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Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD

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Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD
Department: Executive Administration CCAD
Chief of Staff, Abu Dhabi
Location: Abu Dhabi

UAE, Abu Dhabi,
WorkAppointment:216.444.4466
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Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD
Department: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
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Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
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WorkFax:216.636.6980
Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD
Department: Transplantation Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
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Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD
Department: eCleveland Clinic
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.4466
WorkFax:216.636.6980
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD is the Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; an Attending Surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; and a Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Mihaljevic specializes in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotically assisted cardiac surgery - particularly robotic mitral valve repair, complex valve operations and reoperations, heart failure surgery and cardiac transplantation.

A native of Croatia, Dr. Mihaljevic received his medical degree from the Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He completed his residency in cardiovascular surgery at the Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. This was followed by residencies in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He later became Chief Resident in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Prior to his 2004 appointment to the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mihaljevic was Director of the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory and an Associate Surgeon in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Mihaljevic held a seven-year academic appointment to Harvard Medical School as a Clinical Fellow in Surgery. He was also Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Mihaljevic has been on the editorial review board for prestigious medical journals. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles in medical and peer-reviewed scientific journals, and is the author of a numerous textbook chapters on robotic and minimally invasive mitral valve surgery, and valvular heart disease. In 2005, Dr. Mihaljevic received a patent for a novel system for minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

Dr. Mihaljevic’s research has focused on minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotically assisted cardiac surgery, intracardiac imaging systems and analysis of beating heart intracardiac surgery, among other research studies. He has been invited to present his research at medical symposia and conferences worldwide.

Dr. Mihaljevic is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Heart Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American Medical Association.

An avid reader, Dr. Mihaljevic enjoys contemporary American and European literature.

Professional Highlights

  • Innovation Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2006   
  • Innovation Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2007   

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
General & Thoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
2002
Medical School - University of Zagreb School of Medicine
Zagreb Croatia
1989

Certifications

  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Robotic cardiac surgery, adult congenital heart disease, heart transplantation, minimally invasive valve surgery, mitral and aortic valve repair and replacement, reoperations, ventricular assist devices

Awards & Honors

Dr. Mihaljevic has received funding for "Intracardiac visualization in a beating heart for minimally invasive surgery" from Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center/Department of Defense (TATRC/DoD) and the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC). Dr. Mihaljevic received the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Award in 2006 and 2007.

Innovations & Patents

Cardioscopy 

Memberships

  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/20/2014, Dr. Mihaljevic 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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Languages Spoken

  • Croatian
  • English
  • German