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Title Assistant Professor of Surgery
Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Panjabi, Urdu
Surgeon Yes
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.445.6860
Desk:
216.444.1921
Fax:
216.636.9988

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

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

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Advanced Lung Disease
  • Angiosarcomas
  • Askin’s Tumors
  • Cancer
  • Chest Wall Sarcomas
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collis Nissen/Nissen
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diaphragm Hernia
  • Emphysema
  • Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma (EHE)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophagus Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Mass
  • Lung Nodules
  • Lungs
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Mesothelioma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Paraganglioma
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Primary Soft Tissue Sarcomas of the Chest Wall
  • Pulmonary Nodules
  • Radiation Induced Chest Wall Sarcomas
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Sarcoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymic Cancer
  • Thymic Tumors
  • Thymoma
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Windpipe Injury
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Biography

About Usman Ahmad, MD

Usman Ahmad, MD, is a 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 holds a joint appointment with the Taussig Cancer Institute and is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Specialty interests: Thoracic oncology; lung cancer; esophageal cancer; tracheal tumors; thymic tumors; chest wall tumors; lung transplant, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including robotic, thorascopic, laparoscopic and bronchoscopic procedures; cancer outcomes; and general thoracic surgery

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 1,800 general thoracic procedures each year.  All Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons complete between 350-450 thoracic cases per year. The majority of the thoracic surgeries he has performed were minimally invasive operations for patients with cancer and include robotic surgery for lung, esophageal and thymic tumors.

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.aspxoutcomes.aspx

Education and Training: Dr. Ahmad earned his medical degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. He completed an immunology and vascular biology research fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine’s Vascular Biology and Transplantation program, New Haven, CT. His internship and residency in general surgery were also completed at Yale, where he was named Chief Resident and Educational Chief Resident in his last year of training. Dr. Ahmad completed his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian - Weil Cornell Medical Center, both in New York, NY.

Publications, Speaking and Research: Dr. Ahmad has a strong interest in cancer outcomes research and has written many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has presented his research at meetings hosted by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association of Thoracic Surgery, and the International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group.

About Dr. Ahmad: “When I care for a patient, I like to treat them as I would treat a friend or a family member. I educate my patients about their problem and help them make informed decisions. The expertise available at Cleveland Clinic allows us to provide efficient treatment to patients with complex thoracic problems. “

Leisure Activities:  In his leisure time, Dr. Ahmad enjoys spending time with his family and playing squash.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2015

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - New York Presbyterian Hospital
Cardiothoracic Surgery
New York, NY USA
2015

Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital
General Surgery
New Haven, CT USA
2013

Medical Education - Aga Khan University, Faculty of Medicine
Karachi,
2004

Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Thoracic oncology; lung cancer; esophageal cancer; tracheal tumors; thymic tumors; chest wall tumors; minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including robotic, thorascopic, laparoscopic and bronchoscopic procedures; cancer outcomes; and general thoracic surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Best Resident Teacher Award, 2013

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 6/8/2020, Dr. Ahmad 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

123 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 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Dr. U. Ahmad is the best doctor ever!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr. Ahmad was as professional as he was kind! He delivered tough information as thoroughly and gently as possible. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Nurse, fellow, and Dr were excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr. Usman Ahmad is the brightest, kindest Dr. I've ever had! He treats me as a human being who matters to him. He has never made me feel as if my questions were not important! His manner is very reassuring, considering that he deals with serious medical issues! I wouldn't want to go any other thoracic surgeon! He is truly the very best of the best!!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr. Usman Ahmad has the best bedside manner, is so very intelligent, and treated me with such respect and care. I feel like he was more than my doctor, he became my friend and my friends are my family. I have already recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

I was found to have an issue completely by accident, the news I received changed my life. I began this mentally difficult and draining process with my doctor. The next several weeks, it seemed as if I lived at the Cleveland Clinic. I didn't know what to expect, but the ENTIRE process and EVERYONE was an ABSOLUTE PLEASURE. I have never met such compassionate people in my life. I am in the healthcare field and this experience was just amazing, I truly felt safe and felt like everyone was there in my best interest.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

I have the highest respect for Dr Ahmad and how he helped me

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

The Dr. takes the time to listen and is compassionate and attentive

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

great hospital an great doctor Ahmad

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Outstanding experience from Dr. Ahmad and his staff.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

dr. Ahmad and his staff are excellent in their field of medicine. I would recommend Cleveland clinic and dr. Ahmad to anyone.

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

*Dr. Usman Ahmad is an awesome person, very caring.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Dr Ahmad and his team treated us like family. They are an asset to the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Ahmad and his team exemplify world class service.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

very good doctor with very good manners

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

couldn't have had a better experience with Dr Ahmad .

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Coordination between the doctors was excellent.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

Dr. Ahmad's treatment has shown on every visit to be thorough and positive on both a professional and personal basis. I feel he is caring and extremely capable.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Dr. Ahmad is an excellent care-giver and physician. I have an an excellent experience with him from the time of my diagnosis, through my surgery and all of my follow-up appointments. He is always willing to take the time to to explain, answer my questions and treat me with the utmost respect. He has a great deal of empathy and a very very caring and genuine demeanor. He is an incredible physician for the CC Institution and we certainly could you more physicians like Dr. Usman Ahmad in our society.

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