"I can't thank Dr. Gillinov and the Cleveland Clinic enough."
"In July 2019, I was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation and was recommended to have surgery within the next 4 to 5 months. I did extensive research on the procedure that would be required to fix the issue. After educating myself, I produced a list of factors I would consider to determine the doctor and the hospital in which I would like to undergo heart surgery.
Through my research I found that I may be a candidate for robotics surgery. With that in mind, a robotics surgeon became one of the factors. Other factors included the number of surgeries the surgeon performs per year, the number of robotic surgeries the surgeon performs per year, number of mitral valve surgeries the surgeon had performed, hospital rating, doctor success rate, and a surgeon specializing in the mitral valve.
Through extensive research including, but not limited to, “Adams heart valve blog.”
I made a chart with each priority listed. After analyzing the final list, it was clear that Dr. Marc Gillinov and Cleveland Clinic stood out as the surgeon and hospital that we wanted to pursue. After communicating with Dr. Gillinov's staff, I was impressed with each person's helpfulness, kindness, and professionalism. After Dr. Gillinov reviewed my prior tests, it was determined that surgery was needed.
My surgery and testing was scheduled and thereafter, everything was synchronized like a well-oiled machine. After my tests were completed, Dr. Gillinov met with my family and me to review my test results in great detail and in terminology that could be understood. He made us feel very comfortable with asking questions and he spent a lot of time with us and did not seem rushed. Most importantly, during this meeting, Dr Gillinov informed me if all went as expected, he would be performing the robotics surgery.
Dr. Gillinov's warm, positive, confident personality, along with his caring attitude, was easy to detect. He has a heart to help people; something you cannot teach or learn. While in the surgical room and being prepared for surgery his outstanding team of doctors and nurses (9 or 10 team members) could not have been more considerate. Each person was preparing their area for surgery. Many, if not all, greeted me. Before being sedated, Dr. Gillinov called a huddle, the team of doctors nurses surrounded the table and reported their responsibilities. Dr. Gillinov closed out the huddle, saying “our team is the best, we know what we are doing, and we are good at it; and we got this!"
The surgery was very successful and I was able to have the robotics surgery. After surgery, the care was absolutely amazing. From the ICU to the step down unit. There was absolutely no step down in professionalism, kindness, or caring heart. From the nurses to the cleaning staff to the food delivery folks, you could tell that everyone was proud to be a part of the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Gillinov and his staff were always prompt in response to questions and concerns. After returning home, which is about a six hour drive from Cleveland, I was experiencing nerve pain in my leg from the bypass machine incision. I contacted Dr. Gillinov by email and he responded within 10 minutes. This, too, was handled promptly and professionally.
With all of this being said, if I had to repeat this process knowing what I know now, I would walk to Cleveland to receive the extraordinary services of Dr. Gillinov, his personal staff, nurses, and hospital support staff. They are number one in the world for a reason. It starts with the amazing culture, climate, and pride. As soon as you walk into the Cleveland Clinic doors, you feel the positive vibes.
Lastly, Dr. Gillinov provided an amazing surgical experience for me. He is an excellent surgeon with superb skills who appears to be an equally amazing person. Thank You, Dr Gillinov!"
-- Marc Arvon, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 11/19/2019
"I felt very comfortable with Dr. Gillinov as my surgeon as he specializes in mitral valve surgery and performs several hundred mitral surgeries per year. Dr. Gillinov spent quite a bit of time with me before my surgery, discussing the procedure and answering all of my questions. He has a great bedside manner - very easy to talk to, explains things in layman's terms and is empathetic. His staff is top notch - attentive, understanding, answered questions and made me feel well cared for. I would highly recommend Dr. Gillinov!"
-- Pam Hascall, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/18/2019
"I had a complicated surgery--but I'm almost 5 months out, and my cardiologist says my heart looks good. Dr. Gillinov was optimistic he could do a repair instead of replacement, and he did. His bedside manner is very good--answered all my questions, was encouraging, and was a comforting presence. Not warm and fuzzy, but that's fine. What really made me appreciate him is that he was very patient and watchful as my heart took its own sweet time to stabilize. I was 5 days in the ICU right after surgery and the electrophysiologists wanted to put in a pacemaker. He held them off and said just give her heart some more time. After a week in the hospital, it was clear I didn't need a pace maker. One of the electrophysiologists actually apologized to me for telling me I would need one. I highly recommend Dr. Gillinov!"
