Robin Williams to Headline A Heart To Heart' Benefit for Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute

July 28, 2011

Academy Award- and Grammy-winning performer Robin Williams will headline ‘A Heart to Heart’ benefit with special guest David Steinberg for Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at 8 p.m., Saturday, September 24, at the PlayhouseSquare State Theatre.

Williams underwent heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic in 2009 to replace his aortic valve, repair his mitral valve, and correct his irregular heartbeat. This exclusive, one-night engagement is Williams’ gesture of gratitude to A. Marc Gillinov, MD, and all the Cleveland Clinic health professionals who cared for him. Proceeds from the event are designated for the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

Dr. Gillinov, the surgeon who performed Williams’ procedure, will serve as emcee and host a VIP reception after the performance.

Two months after his surgery, Williams offered a heartfelt thank you to Cleveland Clinic during an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

“If you ever can, have it done there,” Williams told Letterman, adding, “I have a cow valve, which is great, and the grazing’s been fun.”

Famous for his stand-up comedy, Williams is also an esteemed actor in TV (“Mork & Mindy”), movies (“Good Morning Vietnam,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar), and most recently Broadway  (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”).

His surgeon, Dr. Gillinov has special expertise in heart valve surgery and in minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery. 

“It was an honor to have Robin as a patient, and we are very grateful for his kind remarks and appreciation of the care he received at Cleveland Clinic,” said Dr. Gillinov. “We are looking forward to an exciting evening and having the opportunity to catch up.”

A limited number of tickets for the Robin Williams event will go on sale at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 5 through the PlayhouseSquare ticket office and online.

  • Pit and Loge: $300, which includes VIP passes to a backstage reception with Robin Williams following the show.
  • Dress Circle: $150
  • Orchestra, Mezzanine and Upper/Lower Box: $100
  • Balcony: $70

Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was recently ranked as the best in the nation for the 17th year in a row, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S.News & World Report’s “2011-12 Best Hospitals.” For more information on the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, visit

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