Nche Zama, MD, PhD

Dr. Zama trained in cardiothoracic and pediatric cardiac surgery at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. He completed specialized training in cardiac valve and complex cardiac surgery at the University of Paris, Broussais Hospital under the tutelage of world renowned surgeon, Dr. Alain Carpentier. He has been practicing cardiovascular and thoracic surgery for over 35 years. He has been a consultant cardiovascular surgeon at HIC for many years and is instrumental in launching Jamaica’s first private cardiovascular surgery program.

Title Consultant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
Department and Services Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Areas of Expertise
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Ventricular
  • Reconstruction for Heart Failure "Bloodless"
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Arrhythmia Surgery
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Seeing Patients in: Heart Institute of the Caribbean and HIC Heart Hospital, Kingston ( Visiting Consultant) Telemedicine

Honors and Awards

2012 Consumer Reports, Top Heart Surgeons, “all-star” practices. Consistently among top ranking by Society of Thoracic Surgeons
2011 Consumer Reports, Top Heart Surgeons
2010 Excellence in Patient Satisfaction for Inpatient Services Award, Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
2009 Excellence in Patient Satisfaction Award, Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
2008 Physician of the Year, Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
2004 Distinguished Research Award, CAMDOCS USA
2002 Individual of the Year, Sayre, Pennsylvania
1997 Distinguished Scientist Award, Shaw High School, Cleveland, Ohio
1996 Emerging Leadership Award, Ohio House of Representatives, Columbus, Ohio 1991 George C. Crile, Sr. Traveling Fellowship Award, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
1990 Cleveland Surgical Society Research Award, Cleveland, Ohio
1978 Academic Achievement Award, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Massachusetts
1975 Freshman Chemistry Award, Chemical Rubber Company, (CRS), Baltimore, Maryland

Published Research

Dobson, M. K., & Zama, N. A. (2013). U.S. Patent Application No. 13/370,303.


Moinuddeen, K., Marica, S., Clausi, R. L., & Zama, N. (2002). Lipomatous interatrial septal hypertrophy: an unusual cause of intracardiac mass. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery22(3), 468-469.


Moinuddeen, K., Baltzer, J. W., & Zama, N. (2001). Diaphragmatic eventration: an uncommon presentation of a phrenic nerve schwannoma. Chest119(5), 1615-1616.


Zama, N., & Firor, H. V. (1993). Fracture and embolization of a totally implanted venous access catheter. Pediatric surgery international8(3), 215-216.


Locations and Directions

23 Balmoral Avenue


Society of Thoracic Surgeons
American College of Chest Physicians
American Chemical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery ( Founding Member)