Dr. Kevin Hodges
, Heart Surgeon
- Unregistered Surgeon
Patient Recommendations (1)
"I intended to write a love letter to Dr. Kevin Hodges and hope this will suffice.
To say that my experience with the Dr. Hodges and the Cleveland Clinic was good would be an understatement. I walked into Hillcrest Hospital on a Friday and was life-flighted to the main campus within hours and was watched like a hawk for three days until Dr. Kevin could start the massive surgery first thing on a Monday morning.
Three value replacements and repairs as well as an ablation followed. Six weeks later it is even more clear how fortunate I was to be at the Cleveland Clinic and to have a surgeon like Dr. Hodges care for me. As a lead heart surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, you, of course, know he is wicked smart and talented. However, his sensitivity and responsiveness to my concerns was overwhelming. I never felt rushed and felt like I was his only patient in the world.
There is also an aura that great professionals give off when you deal with them that oozes from their pores that basically says "I've got this handled. So relax and know you are in the right place with the right people."
Dr. Kevin has that aura and charisma. And the results of his nearly six hours in my chest justify that confidence. While no one knows ultimately how a surgery will prolong your life, I know that I am in a far better place than I was six weeks ago. My confidence in Dr. Hodges and his team made the decision for the surgery rather easy and the follow up by his team and the clearly dramatic improvements in my health have earned my everlasting thanks to a beautiful group of cardiac surgeons and their teams and a special appreciation on how they -- and especially Kevin Hodges -- have allowed me to look at my children and grandchildren with an even deeper appreciation knowing they did everything that modern medicine can do to save and enhance my life.
Sorry if this note gushes but when all your valves are at a stage 4 of leakage and you can't walk fifteen feet without exhaustion and a surgeon and institution give you a new lease on life... Some gushing should be expected. I am a very fortunate person to have had Dr. Kevin Hodges come into my life when he did."
Posted by David Kelley, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 08/16/2021