-- Tee Adler, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 01/10/2019
"I did a lot of research to choose this surgeon. He is excellent. We met several days prior to surgery, then one day prior to surgery. He came to follow up in my hospital room post-surgery. Results: excellent."
-- Emily Rothrock, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 12/11/2018
"I had robotic mitral valve repair with Dr. Gillinov @ Cleveland Clinic about 7 weeks ago. Top notched surgeon and fantastic hospital. His reputation as a highly intelligent and caring surgeon is well deserved. The surgery went very well and I have no problem walking 45 min within the first week. The surgery outcome was so well that criteria were met to discharge me on the 3rd day post op. No temporary AFIB or Pump Head syndrome coming out from surgery. Cleveland Clinic is a well oiled organization and one thing very evident is that they have excellent cardiac staff all around from doctors, nurses, office manager, medical technicians, wheel chair transporters, janitorial, physical therapists and even the lady taking meal orders. My cardiologist is very surprised that I decided to go out of town to Cleveland Clinic to have the surgery instead of doing it at the local heart center of excellence. In the pre-surgery consultation, Dr. Gillinov answered all my questions and even offered more information at the end. He visited me post surgery in the cardiac ICU and also the step down unit. Dr. Gillinov even replied to my email within 8 min on a weekend! Surprisingly, the most pain post-surgery is actually the sore throat and not at the incision sites. Dr. Abdullah (anesthesiologist) did a swell job with the local nerve blockers in the chest. Pain is relatively tolerable for a major surgery. Within a couple days, was only down to extra strength Tylenol to manage pain. Completely weened off pain medication on the second week post-surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Gillinov and Cleveland Clinic for the robotic mitral valve repair. In a time of anxiety leading to surgery, the post-surgery experience with Dr. Gillinov and CCF was many times better than anticipated. "
-- Kian Tan, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 10/22/2018
"Absolutely outstanding pre-surgery consultation that made me feel less stressful. Visited my room several times during post surgery and has outstanding bedside manner. I highly recommend Dr. Gillinov."
-- James L Wickersham, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 07/25/2018
"Dr. Gillinov saved my life and that's the best experience I could ever have! "
-- Tamila Hasan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/08/2017
"Excellent standard of care. Bedside manner is good, if not a bit rushed. He is a busy fellow. He works with Dr. Jellis who has a tremendous bedside manner and will discuss your treatment with you at length. Hospital nurses and other staff are excellent as well. Top notch. "
-- Stephen Fowler, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/31/2017
"Dr Gillinov is the BEST! I would recommend him and Cleveland Clinic in a heartbeat! He’s rated #1 for a reason."
-- Alan Giangreco, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 06/05/2017
"Excellent, he's brilliant!"
-- Tony Netto, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 04/05/2017
"Dr Gillinov repaired both my mitral and my tricuspid valves at the Cleveland Clinic. He was kind and very open to questions about the surgery. I was scheduled for a robotic procedure, but my femoral blood vessels were too small for the heart/lung machine. I ended up having to have a sterniotomy. I cannot say enough about the caliber of the all of the staff at The Cleveland Clinic, and I am especially thankful for the talents of Dr Gillinov! "
-- Sharon King, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 04/03/2017
"Dr. Gillinov is the best heart surgeon in the world, located at the best heart hospital in the world. His care, understanding, and expertise is second to none. His hand picked team is also first class. I can not put into words how great a surgeon and person he is. I owe my life to him forever."
-- steven weiser, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 03/03/2017
"Dr. Gillinov and his staff along with the Cleveland Clinic are fantastic. I chose to have my surgery performed at the Cleveland Clinic rather than in my home state of Louisiana or any other location in the U.S. due to the expertise of Dr. Gillinov as my surgeon. The surgery went very well and I am now proceeding well at home and hoping to return to the racquetball courts relatively soon. I feel terrific thanks to the skill of Dr. Gillinov and staff and to the wonderful care provided me at the Cleveland Clinic."
-- John Caprio, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 02/06/2017
"Excellent surgeon. Extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Dr Gillinov answered all our questions prior to surgery and made us feel comfortable. Performed mitral valve repair robotically and I was up and walking the next day ! The mitral valve was successfully repaired and there is no regurgitation. "
-- Donald Roberts, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 12/19/2016
"Dr. Gillinov went over all results from testing and the procedure before surgery. He made sure that I understood why it was necessary and went into surgery feeling prepare. He came by after to see if I had questions or concerns."
