Johannes Bonatti, MD, FETCS, is Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and consultant staff in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery by the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. His special interests include minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic cardiac surgery and vascular biology of coronary artery bypass grafts.
A native of Austria, Dr. Bonatti earned his medical degree from Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria. After completing multiple medical and surgical internships during three years at the General Public Hospital, Kitzbühel, Austria, he came to the United States for a surgical internship at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Va. He completed his training with a five-year surgical residency at the University Clinic for Surgery in Innsbruck that included specialized training in cardiac and vascular surgery.
Prior to Dr. Bonatti’s appointment to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2012, he was Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. He previously was an attending surgeon in the Department of Cardiac Surgery and the Bench to Bedside Manager in the Heart Surgery Research Laboratory at Innsbruck University Hospital. Over the past 10 years he has been a visiting surgeon at leading institutions worldwide, including the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; the Medical College of Virginia; General Hospital, Vienna, Austria; San Camillo Hospital, Alberoni, Italy; Charite University Clinic, Berlin, Germany; German Heart Center, Munich, Germany; Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, N.Y. and Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. Bonatti has earned an international reputation for innovation in robotic heart surgery and has developed several procedures in the field. He performed the world’s first robotic endoscopic triple and quadruple vessel bypass in the arrested heart and the first simultaneous hybrid coronary intervention using totally endoscopic bypass and drug-eluting stents. He also has organized international workshops on integrated cardiovascular repair and trained teams in robotic surgery in Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, India, Australia and the United States.
His pioneering achievements have earned Dr. Bonatti a number of prestigious awards, including Intuitive Surgical’s “Distinguished Robotic Surgeon and Pioneer in da Vinci Cardiac Surgery” award and the “Best Innovator” award from the European-Asian Bridge Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has published more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals and serves as a reviewer for many journals, including Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Circulation, Cardiology, Heart, Innovations and Journal of Robotic Surgery.
Dr. Bonatti is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the European Society of Cardiology. He is a board member of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Japan Robotic Surgery Society and president of the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association.