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Robert Savage, MD

216.444.4332

Robert Savage, MD

Appointed: 1990

Robert Savage, MD
Department: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-331
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.4332
WorkFax:216.445.2536
Robert Savage, MD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-331
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.4332
WorkFax:216.445.2536
Robert Savage, MD
Department: Critical Care Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-331
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.4332
WorkFax:216.445.2536
Robert Savage, MD
Department: Anesthesiology Institute - Administrative Office
Director of Imaging
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-331
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.4332
WorkFax:216.445.2536
Robert Savage, MD
Department: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Vice Chair
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-331
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.4332
WorkFax:216.445.2536
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Robert M. Savage, MD, FACC, is a  Staff Physician in the Departments of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. He serves as the Section Head of Perioperative Echocardiography in the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and is the Director of the Cardiac Medical Evaluation Team of the Clinic's Heart and Vascular Institute.  Dr. Savage is a board-certified diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Anesthesiology, the Critical Care Subspecialty Board, and the National Board of Echocardiography (Adult Echocardiography and Perioperative TEE Boards). He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians. His specialty interests include valvular heart disease, perioperative echocardiography,  and cardiovascular critical care.

Dr. Savage graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky, and was awarded a U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship while attending Duke University School of Medicine. After receiving his medical degree, he completed his internship at the San Diego Naval Hospital and served as a Research Fellow at the University of California-San Diego with Dr. Colin Bloor. Dr. Savage completed his medical residency, cardiology fellowship and anesthesiology and critical care training at Emory University. Dr. Savage trained in cardiovascular anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic and was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic Staff in 1990.

Dr. Savage has served on the Boards of Directors for the National Board of Echocardiography, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA). He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and as an editorial reviewer for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Circulation, and Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Dr. Savage was the founder of the Joint American Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists- American Society of Echocardiography Comprehensive Review of Perioperative Echocardiography (currently in its 14th year) which he directed for over eight years. He is an invited member of the Association of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and has been invited to lecture at numerous national and international conferences. He has published over numerous manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts in his specialty. He is the Editor of the Comprehensive Textbook of Perioperative TEE, Perioperative TEE  DVD Self Assessment, and is a Junior Editor of e-Echocardiography , a web based perioperative echocardiography textbook

Dr. Savage is actively involved in the Cleveland City Stars - Ambassador in Sports Mission serving the youth of Cleveland.  He is involved with the Cleveland Clinic?s High School Community Outreach Program and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy where he mentors students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare.  In his leisure time, he enjoys skiing (downhill and cross country) and fly fishing.

Professional Highlights

Department of Defense, TATRC Grant, Principal Investigator: Finite Element Computational  Model for Mitral Valve Apparatus Repair

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Cleveland, OH USA
1990
Residency - Grady Health System
Anesthesiology
Atlanta, GA USA
1989
Fellowship - Emory University Hospital
Critical Care
Decatur, GA USA
1985
Fellowship - Emory University Hospital
Cardiology
Decatur, GA USA
1984
Residency - Emory University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Decatur, GA USA
1982
Fellowship - University of California San Diego Medical Center
Cardiac Pathology Research
San Diego, CA USA
1980
Internship - Naval Medical Center
Flexible Internal Medicine
San Diego, CA USA
1977
Medical School - Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC USA
1976
Undergraduate - University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY USA
1972

Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesiology- Critical Care Medicine

Specialty Interests

3D echocardiography, cardiac rapid response (CMET) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, cardiothoracic anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, cardiovascular critical care, computational modeling, critical care medicine, fellow and resident education, intraoperative TEE, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, perioperative echocardiography, resident teaching, transcutaneous devices in cardiovascular disease, valvular heart disease

Awards & Honors

  • Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists, Invited Member
  • Innovations Award, Cleveland Clinic: Finite Element Computational  Model  for Mitral Valve Apparatus Repair, 2006
  • American Society of Echocardiography, two terms Board of Directors,1994-1996 and 2003-2005, Council of Intraoperative Echocardiography Vice-Chair and Chair, 1994-1998
  • National Board of Echocardiography,  Board of Directors 2002-2008; Founding Member,  Perioperative TEE Certifying Exam Committee               
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, two terms Board of Directors, 1998-2001 and 2003-2006  
  • 10-Year Service Recognition Award, American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists: Founder and Chair of the Joint SCA-ASE Annual Comprehensive Review of Perioperative Echocardiography
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 1992-Present
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians, 1992
  • United States Naval Reserve, Captain, MC, USNR (Retired), Medical Corps

Additional Training

  • Advanced Imaging Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, 1992 
  • Leading in Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic, 2004-2005

Memberships

  • American College of Cardiology
  • Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • American Society of Anesthesiology
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Treatment & Services

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/28/2014, Dr. Savage 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Savage receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Dynamic Medical Education, LLC
  • Robert M. Savage, Inc.

Equity. Dr. Savage owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • Dynamic Medical Education, LLC

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Savage serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Robert M. Savage, 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.

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