Dr. Lars Svensson, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Lars Svensson and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Witwatersrand Faculty of Medicine - Johannesburg, South Africa in 1978. To date, I have performed approximately over 10,000 cardiac surgeries, of which over 4,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Read more...

23 Patient Reviews for Dr. Svensson

"Dr. Lars Svensson and Cleveland Clinic took great care of me during my bicuspid aortic valve replacement surgery!"

-- Connie Taylor, heart valve surgery patient

"I live in Northwest Florida. After much research, I decided to have my surgery done by Dr. Lars Svensson at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. This was the best decision I have ever made. I was thrilled when his assistant told me that he had reviewed my records (the day he received them I might add!) and was willing to do the surgery.

I needed surgery to replace my aortic valve and remove an ascending aortic aneurysm. Dr. Svensson planned my surgery perfectly. I arrived on Saturday, February 14, was tested February 16 and 17, and met with Dr. Svensson on February 18, 2015, the day before my surgery. Dr. Svensson did a great job explaining everything to me, was very personable, and made me very confident going into the surgery. The surgery and my experiences in ICU and the step-down room were just incredible. It came as no surprise to me when I learned after the surgery that Dr. Svensson was made the chairman of the heart and vascular institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Based upon my personal experience, he certainly deserves that honor. My recovery has been outstanding.

At 9 weeks post-op, I was released to go back to work without restrictions of any kind. Had my appointment been earlier, I know I would have been released at that time. I have no physical restrictions other than lifting hundreds of pounds. My cardiologist and internist were literally thrilled with the outcome. I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Svensson."

-- Gordon Rahmes, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 02/19/2015

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My Specialities & Interests

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

  • Aortic valve surgery, complex aorta surgery, endovascular treatment
  • Heart surgery for patients with Marfan syndrome
  • Modified David's reimplantation procedure, alternative access Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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

  • Protection of the brain during cardiovascular surgery
  • Minimally invasive and percutaneous valve surgery
  • Aortic including biscupid valve repair and aorta surgery

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Lars Svensson, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Witwatersrand Faculty of Medicine - Johannesburg, South Africa in 1978.

After medical school, Dr. Svensson completed a General Surgery Residency at Johannesburg General Hospital in 1986. Then, Dr. Svensson completed a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery in 1987. Next, Dr. Svensson completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship in 1989 and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency in 1991 at Baylor College of Medicine.

In addition to being board certified in the United States, Dr. Svensson is also board certified for Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Canada and General Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Canada.

During his career, Dr. Svensson has received several awards, acknowledgements and special credentials including:.

* 2013, National Marfan Foundation, Hero with a Heart Award
* 2008, King James IV Professor of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
* 2007, Second Place, Cleveland Clinic Top 10 Innovations of 2007
* 2000, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry
* 1999, Top Doctors
* 1997, Who’s Who in Medicine
* 1997, Who’s Who in the World
* 1996, Who's Who in America
* 1996, Who's Who in Science and Engineering
* 1996-1998, Lahey Clinic Neurocognitive Research Grant
* 1994, Dana Fund Research Fellowship
* 1993, Lahey Clinic Research Grant
* 1992, Director's Award for Professional Leadership, Houston V.A.M.C
* 1992, V.A. Rag Research Fund Award
* 1991, DeBakey Heart Fund Research Award

Dr. Lars Svensson

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