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Ajit Tharakan

Ajit Kurien Tharakan, M.D.

Oklahoma Heart Institute
1265, S. Utica Avenue
Suite 105
Tulsa, OK  74104
United States
1-800-749-1448 (alternative)
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


Tamilnadu Dr M.G.R. Medical University (MB.BS. 1994)
St John's Medical College, Bangalore University (M.S. General Surgery 1995-1998)
Christian Medical College, Vellore, India (M.Ch.Cardiothoracic Surgery 1999- 2001)
Diplomate National Board, India (1999)
University of Missouri- Columbia, Research Scholar (2002)
University of Missouri- Columbia, General Surgery Residency ( 2003-2006)
American Board of Surgery certification (valid until 2027)
Massachusetts General Hospital-Cardiothoracic Surgery (2006- 2009)
Boston Children's Hospital (2007- 2008)
American Board of Thoracic Surgery certification ( valid until 2030)
University of Missouri- Columbia, Associate Professor & Division Chief- 2009- 2017
Oklahoma Heart Institute- since 2017
Surgical Director- MCS & AHF program OHI, Tulsa
Chief- Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, OHI

Other Interests

Surgery for adult congenital heart surgery
Surgery of the aortic root & thoracic aorta
Surgery for heart failure, assist device & heart failure
LVAD & Heart transplantation
Robotic cardiothoracic surgery
Minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery
Thoracic oncology including lung and esophageal cancers
Complex reoperative heart surgery
Development of Cardiovascular Center of Excellence
Clinical outcomes research
Device development
Surgical education

Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Congenital
  • Thoracic
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Transcatheter
  • Robotic
  • VATS
  • Cardiac
  • Coronary disease
  • Electrophysiology/arrhythmia
  • Extracorporeal circulation
  • Heart failure
  • Mechanical circulatory assistance
  • Pericardium
  • Valve disease
  • Thoracic
  • Diaphragm
  • Lung
  • Esophagus
  • Mediastinum
  • Pleura
  • Trachea and bronchi
  • Congenital
  • Vascular
  • Great vessels
  • Aorta
  • Endovascular
  • History