Michael Zhen-Yu Tong, MD
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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
- VAD Insertion
- Ventricular Assist Device
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
- Congestive Cardiomyopathy
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Dissection Of The Aorta
- Heart Disease
- Heart Valve Infections
- Infective Endocarditis
- Pulmonary Embolism
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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 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 & Fellowships
Residency - University of Western Ontario Hospital
Graduate School - University of Western Ontario
Medical Education - McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Undergraduate - McGill University
- Cardiac Surgery
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
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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:
- Abbott Laboratories
- ABIOMED, Inc.
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Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023
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Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023
Dr. Tong is a remarkable doctor and has all of the qualities of a great doctor: caring and compassionate, highly intelligent, and extremely skilled. I would recommend him to anybody who needed heart surgery, particularly anyone with a complex or difficult case. He is up to any challenge as he is so gifted and caring.
Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023
This worked out so well for me. I was able to have tests done here at my home, which Dr. Tong was able to view and our video visit went so well. It was difficult right now for me to travel to Cleveland but this worked out for me. I hope you keep offering this service.
Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023
*Dr. Tong was the best physician I have ever interacted with.
Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022
The doctor and his staff always took the time to explain where I was at in my recovery Dr Tong always checked in and was motivating me by telling me how well I was doing and to keep going forward
Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022
Dr. Tong is the best.
Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022
*Dr. Hsich, *Dr. Tong were amazing - among many others in the heart transplant team.
Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022
My *Dr. Tong was amazing, kind, courteous, concerned, caring - all the doctors staff was exceptional.
Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022
*Dr. Tong was fantastic and explained the procedure in an 'easy to understand' manner.