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...
I believe my greatest strength is that I am passionate about getting the best possible outcome for my patients.
What I love about heart surgery is that every day we have the ability to make a major difference in people’s lives. Every patient has different needs and wants, and having heart surgery means very different things. For one patient, the goal may be living longer to be around for their grandchildren. For another, it might be feeling healthy enough to get on their mountain bike again.
We need to understand what our patients’ needs are and be able to give them the safest, best operation that gets them back to the life THEY want to lead. That’s what keeps me coming to work every morning.
"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
-- Ron Kansa, Aortic Valve, 11/23/2013
-- Richard Owens, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 10/26/2010
-- Sandra Shaw, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/06/2010
-- Jeffrey Thorn, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/07/2009
-- Richard Rawlins, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, 08/28/2008
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
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