About Dr. John Stulak,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. John Stulak and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 2001. To date, I have performed approximately 3,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including Mayo Clinic and Saint Mary's Campus. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my focus on the patient. I consider the patient to be my boss. I strive to put the needs of my patients first. I consider each patient as if they are part of my family.
For my practice, I specialize in treating heart valve disease. I also have a special interest in the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.
I am passionate about helping patients feel better and live longer.
2 Patient Reviews for
"Six months post-surgery for repair of my mitral and tricuspid valves, and I could not let this milestone pass without expressing my deep appreciation for Dr. Stulak’s skills as a surgeon. From the first moment of our consultation, his compassion and easy manner made a very scary diagnosis manageable.
When I met with my cardiologist today, he said the valves are working perfectly. Except for tweaking the pacemaker, I am recovering beautifully. I’ve been actively engaged in cardiac rehab three times a week; on the off days, I exercise and am continuing to build strength and stamina. Honestly, I’m something of an anomaly among the other rehab participants in my class; even though I’m the “new girl,” I feel like the equivalent of a teacher’s pet who assumes the role of the over-achiever. It’s a part I don’t mind playing, and I know that my success is due to Dr. Stulak’s expertise and to the exceptional care I received in his hands. Mayo’s reputation as an unparalleled facility springs from its people.
Dr. Stulak and the entire Mayo staff exemplify excellence, and I am eternally grateful."
-- Janice Netolicky, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 11/02/2021
"I was blessed to live within 50 miles of the Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester Minnesota. With that came a hard decision to pick 1 surgeon from so many great options. After much research I went with Dr. John Stulak.
What a wonderful surgeon and what a wonderful person and personality I knew the minute I met him for the first time that my life was in great hands. He is very personable and compassionate and talks in terms you understand. His team was great as well. He was very knowledgeable and helpful on different valve replacements options and will tell you the pros and cons of each while being encouraging and supportive of your valve decisions.
I chose the On-X mechanical valve. He let me know ahead of time that there was a chance that the On-X might not fit size wise and wanted to know what my 2nd choice would be if needed. Dr. Stulak and team did a wonderful job replacing my Aortic valve with the On-X valve.
I did not have complications during my surgery or with my recovery. My recovery at home went very well as well as did my cardiac rehab. I was back to my normal activities within 6 months. Just had my latest echocardiogram done and everything is looking great 2 and half years after surgery. My adjustment to warfarin has gone good.
I highly recommend Dr. John Stulak. Great surgeon and even a better human being. Like he says in his introduction video he treats you like a member of his family and will do what’s best for you. Best of luck to those of you facing surgery. "
-- Steve Ahlmam, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 02/14/2019
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Aortic valve repair and replacement
- Mitral valve repair and replacement
- Atrial fibrillation therapy (Maze procedure)
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Valvular heart disease
- Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) surgery
- Heart transplantation
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. John Stulak, heart surgeon, graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 2001.
After medical school, Dr. Stulak completed a General Surgery Residency in 2006 and a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Residency in 2010 at the Mayo Clinic. Then, Dr. Stulak completed a Fellowship in Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at the University of Michigan in 2011.
Dr. Stulak is board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
During his career, Dr. Stulak has received several awards and special credentials including:
2019 - Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine Dean's recognition Award Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
2017 - McGoon Award AATS/TSRA
2014 - Teamwork Above and Beyond Recognition Program
2014 - Castle Connolly Top Surgeons, The New York Times Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2013 - Teacher of the Year, Department of Surgery Mayo Fellows Association, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
2010 - Fellow Teacher of the Year Division of Subspecialty General Surgery, Department of Surgery
2010 - Making a Difference Award University of Michigan Health System
2008 - O.T. Clagett Travel Award Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
2007 - Southern Thoracic Surgical Association President's Award - Best Scientific Paper Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
2005 - Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
2005 - Kaare K. Nygaard Travel Award for Clinical Research Division of Subspecialty General Surgery, Department of Surgery
2005 - Jonathon van Heerden Award for Meticulous Patient Care Division of Subspecialty General Surgery, Department of Surgery
2005 - Best Scientific Presentation, Resident Competition Minnesota Surgical Association
2003 - Priestly Society Research Competition, Inlow Award Priestley Society, Mayo Clinic Rochester Societies
2002 - Excellent Teacher Recognition Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
2001 - Excellent Teacher Recognition Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
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Page last updated: November 29, 2021