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Rima Kharbush,

Role: Resident in Cardiology Department: Cardiology
Dr. Rima Kharbush of the Animal Medical Center in New York City

Dr. Rima Kharbush is originally from the Midwest, having been born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin before moving to a small town in Minnesota for her undergraduate education. Prior to veterinary school, she explored interests in zoo and wildlife medicine, traveling to South Africa and living along the northwestern coast of Washington to work in wildlife rehabilitation. She returned to her hometown of Madison to attend veterinary school, after which she began a general rotating internship in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. During her internship year, Dr. Kharbush developed a strong interest and passion for cardiology, and subsequently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a specialty internship (and enjoy some year-round perfect weather). She is thrilled for the opportunity to live in New York during her time as a cardiology resident at the Animal Medical Center, a part of the country she was not yet familiar with! Dr. Kharbush’s clinical interests include treating cardiac emergencies and clinical utilization of echocardiography, as well as optimizing long-term chronic therapy to maximize quality of life in her patients. She is particularly interested in advancing feline medicine and working together with owners to care for their pets. When she is not at work, Dr. Kharbush’s hobbies include watching Packer games (while eating cheese), taking advantage of local cuisine and breweries, playing soccer, and avoiding the subway whenever possible. She also spends a significant amount of time spoiling her adorably naughty puppy Dobby, an under-recognized member of the AMC Cardiology team.


  • BA in Biology (Summa Cum Laude) – Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN, 2011
  • DVM – University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2016
  • Internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery – VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center, Albuquerque, NM, 2017
  • Specialty Internship in Cardiology – VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Recent Publications:

R.J. Kharbush, D.J. Trafny. Transvenous patent ductus arteriosus occlusion via Canine Duct Occluder in a cat. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, Volume 33, 2021, Pages 6-12.

Air gun ballistic projectile lodged in the interventricular septum of an asymptomatic dog. Fox PR, Hohenhaus AE, Kharbush R. CASE; 2020 (Sept 14)