Dr. Clifton Lewis
Dr. Clifton Lewis
2000 6th Avenue South, Floor 4
Birmingham, AL 35233
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.
17 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 is absolutely phenomenal, in my opinion one of the very best in the country. He has a fantastic team behind him. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. You are in very good hands with this surgeon. "
-- Richard Bekesh, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Maze Procedure, 04/17/2019
"OUTSTANDING! Dr. Lewis and his medical team were more than supportive, nurturing and encouraging during our entire stay. In addition, the entire hospital staff treated us the same way. Personalized, efficient and timely care is what we experienced from the time we checked in until the time we drove out of the parking lot. I strongly recommend Dr. Clifton Lewis and his medical team in Birmingham Alabama. "
-- Destry LeBrun, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Maze Procedure, 08/08/2018
"Dr. Lewis was wonderful to me. His bedside manner was exceptional. He was very thorough in explaining everything to me. The whole staff that I had dealings with were wonderful to me. I was truly blessed the seven days I was there. I have not one complaint."
-- Eleanor Goocher, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 05/02/2018
"Dr Lewis was so kind and humble. His staff was absolutely great, too. I could always get in touch with the crew if I had a question. Wonderful " customer service" made me feel safe. My surgery went very well. I feel blessed to have received a surgery that fixed my problem by such a competent and caring physician. "
-- Ann Redden, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 11/13/2017
"From the first interview-meeting with Dr. Lewis, I knew I was in good hands. So did my family.
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
"Dr. Lewis sat down with me and let me explain my valve rupture and what happened after that. Listened to me and let me ask many questions and never rushed during any visit. Best bedside manner of any doctor I have ever had and very knowledgeable. He explained everything happening to my family in a way they could understand. Would never use any one else."
-- Ann Smith, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/01/2017
"Good communication skills. Very skilled in Robotic. Good staff."
-- Bill Boone, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Robotic Surgery, 02/08/2017
"Dr. Lewis is a very relational and highly skilled surgeon. He took time to talk with me about my condition and how we could proceed. He surrounds himself with a highly-skilled and attentive team from the office, to the operating room, to the recovery. It is hard to find the words to express my appreciation for his skill, care, and attention that he gave to me and my family. "
-- Robert Frederick, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 12/14/2015
"Very professional, very knowledgeable, compassionate and patient. I am grateful and thankful for all he did for me. He saved my life. He replaced my mitral valve, restored my tricuspid valves, 3 days later I received a pacemaker, I am 76 years old today up and about and doing quite well. "
-- Lorena Wilkerson, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Robotic Surgery, 06/22/2015
"When my cardiologist told me I had to have an aortic valve replacement, I spent endless hours on the internet researching heart surgeons all over the country. That's where I found Dr. Lewis. After watching the video of him performing the exact surgery I was facing and reading everything I could about him and Princeton Baptist Medical Center I decided to call his office and see where it would go from there. I gave Gloria a brief summary of my medical history and told her that I lived about 6 hours from Birmingham. She told me that wasn't a problem and she would ask Dr. Lewis to call me the following Wednesday, which he did.
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
"If you want an excellent surgeon that truly cares about his patients and treats them like people instead of charts, I highly recommend Dr. Clifton Lewis.
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
"Dr. Lewis repaired an elongated mitral chord that hadn't been repaired during open heart surgery by a local cardiac surgeon 10 months previously. I wish I had found my way to Dr. Lewis for the first operation. Now, there's no regurgitation!
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
"Extremely satisfied with the care provided by Dr. Clifton Lewis. He had good bedside manner and was careful to keep us informed about what was done, and how the patient was to continue with the recovery."
-- Sylvester Smith, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 01/30/2014
"From my research, Dr. Clifton Lewis was the MOST experienced cardiothoracic surgeon in the Southeast with this particular isolated aortic valve replacement procedure. Mine was minimally invasive and was performed through a right anterior thoracotomy approach between the 2nd and 3rd intercostal space/ribs. The sternum bone was not broken; therefore my recovery was swift. Had surgery on Monday, released from hospital on Friday and walked 6 miles the following Monday. Medical technology is wonderful, but having a skilled surgeon gave me the peace of mind needed to face the procedure with confidence. Doctor is very thorough and compassionate--even has a dry sense of humor, which was refreshing!"
-- John Gaylor, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/03/2013
"During my initial consultation, Dr Lewis took enough time to explain everything I wanted to know about my condition, surgery and the technique he planned to use. He is compassionate yet was honest about the procedure and recovery time which made me comfortable. Dr Lewis robotically repaired my mitral valve at Princeton Hospital and I was released three days later. My level of care during hospitalization was excellent due to the supervision of Dr Lewis and his staff. all of the nurses were competent, caring and precisely followed the doctor's orders. I would definitely recommend Dr Lewis and his team. I am now playing golf again!"
-- Avery Clenney, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 01/29/2013
"I had a right anterior thoracotomy with peripheral cannulation for isolated aortic valve replacement. Dr. Lewis was a very thorough surgeon. Spent over two hours with us in pre-surgical consult. Mini-thoracotomy cut down on risk of complications v. mini-sternotomy. Recovery has been a breeze. Back to work and easing in to running (I'm a marathoner) after two weeks."
-- Jim Pattillo, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/08/2012
"Had the minimally invasive surgery done on on a Thursday, released from the hospital on Sunday, back to work in about a week. In my opinion -- after 8 years -- and no problems, Dr. Clifton Lewis and his expertise made what could have been a major recovery time a "walk in the park".
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: August 10, 2021