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Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Chinese, English, French
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Aortic valve regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Artificial Heart
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Bypass Surgery Re-operation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiac Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Disease Surgical Treatments
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Heart Failure Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Infective Endocarditis Surgery
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • MAZE surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Partial Artificial Heart
  • Pericardial disease surgery
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Pulmonary Embolism Surgery
  • Pulmonary Endarterectomy
  • Pulmonary Valve Repair
  • Pulmonary valve surgery
  • Pulmonic valve regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Valve Repair
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Radiation Heart Disease Surgery
  • Reoperation Surgery
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Reoperative Heart Surgery
  • Surgical Treatment of Adult Acquired Heart Disease
  • Surgical Treatment of Valve Endocarditis
  • Surgical Ventricular Restoration (SVR)
  • Thoracic Aorta Surgery
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Ventricular Assist Device
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Insertion
View all 58 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Insufficiency
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Cardiac Tumors
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart tumors
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Regurgitation
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
View all 21 Specialties +


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About Michael Zhen-Yu Tong, MD

Michael Zhen-Yu Tong, MD, MBA, FRCSC, is Director of Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support and a staff cardiac surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute.

Specialty interests: Complex cardiac disease, Ventricular assist devices, Heart transplantation, Aortic surgery, Aortic root and valve sparing root operations, Complex valvular disease, Coronary artery disease including total arterial revascularization, Surgical cardiomyopathy, Complex redo operations, Minimally invasive cardiac operations, Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), Pulmonary embolism, Pericardial disease and Cardiac tumors.

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year.  Dr. Tong performs around 350 cardiac cases annually including over 25 heart transplants, 30 ventricular assist devices, 60 aortic operations, 30 pulmonary endarterectomies and over 100 redo operations

Success rates: Among top U.S. hospitals for cardiac surgery, Cleveland Clinic’s volume is the highest with the best quality outcomes. You can view success rates for specific procedures at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education and Training: Dr. Tong received his doctorate in medicine from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  He served his residency in cardiac surgery at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, and was Chief Resident in his final year of training. During his residency he also completed a Master’s of Business Administration within the health sector stream at the Richard Ivey School of Business, London, Ontario.  Dr. Tong completed his postdoctoral training as a Clinical Associate at Cleveland Clinic in surgical heart failure and aortic surgery. He was named to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2014.

Publications and Speaking:  Dr. Tong has authored or coauthored articles in peer-reviewed cardiovascular surgery journals and has coauthored a medical textbook with Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute surgeon Lars Svensson, MD, PhD. Dr. Tong has delivered numerous lectures and poster presentations at cardiovascular surgery conferences in the United States, Canada and internationally.

Dr. Tong is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: Cardiac
Surgery. His other professional memberships include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

About Dr. Tong:  I love cardiac surgery because of the tremendous positive impact I can make in the lives of patients. There is no greater personal joy and satisfaction than being able to help patients in their journey from crippling symptoms to health.  I recognize that no two patients are alike and believe in delivering personalized care to each and every patient.

In addition to English, Dr. Tong is fluent in French and Mandarin Chinese.

Leisure Activities:  In his leisure time he enjoys skiing, baseball, travel, golf and photography.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University of Western Ontario Hospital
Cardiac Surgery
London, Ontario,

Graduate School - University of Western Ontario
London, ON Canada

Medical Education - McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Montreal, QC Canada

Undergraduate - McGill University
Montreal, Quebec,


  • Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Complex cardiac disease, Ventricular assist devices, Heart transplantation, Lung transplantation, Aortic surgery, Endovascular and hybrid aortic surgery, Aortic root and valve sparing root operations, Complex valvular disease, Coronary artery disease including total arterial revascularization, Surgical cardiomyopathy, Complex redo operations, Minimally invasive cardiac operations

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    Teacher of the Year Award
    International Physician of the Year Award from Cleveland Clinic
    Top Doctor Award, selected by peers in Cleveland Magazine

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Michael Zhen-Yu Tong, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

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. 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, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/8/2023, Dr. Tong 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Tong receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • ABIOMED, Inc.
  • Abbott Laboratories

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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

147 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr Tong is always very courteous, professional and knowledgeable. My questions are answered and feel my time is well spent.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

Professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. Visited me often, kept me well informed, patient and calm, coordinated with other physician as needed.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2024

Dr Tong was excellent when we were in Cleveland for my surgery and he was excellent during our zoom call appointment.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr. Tong was excellent to his patients. Thanks!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Very good. There is some complication that needs further testing.. Dr. Tong explained everything very well.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr. Tong is an excellent surgeon and a very kind and caring doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Care provider discussed my medical problem that was easily understood, very knowledgeable, caring, calm, courteous, and very professional.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Had Dr. Tong for a prior OHS and would not want anyone else for another one. He is very thorough and provides a superior surgical outcome.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

I have absolute confidence in Dr. Tong and know that my cardiac care is in the best of hands.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Excellent care from doctors I am grateful

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

We were scheduled by the Cleveland Clinic ,which included our visit with Dr. Tong,

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2023

Dr Tong is THE best !

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2023

Dr Tong's team is terrific !

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Very excellent and informed Doctor. He explained every nuance and probable outcome, as well as my choices

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Dr. Tong was excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr Tong was excellent. He was sincerely very caring and thorough in explaining my situation and my options. I felt very comfortable during our meetings, feeling that he really was seeking the best outcome for me and was very open and straightforward in responding to my questions. That created a very positive environment for me.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2023

Dr. Zy Tong is the best, most considerate and very professional! So fortunate to have him as the surgeon!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Excellent doctor who explained all the details and the necessity for the surgery. The meeting made me feel very comfortable going into this new page in my life.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Every Doctor,every dept of hospital staff played role I am very appreciated.

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