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

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Bypass Surgery Re-operation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Surgery in Adults
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (cabg) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Re-operation
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgeries
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Removal of Atrial Myxoma
  • Removal of Cardiac Tumors
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Reoperative Heart Surgery
  • Repair Of Aortic Aneurysms And Dissections
  • Repair of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections
  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery
  • Robotic 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
  • Surgical Treatment Of Adult Acquired Heart Disease
  • Surgical Treatment Of Thoracic And Cardiovascular Disease
  • Surgical Treatment Of Valve Endocarditis
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Valve Surgery
View all 47 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Congenital Disorders of the Heart
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • 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 32 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. Additionally, Dr. Burns is appointed as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. 

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 sub-specialty 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

Professional Highlights

  • June 2020: Appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University


  • 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


  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
  • International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS)
  • Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons (CSCS)
  • Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/7/2020, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

56 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

10 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

dr burns presented a complex upcoming surgical procedure in understandable terms. described dangers yet also pointing out positive aspects. very good communication skills.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

The experience was good...It's a very scary operation, and Dr. Burns explained everything in good detail, and answered all of my questions to my satisfaction. I'm not as worried as I was before the appointment, and I'm confident that I am in the right hands.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

My surgeon, *Dr. Daniel Burns, made a point to visit me almost every day to check on my progress.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Burns did an excellent job of explaining clearly the issues with my heart valve, the nature of the planned surgical procedure, and the associated risks.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Dr. Burns did an exceptional job discussing my condition. He was very informative and answered all of our questions. He took time to show us how my valve is currently functioning. I feel quite comfortable with Dr. Burns as my surgeon.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

*Dr. Buros was awesome.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Burns and Dr. Xu, and their staff, were very professional, listened carefully, communicated clearly and were very responsive to our questions.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

*Dr. Daniel Burns spent a whole hour talking to me about what was what. I appreciated the time spent.

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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