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Hani Najm, MD

Hani Najm, MD
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Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages Arabic, English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Adult congential cardiothoracic surgery
  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arrhythmia Surgery
  • Arterial Switch Operation (ASO)
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Blalock-Taussig Shunt
  • Cardiac Implantable Devices
  • Cardiac Shunts
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease Surgical Treatments
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Clinical Research in Congenital Heart Disease
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Surgery in Adults
  • David Procedure
  • David Reimplantation Operation
  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology and CT Surgery
  • Genetic Testing
  • Glenn Procedure
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Surgery for Marfan Syndrome
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Infective Endocarditis Surgery
  • Inpatient Care
  • Maze Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Modified David's Reimplantation Procedure
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Heart Surgery
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Pulmonary Autotransplant
  • Pulmonary Valve Repair
  • Pulmonary valve surgery
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
  • Pulmonic valve regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Valve Repair
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Pulmonic Valve Surgery
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Removal of Atrial Myxoma
  • Removal of Cardiac Tumors
  • Reoperation Surgery
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Reoperative Heart Surgery
  • Repair of Complex Congenital Heart Disease
  • Ross Procedure
  • Second Opinion
  • Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Surgical Treatment of Adult Acquired Heart Disease
  • Surgical Treatment of Valve Endocarditis
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Transposition of Great Arteries Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Disorders of the Heart
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Congestive Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Fistula
  • Double Inlet Left Ventricle
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle
  • Heart Failure
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Interrupted Aortic Arch
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Pulmonary Valve Regurgitation
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC)
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR)
  • Transposition of the Great Vessels
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Disorder
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Ventricular Septal Defects
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About Hani Najm, MD

Hani Najm, MD, is the Chair of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and Executive Co-Director of the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Center at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Najm is board-certified in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

Specialty Interests: Neonatal heart surgery, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, arterial switch procedure, atrioventricular septal defect repair, adult congenital heart surgery, complex heart valve surgery, repeat valve and reconstructive heart surgery

Number of Procedures Performed and Success Rates: Dr. Najm has performed more than 5,000 open heart operations for adults and children, with a special interest in complex congenital and adult surgery that involves more than one valve, as well as repair of transposition of great arteries.

Dr. Najm enjoys complex cases and strives to lower mortality rates. He has achieved an overall mortality rate of less than 1% in recent years, including many difficult cases. He has used a unique repair technique for repair of a complete atrioventricular septal defect in more than 200 patients, and 15-year follow-up results are outstanding.

Cleveland Clinic is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care. Success rates for specific procedures are available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education and Training: Dr. Najm earned his medical degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He completed a rotating internship in Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and a general surgery residency at King Khalid University. He also served a General Surgery residency at Ottawa Civic Hospital, Canada, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at The Toronto Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Canada. He completed fellowships in Pediatric and Adult Cardiac Surgery at Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.

He was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2016 after serving as a consulting staff member in 2014. He has served at King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center in Saudi Arabia, including appointments as Deputy Chairman since 2008, Head of Cardiac Surgery since 2001, and Consultant for Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery since 1999.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Najm serves in leadership roles for many professional heart and surgery societies throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has a Master’s of Science in research Training and has been an educator and speaker at hundreds of professional meetings worldwide.

His dedication to research and the importance of multi-center patient databases is exemplified in his work to establish the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society database and a database for patients treated in the congenital center he established in Saudi Arabia. The center was included in the multi-center “TOF Life” study, for which Dr. Najm was the Site Leader and Principal Investigator.

About Dr. Najm: I believe my greatest strength as a heart surgeon is my ability to offer the whole spectrum of heart surgery from the first day of life all through adulthood, including procedures that range from simple to the most complex, all with the best outcomes.

Leisure activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Najm enjoys Taekwondo. He is a 5th Dan black belt, earning 3 gold medals as the Saudi Arabia Champion.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Hospital for Sick Children
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Toronto, Ontario,

Residency - The Toronto Hospital
General Surgery
Toronto, Ontario,

Medical Education - King Saud University Medical School



  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery

Specialty Interests

Neonatal heart surgery, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, arterial switch procedure, atrioventricular septal defect repair, adult congenital heart surgery, complex heart valve surgery, repeat valve and reconstructive heart surgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2008 1st degree medal of King Abdulaziz Al Saud (the highest level of honor in Saudi Arabia)
  • 1998 Best research in the Disenhouse Meeting, Hospital for Sick Children research day
  • 1998 Best presentation in the Third Annual Saudi Medical Meeting 
  • 1997 Best presentation in the Second Annual Saudi Medical Meeting
  • 1997 Best presentation in the Annual Sick Children Hospital research competition for the department of surgery
  • 1995–1998 Elected Chief of the Saudi postgraduate trainees, University of Toronto.
  • 1994 Senior Resident award for research
  • 1993 Outstanding resident teacher, University of Ottawa
  • 1992 Senior resident prize for research
  • 1985 Graduated second in class, medical school, King Saud University

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/15/2024, Dr. Najm 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.

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