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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Achalasia Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Bronchial Biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchus Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Chest Surgery
  • Claggetts Window
  • Complex Abdominal Hernia Repair
  • Decortication
  • Diaphragm Surgery
  • Diverticulectomy
  • Epigastric Hernia Repair
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • GERD Surgery
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
  • Lobectomy, VATS Lobectomy
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Lung Lesion Surgery
  • Lung Removal Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Mediastinal Biopsy Surgery
  • Mediastinal Masses Surgery
  • Mediastinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Nodulectomy
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Pleurectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Removal of Part of Lung
  • Reoperation Surgery
  • Robotic Esophagectomy
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Thymectomy
  • Sleeve Lobectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Surgical Biopsy of Thoracic Lymph Nodes
  • Surgical Treatment of Lung Nodules
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Department
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Thymectomy
  • Thymus Gland Surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Wedge Resection
View all 59 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Angiosarcomas
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Cancer
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collis Nissen/Nissen
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Epiphrenic Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Nodules
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Nodules
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymic Tumors
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Windpipe Injury
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
View all 36 Specialties +


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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 & Thoracic 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 and procedures. POEM surgery, general thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, reflux, esophageal failure.

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 outcomes include the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rate for lobectomy and esophagectomy in the nation. Success rates for specific procedures are available at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

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


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Graduate School - University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

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

Undergraduate - Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA USA


  • Surgery - General Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Achalasia, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, Hiatal hernia, cancers and tumors of the chest and chest wall, minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery and procedures. POEM surgery, general thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, reflux, esophageal failure.

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 9/26/2023, 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.

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

313 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

29 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Everyone there including the doctor are fantastic. Second to none!

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Both Paula Stepnick ( Nurse Practice Manager) And Paula from Thoracic Surgery Scheduling were absolutely Wonderful in setting up The schedule for all of my tests and then making sure that the results were ready for my visit with Dr. Raja That same afternoon. Since I was coming from New Jersey.I really appreciated having everything completed in one day. Not only were they helpful but they were incredibly kind and professional and both went out of their way to make sure that I was Knowledgeable and comfortable with the arrangements.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2024

I don't want to ding Dr Raja or his staff because they've been wonderful - I would just like to say that the CC phone system as a whole is horrendous.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2024

Dr Raja is awesome. He's experienced, knowledgeable, and I like it that he didn't wear a mask and shook my hand to put me at ease when he first came in.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Everything was very professional on the part of the team that treated me and they took care of my health.. and Dr. Raja, thank you very much.. Today I feel much better, really thank you very much.. God bless you and I wish you the best. best to all!

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

Dr. Raja, his staff, and pretty much everyone we came in contact with did a terrific job.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr Silva Raja and Summer (his PA or NP, not sure which) are both absolutely amazing!!! I would never go anywhere else for my care because of them!!!

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Thank you Dr. Siva Raja for taking care of my wife.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Dr Raja is amazing. I am so fortunate to have him as my Surgeon.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

I tell everyone, when speaking about my surgery or aftercare that the Clevland Clinic is the most amazing hospital, and if you need surgery, especially complex surgery, The Clevland Clinic is where you need to be. I have had Surgeries at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, and Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville MD and they pale in comparison to The Clevland Clinic, Dr Raja all the nurse's heck everyone Involved are the best I have ever had the pleasure to care for me,

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Dr. Raja displayed empathy, compassion and confidence before and after my procedure. I appreciated the time he spent with me after the procedure was complete when he discussed his findings and his recommendations for future treatments and care. His ability to educate and provide palliative care for his patients with achalasia is noteworthy.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Good, informative discussion with Dr. Raja to mark 5 years since the surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr. Raja explains treatment plans well and thoroughly answers questions.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr. Was very thorough

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Doctor Raja listened and was very sympathetic. Ready to get me taken care of.He was so awesome!!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr. Raja is terrific. I am very happy with the care I received and the ability to meet via videoconference.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Dr. Raja is intelligent, experienced and extremely empathetic. I was pleased that the appointment started on time and was conducted by Dr. Siva Raja as I specifically desired his expertise and insight.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

My experience with Dr. Raja is always a satisfying and pleasant one.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2023

*Dr. Raja is EXCELLENT!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Doctor was very informative and helpful. Took his time to explain everything and answered all our questions.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

I originally called to schedule and no one called me back. I called dr Rajas office and they had someone call me right away

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr Raja is the best!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr. Raja did an excellent, thorough, and professional job of explaining my medical condition and the necessary treatment options and procedures.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr.Raja is an elite specialist and I believe that he cares deeply for his patients with achalasia. He is an intuitive listener and continuously strives to provide supportive palliative care. This and past appointments have never been rushed. He is kind and humble. I am fortunate that he provides my care.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Great experience Dr.Raja probably saved my life I wish all doctors were as good as him thank God

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2023

*Dr. Raja & his entire team of practitioners were absolutely exceptional.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Dr Raja. Absolutely amazing , he shows concerns about my condition

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

My doctor was very nice to talk to he exspand what he was going he answered any question I had and it helped to get through my stay better I felt very comfortable here

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr. Raja is professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate In his communication and in his care towards me as a patient.

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