Dr. Douglas Johnston, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Douglas Johnston and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1998. To date, I have performed approximately 2,000 cardiac surgeries, of which over 1,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Read more...

7 Patient Reviews for Dr. Johnston

"Dr. Johnston and all of Cleveland Clinic were outstanding. Top notch in every facet of the process. Their team approach is very successful because each party involved knows their role. I drove 7 hours with my wife and three young kids when I had two good heart centers back at home simply because Cleveland Clinic generally and Dr. Douglas Johnston specifically are some of the best in the world. I can tell you the echocardiogram was much more detailed at Cleveland Clinic then the the three I had back home. I would analogize Cleveland Clinic to NFL football compared to high school football. They are in a league of their own.

I was not particularly high risk and would have been fine as a 45 year old at a center back in Washington, DC but felt better going to Cleveland. I would strongly suggest if you can to go to Cleveland and ask for Dr. Johnston."

-- Sonny Abbasi, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/17/2015

"I spent 28 years as a hospital nurse. Mostly in the intensive care unit and operating room. I did my research. I was not getting good care at home hospital. I was seeing my numbers going down. I watched my mom die of congestive heart failure. Then, I went to Cleveland for second opinion.

Felt immediately calm and comfortable. And, I wanted my life back. Quick diagnosis, great team coordination (which almost never occurs elsewhere). Everyone from cardiology, heme onc, pulmonary, lab, surgery, anesthesia, nursing, and respiratory therapy were on top of their game.

Do not ever regret going. They saved my life. And, Adam gave me the plan and courage to make it happen. God Bless. Do not be afraid of a second opinion. It may very well be the opinion that will save your life!

Volume and numbers do matter. A year ago I couldn't push a vacuum. Today, I am on a trampoline with my 5 year-old grandson."

-- Eloise Coppler, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 12/04/2013

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My Specialities & Interests

Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:

  • Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
  • Reoperative valve surgery
  • Aortic root surgery

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
  • Long term outcomes after bioprosthetic valve replacement
  • Predicative modeling to improve outcomes after heart surgery

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Douglas Johnston, heart surgeon, graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1998.

After medical school, Dr. Johnston completed a General Surgery Residency from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Residency at the Cleveland Clinic.

During his career, Dr. Johnston has received several acknowledgments and awards including:

* 2013 Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic
* 2010 & 2013 Teach of the Year Award, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
* 2011 Early Career Innovation Award
* 2010 Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic
* 2009 J. Maxwell Chamberlain Award, Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Dr. Douglas Johnston

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
(866) 306-4659

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