-- Phyllis Petersen, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 10/13/2016
"Dr. Gillinov was top notch. Part of the reason I chose him was because of his experience with robotic-assisted surgery in the hopes of reducing the recovery period. Because of my physiology I was not a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery. The surgery outcome was outstanding. My recovery was very smooth and I was able to return to normal daily activity relatively quickly. Although extremely busy, he took time to answer our questions and make recommendations for decisions that were needed from us. I highly recommend him."
-- Eric Young, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 09/29/2016
"My surgery was almost 3 years ago and I feel fantastic. My surgery was on a Wednesday afternoon and on Saturday I was walking back in my apartment. Dr. Gillinov and his team were fantastic."
-- luis anez, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/28/2016
"Dr Gillinov is without a doubt one of the most talented and accomplished surgeons in the world. My cardiologist in Philadelphia recommended if I could go to Cleveland, the results would be most certain and without complication.
At the same time, Dr Gillinov was totally focused and in tune with my concerns, as well as an extraordinary workload. After time with me, he would always say, “Got to get back to surgery.” After some research which is not always easy to obtain because not all doctors’ review are complete or transparent, I would say, Dr Gillinov probably does more mitral valve repairs in a week, certainly a month, than most do in a year. His team is superb. Initially I thought I was a candidate for minimally invasive or more specifically robotic surgery. I was devastated when the nurse told me on the phone I was not. I did not want a sternotomy. Then the nurse explained all the reasons why and the benefits of open heart surgery. I can tell you the least of my discomfort after surgery was due to the sternotomy. Although the recovery time is longer, specifically with driving or being in the front seat of a car, and lifting, these things are small potatoes. My incision six months after was barely visible. Today, 4 years later, I cannot see it from inches away.
My cardiologist tells me my murmur which I have had all my life, is not to be heard. Although I am still atrial fib, that was not unexpected as I had been been so for 36 years and it Is hard to be converted back to a sinus rhythm after all that time.
I have had 3 major surgeries in my life. All three of my surgeons are heroes to me. I shattered a hip and my orthopedic surgeon who specializes in trauma put Humpty Dumpty (I am not overweight) back together again. My vascular surgeon was brought into the operating room at the last moment after I nearly bled out due to an aneurysm on my SMA (diagnosed as SAM - segmental medioysis). He saved my life on the table I was told and can infer. Both were amazing hospital experiences. Recovery was arduous. I know something about this.
My experience at the Cleveland Clinic was entirely different. It was scheduled. No surprises. I flew to Cleveland alone and was met there by my son who came in from Colorado and a best friend from college who flew in from Florida. He flew back with me to Philadelphia. It was the most surreal and futuristic experience I have been through. The pre-op series of tests and meeting with my Cleveland cardiologist and Dr Gillinov flowed almost like I was the only patient. There is no clutter. It is like being on a Star Trek movie set or even the Starship Enterprise itself. It was an out of body experience from start to finish. Four years after I still marvel at the experience of a lifetime which rivals anything I have seen or done. All that said, I must tell you, that although the facility, the hospital which is a sprawling complex of 10’s of buildings, one more amazing than the next, in most most every way is state of the art, the operating room I recall during my brief time there prior to being anesthetized, looked very much dated , with all the wires, tubes and hoses exposed in full view, with machines from prior decades. This was comforting as well. I felt at home not knowing if would wake. I woke.
Perhaps the operating rooms have been updated. I hope you are not disappointed. What I can you is that if you are in need of the care which is provided by Dr Gillinov and the Cleveland Clinic, and you are so lucky to have the opportunity to schedule your operation or procedure there, you are most fortunate. I highly recommend Dr Gillinov and take this opportunity to thank him again. I have had no reason to return for a follow-up. I have no doubt my life has been extended many years if not decades. Good luck and good health to you. "
-- Bill Goldberg, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 08/31/2016
"I would consider Dr. Gillinov the best! The surgery was very uneventful, which was great! I had minimal pain, and recovered quickly. Everything went like clockwork at the hospital, with no waiting. My time with Dr. Gillinov was brief, but adequate. He had a good bedside manner, with a little joking, even though I was still a little dazed. I would highly recommend Dr. Gillinov if you want the highest possible chance for a good outcome."
