Rami Akhrass, MD, is a Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic. He is the Medical Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at LakeWest Hospital and sees patients at the Cleveland Clinic Lakewest Medical Building in Willoughby, Ohio. Dr. Akhrass specializes in the surgical treatment of adult acquired heart disease, including coronary revascularization, valve repair and replacement, and aortic and pulmonary surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of General Surgery. A native of California with roots in Syria, Dr. Akhrass received his medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. He did his internship in general surgery at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu prior to completing residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In 1997, the Cleveland Clinic's Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery awarded him a fellowship in adult cardiac surgery. Dr. Akhrass was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic as a Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon in 1998. Dr. Akhrass has been an invited lecturer at international conferences on cardiothoracic surgical topics such as mitral valve repair, the durability of combined aortic and mitral valve repair, thoracic trauma and off-pump coronary revascularization. He is a Co-Investigator on a multicenter study of the safety of the EMBOL-X arterial cannula and filter system in patients undergoing coronary bypass grafting procedures requiring cardiopulmonary bypass. He has published in professional journals such as the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, PACE and American Surgeon. Dr. Akhrass is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians and a member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.