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Fellowship Trained Cardiothoracic Surgeon Joins CaroMont Heart Team


CaroMont Health welcomes Alec Akbarov, MD, PhD, FACS to its medical staff and to the community as its Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Director of Thoracic Surgery for CaroMont Heart.

“I’m very excited about joining CaroMont Heart and Dr. Greelish as a partner”, said Dr Akbarov. I’m highly impressed by the high standards, quality of care and commitment from the CaroMont Team. They have shown exceptional standard in their cardiac and oncological care.”

Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involving surgical treatment for diseases affecting organs in the chest. This generally concerns treatment of conditions affecting the heart and lungs. Dr. Akbarov will assist patients who are diagnosed with a number of conditions, including heart disease and lung cancer.

Highly proficient in General Thoracic and Thoracic Oncological Surgery, his professional expertise also includes Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive (through small incisions) procedure performed with the assistance of a small camera. Dr. Akbarov’s extensive knowledge and skill is a huge asset to the existing group of world-class surgeons who comprise the nationally recognized cardiac/thoracic program at CaroMont Health.

“Dr. Akbarov brings a strong track record of leadership qualities and outstanding patient outcomes,” said Daniel Tuffy, Vice President of Operations for CaroMont Health. “He will help us deliver the highest quality care for our patients.”

Dr Akbarov is a fellowship-trained Cardiothoracic Surgeon. He received his medical training from the Academy of Medical Science in Moscow, Russia. While in Moscow, he completed his PhD at the Institute of Clinical Oncology of Russian Federation. Dr. Akbarov fulfilled his residency in surgery at St. Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore, MD. He completed his cardiothoracic training at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Akbarov is certified by the American Board of Surgery, as well as, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.


About CaroMont Health –

CaroMont Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides inpatient and outpatient medical services within five counties and two states. CaroMont Health employs nearly 3,900 healthcare professionals with a medical staff membership of 455. CaroMont Health is comprised of five entities: CaroMont Regional Medical Center, CaroMont Medical Group, Gaston Hospice, Courtland Terrace and CaroMont Specialty Surgery.

CaroMont Health has been recognized for its quality and overall performance by the following experts:

  • Truven Health Analytics, 100 Top Hospitals for four years
  • HealthGrades, Clinical Excellence Distinction for four years in a row – 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Leapfrog Group, “Grade A” for Patient Safety for two years in a row – 2012 and 2013

CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can be reached at 704.834.2000. Additional information is available at