About Dr. Gosta Pettersson,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Gosta Pettersson and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Gothenburg University - Sweden in 1971. To date, I have performed approximately 15,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 3,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that I have extensive experience with complex pathologies in very complex patients suffering from heart valve disease.
I enjoy my field of practice and focusing on giving people hope, especially in complex reoperation cases. I appreciate having something to give in order to make a difference in people’s lives.
21 Patient Reviews for
"Described by multiple people as likely the most experienced cardiothoracic surgeon currently practicing in the world.
Dr. Pettersson is quiet but completely confident in his approach. Gave me a sense of peace and comfort going into the operating room being operated on by him. His PA, Jacqueline, was great and spent quite a bit of time helping me while I was in the hospital for a week post surgery along with all the nurses.
I will remember him and the team at the Cleveland Clinic for the rest of my life!"
-- Zachary Bynum, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 06/19/2021
"Dr. Gosta Pettersson was described to me by numerous professionals at the Cleveland Clinic as likely the most skilled surgeon still practicing in the entire world.
Dr. Pettersson is quiet and very straightforward, and he has earned that right with his enormous experience. He will exude confidence and radiate a sense of sureness. He will answer your questions and make you confident in his surgical approach.
My valve-sparing aortic root replacement took just less than five hours, and I woke up without a ventilator and only one chest tube. I was out of the ICU in 18 hours and left the hospital on post-op day five.
The results were excellent and I had no complications. Dr. Pettersson’s skill and technical ability is evident, but his humble attitude and extensive experience looms over all else in his presence.
It feels great to have been operated on by the best of the best. The greatest of all time. Dr. Pettersson is rumored to be retiring soon, but ask anyone at Cleveland Clinic, and they will process their affection for this giant of a surgeon. Thank you, Dr. Pettersson."
-- Taylor Fox, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 02/02/2021
-- Betty Carter, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 03/17/2020
-- Alan Gottlieb, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/25/2019
-- Ana D'Anello, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 03/27/2019
Dr. Pettersson will invest *at least* as much as you do in your care! He answered all my questions before surgery, even returning to the office to do so! He came to see me three times while in recovery and my surgical outcome has been exemplary (5 weeks post recovery). I have had no complications whatsoever. (My primary care physician had to lean in hard, close his eyes and concentrate when listening to my heart because he has not heard such a quiet aortic valve before.)
At Dr. Pettersson’s suggestion, I had the Ozaki Procedure and recommend younger patients research the technique and seek him out if you want to avoid a mechanical valve and are not quite convinced receiving successive bioprosthetic valves will meet your longevity goals.
My thanks go out to Dr. Pettersson, the entire surgical team and the ICU and cardiac nursing staff. Collectively, they gave me a gift! I am so very grateful!"
-- Rob Sparling, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/26/2018
-- Susan Manning Beckner, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 02/22/2018
I would also like to thank the nurses who took care of me for (3) days in ICU and the nurses who took are of me during my time in the step-down unit.
Last, but not least I would like to personally thank (Marty) for taking such wonderful care of me during my stay. Your an amazing person and the Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have you as an employee.
The Bentall procedure is a very delicate cardiac surgery operation involving a composite graft replacement of the aortic valve, aortic root and ascending aorta, with re-implantation of the coronary arteries into the graft including the implantation of a mechanical valve."
-- Gavino Veyrano, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 08/15/2016
-- Bridget Sawmiller, Pulmonary Valve, Median Sternotomy, 08/05/2016
-- Jeff Peters, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 02/15/2016
-- Jeff V., Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/04/2014
I did so much research on Dr Pettersson that from our first handshake I knew I was in the best of hands. He is a perfectionist. The staff and nurses provided me with absolute quality care.
Thank you Dr Pettersson and the Cleveland Clinic for giving me back the wonderful life I am enjoying now 2 years post op!"
-- Kathy Lee, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/20/2012
-- Andrea Caporale, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/22/2010
-- Rosemary Walton, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/29/2010
-- Ray Harman, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/15/2010
-- Charles Bishop, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/02/2010
-- Alice Ruffing, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/08/2010
-- Keli Coleman, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 02/03/2009
-- Claude LaPerle, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/20/2009
-- John Ottesen, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/15/2008
-- Chris Rockerd, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/01/2008
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Adult Congenital Heart Surgery,
- Aortic Valve Repair and Preservation (including remodeling and reimplantation) and Replacement (including homograft and Ross Procedure
- Surgical treatment of patients with endocarditis
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Complex Operations - with Emphasis on Reoperations
- Aortic Vale and Root Procedures with Emphasis on Valve Repair and Sparing Procedures
- Endocarditis, right ventricular function, adult congenital heart disease
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Gosta Pettersson, heart surgeon, graduated from Gothenburg University - Sweden in 1971.
After medical school, Dr. Pettersson completed a Thoracic Surgery Residency in 1981. In addition to being board certified in the United States, Dr. Pettersson is also certified by the European Board of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons for Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery.
During his career, Dr. Pettersson has received many acknowledgements, awards and special credentials including:
* 2013 - Master Clinician Award, Cleveland Clinic, Innovations & Patents, bronchial artery revascularization in lung transplantation * 2010 – Bruce Hubbard Stewart Memorial Award for Humanistic Medicine, Cleveland Clinic * 2007 - Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower and Family Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Research, Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute * Honorary Member, Finnish Surgical Society * Honorary Member, Lithuanian Thoracic Surgery Society * Honorary Member, Romanian Scientific Society * Bruce Hubbard Steward Award for Humanistic Medicine
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Page last updated: July 21, 2021