Nazem Akoum M.D., M.S.

Nazem Akoum M.D., M.S.

Specialties and Expertise



Regional Heart Center




Primary Location

Cardiac Clinic & Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4300|Map It 


Dr. Akoum is director of the UW atrial fibrillation program and associate professor of medicine. In addition to his vast expertise in catheter ablation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, he is also an expert in cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators.

Dr. Akoum’s conducts research aimed at matching patients with atrial fibrillation to the best treatment option. This personalized approach includes selecting the best candidates for catheter ablation and choosing the ablation approach, novel drugs and devices to treat the arrhythmia and associated stroke risk.

Dr. Akoum is a native of Lebanon and earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics as well as his medical degree from the American University of Beirut. He came to the United States in 2002 and trained in internal medicine at Indiana University and cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Utah. He was on faculty at the University of Utah for five years before joining UW.

Dr. Akoum is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society as well as the European Heart Rhythm Association.

Patient Care Philosophy

My approach to patient care is to listen first. Once I have given my patients the opportunity to voice their health concerns, we work together on setting the treatment goals and formulating the action plan.

I am happy to offer my patients access to the latest and greatest technologies at the UW Regional Heart Center, and I am especially excited when patients are actively engaged in their care.

Personal Interests

Traveling, soccer, world culture and history.

Clinical Interests

Cardiac electrophysiology; catheter ablation; atrial fibrillation; atrial flutter; ventricular tachycardia; pacemakers; defibrillators; cardiac resynchronization; sudden cardiac death prevention.

Research Interests

Catheter ablation; stroke; cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.


University of UtahTeaching Appointment2014
University of UtahMaster2011
University of UtahFellowshipElectrophysiology2009
University of UtahFellowshipCardiovascular Disease2008
Indiana UniversityResidencyInternal Medicine2005
American University of BeirutInternshipInternal Medicine2002
American University of BeirutMedical education2001

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineClinical Cardiac Electrophysiology2009
American Board of Internal MedicineCardiovascular Disease2008
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