Zain Ahmed, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Zain Ahmed is an interventional cardiologist who specializes in coronary and peripheral vascular interventions. He is a native of central Connecticut who completed his education and training at top ranked institutions throughout the nation and is excited to return home to serve his community.

Dr. Ahmed completed his pre-medical studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated summa cum laude (highest honors) and was the sole recipient of the Marion Brittain Luther Award, considered the university’s highest student honor. He then was one of only 32 medical students to be accepted into an innovative medical school designed to train physician investigators at the Cleveland Clinic program of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio where he received a full tuition scholarship. During medical school, he was selected for a prestigious medical research fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts to conduct research in heart transplantation. After graduating with a MD with “Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research,” he subsequently completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where he was selected to be a part of the Clinician Educator track.

Dr. Ahmed then returned to his home state of Connecticut to complete his clinical fellowship training at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health. He ultimately completed three cardiology fellowships at Yale in the areas of Cardiovascular Medicine, Advanced Interventional Cardiology–Peripheral Vascular & Endovascular Interventions, and Interventional Cardiology.

In addition to his medical doctorate, Dr. Ahmed also has multiple master’s degrees including a Master of Science (MS) degree in Biomedical Investigation as part of the Clinical Research Scholars program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.

He has published numerous manuscripts and written book chapters on topics including coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, and heart transplantation. He has been awarded multiple research grants during his training including National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, American Heart Association, and American Medical Association. He has a passion for patient care, clinical research, teaching, and humanitarian trips.

As an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Ahmed focuses on diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease and peripheral vascular disease through catheter-based procedures, such as balloon angioplasty and stenting, in addition to providing general cardiovascular care.

Dr. Ahmed will see patients at Consulting Cardiologists starting in late August of 2022. He will see patients in Glastonbury, Middletown, and Wallingford. He will perform interventional procedures primarily at Hartford Hospital. He also will round on patients at Midstate Hospital. Dr. Ahmed cares for patients of all backgrounds but is also fluent in Urdu/Hindi and proficient in Spanish.

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Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Residency: Brown University, Department of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island

Fellowship: Yale School of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut


  • Medical Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Investigation, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Licensure and Certification

Board Certified Internal Medicine
Board Certified Cardiovascular Disease
Board Certified Advanced Interventional Cardiology–Peripheral Vascular & Endovascular
Board Certified Interventional Cardiology

Hospital Affiliations

Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT


  • Goodrich C. White Dean’s Scholarship, Emory University, 06/2004
  • Emory Scholars Program, Emory University, 06/2004
  • 2004-2005 Emory College Council’s Excellence in Leadership Award for Emory Tsunami Relief, 05/2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Emory University, 01/2006
  • Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Emory University, 05/2006
  • Emory Humanitarian Award, Emory University, 01/2008
  • Emory Hall of Fame (only one of five seniors to be inducted), Emory University, 05/2008
  • Marion Luther Brittain Award (most prestigious and highest university-wide award), Emory University, 5/2008
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award
  • Emory’s Top 175 History Makers, 07/2011
  • 2011 American Heart Association Student Scholarship in Cardiovascular Disease, 07/2011
  • American Thoracic Surgery Award 8/2011
  • Cleveland Clinic Alumni Merit Scholarship, 9/2011
  • First Place Winner, Inamori Ethics Dialogue Contest, 3/2011
  • American Medical Association Foundation Research Seed Grant, 3/2012
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, 5/2012
  • Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio Scholarship, 3/2013
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons Presidential Student Scholar, 3/2013
  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California Medical Student Award, 3/2013
  • Emory Radiation Oncology Scholar, 6/2014
  • Waterbury Medical Association Scholarship, 3/2014
  • Semi-finalist status for Tylenol Healthcare Scholarship, 06/2014
  • Nominated by Cleveland Clinic for Forbes Magazine “Top 30 Under 30,” 06/2014
  • Resident of the Year Award (chosen by Chief Residents), 2018

Fun Facts: 

  • I was born in Texas but grew up primarily in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
  • I attended two high schools simultaneously. I spent a half-day at Wethersfield Public High School and then attended the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science in Hartford until late afternoon, taking advanced courses in math and science.
  • I am an avid sports fan and enjoy watching sports including NBA, NFL, soccer, and cricket. Having been born in Texas, I am a fan of Texas teams including the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys.
  • During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.