Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Tamil
Surgeon Yes
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.445.6860
Desk:
216.444.4063
Fax:
216.636.6996
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bronchial Biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchus Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Chest Surgery
  • Claggetts Window
  • Diaphragm Surgery
  • Epigastric Hernia Repair
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • First Rib Resection
  • GERD Surgery
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery
  • Lobectomy, VATS Lobectomy
  • Lung Lesion Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Mediastinum Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Nodulectomy
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pleurectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Robotically Assisted Thoracic Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Thymectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgery Department
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Thymus Gland Surgery
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheostomy
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achalasia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Cancer
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collis Nissen/Nissen
  • Diaphragm Hernia
  • Epiphrenic Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophagus Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Nodules
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thymoma
  • Windpipe Injury
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Biography

About Siva Raja, MD, PhD

Siva Raja, MD, PhD, is a thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified in surgery.

Specialty interests: Achalasia, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, hiatal hernia, cancers and tumors of the chest and chest wall, minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery, general thoracic surgery

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Raja has performed more than 3,500 surgeries throughout his career, including 2000 thoracic surgeries. Since 2013, he performed around 100 laparoscopic heller myotomies or POEM procedures to treat patients with achalasia. Dr. Raja has performed more than 1100 surgeries since his Cleveland Clinic appointment in 2012. He specializes in esophageal surgeries including Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy, POEM which is an incision-less technique to treat achalasia.

Success rates: Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons perform more than 2,000 general thoracic procedures each year to treat patients with a wide range of conditions, including lung, esophageal, chest wall, pleural, tracheal, mediastinal, foregut and diaphragm disease. Cleveland Clinic contributes to the Society of Thoracic Surgery Database in order to maintain the highest possible standards. Our 2015 outcomes give us a three star ranking for lobectomies, placing is in the top 5 percent of such programs in the nation. Also our esophageal surgery outcomes remain one of the best in the nation in 2015.

Education and Training: Dr. Raja earned his medical degree and a PhD in molecular and cellular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, Pa. During his medical school career, Dr. Raja completed one-year research fellowships in thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and with the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Raja completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, where he was named Chief Resident in his final year of training. He came to Cleveland Clinic in 2009 as a fellow in cardiothoracic surgery and was appointed to the medical staff in 2012.

Publications and Speaking: Since 2000, Dr. Raja has authored more than two dozen articles in leading surgery journals on esophageal cancer, lung cancer and other thoracic diseases, and he has contributed chapters to five medical textbooks. Dr. Raja has given presentations at meetings of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and other professional organizations.

About Dr. Raja: “Thoracic surgery has become an integral part of my life. It’s what I live and breathe on a daily basis and that’s what makes me a better doctor.”

Leisure activities: Golf, spending time with family
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2012

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
2012

Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA USA
2009

Medical School - University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2004

Medical School - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2000

Undergraduate - Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA USA
1996

Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Charles H Bryan Clinical Excellence in Residency Award.
  • 2012Thoracic Surgery In-service achievement award. 2010.
  • Allegheny Medical Society Student Award. 2004.
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 5/18/2017, Dr. Raja 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. Raja receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Smiths Medical

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

182 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 31, 2017

very good

Reviewed on May 25, 2017

I love Dr. Raja, he's the best!

Reviewed on May 19, 2017

Dr. Raja is an excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2017

Exceptional!

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2017

I trust Dr Raja and his assistant. They listened and asked questions. They didn't treat my medical problem as routine.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2017

Wonderful!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2017

Dr. Raja & his staff were fantastic. I cannot say enough about the surgical team. Put me at ease!!!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2017

All my questions were answered. The procedure was explained I detail. I was able to make an educationed decision.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2016

Dr. Roja was excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2016

Everyone has been great!

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2016

Dr. Raja is the best ,he explained everything to me more than once so I understood what is going to happen after surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2016

I could not have asked for better physicians. A+.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2016

Dr Raja keeps me informed, shows concern for me as a person and I couldn't ask for a better surgeon.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2016

I had a good experience overall.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2016

Dr. Raja did an excellent job. i felt that he has given me the instructions to heal properly and how to help me cope and improve with my medical situation in the future.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2016

Dr. Raja is wonderful. He helped me understand my disease better than anyone has in the years since my diagnosis. He spend a long time with me making sure I understood and my questions were answered. I am so very grateful.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2016

I was thoroughly advised of what to expect regarding my care.