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Thomas Gildea, MD


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Thomas Gildea, MD
Department: Pulmonary Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M2-141
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Thomas Gildea, MD
Department: Transplantation Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M2-141
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Thomas Gildea, MD
Department: Critical Care Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M2-141
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Thomas Robert Gildea, MD, FCCP, FACP was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 2003 to Department of Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care Medicine & Transplant Center.

He has been board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. As a Chief Resident in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine residency, he went to Russia in a faculty exchange program to lecture and demonstrate American medical team structure and the basics of clinical epidemiology.

He has advanced training in interventional and advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy, which was part of his fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic. His clinical interests span the realm of advanced lung diseases, including lung volume reduction, lung transplantation, pulmonary arterial hypertension and are most focused on advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy.

Dr. Gildea was the first physician in North America to perform electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy. He was given an Innovator Award at Cleveland Clinic in 2006 with his team proposing a novel device for a bronchoscopy needle-delivered fiducial lung implant. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America. He also received a physician development award by the AlphaOne Foundation to study lung function changes after lung transplantation. He is the Section Head of Bronchology in the Respiratory Institute and leads a team of 5 dedicated Interventional Pulmonologists.
An invited lecturer at national and international medical meetings, Dr. Gildea is recognized expert in the field on interventional pulmonary medicine. Dr. Gildea serves on scientific advisory boards from several medical companies involved with innovation for bronchoscopy techniques and devices.

Professional Highlights

Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, 2006

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pulmonary / Critical Care Medi
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital
Internal Medicine
New Haven, CT USA
Internship - Yale-New Haven Hospital
Internal Medicine
New Haven, CT USA
Medical School - MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA
Undergraduate - University of Scranton


  • Internal Medicine- Pulmonary Disease

Specialty Interests

Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, lung cancer

Awards & Honors

  • D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Award
  • Best Doctors in America, 2007-2014
  • Physician Development Award, AlphaOne Foundation, 2006-2008
  • Finalist, 2004 CHEST Foundation Best Poster in Category Award
  • Clinical Research Award Finalist, American College of Chest Physicians, Chest Foundation, 2002


Additional Training

  • Clinical Research Scholars Program, Case Western Reserve University, Masters in Clinical Research program

Innovations & Patents

First physician in North America to perform electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy


  • American Thoracic Society
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Association for Bronchology
  • World Association for Bronchology
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/14/2016, Dr. Gildea 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Gildea receives 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.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish