About Me

Hazem N. El-Khatib, MD has been certified as a Cardiovascular Surgeon by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery since 1999. He has practiced Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery as a physician with Three Rivers Cardiac Institute since 1998. He has been instrumental in bringing the newest technology for the treatment of cardiovascular disease to Western Pennsylvania. In addition to open heart surgery procedures and open as well as minimally invasive surgical treatment of lung and vascular diseases, he, along with fellow highly trained physicians, developed a valve program at the Butler Memorial Hospital. This program includes TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement), a minimally invasive approach to aortic valve replacement in patients who are considered to be moderate - high risk for conventional open heart surgery.

Dr. El-Khatib is a member of The Society for Thoracic Surgeons. He is fluent in several languages, which include, English, French, and Arabic.

Dr. El-Kahtib has patient office hours in Butler and Ellwood City and is on staff at both The Ellwood City Hospital and the Butler Memorial Hospital, where he serves as Medical Director of Cardiovascular Operations.

Hospital Affiliations
  • Butler Memorial Hospital
  • Ellwood City Hospital
  • Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
Clinical Focuses
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) with or without the use of heart/lung machine
  • TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement), a minimally invasive approach to aortic valve replacement
  • Heart valve surgery to include repair and replacement
  • Replacement of enlarged aorta - thoracic aneurysms
  • Minimally invasive (endovascular) repair of enlarged aorta – thoracic and abdominal aneurysms
  • Repair of cardiac (atrial and ventricular) septal defects
  • Surgical techniques to treat atrial fibrillation when other open heart procedures are being performed
  • Traditional thoracic surgery to include resection of lung, mediastinal and chest wall tumors
  • Minimally invasive techniques to treat diseases involving the chest cavity including video assisted surgery (VATS). This allows for smaller incisions, less pain and reduced hospital stays
  • Staging procedures and biopsies for lung cancer or other chest diseases
  • Removal of carotid plaques for stroke prevention
  • Peripheral vascular bypass procedures
Education & Training
  • American University of Beirut School of Medicine
  • American University of Beirut
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
    University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
    1995 - 1998
  • Research Fellowship
    University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
    1987 - 1989
  • General Surgery-Chief Resident
    Medical College of Ohio
    1994 - 1995
  • General Surgery Residency
    Medical College of Ohio
    1990 - 1994
  • General Surgery Internship
    Medical College of Ohio
    1989 - 1990
Board Certifications
  • Thoracic Surgery
    American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Member
    The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Member
    Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Member
    Butler County Medical Society
  • Member
    American Board of Thoracic Surgeons
Accepted Insurances
Three Rivers Cardiac Institute