-- Richard Puckett, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/17/2016
"My husband and I of course both scared and surprised by the news he had to have open heart surgery at the age of 64,he has never drank or smoked a day in his life,as he told me he was always to busy with work. When we heard of Dr.Marc and his extremely impressive credentials we felt more at ease considering the circumstances, we had other options but decided on Dr.Marc at Cleveland Clinic. We meant him the day of surgery,he took the time to explain the procedure to us etc and we had no questions before my husband was being takin back. The doctors beside manners where impressive and also comforting to all of us. My husband had a long road to recovery afterwards of course but with the help and knowledge of the staff at Cleveland Clinic for aftercare it put us at ease.My husband and I would highly recommend Dr.Marc Gillinov at the Cleveland Clinic. He saved my husbands life and that's something that may seem impossible but Dr. Marc Gillinov achieved that possibiallity. For that we are forever grateful."
-- Franklin Gildersleeve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 03/11/2016
"I was symptom free and had 4 opinions -2 wait; 2 surgery now. I needed the best to give me an honest assessment. I did lots of research both of location, staff, and doctor. All led me to Dr. Gillinov who answered every one of my many questions.. I could not have made a better decision. I chose robotic repair, a bit new that time. He was great."
-- Patti Cronin, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 02/21/2016
"Marc Gillinov is referred to as the rock star of the Cleveland Clinic. I was immensely impressed with his credentials and appreciated the care and concern that he showed in my case. When they rolled me into the operating room (fully awake) I was genuinely happy that my life was in the hands of Marc Gillinov.
My surgery went without any problems and I was discharged from the hospital a day early. My recovery was rapid and uneventful. Within a month I was almost back to normal.
Today I seldom think about the fact that I have an artificial valve in my heart. I will be 80 this year and have plenty of energy and am free of any symptoms.
Life is Good! "
-- Robert Borlick, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 01/13/2016
"Awesome! Thorough, answered every question I had. 4-year anniversary and no problems!"
-- Linda Whitney, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 04/09/2015
"Dr. Gillinov is excellent in everything he does."
-- Jeffrey Johnson, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/16/2015
"Dr Gillinov is one of the very best both by reputation and bedside manner. I didn't meet him until the day before surgery, however I felt I knew him through watching all of his videos which are available through the Cleveland Clinic website. He and the entire CC team were outstanding, and I highly recommend him and CC. Because I had experienced some a-fib on pre-op holter monitoring (2 week duration), he performed a maze procedure along with mitral repair."
-- Lenore Mitchell, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 01/07/2015
"Dr. Gillinov is the one of the best, if not the best heart surgeons in the country, if not the world. He could not have been more professional and his mannerisms put me at complete ease about the surgery that I was about to have. I could not be happier with the results and would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Gillionov to anyone contemplating heart surgery. Also, the Cleveland Clinic is where to go for heart surgery, period."
-- William Miles, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/22/2014
"Dr. Gillinov was amazing. He has a great record of success, had a great bedside manner, he spent a lot of time with me and my family easing our concerns and was easy to get ahold of after the procedure. I am nearly 5 years post surgery and consider Dr. Gillinov to be one of the people that saved my life. I work in healthcare and do not take lightly the responsibility of making such a recommendation. I highly recommend him."
-- paul vitale, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 07/16/2014
"Had a good experience at Cleveland Clinic and with Dr. Gillinov. Dr. Gillinov is a highly skilled surgeon. I would certainly recommend anyone interested in minimally invasive mitral valve repair, especially robotic repair consider the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Gillinov within their top five surgeon choices. "
-- Michael Meyer, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 07/14/2014
"Dr. Gillinov is an expert at what he does and he is easy to talk to. After meeting with him for a consultation I felt completely comfortable having him perform my surgery. My mitral valve repair surgery went very well without any complications and I had very little discomfort afterwards, even though I had a median sternotomy (6 inch incision). During my recovery when I was back at home in Florida, I had questions or concerns from time to time. I emailed Dr. Gillinov and he responded within a matter of minutes or hours the same day. I found him to be calm, knowledgeable, confident yet humble and a very nice person. It has been over 3 months since my surgery and my repaired valve is performing well and my heart is healthy. I highly recommend Dr. Gillinov and the Cleveland Clinic. "
-- Lee Corbin, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/09/2014
"Marc is a world class surgeon at a world class heart center. I had outstanding results and I am now 5 years post-op. He is easy to talk to, answered all my questions and put me completely at ease. I travelled one one thousand miles for this surgery, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Dr. Gillinov and the Cleveland Clinic are an unbeatable combination of professionalism and patient care. "
-- Ralph Mason, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/14/2014
"He’s a real nice person who is easy to converse with. At the same time, he is a medical genius."
