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Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD

216.444.2035

Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD
Department: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Vice Chair and Section Head
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.2035
DeskDesk:216.444.2480
WorkFax:216.445.3297
Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD
Department: Pediatric Institute
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.2035
DeskDesk:216.444.2480
WorkFax:216.445.3297
Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD
Department: Transplantation Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.2035
DeskDesk:216.444.2480
WorkFax:216.445.3297
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD, is Vice Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Section Head, Congenital Heart Surgery. He is board certified by the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. His professional interests include congenital heart surgery in adults and children, acquired heart disease (including aneurysms of the thoracic aorta), reconstructive valve surgery and heart and lung transplantation. He has a special interest in reoperations, endocarditis, complex coronary artery surgery, aortic and mitral valve repair/replacement (including homografts and the Ross procedure). He is an experienced congenital heart surgeon for both children and adults.

A native of Sweden, Dr. Pettersson received his medical training at the University of Gothenburg, where he also undertook his PhD studies and defended his thesis. After completing a clinical and research fellowship in the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Pettersson served as a Staff Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic Surgery of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. Subsequently, Dr. Pettersson became a Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Copenhagen and Chief Surgeon in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the State University Hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. While preparing for the transfer to the Cleveland Clinic, he was Chief Surgeon at the Private Hospital Hamlet in Copenhagen during 1998. He was appointed "expert" in matters concerning cardiothoracic surgery, including heart and lung transplantation, by medical authorities in Sweden and Denmark. He is licensed to practice medicine in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States.

A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Pettersson has held guest professorships in China, the United States (Boston, Albany) and Romania. Dr. Pettersson is an extensively published expert on the Ross procedure, surgical treatment of endocarditis and lung transplantation. Among his more than 200 published works are book chapters, journal articles, abstracts and scientific papers on a variety of topics related to his specialty interests. He serves as Chairman of the Endocarditis Working Group of the International Society for Chemotherapy, a group of leading surgeons formulating recommendations for the surgical treatment of endocarditis.

An invited lecturer to many national and international conferences, Dr. Pettersson's presentations include topics ranging from bronchial artery revascularization in lung and heart-lung transplantation to biologic tissue in the treatment of aortic valve disease. He has served on the OPTN/UNOS Thoracic Organ Transplantation Committee for Region 10.

Dr. Pettersson is the co-author of “Du har rort ved mit hjert” (English: You Have Touched my Heart), which was translated into English in 2009 with a supportive grant from Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower. This book features dialogues between Dr. Pettersson and his former patient, Johannes Mollehave, a priest in the Danish National Church as well as an author, TV personality, popular speaker and one of the best known and most beloved figures in contemporary Denmark. Mr. Mollehave is also a native of Sweden, and Dr. Pettersson developed a friendship with him the year before the surgery when Mr. Mollehave was invited to the hospital to address the staff on humanistic medicine. The book, originally published in 2005, was a best-seller in Denmark with an estimated 100,000 copies sold.

Dr. Pettersson holds memberships in more than 20 scientific societies including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Society of Heart Valve Disease, the Congenital Heart Surgeon' Society and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

When time permits, Dr. Pettersson enjoys skiing, hunting and horseback riding.

Professional Highlights

  • Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower and Family Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Research
  • Honorary Member, Finnish Surgical Society
  • Honorary Member, Lithuanian Thoracic Surgery Society
  • Honorary Member, Romanian Scientific Society

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Sahlgrenska University Hospital
Thoracic Surgery
Gothenberg Sweden
1981
Fellowship - University of Illinois College of Medicine
General/Thoracic Surgery-Research
Chicago, IL USA
1980
Residency - Sahlgrenska University Hospital
General Surgery
Gothenberg Sweden
1976
Internship - Sahlgrenska University Hospital
Rotating
Gothenberg Sweden
1972
Medical School - Gothenburg University
Gothenburg Sweden
1971

Certifications

  • European Board of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons- Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

Specialty Interests

adult and pediatric congenital surgery, aortic valve repair and preservation (including remodeling and reimplantation) and replacement (including homograft and Ross procedure), surgery for acquired heart and aortic diseases including multiple reoperations, lung and heart/lung transplantation, surgery of the thoracic aorta, and surgical treatment of endocarditis adult and congenital acquired heart and aortic diseases including reoperations, adult congenital heart surgery, aortic valve repair and preservation (including remodeling and reimplantation) and replacement (including homograft and Ross procedure), cardiovascular surgery, lung and heart/lung transplantation, surgery of the thoracic aorta, surgical treatment of endocarditis

Awards & Honors

  • Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower and Family Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Research, Heart and Vascular Institute, 2007
  • Master Clinician Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2013

Innovations & Patents

Bronchial artery revascularization in lung transplantation

Memberships

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgery
  • European Association for CardioThoracic Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Society for Heart Valve Disease

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Scandinavian