Bekir Melek MD

Covington Cardiovascular Care’s Bekir H. Melek MD, F.A.C.C., F.A.S.E. emphasizes the importance of preventive medicine. He believes the best way to treat heart disease is to prevent it.

“I think we made significant progress over the years, but still much work is to be done to increase awareness and encourage access to health care,” he said.

After finishing a cardiology research scholarship in Germany, Dr. Melek completed his cardiology fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he served as faculty and co-director of Cardiac Imaging. He subsequently finished additional training in cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac computed tomography at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and is currently level 3 certified in these modalities.

His expertise and interests include echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac MR, cardiac CT, vascular ultrasound and preventive cardiology.

Board Certifications:

  • American Board of Internal Medicine-  Cardiovascular Diseases
  • National Board of Echocardiography                                        
  • Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
  • Certification Board of Cardiovascular  - Computed Tomography

Recent publication:

Effect of intensive versus moderate lipid-lowering therapy on epicardial adipose tissue in hyperlipidemic post-menopausal women: a substudy of the BELLES trial (Beyond Endorsed Lipid Lowering with EBT Scanning). Journal of American College of Cardiology. 2013 May 14; 61(19):1956-61.