"I can't believe how much better I feel! I highly recommend Dr. Mihaljevic and the Cleveland Clinic!"
"Dr. Mihaljevic and the entire team were all outstanding. I have never seen such a patient care oriented hospital as Cleveland Clinic in my life."
-- Barry Stone, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 03/11/2011
"What started out being considered a dreaded ordeal, turned out to be a relatively easy procedure. It certainly was much more than outpatient surgery, but being able to have major heart surgery and be home and back to doing most normal things within less than a week was simply amazing. Dr. Mihaljevic was there for me answering all of my questions, and reaasuring me that having my mitral valve repaired while I was still relatively in decent shape would be the best course of action, and it certainly was. Without the major opening of my chest and having the small incisions with the robotic surgery, it's hard to notice that I had anything done. With all of the great care by EVERYONE at the Cleveland Clinic and especially Dr. Mihaljevic, my wife suggested that maybe I had been to the Cleveland Clinic health spa instead. "
-- Dennis Chambers, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/25/2011
"Unbelievable! Great patience and caring, no rushing with questions, extremely professional! Would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Mihaljevic! "
-- Nancy McGuire, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 11/22/2010
"Terrific bedside manner. I was fortunate enough to have minimally invasive surgery with only a 4 day hospital stay. I was back to all of my regular activities within a month, pretty good for an 80 year old. I would recommend Dr. Mihaljevic highly, although I note that he is now Chief of Staff at Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, UAE."
-- L. Dudley Walker, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/03/2010
"Dr. Tom is an innovative surgeon who is able to perform aortic valve replacements using a 3" incision (in most cases.) I decided to go to The Cleveland Clinic because I wanted the shortest possible recovery time. (P. S. When I made the appointment for my surgery, I was told that Dr. Tom would be going out of town the following day. I took the date anyway because I wanted this surgeon and the soonest possible date!) The experience far exceeded my expectations. I had surgery on Friday afternoon and was released from the hospital on Monday morning. My husband and I flew back to Denver on Tuesday. I had minimal discomfort following the operation and was able to take total care of myself at home. After almost one year, I can't believe how much better I feel! I would recommend Dr. Tom and the Cleveland Clinic most highly!"
-- Anne Shannon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/16/2010
"Although he did the surgery on Friday and flew to Berlin the next day, I felt no anxiety regarding my care. Everything went well. I was playing tennis two months later."
-- Marjorie swelstad, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Maze Procedure, 06/11/2010
"I was very blessed to have Dr. Mihaljevic for my surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. This was my second open heart surgery to repair my mitral valve so I wanted to be in the best place possible as far as experience with challenging surgeries and excellence in care. Dr. Mihaljevic was not only very easy to talk to but very professional and skillful and genuinely interested in doing the best surgical type to bring about the best results for ME. He visited
me every day and was happy to answer any questions I had. I am forever grateful for the beautiful re-repair of my mitral valve and mini-maze procedure that Dr. Mihaljevic performed."
-- Carla Hansen, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 04/15/2010
"Dr. Mahaljevic took time before the surgery to explain why I was a candidate for the surgery and the process that I would undergo. He answered all of the questions that I had. He followed up with me when I returned home. Excellent bedside manner."
-- Malcolm Cunningham, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 12/23/2008
"On the advice of my cardiologist (and Adam Pick) - to get a second, and third opinion - I interviewed surgeons in several well know medical centers on the East Coast - and my personal choice was Dr. Mihaljevic.
Although born in Crotia, he was Harvard educated, and was Director of Cardiac Surgery at Brigham & Women's Hospital prior to joining the team at the Cleveland Clinic. He holds a patent for minimally invasive surgery. Bottom line - he is intelligent, knows what he is doing and is simply a nice guy. He has a wonderful bedside manner, and the respect of his colleagues. He listened to my concerns and followed through on them, the small things and the really tough stuff. I wanted to be on the heart lung machine for least amount of time possible - he assured me - and had me off the machine in just under 30 minutes. I didn't want the tubes down my throat except as necessary - he visited me in ICU to insure they were removed promptly.
I recently had a follow up echocardiogram - and the new aortic valve is working well.
Bottom line - he is a genuine, wonderful surgeon.
I highly recommend him!"
-- Paul Kaminski, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 11/06/2008
"My experience with Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Mihaljevic was excellent from the first contact by phone to the Resource Nurses to the actual surgery and hospital experience. Dr. Tom is, in my mind the "go to" guy for someone needing Mitral Valve Repair. As a matter of fact, there is a video of him teaching an ampitheater full of cardiac surgeons at CC as he is doing a MV Repair with the DaVinci Assisted robot. He calls MV repair "doing plastic surgery of the MV." I found his bedside manner warm, informative, and reassuring, all based on evidence data and his stats. "
-- Winona Blake, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 09/17/2008
"Extremely Excellent Surgeon.Bedside manner A+++++++.I was amazed and could not believe his great job. God Bless Him a Lot. Our Best wishes to him and his family for Ever. "
-- Niel( Niranjankumar) Patel, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/26/2008
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"Dr. Mihaljevic is one of the leading cardiac surgeons in the country, and one of the pioneers in robotic and minimally invasive surgeries. On the recommendation of my own cardiologist, I flew clear across the country to have the procedure performed at the Cleveland Clinic, the #1 heart hospital. Everything about the experience was wonderful. I can't imagine getting better care anywhere!"
-- Patrick Anderson, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 10/10/2007