]
Philip JL Razzaque MA Han M Li J Theccanat T Xu X Akhter SA . Regulation of mitochondrial oxidative stress by β-arrestins in cultured human cardiac fibroblasts. Dis Model Mech. 2015 Dec;8(12):1579-89
[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]
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]
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]
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]