Dr. Ramzan Zakir is the Director of High-Risk PCI and Research, at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas University Hospital, and practices at RWJPE Heart and Vascular Institute of Central Jersey. He is also a clinical associate professor of medicine at Rutgers Medical School – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and he is involved in research and fellow training. Dr. Zakir was recently announced as the recipient of the International Healthcare Hero Award for 2022 given by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his determination, integrity, and commitment to interventional cardiology.
Being selected for this distinction by the International Association of Top Professionals is a renowned honor, only 1 member is chosen from the Cardiology industry. These special honorees are distinguished based on their longevity in their fields, the contributions they have made to society, the impact they have had on their industries and the admirable qualities that make Dr. Zakir deserving of this title. This year he will be accepting his award on stage at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas while in attendance of IAOTP’s 2022 Annual Awards Gala.
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Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP states that “Choosing Dr. Zakir for the International Healthcare Hero Award was an easy decision for our panel to make. He is perceptive, caring and compassionate and familiar with the most innovative and advanced medical practices in healthcare. Dr. Zakir is a heroic figure to both his patients and amongst his colleagues for his deep understanding of cardiology. IAOTP will continue to award Dr. Zakir for his accomplishments and as a renowned Doctor. We are looking forward to commemorating him at the Annual Awards Gala in December.”
Dr. Zakir has exemplary brilliance in his field and has dedicated more than a decade to interventional cardiology. He serves as the principal investigator of several clinical trials to enhance the management of patients with coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, and venous disease. Dr. Zakir is a dynamic results-driven leader who has demonstrated success and advancement throughout his entire career in Cardiology.
Dr. Zakir is Board Certified in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and endovascular. Before embarking on his current career path, Dr. Zakir attended Rutgers College and completed both his internship and residency at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School. He also served as chief medical resident at Hackensack University Hospital.
Since 2009, in his role as interventional cardiologist, Dr. Zakir has performed thousands of successful angioplasty procedures. He has expanded his practice to peripheral vascular disease and has obtained his RPVI certificate for vascular ultrasound. The RWJPE Heart and Vascular Institute of Central Jersey is where he can assess the needs of his patients prior to performing complex coronary interventions, chronic total occlusions, carotid artery stenting, endovascular interventions for patients with peripheral arterial disease as well as venous ablations, sclerotherapy and Varithena® procedures for venous insufficiency. He also performs complex endovascular procedures on patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease at CVI, an outpatient office-based laboratory.
Throughout his thriving career as a cardiologist, Dr. Zakir has been an active member within his community and received numerous awards and accolades for his outstanding merits and contributions to cardiology. This year he graced the front cover of TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine and was featured on the famous Reuters Billboard in Times Square. He received his award as Top Interventional Cardiologist of the Year at IAOTP’s 2021 Annual Awards Gala. This year he is being considered for an exclusive interview on TIP Radio and for the Cardiologist of the Decade award given by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). In past years Dr. Zakir was honored with recognitions from many of the Who’s Who organizations, Castle Connolly, and New Jersey Monthly Top Docs.
In addition to Dr. Zakir’s successful roles in medicine, he maintains affiliations with several organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, a fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention, and a member of the Police Defense Foundation, as well as Health Forces for Police. As an illustrious scholar, he is known for his distinct contributions to prominent medical publications. Dr. Zakir has spoken at both regional and global conferences and continues to serve as an invited faculty for numerous international conferences, including TCT, NCVH and ACC. Furthermore, he is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and English.
Looking back, Dr. Zakir attributes his success to his father, Mirza and to Saud Sadiq. His perseverance, education and the privilege of raising his two sons and daughter are his most notable personal achievements. Some of Dr. Zakir’s interests when not working include, tennis, basketball, football and he enjoys watching the New York Jets, Knicks and Yankees. For the future, Dr. Zakir will continue to help his patients by providing the best care possible and to achieve better health results through his care.