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SVMHS Welcomes New Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon


Salinas, CA, November 8, 2013
– Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) welcomes Ahmad Tarakji, MD as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. Dr. Tarakji is an assistant clinical professor in the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Stanford University and is the newest member of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Prior to arriving at SVMHS, he served on the medical staff of Kaiser Permanente in Fresno, CA.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Tarakji join our team of dedicated surgeons bringing unparalleled cardiac care to the Central Coast,” says Vincent DeFilippi, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and Clinical Professor at Stanford. “Dr. Tarakji brings a wealth of experience to the program including his skills performing advanced minimally invasive surgery to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.”

Dr. Tarakji is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Aleppo Medical School in Syria and received medical training at a number of prestigious universities including fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Hope Children’s Hospital, and congenital cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“The cardiac program at Salinas Valley Memorial and partnership with Stanford allow me to join a team aligned with my values as a surgeon.” says Ahmad Tarakji, MD. “We treat the whole patient using the very latest in advanced technology along with a commitment to world class academic research and medical expertise.”

The nationally recognized Heart Center at SVMHS includes the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial, a breakthrough electrophysiology program, advanced cardiovascular diagnostic imaging, a Primary Stroke Center, designation as a Heart Attack Receiving Center, the only accredited Chest Pain Center in Monterey County and clinical research trials that help define the future of heart care.

Dr. Tarakji, his wife and three children live in Monterey County. He is fluent in both English and Arabic. When he is not helping patients achieve their goals, he enjoys reading, swimming, basketball and medical missionary work.


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