Nche Zama, MD, PhD

Board Certified in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

  • Titles:

    Consultant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon

  • Department + Services:

    Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

  • My 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)


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 since its founding in 2005 and is instrumental in launching Jamaica’s first private cardiovascular surgery program.

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

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)