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Siva Raja, MD, PhD, is a thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified in surgery.
Specialty interests: Achalasia, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, hiatal hernia, cancers and tumors of the chest and chest wall, minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery, general thoracic surgery
Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Raja has performed more than 3,500 surgeries throughout his career, including 2000 thoracic surgeries. Since 2013, he performed around 100 laparoscopic heller myotomies or POEM procedures to treat patients with achalasia. Dr. Raja has performed more than 1100 surgeries since his Cleveland Clinic appointment in 2012. He specializes in esophageal surgeries including Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy, POEM which is an incision-less technique to treat achalasia.
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 2015 outcomes give us a three star ranking for lobectomies, placing is in the top 5 percent of such programs in the nation. Also our esophageal surgery outcomes remain one of the best in the nation in 2015.
Education and Training: Dr. Raja earned his medical degree and a PhD in molecular and cellular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, Pa. During his medical school career, Dr. Raja completed one-year research fellowships in thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and with the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Raja completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, where he was named Chief Resident in his final year of training. He came to Cleveland Clinic in 2009 as a fellow in cardiothoracic surgery and was appointed to the medical staff in 2012.
Publications and Speaking: Since 2000, Dr. Raja has authored more than two dozen articles in leading surgery journals on esophageal cancer, lung cancer and other thoracic diseases, and he has contributed chapters to five medical textbooks. Dr. Raja has given presentations at meetings of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and other professional organizations.
About Dr. Raja: “Thoracic surgery has become an integral part of my life. It’s what I live and breathe on a daily basis and that’s what makes me a better doctor.”
Leisure activities: Golf, spending time with family
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Royalty Payments. Dr. Raja receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:
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