New Cardiac Surgeon Joins Bronson

January 12, 2009


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Bronson Methodist Hospital welcomes Zahir Rashid, M.D to its medical staff. Rashid joins the cardiac surgery team of Alphonse DeLucia, III, M.D.; Michael P. Halpin, M.D.; M. Michael Khaghany, M.D.; and Zulfikar A. Sharif, M.D. at Cardio Thoracic Surgery in Kalamazoo.


Rashid is board certified in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. His special interests include minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery, beating heart surgery, valve repair, thoracic oncology, aortic surgery and surgery for arrhythmia.


Rashid completed fellowships in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin, and surgical critical care at New York Medical College. He completed residencies in general surgery (chief resident) at Cornell Medical College and New York Medical College and critical care at New York Medical College. Rashid completed his internship and received his medical degree from R. G. Kar Medical College Hospital in Calcutta, India. Most recently he has been in medical practice at Marshfield Clinic in Wausau, Wis.


He is a member of The American Medical Association, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and The American College of Cardiology.


Cardiovascular services performed by Rashid and the Cardio Thoracic Surgery team at Bronson includes prevention and education, early detection, minimally invasive procedures, surgical interventions, personalized rehabilitation programs, and home telemonitoring.


Bronson Methodist Hospital was recently the only hospital in southwest Michigan named as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care for 2008 by Thomson Reuters. In addition, Bronson is best rated in southwest Michigan for overall cardiac care by Healthgrades®, one of the nation's leading authorities on hospital performance. UnitedHealth PremiumSM also designates Bronson as a cardiac specialty center.


Rashid’s office at Cardio Thoracic Surgery is located in the Medical Office Pavilion at Bronson Methodist Hospital, 601 John Street in Kalamazoo. He may be reached at (269) 344-7000.


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