-- Louis Wortel, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/15/2014
"I am a neuro-psychologist and work in hospitals. First, the Cleveland Clinic is amazing. The Miller Center is on target and they take tests right away. The staff was well trained and always available. Dr. Marc Gillinov did the surgery and he is top notch. Like most surgeons, he is cerebral but highly skilled and one of the best in the United States. He visited us after surgery, emailed my wife, etc. Drs. Gillinov and Borek were very talented and caring. It make take a few months to schedule the surgery because Dr. Gillinov is very busy."
-- don martin, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 11/25/2012
"Highly recommend. Dr. Gillinov took great care to explain the procedure in advance and to put me at ease. "
-- James Moores, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/31/2012
"I could not have been given better treatment than I received from Dr. Gillinov and his team. I found them to be kind, caring and willing to take the time to answer my every question and attend to my every need. Dr. Gillinov has a wonderful personality and was available when I had problems, questions or concerns. The entire hospital staff was incredibly efficient and gave me outstanding care. I had surgery via full sternotomy to repair my mitral valve and also by pass surgery at the same time. My surgery was on Thursday afternoon, by Friday I was in my regular room and walking the hall. I was released to my hotel on Tuesday and to return to West Virginia on Thursday. My pain was minimal and I have healed well. I am finishing up my cardiac rehab here at home and enjoying my new found health. I would recommend Dr. Gillinov and the Cleveland Clinic to anyone considering valve repair surgery."
-- James LeMaster, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 09/27/2012
"Dr. Gillinov is an outstanding heart surgeon. I am extremely lucky to live close to the Cleveland Clinic and to have Dr. Gillinov as my surgeon."
-- Sandra Brigido, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 08/20/2012
"Dr. Marc Gillinov is an excellent surgeon and the cardiac care at the Cleveland Clinic is world class. He was very intelligent, caring and empathetic. During the pre-op consultation he answered all questions and shared experiences that showed his depth of knowledge and capabilities. I spent 10 days there with a difficult recovery from an aortic valve replacement of my bicuspid valve and a LIMA bypass. Being an Engineer, I enjoy digging into details and facts, I was very impressed with his new book Heart 411 and amount of information shared on heart health. I experienced nothing but excellent medical care while there and the results have been great. It has been 8 weeks since my surgery and I am already walking 3 miles a day. I am pain free and at age 52 looking forward to enjoying the 20+ years of life he has given me. I can't recommend Dr. Gillinov enough to anyone considering heart valve surgery."
-- David Brittingham, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/31/2012
"Dr. Gillinov did an amazing job overall. He is obviously very skilled at mitral valve procedures and prior to surgery answered any questions we had. He is an extremely busy and popular doctor so, we didn't have a chance to meet with him after surgery to experience his bedside manner. Regardless, my recovery was better than expected and there really was no need for follow up meetings. Eight months after surgery I am running 15 miles per week and feel as healthy as I ever have. I would highly recommend Dr. Gillinov as a surgeon to perform any valve repairs."
-- Thomas Hunt, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, Maze Procedure, 05/17/2012
"Dr. Gillinov was very thorough and professional. His knowledge and expertise of my heart valve problem; plus, his surgical skills made for a successful outcome. I am doing great. Dr. Gillinov is an expert in the field of mitral valve repair. I would highly recommend Dr. Gillinov to anyone needing heart valve surgery."
-- Will Whirehead, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/30/2012
"Dr. Gillinov is an outstanding surgeon. The Cleveland Clinic is an outstanding facility."
-- Douglas Magee, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/25/2012
"First, I loved The Patient's Guide to Heart Valve Surgery by Adam Pick. I can still say this as an RN with 40 years of experience. It was in Adam's book I first read about Dr. Gillinov and the more I investigated, the more impressed I became. Since I was basically asymptomatic, I was comfortable getting on his waiting list. Most importantly, he was confident that I was a good candidate for a minimally invasive procedure... an option my local cardiologist and CT surgeon were completely against (only because they don't do min-invasive, I suspect). I had a wonderful interview with Dr. Gillinov who not only treated me as a patient, but as a colleague - which was greatly appreciated. My recovery was easy and my post-op interaction with him was minimally required. My outcome was essentially perfect and recovery uncomplicated. I would give Dr. Gillinov the highest possible recommendation - as well as the entire Miller Institute. The best medical-surgical decision I could have made!"
