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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Afib Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • MAZE Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Myectomy
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure
  • Removal of Atrial Myxoma
  • Robotic Heart Surgery
  • Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery/Repair
  • Robotically Assisted Mitral Valve Repair
  • Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation as Primary Diagnosis
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Cardiac Tumors
  • Heart Tumors
  • Mitral Fibroelastoma
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
View all 6 Specialties +


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About Tarek Malas, MD

Tarek Malas, MD, CM, MPH, FRCSC, is a cardiac surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of the Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. Dr. Malas sees patients at Main Campus.

Specialty Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, percutaneous structural interventions, complex valvular disease, coronary surgery, atrial fibrillation surgery

Experience: Physicians in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery annually perform more than 5,000 cardiac surgeries. Dr. Malas has extensive experience in cardiac surgery, including minimally invasive, robotic and percutaneous procedures as well as conventional open-heart surgery.

Dr. Malas is a fellow of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

Success Rates: Among top US hospitals for cardiac surgery, Cleveland Clinic’s volume is the highest with the best quality outcomes. You can view success rates for specific procedures at Learn more about our outcomes and statistics

Education: Dr. Malas earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and a master’s in public health from Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston. He also completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He completed a six-year cardiac surgery residency at University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he was selected as chief resident in his final years of training. He continued his training as an advanced adult cardiothoracic surgery fellow at Emory University, Atlanta, and completed his training with a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive, robotic, and structural heart valve surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2023, Dr. Malas was a staff cardiac surgeon at Québec Heart and Lung Institute in Quebec, Canada.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Malas has coauthored research papers published in peer-reviewed cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery journals and cardiothoracic surgery handbooks. He is a frequent presenter at international cardiac surgery meetings and has been an invited lecturer at regional and national medical conferences in the United States and Canada. He also extensive experience in surgical education research and didactic training of residents and fellows.

Dr. Malas currently is a reviewer for numerous academic medical journals, including Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery and Journal of Robotic Surgery.

About Dr. Malas: “I am very passionate about preventing and treating heart disease so patients can live longer, healthier lives. I find it extremely rewarding to be able to make positive changes in the lives of patients and their loved ones. While it is a very difficult and demanding job, knowing that I am helping make a difference someone’s life makes it worth every moment.

One of the most exciting parts of my specialty is the ability to perform surgery in a variety of ways – percutaneous endovascular, robotic, or standard open-heart surgery. The collaboration between cardiac surgery and cardiology to perform procedures with a minimally invasive approach can help significantly improve recovery times and help patients return to their daily lives quickly with excellent outcomes.”

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Malas enjoys travel and learning languages, scuba diving, tennis, working out at the gym and music.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiac Surgery - Robotics, Minimally Invasive, Structural
Cleveland, OH United States

Fellowship - Emory University Hospital
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Atlanta, GA

Residency - University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Cardiac Surgery
Ottawa, Canada

Medical Education - McGill University
Montreal Quebec, Canada

Undergraduate - McGill University
Montreal Quebec, Canada

Undergraduate - McGill University
Bachelors of Chemical Engineering
Montreal Quebec, Canada


  • Cardiac Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 Emory Lifesaver Award Recipient, Emory University Hospital
  • 2014 President’s Award of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for Best Scientific Work
  • 2014 Department of Surgery Collins Day Award for Best Overall Paper
  • 2013 Best Clinical Science/Population Health Presentation, Ottawa Heart Institute Research Day
  • 2013 Innovation Award for Research, Ottawa Heart Institute Research Day
  • 2011 Department of Surgery Graeme Barber Prize for Best Clinical Paper Presentation
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Tarek Malas, MD.

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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 9/29/2023, Dr. Malas 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

44 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

3 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr Malas was amazing. He exuded confidence while maintaining a comfortable rapport. He answered every question professionally yet on our level of understanding.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Appointment with Dr. Mamas was very good. Answered all our questions regarding my upcoming heart procedure.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Heart surgeon, DR. Malas, is the best

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