Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

128 Patient Ratings
58 Patient Comments

Nazem Akoum, M.D., M.S., FHRS

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

128 Patient Ratings
58 Patient Comments

Specialties

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(435) 678-3601 Blanding Family Practice
802 South 200 West
Blanding, UT 84511
(801) 585-7676 University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Dr Akoum is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. Dr Akoum studied Mathematics and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the American University of Beirut in 1997. He subsequently obtained his medical degree in 2001. Dr Akoum completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Indiana University in 2005. He came to Salt Lake City in 2005 to join the Cardiovascular Disease fellowship which he completed in 2008. He went on to pursue and complete his training in Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2009. He was voted by his peers as the Chief Cardiology Fellow in 2008. He was also voted by the faculty as the cardiology fellow of the year the same year. Upon completion of his fellowship training, he was hired to join the faculty in 2009.

Dr Akoum is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He also serves in several teaching and administrative roles including being associate director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology fellowship program.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Cardiovascular Disease)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology)

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
4.8
My confidence in care provider
4.8
Time care provider spent with me
4.8
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.9
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.8
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.8
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.8
Wait time at clinic
4.0
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

October 19, 2014

I need some written information from the Dr. For the VA. The Dr. was extremely helpful.

October 16, 2014

Everyone I encountered here, the reception staff, the nurses, PA, and Dr. Akoum were all courteous, and gave me useful information about managing my condition and device. I would recommend this facility and care providers to anyone.

October 09, 2014

I had a good experience.

September 01, 2014

never have had a bad experience

July 12, 2014

Both the PA and the Doctor were extremely knowledgable, helpful and great listeners.

May 26, 2014

I never felt like I was rushed and all questions were answered.

May 18, 2014

i would recomend all my friends to go to the uou

March 01, 2014

All three people I saw (nurse, PA and Dr) took time demonstrated a real interest and concern in my case. I appreciated that none of them seem rushed or were condescending in their communication. This was a very positive experience.

February 13, 2014

No meds were given nor was follow up care discussed

February 07, 2014

excellent

February 01, 2014

Dr. Akoum has always provided enough time so we do not feel rushed. He is so personable.We have time to talk not only about the medical questions but about a discuss our likes and interests. He always makes us feel we are important and that he has will take care of our cardiology concerns.

January 23, 2014

Very pleased with Dr. Akoum, he is willing to take the time to answer all of my questions I have and does it with kindness and in a way that I as a patient can understand. I feel very confident in him as a Dr. that my health needs are being meet to the highest standard, and that he as a physician is doing everything that is appropriate and needed to maintain my current level of health.

December 22, 2013

Extremely professional and caring

December 21, 2013

it is in the patient care end (asking good and probing questions, finding things my regular doctor missed, explaining things thoroughly, giving me as complete a picture of my options as possible, being open and honest) where the U of U health care system appears to shine to me (at least at first blush).

December 21, 2013

Covered all my questions; allayed any fears I had; very professional and competent

December 21, 2013

Very Good.

December 16, 2013

I would and will recommend this provider.

November 19, 2013

They help me feel at ease asking questions

November 14, 2013

Great Experience, good location

October 21, 2013

Our doctor was very compassionate and caring with my mother!

October 21, 2013

excellent--Dr. Akoum and his staff are the best!

October 17, 2013

Dr. Akoum and his staff are the greatest! Very happy with his care and concern

September 30, 2013

after the wait I could not be more pleased. I know some times delays happen but I should have been told.

September 09, 2013

very good

August 19, 2013

Good experience

August 07, 2013

We consider Dr. Akoum to be a very good physician

July 19, 2013

Dr. Akoum and his staff are the best.

July 01, 2013

every time I come to the u hospital I have an excialunt exprteunce no complants at all

June 20, 2013

Dr. Akoum is an excellent, caring physician and communucator

June 17, 2013

I can't express myself enough in the relief I feel now after seeing Dr. Akoum. I now have faith that maybe something can be done about my condition.

