Dr. Zaher Akkad, MD

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Dr. Zaher Akkad, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Akkad has extensive experience in Heart Conditions. He graduated from University of Aleppo in 1990. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital and Abrazo Central Campus. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Zaher Akkad, MD

Banner University Medical Group

1111 E McDowell Rd Phoenix, AZ 85006
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I have had Dr. Akkad around 10 or 12 years he has kept me going with my heart problems he is very up front and very honest with you he is the best I would recommend him to anyone
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Wayland L Barnett – Sep 23, 2021
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I have visited Dr. Akkad on several critical occasions regarding a serious heart valve issue. Dr. Akkad advocated for me to have heart valve replacement via catheter instead of open heart. I made a tremendous, quick recovery and he will be my heart doctor for life!!! This past week, I met for a follow-up with with Katie Minor PAC and she is wonderful and extremely informative as well. If you are looking for a great team, this is it!! Thanks, Katie and Dr. Akkad!!
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Michael Shelton – Mar 08, 2021
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Dr. Akkad and Katie Miner really knocked it out of the park for my husband. We live in a remote part of Alaska and recently had a "cardiac event" We were able to get to AZ and in with Dr. Akkad and Katie Miner in record time, schedule an angiogram, echocardiogram, in record time. They also take care of my Dad. They are thoughtful, thorough, efficient and caring. I can't say enough great things about their team. We will continue tp travel thousands of miles to be treated by Affiliated Cardiologists. Y
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Mar 03, 2021
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Dr Akkad saved my life After 3 yrs with 2 other cardiologist telling me I am just out of shape I finally demanded a calcification test fro cardiologist #2 and that finally started their concern. After one attempt by Cardiologist #2 to place a sten and failed I went to see DR Akkad on a Monday and Tuesday he had me in for a successful stent. In one day he knew he had to do this immediately
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Luis Salazar – Aug 14, 2020
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I was admitted to Banner Estrella on Fathers Day 2020 with chest pains. Long story short, I had 100% blockage in main artery. DR.Akkad was called in for evaluation and decided to do a heart catheterization on the following day. My condition worsend that evening and he was called back in. He explained everything thoroughly and I received a life saving stent soon after. My wife was not allowed in hospital because of Covid 19. He contacted her personally after procedure as he promised me he would. I would recommend him strongly. A stent was put in on Sunday PM and I was home feeling fine on Tuesday afternoon! I went to my followup appointment the next week at his offices and was very impressed with his staff and his explanation of procedure, medications, etc. He has a genuine concern for my health and future. Michael Bevill
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Michael Bevill – Jul 09, 2020
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On Sunday June 21, 2020 I had a heart attack, everything started at around noon with some mild pain on my arm and chest, I checked my blood pressure and the reading was very high 165/95 but the pain went away. At around 4 pm I proceeded to check my blood pressure again and this time was 165/105. And I had the chest and arm pain again but way worse at this point I told my wife "LET'S GO TO THE HOSPITAL I'M HAVING A HEART ATTACK ". We drove to Banner Estrella Hospital that only five miles away from home, as I arrived to the hospital emergency area, medical staff tried to take my blood pressure, but their equipment would not read my BP and immediately they did and EKG after that they moved me to a different room were they prepared me for a stent placement Dr Akkad showed up and explained to me what was going on, he did a wonderful job saving my life at the hospital and him and his staff at the clinic are doing an excellent job taking care of me after my discharged from the hospital.
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ERNESTO CONTRERAS – Jul 02, 2020
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Dr. Akkad and PA Katie Minor are just about fantastic. I would highly recommend them and Affiliated Cardiologists. My sister is a patient and she was always talking about how much she liked Dr. Akkad and Katie Minor. When I needed a new Cardiologist I immediately contacted them and made an appointment. So glad I did and so is my new heart valve!
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David Weatherholt – Jan 23, 2020
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Dr/ Akkad has been my doctor since 2007 and I wouldn't have another. He and his office staff are so sweet and kind. If you need a great caring, understanding doctor he should be your choice for the care you need.
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Vicki Poole – Dec 04, 2019
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Dr. Akkad is the most patient-centric physician I've had the pleasure of dealing with in Arizona. He obviously knows his business; most physicians do. What sets him apart from the rest is his genuine interest and concern for each patient. He took time to thoroughly explain my son's situation in lay terms we could both understand. It was very refreshing to have a doctor take time to listen to our questions and concerns. Then addressed each question and concern in a personal manor. He responded in such a way we knew he had truly listened to us. It was great being treated as a person and not just another cow in the herd.
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William Allen – Sep 03, 2019
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I was considering back surgery and had an EKG done to get the ball rolling. When Katherine Minor, PA-C, saw the results, the word "abnormal" was mentioned! Over the next several days, the pain in my chest was constant, and I went to the ER for treatment! A second EKG was done, and it abnormal! Dr Zaher Akkad was notified and another EKG was started! Shortly, a "Code Red, Room 12 was announced." The nurse told me that I was having a heart attack, and I was moved to the ICU. When Dr Akkad arrived, I was moved to another treatment room, and sedated. A stent was inserted into one of the main arteries in my heart, and blood-flow returned to near normal conditions. After the procedure, Dr Akkad told my wife that I had a 99% blockage in the "Widow Maker" artery! Was I lucky? Maybe, but I also had a terrific team that was lead by Dr Zaher Akkad. I came away thinking that Dr Akkad and PA-C Katherine Minor are true superstars who work extraordinarily well together! I highly recommend them!
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David B. Reese – Jul 24, 2019
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Dr. Zaher Akkad deserve a Gold-Star for being an excellent cardiologist and an Outstanding human being. (outstanding human being) Imagine finding out that you need heart surgery when you do not have health insurance. I was lucky to have my surgery preformed by Dr. Akkad, and would confidently recommend him and his staff to anyone.
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John Shakibaian in phoenix, AZ – Apr 24, 2019
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I'm grateful for Dr. Akkad and his assistant Katie for saving me from a heart attack. I'm a 62 yr old guy with no previous cardiovascular history. My only symptom was a feeling of pressure or tightness in my chest when doing cardio exercises at the gym. More annoying than anything. I aced the stress test which didn't explain my symptoms, then a angiogram revealed I had 3 blocked coronary arteries over 80 %. Needless to say, I owe them both my life. Pay attention to your body. Thanks guys !
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JT in Phoenix, AZ – Mar 28, 2019
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I generally dont like Doctors. I would say I am probably a difficult patient at times because Im stubborn and I dont like being told what i can and cant do. I liked Dr. Akkad , and Katie Minor immediately. Both Dr. Akkad and Katie are very easy to talk to and discuss things with. I wish only that I had found them sooner. All of the office staff has always been professional and friendly. I would highly recommend Dr. Akkad and his staff.
What went well
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Rick Copeland in Phoenix, AZ – Mar 19, 2019
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Dr.Akkad And Katie Minor are very good at what they do. They Take the time to answer ALL of your questions and are very thorough when going over procedures or test results. Katie has a genuine compassionate nature and is very caring.
What went well
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Bruce in Phoenix, AZ – Mar 19, 2019
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Dr. Akkad is very professional and personable. He listens and takes a proactive approach to my heart condition. I trust his judgement and that he does not take a "wait and see" attitude toward my ongoing heart condition. It's been 6 years and a week since I was wheeled into emergency and he put a stent into my heart and I am fortunate to find a doctor and his P.A. Katie Minor who both work toward my well being.
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Kim L in Glendale, AZ – Mar 08, 2019
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Dr. Akkad is an amazing cardiologist that really went the extra mile to help my husband. He is very knowledgeable and works with his patients to ensure their understanding of their condition and the treatment plan. We couldn't have asked for a better doctor.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Avondale, AZ – Jan 16, 2019
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I have been a patient of Dr. Akkad since 2006, and he saved my life. I have returned to him ever since. He is very kind and patient, and takes the time to explain procedures and outcomes. At one point my insurance no longer had Dr. Akkad as a provider (which was very disappointing) but shortly after I was able to find a plan which made him available to me and it was quite a relief. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a Cardiologist.
What went well
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Robert L. Wagner in Phoenix, AZ – Jan 02, 2019
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If you're looking for compassion, straight forward and excellence look no further. Dr Zaher will get the results your looking for and your expectations you desire in a heart doctor, God Bless
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Guy E Romero Jr in Laveen, AZ – Dec 19, 2018
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Had I not been referred to Dr Akkad, I would have had a multi-bypass surgery performed. The previous cardiologist said it was “the only thing that would help”. WRONG!! Dr Akkad, on the first visit, listened, recommended a couple tests, and during the followup appointment said no to any surgery!! He knew how to handle my issue with a couple prescriptions... and to this date, still no surgery needed. I’m so thankful for this man.
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Carol A in Maricopa, AZ – Dec 15, 2018
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Absolute best in Cardilogy field and I have met several because of immediate family members. Always provides complete explanations, takes time to make sure the person understands, never rushes a patient and always allows question. I so thankful I was referred to Dr Akkad! The overall medical field needs more like him.
What went well
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Pam in Maricopa, AZ – Dec 15, 2018
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Care Philosophy

