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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
  • Chest Surgery
  • Claggetts Window
  • Decortication
  • Diaphragm Surgery
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • GERD Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
  • Lobectomy, VATS Lobectomy
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Lung Lesion Surgery
  • Lung Removal Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Mediastinal Biopsy Surgery
  • Mediastinal Masses Surgery
  • Mediastinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Nodulectomy
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Pleurectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Removal of Part of Lung
  • Robotic Lobectomy
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Lung Surgery
  • Sleeve Lobectomy
  • Surgical Biopsy of Thoracic Lymph Nodes
  • Surgical Treatment of Lung Nodules
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Department
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Thymectomy
  • Thymus Gland Surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Wedge Resection
View all 50 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Advanced Lung Disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collis Nissen/Nissen
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Emphysema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Nodules
  • Lungs
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Nodules
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymic Tumors
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Windpipe Injury
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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 & Thoracic Institute. He sees patients at the Cleveland Clinic main campus.

Specialty Interests: ECLS/ECMO, 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. 

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 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. 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 Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery - General Surgery

Specialty Interests

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

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 Cleveland Clinic Sones/Favaloro Patient Care Award
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Alejandro Bribriesco, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 7/25/2023, 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.

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

68 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2023

All of the physicians/doctors were fantastic and provided the best care. Very impressed.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

The doctor (Dr Bribriesco) is a truly an outstanding doctor! He is the best doctor I have been treated by and I feel very fortunate to have him as my doctor. I really appreciate how much he cares about me and my wellbeing and how he has made my life so much better. And he is a great human being.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Excellent surgeon! Can't speak highly enough of this physician.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Briebriesco is the best, I will recommend him to others

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr. _____ was outstanding spent a lot of time explaining problem & what he was going to do his follow up was tremendous.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr was very good at explaining procedures and extremely compassionate, friendly and thoughtful

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr. Brie is a wonderful doctor. His bedside manner is wonderful. I trusted him with my life and would definetly do it again

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

I was treated with care and respect.I felt comfortable talking to the doctors and staff.

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

The Doctor, Practitioner, Nurse, and those who did the testing were great! They worked with each other and explained all my problems and answers for those problems with care and expertise. I felt very comfortable with all those who helped me. Also, I understand what needs to happen next.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

My appointment with Dr.Bribriesco was my first meeting prior to an upcoming surgery. I was impressed with his knowledge of my cancer. He is excellent at answering any and all of my questions and concerns. He put my mind at ease with my upcoming surgery. I feel blessed to have him as my surgeon

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Dr Bribriesco is not only an excellent physician/surgeon but also a caring individual who listens to your every comment and promptly responds to every need!

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

I love my doctor. He is the best

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