About Dr. Lars Svensson,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Lars Svensson and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Witwatersrand Faculty of Medicine - Johannesburg, South Africa in 1978. To date, I have performed approximately over 10,000 cardiac surgeries, of which over 4,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that I haved trained with the world's best, pioneering cardiovascular specialists including Drs. Barlow, Loop, Cosgrove, Lytle, DeBakey, and Crawford. This includes my ability to offer patients a variety of treatment approaches, from transcatheter to standard heart surgery, all geared toward minimal invasive surgery, maximizing safety and optimizing outcomes.
38 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Lars Svensson and Cleveland Clinic took great care of me during my bicuspid aortic valve replacement surgery!"
-- Connie Taylor, heart valve surgery patient
"Everything went as planned."
-- Gina Wrona, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/11/2020
-- John Marciniak, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 09/10/2020
He did all my pre-op testing in one day! I was referred by my cardiologist and it was set for me to go to Cleveland and have lab work, see a cardiologist, have an Echocardiogram, an EKG, and a CT of my heart, then see the surgeon in the afternoon!
All my tests were completed by my appointment time! He compared my new testing to my old testing and explained everything in terms that me and my family understood! He told me my stenosis was severe and recommended surgery as soon as possible! I left there on March 12, 2020 with a surgical plan and a surgery date of March 24, 2020! All the shutdowns for COVID-19 were just beginning and I was so worried that my surgery would be postponed but I called and spoke with Dr Svensson's nurse and she assured me that my case was considered emergent and it would be done as scheduled! I had an Inspiris tissue AVR with aortic root aneurism repair via OHS On 3/24/2020 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. My husband was allowed to accompany me in to the hospital and to the pre-op holding area! When I went into surgery he was allowed in the waiting room and spoke with the doctor after surgery! He was allowed to see me once, I was still asleep and on a ventilator but at least he knew I was ok and in good hands! My daughter actually called me on my cell phone that same day... My nurse had just gotten it out of my bag and plugged it in. She handed it to me and it rang... I do not remember what I said but I did talk to her!! lol 😂
The nurses were really awesome! It was hard not having my family there to help me but it was motivating to push me to do everything they ask and more so that I could go home as soon as possible! I was discharged on Saturday after my surgery to a hotel with my husband for two days! I saw the nurse practitioner on Monday morning and was discharged to home!
They were completely wonderful in Cleveland and I feel fortunate to have this behind me! I am focused on my recovery now!! "
-- Amanda Cabell, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 03/24/2020
His entire team is impressive, from his secretary Rhonda; to Becky his coordinating nurse; to Diana and Pam, his nurse practitioners, and Sandi, his holistic nurse ...and others on the surgical team, including those who ran the heart-lung machine. The latter two, charged with keeping the blood flowing while my heart was halted, stopped by the ICU to say hi. There was always someone there. I can't rave enough about the cardiac ICU/step-down nursing teams at Cleveland Clinic, but it all filters down from the top. I was fortunate to have Dr. Svensson as my surgeon and can't recommend him highly enough.
Surgical results: My recovery has been going faster than I expected. Pain-wise, I was on only Tylenol after several days. Despite having a full sternotomy, my sternum doesn't really hurt. Best of all, my heart is beating."
-- Herb Greenberg, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 03/04/2020
-- George Witt, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 05/30/2018
-- Anne Blanchard, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 02/21/2018
-- Pamela Jacobs, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 01/31/2018
-- Ed Kelly, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 07/28/2017
-- Donna Scholfield, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/03/2017
-- Dennel Burke, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/18/2017
-- Katherine Wardle, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 05/08/2017
-- William White, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 11/22/2016
-- Daniel Conrad, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 08/19/2016
-- Laurie Cappa, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 05/21/2015
I needed surgery to replace my aortic valve and remove an ascending aortic aneurysm. Dr. Svensson planned my surgery perfectly. I arrived on Saturday, February 14, was tested February 16 and 17, and met with Dr. Svensson on February 18, 2015, the day before my surgery. Dr. Svensson did a great job explaining everything to me, was very personable, and made me very confident going into the surgery. The surgery and my experiences in ICU and the step-down room were just incredible. It came as no surprise to me when I learned after the surgery that Dr. Svensson was made the chairman of the heart and vascular institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Based upon my personal experience, he certainly deserves that honor. My recovery has been outstanding.
