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About Masood Akhtar, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FHRS, MACP

Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Director, Electrophysiology Research and Cardiovascular Continuing Medical Education Program

Ranked among the world's preeminent electrophysiologists, Dr. Masood Akhtar was honored with the Pioneer in Electrophysiology Award (1999) by the Board of Trustees of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology. He was named Cardiovascular Researcher of the Year (1984) by the American Heart Association (AHA) - Wisconsin affiliate and was the affiliate President from 1996 to 1998.

Dr. Akhtar is Director, Electrophysiology Research and Cardiovascular Continuing Medical Education Program and former Chief of Cardiology at Aurora Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Akhtar is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases served on the Test Committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine to draft the certifying examination for competence in clinical electrophysiology (1990-1996) Dr. Akhtar trained 6 finalists (2 first place, 3 second) for the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE), (currently known as Heart Rhythm Society, HRS) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) Young Investigator Awards. His teaching awards include the Hypocrites Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease Teaching (1995) from the University of Florida-Miami School of Medicine and the Sir William Osler Award for excellence in cardiovascular teaching.

Dr. Akhtar is a prolific publisher of research, including a chapter called “Sudden Cardiac Death” for Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine (edited by E Topol) and one entitled “Technique of Electro-physiology Testing” for Hurst's The Heart, 11th & 12th edition, (edited by McGraw). In all, Dr. Akhtar has produced 192 original manuscripts, 130 reviews and chapters, and 298 published abstracts.

A fellow of the ACC and a member of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the AHA, Dr. Akhtar serves as a scientific abstract grader for the ACC, AHA, NASPE, American Federation for Clinical Research, and Central Society for Clinical Research. He has served on committees of many professional organizations and been on the editorial board or been a peer reviewer for such major cardiology journals as Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the New England Journal of Medicine and others.

Dr. Akhtar earned his medical degree at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, then completed his internal medicine residency in Buffalo, New York, and at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Staten Island. He completed cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital and was a Research Associate and an Assistant Chief and before building a world-prominent program in Milwaukee.

Dr. Akhtar is Head of the Cardiovascular Disease Section and the Electrophysiology Section of the Department of Medicine. He has trained more than 50 fellows as electrophysiologists, now in practices and teaching institutions across the U.S. , in South America, the Far and Middle East, and Europe . and has been listed in "The Best Doctors in America" since 1992.

Dr. Akhtar was program director for the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program from 1998 through 2010.

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Present Electrophysiologist, Aurora Health Care
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