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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
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

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Bronchial Biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchus Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Chest Surgery
  • Claggetts Window
  • Complex Abdominal Hernia Repair
  • Decortication
  • Diaphragm Surgery
  • Diverticulectomy
  • Epigastric Hernia Repair
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • GERD Surgery
  • Heller Myotomy
  • High Risk Reoperation Surgery
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
  • Lobectomy, VATS Lobectomy
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Lung Lesion Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Mediastinal Biopsy Surgery
  • Mediastinal Masses Surgery
  • Mediastinal surgery
  • Mediastinum Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Nodulectomy
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Pleurectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Removal of Part or Whole Lung
  • Robotic Esophagectomy
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Thoracic Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Thymectomy
  • Sleeve Lobectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Surgical Biopsy of Thoracic Lymph Nodes
  • Surgical Treatment of Lung Nodules
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Department
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Thymectomy
  • Thymus Gland Surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Wedge Resection
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Achalasia: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Angiosarcomas
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Cancer
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collis Nissen/Nissen
  • Diaphragm Hernia
  • Epiphrenic Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophagus Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Nodules
  • Lungs
  • 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
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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 & 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

Appointed
2012

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
2012

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

Graduate School - University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2004

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

Undergraduate - Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA USA
1996

Certifications

  • 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 4/7/2022, 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Raja receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • ChromaCode, 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

167 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Dr. Raja Is compassionate, efficient, and effective. Along with his office staff, he follows the patient comes first. Therefore, the Scheduling process was simple and worry free. Dr. Raja and his team define Excellence.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Dr. Raja was very knowledgeable, professional, personable and attentive to my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

I understaffed the Doc is very busy and was just glad to get the appointment.Dr Raja and staff were very polite and certainly know their medical business.Looking forward to the procedure with confidence.Thanks to all of you

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

I think he is the best Dr. Around. He listens to what you have to say and thinks through all options that he has it won't work out best for you.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Dr. Raja and his PA both took the time to listen to my concerns and questions and provide me with the answers. Felt very comfortable with both of them.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Dr. Raja is a very skilled doctor and I feel I am in good hands. However during my last surgery at Cleveland Clinic wherein he and Dr. Schlenk performed surgery I needed to stay in the hospital for several days. They did an EXCELLENT surgically, but the aftercare in the hospital was HORRIBLE. I just hope and pray my upcoming procedure has no complications because I don't want to be admitted to stay at the hospital.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

I 3 to 4 messages with Dr Rajas nurse and never received a call back.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Dr Rajais a wonderful doctor and person

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

Dr. Raja is knowledgeable and listened to my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

I am so pleased with the care I have had with Dr Raja and his team

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Dr Raja is amazing and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Dr Raja's nurse Paula is excellent. She always returns calls and answers questions with great explanations.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Dr. Siva Raja is intelligent, experienced, confident, thorough and an excellent active listener. I could see that the clinic was very busy, yet, during my surgical consult I felt as if I was the only patient he was seeing on the day of my appointment. His ability to educate, support and provide his objective opinion is phenomenal. I was struck by his kind and humble demeanor.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Dr. Raja has been an incredible physician to me. I absolutely trust Dr. Raja with my life and he has 110% done so already!

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2022

Dr.Raja has my ultimate respect. This Doctor answered every question and never rushed me.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

The Fellow and Dr. Raja were very attentive five, listens to what I was saying, repeated it back to me, and offered options. Their actions should be followed by all clinicians. I'm sure they had similar stressors as anyone, but they made me, the patient, feel like they truly put "Patients First."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

I have always been pleased with Dr Raja he is very caring, informative and easy to talk to. I touched the above responses but I do not think my answers were recorded.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

I felt very confident with Dr Raja

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Dr Raja and all the thoracic staff have been exceptional in all aspects, in all my visits and procedures.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Doctor Raja is an excellent doctor and surgeon. Dr. Raja makes sure you understand everything by explaining it very well to you. When you ask questions he makes sure to answer everything and also explain it all to you. Very nice and excellent listener to our patients needs. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

*Dr. Raja is the best both medically & personally.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr. Raja is always excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Excellent physician and nursing staff.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

I feel that Dr. Raja and his staff are the best in the world and that is why I am still living today.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

*Dr. Raja and his team were amazing!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Dr Raja is amazing. Listened and took his time answering my questions. No hesitation in recommending him.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

*Dr. Raja was very kind in scheduling me as soon as possible & as the 1st surgery of the day.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Access has been and continues to be excellent, both to Dr. Raja's staff (Specifically his Nurse manager, Paula Stepnick. RN,) communications with Scheduling, and with the Endoscopy dept.)

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Dr. Raja took the time to explain everything and answer all of my question and was compassionate and honest in doing so, always consdering my insights and feeelings in his suggestions, explanations, and responses.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

*Dr. Raja was great very knowledgeable about my problem and cared about how I felt about the decision he had.

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