Tarana Nekzad, DO| Cardiology | MedStar Health
Tarana Nekzad

Tarana Nekzad, DO
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (233 reviews)

Specialties: Cardiology

Languages: Farsi, Dari, English


About me

Tarana Nekzad, DO, is a cardiologist at MedStar Cardiology Associates at Brandywine. She is board certified in internal medicine, adult echocardiography, cardiovascular nuclear medicine, and board eligible in cardiovascular medicine. She also holds a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) certification.

As a general cardiologist, Dr. Nekzad focuses on risk stratification, prevention, and management of the full spectrum of cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery, valvular, peripheral arterial, and aortic diseases.

At her previous practice in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Nekzad gained experience with a wide scope of patients and pathology, including high-acuity cases, and a broad range of demographics and health literacy. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, she is trained to emphasize patient-focused care, and therefore pays close attention to each person’s unique situation and circumstance, while offering guideline-based treatment plans.

Throughout her training at Michigan State University, Dr. Nekzad was consistently recognized for her clinical skills and leadership strengths. She was named chief intern and most outstanding first year resident, hospital chief resident, and cardiology chief fellow.

Dr. Nekzad is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the American College of Physicians.

Philosophy of Care
“One of my favorite things about my work is the opportunity for patient advocacy and patient education. It’s an integral part of holistic care that often gets overlooked. I practice empathy and active listening, while learning about each patient’s life.  My patients know that my office is a safe space where their concerns will be heard. I help them fully understand their disease, and we talk about their diagnosis and how we can reduce their risk of adverse events. I love to help patients take charge of their health, and feel motivated and empowered.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abnormal Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Chest Pain
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dizziness
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Heart Murmur
  • Hypertension
  • Palpitations
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Coronary Angiography
  • Abnormal Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Acute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Advanced Heart Failure (ADHF)
  • Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy
  • Amyloidosis
  • Anomalies Of The Coronary Artery
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Ulcer
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis Of The Aorta
  • Athletic Heart Syndrome
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Atrial Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular Block
  • Autoimmune Pericarditis
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiac Angina
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac Insufficiency
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardiac Tumor
  • Cardio Oncology
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Cardiotoxicity
  • Carotid Aneurysm
  • Carotid Intimal Thickness
  • Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Cerebral Venous Thrombosis
  • Chemodectoma
  • Chest Pain
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Artery Calcification
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Fistula
  • Cyanotic Heart Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Dizziness
  • Double Aortic Arch
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV)
  • Dysautonomia
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Edema
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Elevated Creatine Kinase
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Genetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Giant Cell Myocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Problems
  • Heart Racing
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Left Bundle Branch Block
  • Left Heart Failure
  • Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Lymphangitis
  • Lymphedema
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mthfr Mutation
  • Myocardial Infarction (MI)
  • Myocarditis
  • Myxoma
  • Orthopnea
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Palpitations
  • Papillary Muscle Disorders
  • Paraganglioma
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (PAPVR)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Peripheral Edema
  • Pre Excitation Syndrome
  • Premature Atrial Contraction
  • Premature Beats
  • Premature Ventricular Contractions
  • Prinzmetals Angina
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Capillary Hemangiomatosis
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Vein Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease
  • Refractory Angina
  • Renal Vein Compression
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Aortic Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Aortic Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Diseases Of Pulmonary Valve
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Rheumatic Heart Failure
  • Rheumatic Mitral Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Right Bundle Branch Block
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Single Ventricle Defect
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachycardia Bradycardia Syndrome
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Type 1 Second Degree Heart Block
  • Type 2 Second Degree Heart Block
  • Unstable Angina
  • Valve Stenosis
  • Valvular Endocarditis
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Variant Angina
  • Vasospastic Angina
  • Vasovagal Syncope
  • Venous Tumors
  • Ventricular Aneurysm
  • Ventricular Arrhythmia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Viral Cardiomyopathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Duplex Ultrasound
  • Adenosine Stress Test
  • Advanced Lipid Blood Tests
  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Risk Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Collateral Vessel Closure
  • Coronary Brachytherapy
  • Directional Atherectomy
  • Dobutamine Stress Test
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Electrophysiology Testing
  • Heart Health
  • Holter Monitor
  • Implantable Cardiac Monitor Procedure
  • In Office Cardiac Echocardiogram
  • In Office Cardiac Stress Test
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Loop Recorder
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Preoperative Evaluation
  • Preventative Cardiology
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary And Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Sports Related Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Stress Echo Cardiogram
  • Thallium Stress Test
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • Vo2 Measurement
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Practice locations

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13950 Brandywine Road
Suite 100
Brandywine, MD, 20613


Fax 301-782-2221

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9440 Marlboro Pike
Suite 200
Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772


Fax 301-805-4233

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
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    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
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    • United MD IPA (HMO)
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    • Medicaid - Maryland
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    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
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    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
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    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • United Choice Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
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    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • D-SNP)
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
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    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Tricare East Select
    • Police and Fire Clinic
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    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
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    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
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    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
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    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Fellowship Program: Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills (2021)

Residency Program: Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills (2018)

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2015)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Apr 26, 2024

    Good interaction (question & counter questions)

  • Apr 22, 2024

    Best Dr I ever had

  • Apr 12, 2024

    Dr. Nekzad was great.