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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Bronchial Biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cancer Center
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Chest Surgery
  • Claggetts Window
  • Decortication
  • Diaphragm Surgery
  • Epigastric Hernia Repair
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • GERD 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
  • Sleeve Lobectomy
  • Surgical Biopsy of Thoracic Lymph Nodes
  • Surgical Treatment of Lung Nodules
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Department
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Thymus Gland Surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Wedge Resection
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collis Nissen/Nissen
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Epiphrenic Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Nodules
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Nodules
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymic Tumors
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Windpipe Injury
View all 25 Specialties +


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About Monisha Sudarshan, MD

Monisha Sudarshan, MD, MPH, FRCSC, is a thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. She specializes in treating benign and malignant conditions of the esophagus. Dr. Sudarshan sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus.

Specialty Interests: Esophageal cancer, paraesophageal and hiatal hernias; esophageal motility disorders, including achalasia; lung cancer; chest wall tumors; thymic tumors; airway tumors (trachea and bronchi); mesothelioma; minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including thoracoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery

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: Dr. Sudarshan received her medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She completed her general surgery residency at McGill University Health Center from 2010 to 2016 and also earned a Master’s in public health from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., in 2013.  Dr. Sudarshan served her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. She joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2019.

Experience: Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons annually perform more than 1,700 thoracic procedures, including treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus. Cleveland Clinic is a quaternary referral center for patients with complex esophageal disease, and in 2017, Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons performed 297 esophageal surgeries. The most common problems treated were achalasia, cancer and paraesophageal hernia.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Sudarshan has co-authored papers on surgical outcomes research published in leading medical journals, particularly in relation to surgical treatment for esophageal cancer. She has presented on this research at leading medical meetings in the United States, Canada, Italy and China. She has co-authored chapters in six surgical handbooks and reference works.

About Dr. Sudarshan: “I value my patients’ needs, trust and comfort the most. I approach the care of my patients with great attention to detail, address all their concerns and work to provide the best possible health care and outcomes for each patient.”

Leisure Activities: Dr. Sudarshan enjoys running and reading topical nonfiction.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Thoracic Surgery
Rochester, MN USA

Residency - McGill University Faculty of Medicine
General Surgery
Montreal, Quebec,

Graduate School - Harvard School of Public Hlth
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - McGill University-Faculty of Medicine

Undergraduate - McGill University
Montreal, Quebec,


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

Specialty Interests

Esophageal cancer, paraesophageal and hiatal hernias; esophageal motility disorders, including achalasia; lung cancer; chest wall tumors; thymic tumors; airway tumors (trachea and bronchi); mesothelioma; minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including thoracoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 - Carolyn Reed Award, Thoracic Surgery Foundation - Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • 2018 - O.T Clagett Award, Mayo Clinic, Department of Thoracic Surgery
  • 2017 - Postgraduate Masters Cup Winner, European Society of Thoracic Surgery - Annual meeting
  • 2013 - The Frank Litvack Scholarship for Clinical Scientists, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Monisha Sudarshan, 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 8/1/2023, Dr. Sudarshan has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Sudarshan receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • GRAIL, Inc.

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

99 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

Without question, Dr. Sudarshan, MD, was outstanding. She seamlessly, clearly, comprehensively, and intelligibly, laid out my condition and the surgery she would perform to correct it.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Love Dr Sudarshan! She even commented seeing me the year before for my EGD. She listened to a concern I had, asked questions, and was very attentive both before and after the procedure.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

I feel the Doctor was very understanding answered all questions honestly and explained procedures in detail.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

While disappointed with the results I know that the Doctor was honest and it was my condition and her care that resulted in answers.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Could not have found a better surgeon. Dr. Sudarshan was always straight forward with keeping us Informed, kind, caring always willing to answer questions. We always feel at ease with every visit with her.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Very good to have called that in could see dr S right after cat scan

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Doctor was in and out very quickly. Didn't seem real concerned

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

The doctor didn't really offer any treatment options. I left feeling her only option was surgery.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr. Sudarshan was the perfect surgeon for me. Respectful, informative, calming.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

Dr. Sudarshan was very kind ans PATIENT With my questions and concerns. I ready appreciate her sticking with me through the procedure and recovery period.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

The doctor really explained things well. She told me about all the risks involved. She didn't try to hide anything.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

I had several tests done along with seeing the Doctor. Everything was laid out well. I didn't have to do a lot of extra walking.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Very nice doctor. Kind and explained surgery procedure.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Scott the RN scheduling nurse for Dr. Sudarshan was superb in keeping us informed and answering our questions. Excellent liaison.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

I have felt respected and cared for, by Dr. Sudarshan and all her associates, especially Scott with his patience over the phone.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

I was very fortunate to have Dr. Sudarshan as a surgeon. She was great about being in contact with me in pre-op, post-op,.taking calls; all the "extra effort" stuff beyond the surgery. SHE SHOWED CARE!

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Doctor Sudarshan was very kind, explained everything thoroughly, helped me with understanding my situation I could not have had a better appointment thank you

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

Dr. Sudarshan was as comforting and as good a listener as I could ask for. She was very clear and honest about care

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