Nche Zama, Director, International Business Development


Dr. Nche Zama, MD, PhD is Director responsible for International Business Development. He serves currently as the medical director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the ESSA Heart and Vascular Institute at Pocono Medical Center, and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine .Dr. Zama received his training in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery from Harvard Medical School, Residency and Chief Residency in Surgery from the Cleveland Clinic, a doctor of medicine from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Physical Biochemistry from the Combined Cleveland Clinic/Cleveland State Program. Prior to assuming the leadership of the Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Zama was Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Guthrie Clinic and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Upstate Medical School. Some of the positions Dr. Zama has held include – Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School, President of the International Heart to Heart Foundation, Director of the Center for Bloodless Cardiovascular Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently on the leadership team of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In 2008, Dr. Zama was named Physician of the Year at Pocono Medical Center, and in 2009 he received the award for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction. Other top honors he has received include: Individual of the Year Award in Sayre, Pa.; Emerging Leadership Award by Ohio Legislature; Distinguished Scientist Award in Cleveland, Ohio; the Cleveland Clinic George C. Crile, Sr., Award for exceptional Clinical and Technical Skills in Surgery; and a Research Award by the Cleveland Surgical Society. Dr. Zama speaks multiple languages. His main interest is in Medical Humanitarianism. He has successfully executed multiple medical and surgical missions in Asia, Africa and South America. He is a frequent lecturer on local, regional and national levels and is well published in science and medicine. He was an Invited Speaker on Global Health for the Annual Economist Conferences in Athens, Greece.