Dr. Hani Najm is a US-based Saudi congenital cardiac surgery specialist in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been chairman of the pediatric and congenital heart surgery department at Cleveland Clinic since 2016, where he served as a visiting surgeon since 2014.
Najm was recently chosen among new officers for the American College of Cardiology (ACC) board of trustees between 2021 and 2024. “Privileged to join the officers of the ACC as a member of the board of trustees, it is an honor. I look forward to my position in the ACC and taking this esteemed society to the next level,” he said on Twitter.
Najm has been in practice for 31 years in Saudi Arabia and abroad. During his career, he has performed more than 5,000 open-heart operations and provided surgical care for patients ranging from newborns to the elderly. He has been deputy chairman and head of cardiac surgery at King Abdul Aziz Medical City since 2008. He also served as vice president of the Saudi Heart Association from 2008 to 2011. Najm also served as an associate professor at King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences.
He received his medical degree from King Saud University’s College of Medicine. He also studied general surgery at the University of Ottawa, Canada, as well as cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Toronto.
Najm completed the fellowship program at the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He holds a master’s degree in cardiovascular sciences from the University of Toronto.
Najm has received awards for his contributions to his field, including the Order of King Abdul Aziz of the First Degree in 2008.