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Professor, Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering
Section Chief, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship
Attending Physician
Sites of Practice
UW Medical Center - Montlake


Mailing Address:
University of Washington Medical Center,
1959 NE Pacific Street,
Box 356422,
Seattle, WA 98195-6422

Non-Clinical Administrative Support:
Lori Joubert

Clinical Contacts:
For appointments or other clinical matters, please contact the Heart Institute.


Dr. Akoum is the director of the UW atrial fibrillation program and an 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 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 arrythmia 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 cardioloy and cardiac electrophysiology at the Universtiy 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 Rhythm Society, as well as the European Rhythm Association.

Education & Training

MS in Clinical Investigation, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2011)

Chief Cardiovascular Disease Fellow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2007-2008)

MD, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon (2001)

BS in Mathematics, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon (1997)


University of Washington Cardiology Teaching Excellence Award (2016-2017)

Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators Forum Finalist (2012)

Heart Rhythm Society Young Investigator Competition Finalist, Honorable Mention (2012)

Research Scholar in Translational Comparative Effectiveness Research (2011)

Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators Forum, Third Place (2011)

Fellow of the Year, University of Utah, Division of Cardiology (2008)

Housestaff Teaching Award Nominee, University of Utah, Internal Medicine Department (2007)

Graduating Resident of the Year Nominee, Indiana University (2005)

Resident Research Award, Indiana University, Department of Medicine, First Prize (2004)

Research Interests

  • Cryptogenic Stroke
  • Embolic Stroke of Unknown Source
  • Catheter Ablation Outcomes
  • Imaging in Electrophysiology

Clinical Interests

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Arrhythmia and Electrophysiologic Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Cardiovascular Disease