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Leheb H. Araim, MD, FACS, FACC

cardiac surgery

“I owe Dr. Araim a real thank you because he gave me another life to live.”
David De Jesus, Porterville
Open-heart surgery


Antoinette Callente has a been “blessed” with new mechanical valve and a new lease on life, thanks to Dr. Araim. “I just felt very lucky to be alive. I thought ‘Wow. I got through this and I’m going to learn to appreciate life more.’” Today, she has stopped smoking after 33 years and is walking more and enjoying time with children and grandchildren.

Leheb H. Araim, MD, FACS, FACC

  • Top-rated heart surgeon for excellent survival rates*
  • Board-certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery
  • Chair, Department of Cardiac Services, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • Member, Peer Review Committee, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • Member, Credentials Committee, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • Kaweah Delta Physician of the Year, 2010
  • Serving the Central Valley since 2010
  • Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon (2011 to present, Golden State Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Visalia)
  • Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon (2010-2011, Starr-Wood Cardiac Group, Visalia)

(*Society of Thoracic Surgeons adult cardiac surgery operative mortality data 2010)

Dr. Araim’s Specialties

  • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Maze Procedure
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid and Pulmonary)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (partial or complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheal Surgery

Board Certifications

  • The American Board of Surgery
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Education and Training

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship (2007-2008, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Cardiothoracic Residency (2004-2006, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY)
  • General Surgery Residency and Research (1998-2004, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  • Doctor of Medicine (1994-1998, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (1990-1994, Emory University, Atlanta, GA)

Professional Memberships



  •  Kaweah Delta Physician of the Year, 2010

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