Joseph Sabik, MD

216.444.6788

Joseph Sabik, MD

Appointed: 1996

Joseph Sabik, MD
Department: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Department Chair
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6788
DeskDesk:216.444.2480
WorkFax:216.445.3204
Joseph Sabik, MD
Department: Critical Care Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.6788
DeskDesk:216.444.2480
WorkFax:216.636.6986
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, is Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Cardiothoracic Residency Training Program in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart & Vascular Institute.   He is board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and has specialty interests in adult cardiac surgery, valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, surgery of the thoracic aorta, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.

A Massachusetts native, Dr. Sabik earned a BS in Life Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was named Chief Resident in Surgery. During his surgical training, Dr. Sabik was appointed a Clinical Fellow and a Research Fellow in Surgery at Harvard Medical School and a Research Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery at Children’s Hospital, Boston. 

Following his general surgery training, Dr. Sabik completed a residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and during his final year of training was the Chief Resident in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 1996, he was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery as a staff physician. He was named department chair in 2008.

Dr. Sabik is widely published in leading professional journals, including Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and he is the author of many chapters on cardiac surgery for medical textbooks. He is a frequent lecturer at national an international conferences, speaking on the latest innovations in heart disease management and cardiac surgery, such as minimally invasive techniques. His international speaking engagements have included the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Coronary Disease Association (Kyoto, Japan), the World Congress of Cardiology 2008 Annual Meeting (Buenos Aires, Argentina),  New Horizons in Cardiovascular Treatment (Shanghai, China) and the 7th Gulf Heart Association Meeting 2009 (Dubai, UAE).

In 2004, Dr. Sabik was inducted into the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Massachusetts General Hospital Alumni Society and the Ohio State Medical Association.  He has in the past or continues to serve on the Program Committees of the American Association for Thoracic Surgeons,  The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. 

In his leisure time, Dr. Sabik enjoys running and skiing.

Professional Highlights

  • Adult Cardiac Program Director, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.), 2007
  • National Committee Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Patient Advocacy, Communications and Patient Safety
  • National Committee Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Databases
  • Program Committee Member at Large, American College of Cardiology
  • Director, Cardiothoracic Residency Training Program, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Thoracic&Cardiovascular Surger
Cleveland, OH USA
1996
Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA USA
1993
Internship - Massachusetts General Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA USA
1988
Medical School - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA
1987
Undergraduate - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Life Sciences
Cambridge, MA USA
1983

Certifications

  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

adult cardiac surgery, valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, diseases of the thoracic aorta, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery

Awards & Honors

2005 Teacher of Year Award, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic

Memberships

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Fellow, American Heart Association

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/20/2014, Dr. Sabik has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Sabik received fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Medtronic, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

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Languages Spoken

  • English
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