June 12, 2013

I felt very comfortable with the doctor's diagnosis and long-term care instructions. They also had all my medical info on hand and were thorough with evaluation.

June 05, 2013

The cardiologist specialist (and others) spent way more time with us than we had expected or hoped for! Thanks for your concern, your efforts to ease our worries, and your invaluable expertise! Priceless!

May 18, 2013

Good.

May 10, 2013

Dr. Akoum made me feel like I got the best care.

April 29, 2013

There was a doctor who talked to me before Dr. Akoum came in. Maybe he was an assistant or maybe he was a medical student. I don't remember his name because it was unusual. But I want to say that he was fabulous with his degree of concern for me personally. I felt important and not just a patient to be pushed through the visit. By the time he finished talking to me I was ready to let him do the surgery (even though he wasn't the surgeon). He seemed to really care about me. He asked me detailed questions and took time to find out my whole history. Then he went and discussed everything with Dr. Akoum. Then they both came back in and Dr. Akoum also was kind and interested. He sat right next to me and discussed everything in detail, answering any question I could think of. He never showed a sign of being in a hurry and needing to get to his next patient. Both of these doctors were so very kind and thorough. By the time the visit was finished, I felt confident that these doctors would take good care of me.

April 26, 2013

Dr. Akoum has done a great job for me. He is a very good doctor.

March 27, 2013

I felt that the doctor actually had time to listen and to talk.

March 20, 2013

Everything went well during the visit. The communication was good and I understood the discussion. In hindsight, there was more information I should have gotten, but I wasn't knowledgeable enough about my issue and U of U practices to ask some important questions.

February 25, 2013

My experience with the doctors was excellent! It was so nice to have the doctors listen and explain everything to me so I could understand!

January 21, 2013

Dr. Akoum is a wonderful physician. He cares about his patients and is genuinely concerned with me as a person - he thinks about the whole person not just a symptom. I actually look forward to seeing him every three months.

January 08, 2013

This hospital is amazing and efficient.

December 31, 2012

I have been working with Dr. Akoum now for over a year. He is good to talk me through everything I ask him about. He looks me in the eye and really makes me feel important. I met Dr. Noonan for the first time this visit and he did an excellent job as well. He took a lot of time with me to discuss my options and he was very warm and comfortable to talk with. It was a great visit.

December 27, 2012

good

December 18, 2012

good

December 01, 2012

Dr. Akoum made me feel as though I were his only patient and that I had his undivided attention.

November 30, 2012

very good

November 05, 2012

Dr Akoum is a very caring phsician. He listens intently and imparts excellent information.

October 15, 2012

Before we started coming to the U of U hospital for my care we did not even dare to hope that medical care could be as good as we have found it with you folks.

October 13, 2012

the Drs kept me well informed, the only thing was that it took the following dr a verry long time to come and see me after there shift change

October 01, 2012

Dr. Akoum is very good and asks if there are any more questions.

August 20, 2012

Dr Akoum is not only the best in his field in the state of Utah, but he is compassionate and LISTENS. He speaks to me from one healthcare provider to another and respects my knowledge and input as an RN. I am so fortunate to have him as my physician on my team. I trust his care of me implicitly.

July 30, 2012

Dr. Akoum is a super individual with good bedside manner and caring/concern for medical needs.

June 11, 2012

The entire care team was excellent. They discussed the issues with me and my wife and presented the options for treatment. I was very pleased with their efforts and thoroughness.

May 03, 2012

Considering my issues I am concerned that some further testing may have been appropriate rather than dismissing my dizziness and my again feeling the skipped heartbeats which I had not felt for some time.

April 17, 2012

Dr. Akoum is awesome,very satisfied.

April 12, 2012

Dr. Akoum is a very patient and caring man. He calms my fears with excellent information, listens carefully to everything I say.

April 06, 2012

I trust Dr. Akum with my life.