I have 25 years of experience in cardiovascular medicine. Over the years, I have performed thousands of cases in cardiac and vascular interventions. I...Read more

Biography

Dr. Akkad was trained at Wayne State University Affiliated Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Before joining Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona, Dr. Akkad...Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Interventional Technology
  • Clinical Cardiology
  • Geriatric Cardiology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Vascular Medicine
  • Vascular Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology

Education

Damascus University, Fac of Medicine
Internship Hospital
2004
Wayne State University
Fellowship Hospital
1997
Wayne State University
Residency Hospital
1990
University of Aleppo
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

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What are Dr. Zaher Akkad, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Akkad frequently treats Heart Conditions. See all practice areas where Dr. Akkad specializes.

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Dr. Akkad's office is located at 1111 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Akkad treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Akkad treats other conditions, please contact the office at (602) 839-2009.

Heart Conditions

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Dr. Akkad's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis of Aorta
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Endocarditis
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Impella Device
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mobitz, Type 2, Heart Block
  • Nuclear Stress Testing
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericarditis
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Peripheral Vascular Stenting
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Prinzmetal Angina
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Second Degree Heart Block
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Structural Heart Disease Evaluations and Treatment
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Third Degree Heart Block
  • Thrombosis
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Unstable Angina
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Stenting
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Pattern

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Locations

Banner University Medical Group

Banner -- University Medical Center Phoenix1111 E McDowell Rd Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona

Chandler Office1445 W Chandler Blvd Chandler, AZ 85224
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Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

Ali A Askari PC1331 N 7th St Ste 400 Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Arizona Center for Digestive Health, PLLC

Maricopa Office21300 N John Wayne Pkwy Ste 123 Maricopa, AZ 85139
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