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...
I believe my greatest strength is extensive experience in the surgical treatment of complex cardiac disease.
"After experiencing a nightmare surgery in 2015 at a different hospital, I went to see Dr. Smedira at the Cleveland Clinic. He was amazing. I was in and out of the hospital in 4 days. The first surgery had me in intensive care for 40 days, put on heart transplant list, sent home wearing a life vest. (they were going to give me an Lvad. My husband wouldn't allow it, thank God.) The Cleveland Clinic is hands down the only place to go if you find yourself dealing with heart problems."
-- gayle drewniak, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/27/2016
"He was a very caring Doctor. Nothing seemed to bother him and that's what I really liked about him.... Nothing was going to surprise him.
Top notch nursing staff at the heart center when getting out of the ICU. The private room was great. Thank you all for making a scary time in my life a little easier ❤️😊👍"
-- Renee Merrill, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 08/16/2016
-- Gretchen Klyczek, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/25/2016
-- Dov Zur, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/30/2015
-- Julia Roberts, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/16/2015
-- John Smurda, Aortic Valve, 03/20/2014
-- Richard Gambatese, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/08/2012
-- Hugh Hornsby, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 09/28/2010
-- Patricia Walter, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 08/09/2010
-- Beth Queen, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/21/2009
-- Joe Worden, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/29/2008
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. 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