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Meet the CCEM Physicians

Cardiology Consultants of East Michigan is proud to bring some of the top doctors in the region to locations convenient to you. Our team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing the highest quality of cardiovascular care. The experience our doctors bring and the nurturing care they provide, sets us apart from other cardiology practices.

Please select a doctor to view their profile:  Dr. Alawwa Dr. Cleary, Dr. Harris, Dr. Malek


Meet the CCEM Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

Our professional staff such as our Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners greatly assist in your care by rounding when you are in the hospital. We are proud of our professional staff and they are an integral part of our practice.

Please select a staff member to view their profile: Gina BerkleyKelli Rowley, Christina Tharrett



Abdul Kader Alawwa, MD, FACC

Dr. Abdul K. Alawwa was born in Damascus, Syria where he attended his country’s oldest and largest university, Damascus University of Medicine. He graduated in 1983 and accepted a position as a Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine at Damascus University.  In 1986, Dr. Alawwa came to the United States to perform research work at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Shortly thereafter, he became a resident at Ohio State University Hospital and was offered a fellowship in Clinical Cardiology in 1990. In 1993, he accepted a fellowship in Interventional Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.   


Dr. Alawwa began his private practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1995. After moving his practice to Minot, North Dakota, he became the Director of the Cardiac Electro-physiology Laboratory at the UniMed Center, as well as Director of the Pacemaker and ICD Clinic at the Medical Arts Clinic. In 1999, Dr. Alawwa and his family moved to Michigan to continue his private practice. At present, he has privileges at McLaren-Flint, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Hurley Medical Center and McLaren-Lapeer Region. His offices are in both Flint and Lapeer. He specializes in rhythm disorders of the heart. Among the procedures he performs for these problems are pacemaker and ICD implants as well as electrophysiology studies, radio frequency ablations and cardioversions.


Throughout his career, Dr. Alawwa has received several board certifications, including Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing.  Along with these prestigious certifications, Dr. Alawwa holds several medical society and hospital staff memberships including his position as clinical assistant professor at Michigan State University. He has been published in a variety of medical  journals, has spent some time on the lecturing circuit, and is very involved in clinical research.   Back to Top

Robert M. Cleary, Jr., MD, FACC

Dr. Robert M. Cleary is a native of Wilmette, Illinois. After graduating high school Cum Laude he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University. In 1981 he graduated with distinction from Northwestern University Medical School with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. Dr. Cleary then went on to the University of Illinois School of Medicine where he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1985.


Dr. Cleary served his internship and residency in medicine at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor from 1985-1988 and performed a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Michigan Hospitals from 1988-1992. Continuing at the University of Michigan Hospitals, Dr. Cleary performed a Senior Fellowship, and advanced training in Surface Echocardiography and Transesophageal Echocardiology. From 1992-1995 Dr. Cleary was a lecturer at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Hospitals and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, both in Ann Arbor.


He is certified with the Michigan Board of Medicine, the Michigan Board of Pharmacy, the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, the Indiana Board of Medicine, and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. Additionally, Dr. Cleary is certified with the National Board of Medical Examiners, holds a Controlled Substance Registration Certificate with the US Dept. of Justice DEA, and an ABIM: Interventional Cardiology Qualification.


Along with these prestigious certifications, Dr. Cleary holds numerous Subspecialty Procedure Certifications and accreditations. He has received many honors and awards throughout his career, participated in several teaching activities, served as a lecturer at conferences on the university level, and continues to serve on various committees. He also has an extensive bibliography contributing to both publications and abstracts.   Back to Top

Jeffrey L. Harris, DO, FACC, FSCAI, FACOI

Dr. Jeffrey Harris is a native of Tyrone, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1973. Dr. Harris is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, where he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977. Dr. Harris served his internship and residency in medicine at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and performed a fellowship in cardiology. Dr. Harris received additional training in Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital of Michigan, Electrophysiology at Mt. Sinai in Milwaukee, Peripheral Vascular Disease at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Detroit and Noninvasive Cardiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.


While on staff at McLaren - Lapeer Region he has held a variety of appointments including Medical Director of ICU/CCU, Medical Director of Cardiopulmonary Medicine, Medical Director of Transitional Care Unit, Vice Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff. Dr. Harris is also on staff at McLaren -Flint, Hurley Medical Center, Genesys Regional Medical Center and Beaumont Hospital, Troy. Dr. Harris is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology.


Along with these prestigious certifications, Dr. Harris holds numerous medical society and hospital staff memberships and has kept current throughout these many years by attending additional cardiology subspecialty training seminars and conferences.  Back to Top

Ryan Malek, DO

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Gina Berkley, NP-BC

Gina Berkley, NP-BC, graduated from University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked as a critical care nurse on the Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU at Royal Oak Beaumont for 4 years, and her passion for cardiology only grew deeper with every shift spent on the unit. She eventually returned to Ann Arbor to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing at University of Michigan to be a practicing Cardiology Nurse Practitioner. She graduated in 2022 at the top of her class, and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. You will see her practicing both in the office and in the hospital. She grew up in Rochester Hills, but on summer weekends, you will find her at Harsens Island at her family cottage either fishing or boating. Gina enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, Carlos, at the Lake Orion dog park where she will most likely be if she’s not working.

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Kelli Rowley, NP-C

Kelli Rowley, NP-C graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2016 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked as a nurse at Beaumont for 4 years. She went on to graduate from SVSU in 2019 with her Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner. She is board certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. You will see her both in the hospital setting, as well as in the office. She is a Lapeer native and grew up in the area. In her free time, Kelli enjoys trips "Up North" and spending time with her husband and two kids, William and Maeve.

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Christina Tharrett, FNP-BC

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