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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
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
  • Artificial Heart
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Bypass Surgery Re-operation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • cardiac transplant
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • High Risk Reoperation Surgery
  • Infective Endocarditis Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Partial Artificial Heart
  • Pulmonary Embolectomy
  • Pulmonary Embolectomy Surgery
  • Pulmonary Embolism Surgery
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Reoperative Heart Surgery
  • Surgery for Infective Endocarditis
  • Surgical Treatment Of Adult Acquired Heart Disease
  • Surgical Treatment Of Thoracic And Cardiovascular Disease
  • Surgical Treatment Of Valve Endocarditis
  • Surgical Ventricular Restoration (SVR)
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Thoracic Aorta Surgery
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
  • Transplantation
  • VAD Insertion
  • Ventricular Assist Device
View all 43 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Insufficiency
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Dissection Of The Aorta
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
View all 17 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, 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, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), pulmonary embolism

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. All Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeons complete between 300-400 cardiac cases per year.  Dr. Tong performs around 350 cardiac cases annually including over 20 heart transplants, 30 ventricular assist devices, 60 aortic operations, 25 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

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, Ontario,

Medical Education - McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Montreal, Quebec,

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

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 4/3/2020, 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 as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • ABIOMED, Inc.

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

135 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 4.7
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Dr Tong is very knowledgeable, thorough, professional, and explained all options as well as could be.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

ALL doctors were exceptional (*Dr. Harp *Dr. Jong).

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Dr Tong is absolutely the best

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

*Dr. Tong has an excellent team.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

The doctor was wonderful. Put my mind at ease that I was in the right hands. The tech support people were also wonderful as I called them in advance and they helped me change some settings that would have interfered itch the call- they were so helpful and patient.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Dr. Tong was amazing and seemed so compassionate and open to questions.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Cleveland clinic is obviously a well oiled machine and everything seems to run so smoothly. We waited a little while for the doctor, but that is very understandable and wasn't too bad at all. Overall a great experience!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Dr. Tong is a wonderful physician. He has a wonderful bedside manner!!! He listened to us and answered all of our questions. He was so kind and caring! He smiled the whole time and made us feel at ease. I recommend him 100 percent!!!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Dr. Tong is simply amazing!!!!! We love him!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Dr. Tong did a very remarkable job on me I really appreciate everything he has done for me

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Dr.Tong saved my life I really appreciate him THANKS

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

CC and Dr Tong are awesome

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2021

I cannot imagine it could ever be better. - All my doctors answered all my questions clearly.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr. Tong is an exceptional surgeon, very patient, helpful, patient, and highly skilled. I'm so very grateful to have met him and been under his care. His nurse, Susan Kelly, was also exceptionally helpful.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr. Tong is wonderful. He's very professional - also very friendly and easy to talk to. When I asked to see the CT scans he showed them to us and described the images and the procedures. I would highly recommend him to others. (I also appreciate that he's a great surgeon, too!)

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

This was our third visit to the Cleveland Clinic. We are always very impressed with the extremely professional and competent staff. This is everyone - from doctors to the information folks. They are thorough and they care. Thanks for doing so well!

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr. Tong is the best!!!

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

All - on *Dr. Tong's team were/are exceptional.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

*Dr. Hedley needed to communicated with *Dr. Tong on my need for a pacemaker.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Dr. Tong is exceptional in every aspect of my interactions with him, not to mention his skill as a cardiac surgeon which also is exceptional. I am grateful for his help.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Dr tong is the best!!!

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Dr. Tong and his staff were awesome in helping to set my mind a little more at ease regarding my upcoming surgery.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

Dr Tong was very transparent spent as much time as needed to explain everything that would be happening

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

Dr Tong's NP Susan Kelly always was there for any questions or concerns that I had The Best!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr. Tong and his staff, nurses, secretaries, etc, are incredible!!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

I am very Blessed to have Dr. Tong as my surgeon. He saved my life 5 yearws ago. He is kind, compassionate, gentle mannered. I have such respect for Dr. Tong.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

*Dr. Tong is very patient and kind.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Dr. Tong is the best!

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

I have been seeing dr tong for two years for an aorta aneurysm. he has always taken the time to calmly explain everything to me. he has been very reassuring. I feel blessed to live a 20 minute drive from the best hospital in the world.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Dr. Tong is very respectful and listens very carefully!

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