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Maliha Zahid, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

  1. Cardiologist

Specialty Groups


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Zahid is a clinician investigator. She is a board-certified (and recertified) cardiologist with specialty boards in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Her research expertise is in cell penetrating peptides as novel vectors for targeted drug delivery. She works with cardiac targeting peptides as well as lung targeting peptides to deliver established as well as novel drugs to these organs.

  • Congestive heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Developing novel cardiac vectors for targeted delivery to heart muscle cells
  • Developing novel lung targeting vectors for targeted delivery to the lungs for conditions like Cystic Fibrosis and COPD
  • Developing novel cardiac PET imaging agents
  1. 2013
    Postdoctoral Fellowship - Department of Developmental Biology: Program Director Cecilia W. Lo PhD University of Pittsburgh
  2. 2009
    PhD - Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics: Mentor Paul D. RobbinsUniversity of Pittsburgh
  3. 2001
    Fellow - Cardiovascular Diseases: Program Director James A. Shaver MDUniversity of Pittsburgh
  4. 1998
    Resident - Program Director Daniel M Goodenberger MD Department of Internal MedicineBarnes Hospital
  5. 1996
    Intern - Program Director Daniel M Goodenberger MD Department of Internal MedicineBarnes Hospital
  6. 1995
    Research Assistant - Program Director Zeba A. Aziz, MD Department of Oncology Allama Iqbal Medical College, University of Punjab
  7. 1993
    MB BSAga Khan University
  8. 1987
    Baccalaureate StudiesLester B. Pearson College


  1. 2005
    Nuclear CardiologyCertification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
  2. 2005
    Adult Transthoracic EchocardiographyNational Board of Echocardiography
  3. 2001
    Cardiovascular DiseasesAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  4. 1998
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2024
    Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)American Heart Association
  2. 2022
    Senior MemberNational Academy of Innovators
  3. 2020
    Pittsburgh Innovation in Research Award Winner-Lung TargetUniversity of Pittsburgh
  4. 2018
    Inaugural Emerging Innovator AwardUniversity of Pittsburgh
  5. 2018
    Pittsburgh Innovation in Research Award Winner-LungHealth-eUniversity of Pittsburgh
  6. 2016
    Pittsburgh Innovation in Research Award Winner-CardioTrakUniversity of Pittsburgh
  7. 2002
    Fellow of the American College of CardiologyAmerican College of Cardiology
  8. 1993
    Graduated third in a class of 68 from medical schoolAga Khan University
  9. 1992
    Awarded the Begum Shafiqa Zia-ul-Haq Scholarship (Top 15% of class) Aga Khan University
  10. 1992
    Honors in Obstetrics and Gynecology, ENT and PsychiatryAga Khan University
  11. 1992
    Distinctions in Community Health Sciences and OphthalmologyAga Khan University
  12. 1991
    Distinctions in Community Health Sciences and OphthalmologyAga Khan University
  13. 1987
    Awarded Full Scholarship for Four Years for Bachelors in BiochemistryClark University
  14. 1985
    Awarded Full Scholarship for Two Years for International BaccalaureateLester B. Pearson College

Professional memberships

  1. 2024 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  2. 2022 - present
    Committee Member, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion CouncilMayo Clinic, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
  3. 2022 - present
    Senior MemberNational Academy of Inventors
  4. 2005 - present
    MemberAmerican Heart Association
  5. 2002 - present
    FellowAmerican College of Cardiology (ACC)
  6. 2001 - 2005
    MemberAmerican College of Cardiology
  7. 1998 - 2001
    Affiliate-in-TrainingAmerican College of Cardiology
  8. 1998 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Internal Medicine
  9. 1995 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians