About Dr. Clifton Lewis,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Clifton Lewis and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1983. To date, I have performed approximately 8,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 3,500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at UAB Medicine. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is experience.
Over the past twenty five years, I have been able to build a depth and wealth of experience in cardiac surgery. This experience has allowed me to develop an expertise in the surgical correction of valvular heart disease. I feel that a great strength of mine revolves around a pursuit of developing and perfecting minimally invasive and robotic approaches to cardiac surgery.
I enjoy centering my practice on not only safely and effectively operating on patients, but also guiding them into happy, fuller, and healthier lives.
18 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Lewis robotically repaired my mitral valve. I was released three days later. My level of care during hospitalization was excellent!"
-- Avery Clenney, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 01/29/2013
"Dr. Lewis’s team is so professional and wonderful. Dr. Lewis is a very nice man. His bedside manner is outstanding. He will sit and talk with you pre and post operative.
His use of the robot to repair my mitral and tricuspid valves seemed to get me back to work very fast. Post-op care at the University of Alabama in Birmingham was just outstanding. I cannot say enough good things about my experience at UAB. From the doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, aids, and housekeeping staff. Everyone was professional, cordial, and cared wonderfully for me as a post operative patient.
My experience was much better than I had expected and that I hoped for. I am grateful to God and this team for repairing my heart and recovering me back to good health."
-- Fred Bodie, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 05/19/2023
-- Richard Bekesh, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Maze Procedure, 04/17/2019
-- Destry LeBrun, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Maze Procedure, 08/08/2018
-- Eleanor Goocher, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 05/02/2018
-- Ann Redden, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 11/13/2017
In less than two hours, the surgery was done. Three years later, I play golf (walking the course), play tennis and ping pong.
No pain but satisfaction from choosing Dr Lewis. Thank you Doctor Clifton Lewis. Sincerely Zdzislaw Madej."
-- Zdzislaw Madej, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/21/2017
-- Ann Smith, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/01/2017
-- Bill Boone, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Robotic Surgery, 02/08/2017
-- Robert Frederick, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 12/14/2015
-- Lorena Wilkerson, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Robotic Surgery, 06/22/2015
After spending 20-30 minutes talking to Dr Lewis, I knew he was the one. My family and I spent one week in a guest room at Princeton while I underwent pre-surgery tests and another 5 days following the surgery. I can't say enough about Princeton's entire team and Dr Lewis' staff. Every single associate we came in contact with was friendly, caring, and helpful. They were truly amazing. I was back to work exactly 2 weeks after my surgery.
Heaven forbid I, or a family member should have to face heart surgery again. But, if we do there is no doubt Dr Lewis and Princeton will be the team taking care of us."
-- Ray bROWN, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/20/2014
Dr. Lewis has excellent communication with his patients and their family members, before, during and after surgery. I believe he has genuine concern and compassion for people who are facing heart surgery.
I live in Florida and traveled to Alabama to have Dr. Lewis as my surgeon. Because of his excellent communication before the surgery, I had very little apprehension about the procedure because I had so much faith in the man who would hold my life in his hands.
His Staff was excellent! Gloria was stellar in her e-mail follow-up answering all our questions with lightening speed and accuracy. His surgical team was very attentive to not only me but, also to my wife.
One week after returning home to Florida, I had a complication. My wife called Dr. Lewis who was very helpful. He talked to the doctors at our local hospital and told them what to do. He also talked to my wife 3 times that day!
We are both still amazed at how he showed genuine concern for my well being. Dr. Lewis didn't do anything that caused the complication, a certain percentage of patients just have complications. I just happened to be in that unlucky percentage.
BTW: the 8” scar from my open heart surgery looks like a plastic surgeon closed my chest. VERY Impressive!
1 month post op, I am walking 4 miles a day and recovering very nicely. My high blood pressure is also gone! NO MORE BP MEDS!!
I highly recommend Dr. Clifton Lewis!!!"
-- Stone Hansard, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 04/24/2014
When I first contacted him for a second opinion about the results of the first surgery, his phone consultation with me was clear and responsive to my concerns. His staff also are equally responsive and supportive. Great surgeon, great office!"
-- William Villaume, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 04/08/2014
-- Sylvester Smith, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 01/30/2014
-- John Gaylor, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/03/2013
-- Avery Clenney, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 01/29/2013
-- Jim Pattillo, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/08/2012
The first meal I was served after surgery was a pork chop which I felt appropriate because of the "pig valve" now in my chest. Thanks Dr. Lewis!"
-- Jerry Goin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/22/2008
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Robotic mitral valve repair
- Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
- Tricuspid valve repair
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Robotic approaches to cardiac surgery
- Minimally invasive approaches to aortic valve replacement
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Clifton Lewis, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1983.
Dr. Clifton Lewis completed his Surgery Residency at the University of Alabama in 1988. He then completed his Cardiovascular Surgery Residency at the Texas Heart Institute in 1990.
A leading cardiac surgeon, Dr. Lewis is certified by and/or affiliated with each of the following organizations:
* Alpha Omega Alpha * American College of Surgeons (Fellow) * Florida Medical Association * Sarasota County Medical Society * Tinsley Harrison Society * John W. Kirklin Society * The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (Fellow) * The Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society * The Cooley Hands Society * American College of Chest Physicians (Fellow) * American College of Cardiology (Fellow) * Southern Thoracic Surgical Association * Heart Valve Society of America * International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Clifton Lewis was recently elected to the executive council of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. The Alabama Chapter of the American College of Cardiology is a nonprofit state medical society comprised of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers.
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Page last updated: July 24, 2023