March 22, 2012

This was the first doctor I've seen in a long time that I thought he had a solid grasp for the variables of the problem, and had a solid idea of where to go and what to do. I respect this doctor.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Pacemaker, Artificial
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac
  • Stroke Risk Reduction for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiac Imaging to Improve Outcomes of Catheter Ablation
  • Clinical Outcomes
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Defibrillators, Implantable

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Cardiovascular Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Cardiovascular Disease)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-7676 School of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr Akoum is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. Dr Akoum studied Mathematics and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the American University of Beirut in 1997. He subsequently obtained his medical degree in 2001. Dr Akoum completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Indiana University in 2005. He came to Salt Lake City in 2005 to join the Cardiovascular Disease fellowship which he completed in 2008. He went on to pursue and complete his training in Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2009. He was voted by his peers as the Chief Cardiology Fellow in 2008. He was also voted by the faculty as the cardiology fellow of the year the same year. Upon completion of his fellowship training, he was hired to join the faculty in 2009.

Dr Akoum is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He also serves in several teaching and administrative roles including medical student and cardiac electrophysiology fellows training.

Dr Akoum has been involved in clinical and translational research throughout his training. He received the Resident Research Award at Indiana University in 2004. He enrolled and completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Investigation at the University of Utah in 2011. Dr Akoum is a research investigator at the Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research and Management (CARMA) center. He has authored several manuscripts and presented at several national and international meetings where he was a finalist and award recipient at the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator Forum and the Heart Rhythm Society Young Investigator Competition. His research interests include atrial fibrillation management including catheter ablation and drug treatment as well as the associated thromboembolic risk. He is also interested in management of ventricular arrhythmias and risk assessment of sudden cardiac arrest.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Utah
Clinical Investigation
M.S.
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Electrophysiology
Fellow
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases
Fellow
Residency Indiana University School Of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Resident
Internship American University of Beirut
Internal Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical American University of Beirut
Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate American University of Beirut
Mathematics
B.S.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Akoum N, McGann C, Vergara G, Badger T, Ranjan R, Mahnkopf C, Kholmovski E, Macleod R, Marrouche N (2012). Atrial Fibrosis Quantified Using Late Gadolinium Enhancement MRI is Associated With Sinus Node Dysfunction Requiring Pacemaker Implant. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, 23(1), 44-50.
  2. Pacchia CF, Akoum NW, Wasmund S, Hamdan MH (2012). Atrial Bigeminy Results in Decreased Left Ventricular Function: An Insight into the Mechanism of PVC-Induced Cardiomyopathy.LID - 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2012.03466.x [doi]. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol.
  3. Akoum N, Daccarett M, McGann C, Segerson N, Vergara G, Kuppahally S, Badger T, Burgon N, Haslam T, Kholmovski E, Macleod R, Marrouche N (2011). Atrial fibrosis helps select the appropriate patient and strategy in catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: a DE-MRI guided approach. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, 22(1), 16-22.
  4. Vergara GR, Vijayakumar S, Kholmovski EG, Blauer JJ, Guttman MA, Gloschat C, Payne G, Vij K, Akoum NW, Daccarett M, McGann CJ, Macleod RS, Marrouche NF (2011). Real-time magnetic resonance imaging-guided radiofrequency atrial ablation and visualization of lesion formation at 3 Tesla. Heart Rhythm, 8(2), 295-303.
