Dr. Nicholas Smedira, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Nicholas Smedira and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1984. To date, I have performed approximately 8,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 4,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Read more...

7 Patient Reviews for Dr. Smedira

"Dr. Nicholas Smedira and his staff were great. While at the Cleveland Clinic, I had a myectomy and a mitral valve repair. Six weeks after the surgery, I went back to work. I feel real lucky to have found him on the internet. This wonderful surgeon saved my life!!! "

-- Dov Zur, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/30/2015

"I am so thankful to Dr. Kalahasti and Dr. Smedria. They took such great care of me at the Cleveland Clinic. These doctors saved my life. Great hospital, great doctors, they are at the top of their game."

-- John Smurda, Aortic Valve, 03/20/2014

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My Specialities & Interests

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

  • Mitral and aortic valve repair and replacement surgery
  • Myectomy and surgery to relieve left-ventricular outflow tract obstruction
  • Surgery for acute and chronic pulmonary emboli

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

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary vascular disorders
  • Mechanical support devices and transplantation

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Nicholas Smedira, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1984.

After medical school, Dr. Smedira completed a General Surgery Residency in 1991, a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship in 1992 and a Critical Care Medicine and Research Fellowship in 1994 at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. In 1994, Dr. Smedira completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Smedira is board certified in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery.

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

* 2007 – Present: Polly and W. Neil Rossborough Term Chair in Heart Transplantation Research
* 2002 – 2014: Best Doctor, Cleveland Magazine
* 2007: Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic
* 2004: Teacher of the Year, Cleveland Clinic, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
* 2003: Nursing-Physician Excellence Florence Nightingale Award, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Nicholas Smedira

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9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
(866) 306-6391

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