-- Charles Spear, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, Maze Procedure, 02/05/2012
"After considerable research at HeartValveSurgery.com's Surgeon Finder and based on my cardiologist's recommendation, I decided to have my surgery performed by Dr. Marc Gillinov, MD.
My main reasons were:
Compared to other surgeons, Dr. Gillinov appeared to have the most experience with robotic and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Gillinov seemed to specialize in mitral repair/replacement
I was impressed that Robin Williams had chosen to have surgery performed by Dr. Gillinov.
Dr. Gillinov was mentioned in several places in Adam's book. The testimonials in the Surgeon Finder were all highly positive.
When I met Dr. Gillinov, I was really impressed. He was open, honest and forthright. He explained the procedure in terms I could understand, showed me pictures from the echo of the extent of regurgitation.
I left my session with him reassured that I was in extremely good hands. I saw Dr. Gilinov just before the surgery in the OR and, once again, Dr. Gillinov exhibited a calm, confident manner which once again was very reassuring.
My surgery went off without a hitch in less than 2 hours. After 2 days in ICU and 2-3 days in step down care, I was released from the hospital and returned to Columbus. I saw Dr. Gillinov once again before I was released from the hospital.
I had some Atrial fibrillation after the surgery which resolved after a few weeks, which Dr. Gillnov predicted would happen. I have periodic episodes of atrial tachycardia which has been controlled by medication. I have a low ejection fraction of 30-35% which appears to be improving. During this period, I wanted to contact Dr. Gillinov about some of these complications and was wondering how to contact him. I finally decided to try to send him an email. I was really surprised and impressed when Dr. Gillinov responded to my email with a few hours and answered my questions.
In conclusion, I would strongly recommend Dr. Gillinov for anyone considering mitral valve surgery. I would also strongly recommend the Cleveland Clinic. The quality of care I received from the doctors and nurses at the Cleveland Clinic far exceeds anything I have experienced elsewhere."
-- Venkat Ashok, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, 12/08/2011
"Dr. Gillinov is confident, genuine and compassionate in addition to being one of the best heart surgeons in the country. I honestly don't know how he could be any better!"
-- Deb Ziegler, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 10/20/2011
"After much research, my husband and I concluded that Dr. Marc Gillinov was the surgeon we wanted for my aortic valve replacement. We traveled from Wisconsin to Cleveland and met with Dr. Gillinov two days before the operation. We were extremely impressed with his warm, reassuring manner. He explained precisely what he was going to do, and gave my husband and me great confidence about the outcome of the procedure. The surgery went extremely well, and my recovery was remarkably quick. Two days after surgery I was sitting in the Cleveland Clinic's rooftop garden, eating ice cream and telephoning friends to give them the good news. I was discharged after just four days, and attribute that to Dr. Gillinov's skill as a surgeon and compassion as a caregiver. I can't recommend Dr. Gillinov and the Cleveland Clinic highly enough!"
-- Lisa Murray, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 04/07/2011
"Perfect results. Didn't see him much. But, when I did, he was very attentive. He's got to be one of the best... if not the best."
-- William Foster, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, 03/11/2011
"Although I did not have much interaction with Dr. Marc Gillinov, I felt confident in his abilities. He is in the forefront of new techniques and has developed some himself -- which I think helped me have a great outcome. "
-- Stacy Keese, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, 01/18/2011
"After much research, Dr. Gillinov was my choice to perform the mitral valve repair. After meeting with him, I felt extremely comfortable with his approach to my problem and he really seemed to be a down to earth person who was extremely confident in being able to repair my mitral valve. Bottom line, Dr. Gillinov is a fantastic surgeon but truly a special person."
-- Dr Thomas Lentz, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/06/2011
"Dr. Gillinov is a down to earth person who is able to explain information in a comforting way. Although he is confident, hes comes across as a humble person. He and his staff at the Cleveland Clinic did a fantastic job. My hospital stay was four days. It was worth the trip from Texas."
-- Randy Stephens, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/14/2010
"I highly recommend Dr Gillinov. He made regular visits and explained my surgery and recovery completely. Eight months after surgery, I went hiking with my son in the Rocky Mountains. Our longest hike was 10 miles at 10k feet."
-- Kemneth Feeser, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, 11/01/2010
"Dr. Gillinov was a wonderful surgeon who exceeded my expectations. Other surgeons gave me a 70%-90% chance of having my valve repaired instead of replaced. Dr. Gillinov gave me a 97% chance. He answered all of my questions and made me feel very confident and comfortable with having this surgery. I could not have asked for anyone better."
