Innovations

Since its founding, Cleveland Clinic has been home to major medical breakthroughs in medicine.

Among Cleveland Clinic's long list of achievements, we were the first in the world to:

  • Perform a coronary artery bypass
  • Perform a laryngectomy
  • Create a dosimeter to measure exposure to radiation
  • Develop a successful experimental artificial heart
  • Identify and test for carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Create a hospital artificial organs program
  • Perform minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
  • Perform the first successful larynx transplant
  • Perform the first nearly full face transplant

Cleveland Clinic's medical breakthroughs include:

  • Pioneering neurosurgery techniques
  • Pioneering gastroendoscopy
  • Early hypertension research
  • Isolation and naming of serotonin
  • Pioneering stopped-heart surgery
  • Development of coronary angiography
  • Pioneering cadaver kidney transplant series
  • Development of extracorporeal surgery
  • Early heart transplant experience
  • Early heart transplant experience
  • Development of innovative annuloplasty device
  • Identification of the gene for Cowden syndrome