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Joseph A. Lahorra, MD, is Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is the Medical Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Parma Community General Hospital and sees patients at Parma Community General Hospital, Fairview Hospital, and MetroHealth Medical Center.
Dr. Lahorra has a special interest in adult cardiothoracic surgery, including coronary artery bypass, aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair and replacement and surgery of the lungs, esophagus and mediastinum.
Dr. Lahorra is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.
A Cleveland native, Dr. Lahorra graduated from Orange High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Tufts University where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in general surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland. As the Dudley P. Allen Surgical Scholar, he completed a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his cardiothoracic surgical training at the University of Michigan. After completing his training in 1997, Dr. Lahorra joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center in 2000.
Aortic Valve Replacement, Mitral Valve Repair, Mitral Valve Replacement, Aortic Aneurysm, Coronary Artery Bypass, Lung Resection, Thoracoscopic/robotic Surgery, Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation, Surgery of the Mediastinum.
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