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

  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (cabg) Surgery
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgeries
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Removal of Atrial Myxoma
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Repair Of Aortic Aneurysms And Dissections
  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Robotically Assisted Heart Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Mitral Valve Repair
  • Surgical Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Valve Surgery
View all 28 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
View all 23 Specialties +


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About Daniel Burns, MD

Daniel Burns, MD, MPhil, is a cardiac surgeon in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus.

Specialty Interests: Mitral valve surgery, minimally invasive and robotic assisted cardiac surgery, aortic valve surgery, transcatheter valve interventions, atrial fibrillation ablation, coronary artery bypass grafting.

Education: Dr. Burns earned his medical degree from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, where he earned numerous honors for academics and leadership. He also holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, UK. He completed his cardiac surgery residency at the University of Western Ontario, serving as chief resident in his final year of training.

Following a fellowship in complex mitral valve repair at the Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Royal Infirmary, UK, Dr. Burns continued his subspecialty training as a fellow in minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He was subsequently appointed to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2019.

Experience: Cleveland Clinic is the highest-volume heart valve surgery hospital in the country, performing more than 4000 procedures a year with outcomes that are among the best in the world. All Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeons complete between 300-400 cardiac cases annually.

Research and Publications: Dr. Burns has co-authored scientific papers on outcomes in mitral valve surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and other topics in his field published in leading surgical journals. He also has presented clinical research findings at medical meetings in Canada and the United States.
About Dr. Burns: “I love being a cardiac surgeon because you have the ability to make a major meaningful impact to a patient’s quality of life, which patients often notice even before they leave the hospital.”
Leisure Activities: In his leisure time Dr. Burns enjoys travel, theater, and playing and listening to music as well as cycling, rock climbing and spending time with friends and family.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Bristol Royal Infirmary
Complex Mitral Valve Repair
Bristol, United Kingdom

Residency - University of Western Ontario
Cardiac Surgery
London, Ontario,

Graduate School - University of Cambridge
Master of Philosophy
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Medical Education - University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario,

Additional Training

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Complex mitral valve repair
  • Minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery


  • Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Mitral valve surgery, Minimally invasive cardiac surgery, Aortic valve surgery, Transcatheter valve interventions, Atrial fibrillation ablation, Clinical outcomes research, Statistical analysis of surgical outcome data

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 3/3/2020, Dr. Burns 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

34 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 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

2 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Everyone I encountered on Dr Burns staff was kind.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Dr. Burns was quite articulate in his explanation of the different procedures available to replace my heart valve and given the risks and benefits of each he asked my preference instead of telling me which way to go. I have the upmost confidence in his ability to perform the open heart surgery.

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