-- Susan Evans, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 09/29/2010
"Dr. Gillinov introduced himself by his first name, Marc. In my opinion, this told me that he was secure enough about his self and his skills. His bedside manner and results were great ."
-- scott cochrane, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/16/2010
"I really felt confident in Dr. Gillinov. He was very helpful explaining my procedure to us. I am still healing, but everyday I feel better."
-- Denise Valore, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 08/12/2010
"Dr. Marc Gillinov was extremely competent in handling my surgery. I was contacted by his office team in April and arrangements were made for my surgery following a three day consultation at the Cleveland Clinic. I met with the cardiologist upon arrival, had follow-up work ups including my heart catheterization, all of which validated my need for replacement surgery for my aortic valve and most likely repair of my mitral valve. This was all arranged following medical consultation with my cardiology team in St. Louis following my treatment for bacterial endocarditis in 2009. I was very pleased with the consult with Dr. Gillinov on Tuesday, and my subsequent surgery on Wednesday went very well. The team was well prepared, and thoroughly reviewed the procedures with family members who were kept informed throughout my surgery. The surgery was successful, and Dr. Gillinov was very personable in his bedside manner as well as in pre- and post-operative visits. His follow-up upon my return to St. Louis with my medical team was also excellent. I am grateful that I made the trip to Cleveland and feel blessed to have had Dr. Gillinov as my surgeon. His care was superb!"
-- Paul Reiter, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 08/11/2010
"Dr. Gillinov saved my life not once but twice. My first surgery in 2010. I went with a cow tissue aortic valve and it went bad in 3 years. Went back to the Cleveland Clinic in December 2013 and received a mechanical valve. His Staff and the staff at the Cleveland clinic are the best . My experience with Dr. Gillinov was second to none. When he explains to you what’s going to happen and then you say your goodbyes see ya in a in a couple of months you leave his office feeling like you’re 10 feet tall. You feel like pounding your chest. He makes you feel so confident that everything is gonna go well and it did. His bedside manner is second to none . I bought his book Heart 411, he autographed it for me and we took some pictures. Once again he made me feel like I was 10 ft tall. What more can I say, Dr. Gillinov was heaven sent."
-- Richard Volpe, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/08/2010
"Dr. Gillinov was the best! I researched this very hard before I made this difficult decision. The Cleveland Clinic facility was top notch! I had surgery on Wednesday and was out on Saturday. I was back to work in less than 2 weeks."
-- Dr Jeffry Pirofsky, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/04/2010
"Very confident and efficient. Listened to my concerns and easily agreed on best approach. One of the absolute best!"
-- Neil Hester, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, 07/14/2010
"Dr. Gillinov and his team at The Cleveland Clinic were outstanding. I selected Dr Gillinov as my surgeon three years ago. When my valve had finally deteriorated to the point of surgery I was ready to go. Dr Gillinov did a wonderful job in my surgery, answered all my questions and kept my family looped in. Cleveland Clinic and the staff are the best in the world, bar none. I was most fortunate to have been treated there, and would highly recommend my doctor and hospital to anyone having heart surgery."
-- Mark Long, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 05/05/2010
"I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS,I NEVER FELT BETTER. DR. GILLINOV IS A VERY KNOWLEGEABLE AND
-- CHUCK BRIEL, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/04/2010
"Entire testing and surgical procedure and hospital recovery exactly as scheduled. Maintaining a very active and successful life nine years thereafter. Maintaining friendly updates with Dr. Gillinov to this day. "
-- Edward Rutkowski, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Maze Procedure, 04/15/2010
"Great surgeon and hospital. He explained the procedure to me and my wife. I felt very confident in him after doing my research. He did not disappoint and I highly recommend him. I'm still ticking after 9 years!!"
-- Sandy Gilbert, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/13/2010
"I did not meet Dr. Gillinov until the day before the surgery as we traveled from Southwest Florida to Ohio. We knew at once that being in the Cleveland Clinic, with Dr Gillinov as my surgeon, was the only place I needed to be for a successful surgery. Doctor Gillinov was humble, upbeat and so positive. "
-- Fran Zilko, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 03/18/2010
"Dr. Gillinov was an excellent surgeon. He fully answered all questions prior to surgery. He visited me once after initial recovery. My surgery was on Friday and I was discharged Tuesday morning. I've had no post-op problems. At Cleveland Clinic surgeons have a defined team for surgery and recovery. His entire team was excellent."
