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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bronchial Biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchus Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Chest Surgery
  • Claggetts Window
  • Diaphragm Surgery
  • Diverticulectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • GERD Surgery
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery
  • Lobectomy, VATS Lobectomy
  • Lung Lesion Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Mediastinal surgery
  • Mediastinum Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Nodulectomy
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pleurectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Robotic Esophagectomy
  • Robotic Lobectomy
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Department
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Wedge Resection
View all 36 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achalasia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collis Nissen/Nissen
  • Diaphragm Hernia
  • Emphysema
  • Epiphrenic Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophagus Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
View all 34 Specialties +


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About Alejandro Bribriesco, MD

Alejandro C. Bribriesco, MD, is a thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He sees patients at the Cleveland Clinic main campus.

Specialty Interests: Lung transplantation, minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery, pulmonary (lung) nodules, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, repair of hiatal and paraesophageal (next to the esophagus) hernias, acid reflux surgery, achalasia, mediastinal (between the lungs) tumors

Number of Patients Treated: Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons annually perform more than 1,700 thoracic procedures, with each thoracic surgeon completing 350 to 450 surgeries a year. During his fellowship training, Dr. Bribriesco developed specialized expertise in lung transplantation and minimally invasive and robotic surgery for patients with lung or esophageal cancer. 

Education and Training:  Dr. Bribriesco earned his undergraduate degree in biology magna cum laude from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his residency in general surgery and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. His fellowship included subspecialty training in thoracic cancer surgery at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, and lung transplantation at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Bribriesco joined the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2017.

Research, Publications and Speaking: During his residency, Dr. Bribriesco also completed a two-year research fellowship in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. His laboratory research included basic science investigation of the immune system after lung transplantation. He has published papers in medical journals, primarily on lung transplantation, and presented his research on that topic at conferences including the American Association of Thoracic Surgery annual meeting in 2016.

About Dr. Bribriesco: “It is important to remember that caring for patients involves much more than just treating their disease.  Building trust through open and honest communication is at the heart of patient care, and I make sure my patients know that we are partners throughout the process.  For me, the patient is the most important person on the health care team.  Taking the time to listen and explain everything is essential.”

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Bribriesco enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, exercising and visiting museums.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Washington University
Thoracic Surgery
St. Louis, MO USA

Residency - Washington University
General Surgery
St. Louis, MO USA

Medical Education - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA


  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery

Specialty Interests

Lung transplantation, minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery, pulmonary (lung) nodules, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, repair of hiatal and paraesophageal (next to the esophagus) hernias, acid reflux surgery, achalasia, mediastinal (between the lungs) tumors

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 4/23/2019, Dr. Bribriesco 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

62 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 5
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

3 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 19, 2019

I was very impressed with *Dr. Bribriesco and his staff, loved his hand drawn pictures to illustrated the surgery so I could better understand it.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019

One of the best doctor I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

Dr. Bribriasco was excellent explaining how, why and importance of the surgery. He explained with pictures and drawings as to what he would do during surgery. I felt very confident that he was the right choice.

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