At 9 weeks post-op, I was released to go back to work without restrictions of any kind. Had my appointment been earlier, I know I would have been released at that time. I have no physical restrictions other than lifting hundreds of pounds. My cardiologist and internist were literally thrilled with the outcome. I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Svensson."
-- Gordon Rahmes, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 02/19/2015
-- Stan Soltys, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 02/05/2015
-- chris brown, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/08/2015
-- Boyd Anderson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/24/2014
-- jeff offermann, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 08/08/2013
-- Daniel Ritter, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Robotic Surgery, 02/20/2013
-- Ronald Barnett, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 08/01/2012
-- Reid benes, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 05/30/2012
-- Steven Cook, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, David Procedure, 01/03/2012
-- Doug Sivyer, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 05/11/2011
-- Christina Zafiris, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/21/2011
I was shocked that we were able to request him and he agreed! We discovered that our family has a connective tissue disorder and approximately 1 1/2 years later, he performed my ascending aortic repair. I had visits with him a year prior to my surgery.
He always took his time, answered all of my questions and reassured me. He is calm, professional, and so very kind. He is the person you want. His training and skill, his nonexistent infection rate, and expert care are beyond comparison. I developed fluid around my heart and in my lungs and had another surgery two weeks after the aneurysm repair. He personally came to see me every day both times and always updated me and my husband and answered all of our questions.
I always felt that he cared about me. I will never go anywhere else for any cardiac issues. Dr. Svensson has been blessed with his gift and he is using it. I told him he had blessed hands. I believe he is the best in the world. "
-- Rhonda White, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 11/01/2010
-- Allan Neff, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 09/03/2010
-- john palermo, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/19/2010
-- Anthony Simonelli, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 01/21/2010
-- Curt Wagner, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 09/10/2009
-- Dustin Lundelius, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 05/15/2009
-- Jeff Axelrod, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 02/19/2009
-- Mary Campbell, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, 12/02/2008
-- Greg Bailey, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 09/12/2008
-- Jim Wright, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/11/2008
-- Shawn O'Donnell, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/05/2008
-- Robert Green, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 01/08/2008
-- Manuel Leon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/26/2004
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Aortic valve surgery, complex aorta surgery, endovascular treatment
- Heart surgery for patients with Marfan syndrome
- Modified David's reimplantation procedure, alternative access Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Protection of the brain during cardiovascular surgery
- Minimally invasive and percutaneous valve surgery
- Aortic including biscupid valve repair and aorta surgery
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Lars Svensson, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Witwatersrand Faculty of Medicine - Johannesburg, South Africa in 1978.
After medical school, Dr. Svensson completed a General Surgery Residency at Johannesburg General Hospital in 1986. Then, Dr. Svensson completed a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery in 1987. Next, Dr. Svensson completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship in 1989 and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency in 1991 at Baylor College of Medicine.
In addition to being board certified in the United States, Dr. Svensson is also board certified for Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Canada and General Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Canada.
During his career, Dr. Svensson has received several awards, acknowledgements and special credentials including:.
* 2013, National Marfan Foundation, Hero with a Heart Award * 2008, King James IV Professor of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh * 2007, Second Place, Cleveland Clinic Top 10 Innovations of 2007 * 2000, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry * 1999, Top Doctors * 1997, Who’s Who in Medicine * 1997, Who’s Who in the World * 1996, Who's Who in America * 1996, Who's Who in Science and Engineering * 1996-1998, Lahey Clinic Neurocognitive Research Grant * 1994, Dana Fund Research Fellowship * 1993, Lahey Clinic Research Grant * 1992, Director's Award for Professional Leadership, Houston V.A.M.C * 1992, V.A. Rag Research Fund Award * 1991, DeBakey Heart Fund Research Award
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Page last updated: January 13, 2021