Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD, the Daniel and Karen Lee Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery, is the Section Head of Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Director of the Center of Major Airway Disease, and a Staff Thoracic Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He holds joint appointments with the Transplant Center and the Taussig Cancer Institute. Dr. Murthy is board-certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery.
Specialty interests: Esophageal surgery; minimally invasive surgery, including robotics, bronchoscopic, laparoscopic and thorascopic procedures; general thoracic surgery; POEM; and lung transplantation.
Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Murthy has performed approximately 6,000 surgeries throughout his career. He performs more than 450 thoracic surgeries each year. Dr. Murthy specializes in minimally invasive surgery for patients with lung cancer and has performed more than 320 surgeries for lung and esophageal cancer.
Success rates: Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons perform more than 2,000 general thoracic procedures each year to treat patients with a wide range of conditions, including lung, esophageal, chest wall, pleural, tracheal, mediastinal, foregut and diaphragm disease. Cleveland Clinic contributes to the Society of Thoracic Surgery Database in order to maintain the highest possible standards. Our 2014 outcomes include the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rate for lobectomy in the nation. Success rates for specific procedures are available at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx
Education and Training: Dr. Murthy earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a PhD in pathology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. At Columbia, he received the Janeway Prize for top achievement in his graduating class, the Robert F. Loeb Award for excellence in Clinical Medicine, the Merck Award for outstanding scholarship, and several other awards.
Dr. Murthy completed an internship and a residency in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard University, Boston. He continued there for a residency in cardiothoracic surgery. As a Harvard University Clinical Fellow, he was selected as the Whitman Travelling Scholar and served as the surgical emissary for Harvard Medical School in the Department of Esophageal Surgery at Queen Mary Hospital Medical Center at the University of Hong Kong.
Publications and Speaking: Dr. Murthy is a dedicated researcher and prolific writer. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific articles in leading peer-reviewed medical journals and more than a dozen chapters in medical textbooks. His research interests include lung cancer, lung transplant and emphysema.
About Dr. Murthy: “I may not always be on time to see my patients, but not one patient ever leaves disappointed in their care. I will stay as long as needed to help educate my patients and discuss their options for care. I treat each patient like they are the only patient I am seeing that day.”
Leisure Activities: Golf, theater, raising two teenage girls