Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

Surgeons from the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery share the volume and outstanding results of heart, vascular and thoracic operations performed during 2019. Please also note our STS Star Ratings and E15 Matrix Data Set. More detailed information on outcomes can be found on the Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute Outcomes Section of our website.

  1. Overview: 2019 Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Annual Report
  2. Valvular Heart Surgery: 2019 Outcomes
  3. Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: 2019 Outcomes
  4. Aorta Surgery: 2019 Outcomes
  5. Reoperation Surgery: 2019 Outcomes
  6. Heart Failure & Transplantation: 2019 Outcomes
  7. Pediatric and Adult Congenital Surgery: 2019 Outcomes
  8. Lung Transplantation: 2019 Outcomes
  9. Pulmonary Surgery: 2019 Outcomes
  10. Esophageal Surgery: 2019 Outcomes
  11. Thoracic Surgery Robotic Surgery: 2019 Outcomes
STS Star Rating

STS Star Rating

As a participant in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) public reporting initiative, Cleveland Clinic is proud to achieve a three-star ratings (highest) in all adult cardiac surgery, both categories for General Thoracic Surgery and the newest rating for Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Replacement. These categories include:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (January 2019-December 2021)
  • Aortic Valve Replacement (January 2019-December 2021)
  • Aortic Valve Replacement + Coronary Artery Bypass (January 2019-December 2021)
  • Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement (January 2019-December 2021)
  • Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement + Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (January 2019-December 2021)
  • Lobectomy for lung cancer (July 2017-June 2020)
  • Esophagectomy for esophageal cancer (July 2017-June 2020)
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (STS/ACC TVT Registry, October 2018-September 2021)

Cleveland Clinic has been one of the earliest participants in national-level voluntary public reporting of cardiovascular outcomes through channels like the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry suite of registries.

We believe this commitment to outcomes transparency benefits both referring providers and our patients, whose cases are among the most challenging in the world. For instance, some 50 percent of our cardiothoracic surgery patients require procedures more complex than those rated by the STS.

Specific Cardiac Surgery Outcomes (E15 Matrix Data set)

Specific Cardiac Surgery Outcomes (E15 Matrix Data set)

E15 Matrix Data Set

The top seven common operation procedures are collected for all hospitals doing cardiac surgery in the USA (approximately 1050 sites). An institution can match its own outcomes versus those of all other institutions as shown in the table for the first seven operations. The observed mortality for these operations at Cleveland Clinic are shown versus the predicted mortality rates across the country.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons requests outcomes reports from participating hospitals in order to provide the public with data and hospital ratings across the country.

The matrix table also shows our procedure volumes and outcomes for other complications.

January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022 (View the PDF)

E15 Report NEOH All Adult Cardiac Surgery Outcomes


  • CABG - Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • AVR - Aortic Valve Replacement
  • MVR - Mitral Valve Replacement
  • MV - Mitral Valve
  • VAD - Ventricular Assist Device
  • TAVR - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Reop - Reoperation
  • Vent - Ventilator
  • DSW - Deep sternal Wound (Infection)