Company: Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Department, Cleveland Clinic
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Hani Najm, MD, Chair of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Department at Cleveland Clinic, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the health care industry.
A celebrated figure in the field of medicine, Dr. Najm has amassed more than 15 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. Working in both the United States and Saudi Arabia, he simultaneously serves as chair of the pediatric and congenital heart surgery department at the Cleveland Clinic, deputy chair of King Abdulaziz Medical City, and head of cardiac surgery at King Abdulaziz Medical City. In addition, he briefly held the role of visiting surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in 2014. Alongside his professional endeavors, Dr. Najm has been acting as vice president of the Saudi Heart Association since 2011, having previously been president since 2008.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Najm pursued a formal education, receiving a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from King Saud University Medical School in 1985. He subsequently completed a residency in general surgery at The Toronto Hospital in Canada in 1996. Thereafter, he completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada in 1998. He has since become board certified in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.
Renowned for performing more than 5,000 open heart surgeries throughout his tenure, Dr. Najm is also a prolific author, having published several articles to professional journals. Included among these articles are “Incidental finding of cardiac papillary fibroelastoma of the left ventricularoutflow tract, associated with rheumatic mitral and tricuspid stenosis,” “Multiple Aortic Aneurysms in 6-week-old baby post arterial switch operation,” and “Predicted and observed mortality in adult cardiac surgery in the King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center: application of EuroScore I and EuroScore II.”
In recognition of his exceptional achievements, Dr. Najm has accrued several accolades during his impressive career. In 2008, he was awarded the First Degree Medal of King Abdulaziz Al Saud, and in 1998, he won Best Research in the Disenhouse Meeting by the Hospital for Sick Children. The winner of Best Presentation at the Second Annual Saudi Medical Meeting in 1997, he also won Best Presentation for the Annual Sick Children Hospital Research Competition for the Department of Surgery. In addition, he was honored with the Senior Resident Prize for Research in 1992 and was named an Outstanding Resident Teacher by the University of Ottawa in 1993.
Dr. Najm attributes his success to his parents whose lives inspired him to succeed on his own. An avid enthusiast of Taekwondo, he looks toward the future, aspiring to patent a heart valve he has recently developed to be used in clinical practice. In addition, he hopes to experience the continued growth and success of his career.
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