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Kenneth McCurry, MD

216.445.9303

Kenneth McCurry, MD

Appointed: 2009

Kenneth McCurry, MD
Department: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.445.9303
WorkFax:216.636.6992
Kenneth McCurry, MD
Department: Pathobiology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.445.9303
WorkFax:216.636.6992
Kenneth McCurry, MD
Department: Transplantation Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.445.9303
WorkFax:216.636.6992
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Kenneth McCurry is a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in heart failure and heart, lung and combined heart-lung transplantation in adults and children. He is board certified in thoracic surgery and surgery, with added qualifications in surgical critical care.  Dr. McCurry joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh where he was head of the Section of Cardiothoracic Transplantation, director of lung and heart-lung transplantation, director of cardiac transplantation, surgical director of clinical heart failure research and surgical director of pediatric lung and heart-lung transplantation.

Selected to Best Doctors in America®  (2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) and America’s Top Surgeons (2006 and 2008), Dr. McCurry is also the 2008 recipient of the American Society of Transplantation/Wyeth Clinical Science Career Development Award in recognition of his contributions in transplantation research.

A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. McCurry has authored several hundred papers in leading medical journals, focusing primarily on patient outcomes following heart, lung and heart-lung transplantation. He presently has more than half a dozen major research grants for clinical trials related to heart failure and transplantation. Dr. McCurry is also a frequent speaker, presenting at or moderating more than 50 sessions at leading medical meetings in the past six years. 

Dr. McCurry earned his medical degree from the University of Florida. He served his surgical internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, as well as a fellowship in critical care, research and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). (ECMO is an advanced form of cardiopulmonary bypass used in critically ill patients to allow time for recovery of the lungs and heart.)  Dr. McCurry next pursued a surgery research fellowship at Duke University followed by a thoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in cardiothoracic transplant surgery and ventricular assist devices at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the staff of the University of Pittsburgh Medical center in 1998  and Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in 1999.

Dr. McCurry is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Medical Association, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the American Society of Transplantation, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He was elected a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2004.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
CT Transplant
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1998
Residency - University of Michigan Medical Center
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI USA
1997
Research Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC USA
1995
Residency - University of Michigan Medical Center
General Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI USA
1993
Medical School - University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL USA
1987
Undergraduate - University of South Florida
Tampa, FL USA
1984

Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Surgery- Surgical Critical Care
  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Heart surgery, heart transplant, lung transplant, heart-lung transplantation, aortic valve surgery, bypass surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart valve surgery, removal of cardiac tumors, reoperation valve surgery

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/3/2014, Dr. McCurry has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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