  5. Akoum NW, Daccarett M, Wasmund SL, Hamdan MH (2011). An animal model for ectopy-induced cardiomyopathy. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol, 34(3), 291-5.
  6. Daccarett M, McGann CJ, Akoum NW, MacLeod RS, Marrouche NF (2011). MRI of the left atrium: predicting clinical outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther, 9(1), 105-11.
  7. Daccarett M, Badger TJ, Akoum N, Burgon NS, Mahnkopf C, Vergara G, Kholmovski E, McGann CJ, Parker D, Brachmann J, Macleod RS, Marrouche NF (2011). Association of left atrial fibrosis detected by delayed-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging and the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol, 57(7), 831-8.
  8. Saidi A, Akoum N, Bader F (2011). Management of unstable arrhythmias in cardiogenic shock. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med, 13(4), 354-60.
  9. Akoum NW, Sanders NA, Wasmund SL, Hamdan MH (2011). Irregular ventricular activation results in QT prolongation and increased QT dispersion: a new insight into the mechanism of AF-induced ventricular arrhythmogenesis. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, 22(11), 1249-52.
  10. McGann C, Kholmovski E, Blauer J, Vijayakumar S, Haslam T, Cates J, Dibella E, Burgon N, Wilson B, Alexander A, Prastawa M, Daccarett M, Vergara G, Akoum N, Parker D, Macleod R, Marrouche N (2011). Dark regions of no-reflow on late gadolinium enhancement magnetic resonance imaging result in scar formation after atrial fibrillation ablation. J Am Coll Cardiol, 58(2), 177-85.
  11. Gorman DR, Peterson KA, Fang J, Olpin J, Sommers DO, McFadden M, Morshedzadeh JH, Akoum N, Daccarett M, Marrouche N, Adler DG (2011). Cross-sectional imaging obtained immediately following radiofrequency atrial fibrillation ablation does not predict endoscopic evidence of esophageal injury. Dig Dis Sci, 56(12), 3453-8.
  12. Segerson NM, Daccarett M, Badger TJ, Shabaan A, Akoum N, Fish EN, Rao S, Burgon NS, Adjei-Poku Y, Kholmovski E, Vijayakumar S, DiBella EV, MacLeod RS, Marrouche NF (2010). Magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed ablative debulking of the left atrial posterior wall and septum for treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation: rationale and initial experience. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, 21(2), 126-32.
  13. Kuppahally SS, Akoum N, Burgon NS, Badger TJ, Kholmovski EG, Vijayakumar S, Rao SN, Blauer J, Fish EN, Dibella EV, Macleod RS, McGann C, Litwin SE, Marrouche NF (2010). Left atrial strain and strain rate in patients with paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation: relationship to left atrial structural remodeling detected by delayed-enhancement MRI. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging, 3(3), 231-9.
  14. Ghanbari H, Feldman D, Schmidt M, Ottino J, Machado C, Akoum N, Wall TS, Daccarett M (2010). Cardiac resynchronization therapy device implantation in patients with therapeutic international normalized ratios. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol, 33(4), 400-6.
  15. Badger TJ, Daccarett M, Akoum NW, Adjei-Poku YA, Burgon NS, Haslam TS, Kalvaitis S, Kuppahally S, Vergara G, McMullen L, Anderson PA, Kholmovski E, MacLeod RS, Marrouche NF (2010). Evaluation of left atrial lesions after initial and repeat atrial fibrillation ablation: lessons learned from delayed-enhancement MRI in repeat ablation procedures. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol, 3(3), 249-59.
  16. Masood SO, Wasmund SL, Akoum NW, Egger MJ, Hsiai T, Hamdan MH (2010). The effects of rate and rhythm control on blood pressure and antihypertensive drug usage in patients with atrial fibrillation and hypertension enrolled in the AFFIRM trial. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, 21(10), 1094-8.
  17. Akoum NW, Wasmund SL, Lux RL, Hamdan MH (2010). Reverse electrical remodeling of the ventricles following successful restoration of sinus rhythm in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol, 33(10), 1198-202.
  18. Mahnkopf C, Badger TJ, Burgon NS, Daccarett M, Haslam TS, Badger CT, McGann CJ, Akoum N, Kholmovski E, Macleod RS, Marrouche NF (2010). Evaluation of the left atrial substrate in patients with lone atrial fibrillation using delayed-enhanced MRI: implications for disease progression and response to catheter ablation. Heart Rhythm, 7(10), 1475-81.
  19. Kuppahally SS, Akoum N, Badger TJ, Burgon NS, Haslam T, Kholmovski E, Macleod R, McGann C, Marrouche NF (2010). Echocardiographic left atrial reverse remodeling after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is predicted by preablation delayed enhancement of left atrium by magnetic resonance imaging. Am Heart J, 160(5), 877-84.

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