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About Rakesh Suri, M.D., D.Phil.

Rakesh M. Suri, MD, DPhil, is the Chief of Staff and Chair of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and an Attending Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

Dr. Suri is among the world’s most experienced practitioners of robotically assisted heart surgeries and helped pioneer the use of robotic platforms in valve repair procedures. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Suri served in numerous leadership roles at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN.

Specialty Interests: Transcatheter (minimally invasive) and conventional aortic and mitral valve replacement and repair, minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, aortic valve-sparing root replacement, aortic aneurysm surgery, atrial fibrillation surgery, multiple valve surgery, heart valve replacement, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) surgery

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Suri performs more than 200 mitral valve repairs, 200 transcatheter procedures and more than 100 robotic cardiac surgeries per year.

Success Rates: Among top U.S. hospitals for valve repair surgery, Cleveland Clinic is a leader in volume and quality outcomes. Dr. Suri successfully repairs more than 99% of diseased heart valves for his patients, avoiding the need for valve replacement, which carries a higher risk of mortality and complications. He also collaborates with cardiologists to replace or repair diseased heart valves through the groin avoiding the need for surgical incisions altogether.   For complete information about heart surgery outcomes at Cleveland Clinic, visit http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education and Training: Dr. Suri completed his undergraduate studies at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from University of Toronto, Ontario, followed by a doctorate in immunology as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, United Kingdom. He served his residency in general surgery at the University of Toronto and a fellowship in cardiac surgery at St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto. He completed a three-year residency in thoracic surgery at Mayo College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, serving as Chief Resident in his third year.

At Mayo Clinic, Dr. Suri served as the  Director of the Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Program, Chair of Surgical and Structural Heart Innovation, Chair of the Enterprise Robotic Practice, Professor of Surgery and Consultant in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Program Director and Co-director of the Cardiothoracic Residency Program. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic's medical staff in 2015.

Publications and Research: Dr. Suri has authored or co-authored more than 260 scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals,  11 textbook chapters and has contributed to over 11 patents. He is a frequent presenter at major national and international cardiac surgery meetings, speaking on valve disease and innovations in valve repair and replacement. His research interests include innovations in heart valve repair, complex valve surgery, transcatheter heart valve procedures and minimally invasive surgical techniques along with healthcare economics and leadership. He is a member of a number of  international professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the Heart Valve Society.

About Dr. Suri: “I want my patients to know that we will leverage the expertise of a multidisciplinary team to offer the right diagnosis, leading to the right therapy at the right time in the right location for you.”

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Suri enjoys personal fitness, recreational flying and outdoor activities with the goal of achieving a balanced life that includes physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Mayo Clinic
Thoracic Surgery
Rochester, MN USA

Fellowship - Saint Michael's Hospital
Cardiac Surgery
Toronto, ON Canada

Residency - University of Toronto Hospitals
General Surgery
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

Medical School - Magdalen College

Medical School - University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Undergraduate - Queens University
Kingston, Ontario,


  • General Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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