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
View all 34 Treatment & Services +

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 (ILD)
  • 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
View all 30 Specialties +
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Biography

About Siva Raja, MD, PhD

Siva Raja, MD, PhD, is Surgical Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases and a staff 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, POEM surgery, general thoracic surgery

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 1,700 thoracic procedures each year.  All Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons complete between 350-450 thoracic cases per year.  Dr. Raja 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 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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As of 5/18/2018, Dr. Raja has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

187 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 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

11 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

I was there to get a second opinion about a health issue. Dr. Raja was very well informed of my past medical history, had studied the issue, and offered several options. He was extremely knowledgeable and very clear as to my options. He spent time and listened carefully.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2018

Dr Raja is a vary good doctor and I completely trust him to take care of my problem.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

Dr Raja and associates were very concerned, caring and informative and always asked if we had any questions or concerns or needed anything reviewed again

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

care and staff are excellent however overbooked. I had a noon appointment and never saw Dr. Raja until 1:30.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2018

The wait time was about 30 minutes in the exam room, but when the doctor was in with me, he took the time to listen and understand my issues and informed my of the best solutions for my problem. I never felt rushed and the visit was well worth the wait!

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018

After my initial meeting with Dr. Raja, I was throughly convenienced he was the surgeon I wanted for my esphageal surgery.

Reviewed on May 30, 2018

The visit went as good as it could have. I really like Dr. Ray and Dr. Raja. I only wish I didn't have to drive over 5 hours to see them.

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

Because Dr. Raja had arranged for someone to address my vein issues, I was ready much quicker so that he could do the endoscopy.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2018

*Dr. Raja the best!

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2018

*Dr. Raja was great and his team.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2018

Excellent medical care provider. Could not be happier.

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