-- Dave Fuduric, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 02/12/2010
"Dr. Gillinov and his staff were very professional, caring and thorough. The staff at the Cleveland Clinic is outstanding. They make you feel like you are their only patient and that your health is the most important thing to them. Dr. Gillinov is a kind, brilliant, humble surgeon with excellent bedside manner. We (me, my husband, my in-laws, and my 2 small children) traveled from Florida for the surgery and I was home recovering 7 days after surgery. My scar is quickly becoming unnoticeable, and it's only been 5 months since my surgery. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Gillinov and the entire staff at the Clinic."
-- Jocelyn Slone, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 11/30/2009
"My experience with Dr. Gillinov could not have been better. Before surgery, he spent nearly an hour providing us information and answering all our questions. Post-surgery, he visited with us in my room on three occasions. Dr. Gillinov is a kind and compassionate man."
-- Stephen Cuffman, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 10/19/2009
"I have only the highest praise for Dr. Gillinov. He is a knowledgeable, highly skilled surgeon who also demonstrates a caring bedside manner. In my case, he and his team performed an aortic valve replacement and single bypass. I am very pleased with the result. I am healthy, active and feel great(even my scar is barely noticeable after 7 months). "
-- Marilyn Scamman, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, 10/18/2009
"Dr. Gillinov is an incredible guy. He is "Down to earth", very pragmatic and practical. Extremely proficient and skilled with complicated and difficult procedures."
-- Scott Barton, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, 07/29/2009
"Dr. Gillinov represents for me, one of the worlds foremost, leading edge cardio-thoracic surgeons. He is a gifted, physician, who respects his patients, and his Hippocratic oath. He embodies the excellence in care, skill and judgement that I as a health care provider myself, respect enormously. I found Dr. Gillinov to be a humble, down to earth, helping person. I am forever indebted to him for giving me more life by virtue of his replacing my severely stenosed bicuspid aortic valve. I am doing well! Thank you Marc!"
-- Dr. Bernard Lowenthal, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/19/2009
"Comfortable to talk to and ask questions, performed minimally invasive surgery through 3" or so incision very discreet. I liked him very much and surgery has been a success. He recommended my cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic who is fantastic too. I would highly recommend Dr. Gillinov especially for small incision techniques."
-- Patrick M. Hightower, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 07/16/2009
"We met with Dr Gillinov before the surgery and he explained the procedure very thoroughly and answered all our questions to our satisfaction. He kept in constant contact with my husband during the entire surgery by way of text message on a neck-worn phone. I had two doctors, two physicians assistants, four nurses, and three aids taking care of me the eight days I was ICU and Step-Down care. Dr. Marc Gillinov and the Cleveland Clinic is a great place to go for heart surgery as far as I am concerned!"
-- Janet Parks, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/08/2009
"I was very happy with Dr. Gillinov before and after the surgery. He took time to explain things to me. I am as happy with the results as I can be. I was hoping for repair and less invasive method but neither could be done."
-- Sue Mayville, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/07/2009
"A great experience considering the circumstances.
This was my second mitral valve surgery in the past five years and thus more complex.
Dr. Gillinov was upfront and patient with my many questions addressing some of them before they were asked.
Care at the Cleveland Clinic was top shelf.
Dr. Gillinov was supposed to see me prior to my discharge but was in surgery at the time and I regret not thanking him in person for what he did for me.
Thank you Dr. Gillinov."
-- Richard Brint, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/21/2008
"Dr. Gillinov was great! He was a good listener and even looked at valve options that I was suggesting. Just be ready, he will tell you like it is. Which is an approach I like. Three years later and things are going well. The Cleveland Clinic was an added plus. The nurses are awesome on the heart floor!"
-- Tanya Dargusch, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 11/17/2008
"Great doctor and my surgery was successful with great results."
-- Kerry Zemp, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 11/10/2008
"Great. Dr. Marc Gillinov is an outstanding surgeon who can perform wonders."
-- srilatha kris, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 06/12/2008
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"TOP SHELF! Dr. Gillinov was thorough, informative and personable at all times--pre-counseling and post surgery. I read in the paper the other day that he performed the aortic valve replacement on the comedian, Robin Williams who no doubt had his pick of the litter. I highly recommend Dr. Gillinov."
-- Paul Sparrow, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 11/29/2007