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Pierre de Villiers, MD

Pierre de Villiers, MD
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Department Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Pierre de Villiers, MD

Pierre de Villiers, MD, is a Staff Anesthesiologist in the Anesthesiology Institute's Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology and by the National Board of Echocardiography in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography. He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Anesthesiologists of South Africa. Dr. de Villiers?s specialty interests focus on cardiothoracic anesthesia.

A native of South Africa, Dr. de Villiers received his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Medicine, followed by a simultaneous four-year residency in anesthesiology at the University of Stellenbosch and the College of Medicine of South Africa. He did an internship in internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology and a residency in anesthesiology at Tygerberg Hospital in South Africa, where he later served as a Consulting Anesthesiologist. Following his clinical training, he received a fellowship from the Cleveland Clinic for advanced clinical training in cardiothoracic anesthesia and transesophageal echocardiography. While a fellow in training, Dr. de Villiers received the Carol L. Ferguson Resident of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence from Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to his appointment to Cleveland Clinic in 1997 as a Staff Anesthesiologist in the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Dr. de Villiers spent time as a Consultant in Cardiac Anesthesia at the King Fahad National Guard Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He also served as Senior Specialist and Head of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (pediatric and adult) at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore.

Dr. de Villiers served as Clinical Director in the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia for over a decade and is Section Head of Robotic Cardiac Surgery(Anesthesia). Principally a clinical anesthesiologist, he published on valvular heart disease anesthesia and robotic mitral valve surgery. He has lectured locally on his specialty interests, Singapore and before the South African Society of Anesthesiologists. His past clinical research has been on therapeutic interventions for patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass.

Dr. de Villiers is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists. He divides his time between the Cleveland Clinic, family life and photography.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Tygerberg Hospital

Internship - Tygerberg Hospital
Internal Medicine

Medical Education - University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Medicine

Additional Training

  • Fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia, 1992-1994
  • Board-certified in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography
  • Cleveland Clinic Executive Program in Practice Management, 2002


  • Anesthesiology
  • Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography

Specialty Interests

cardiothoracic anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, clinical research, fellow and resident education, intraoperative TEE, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, resident teaching

Awards & Honors

  • Carol L. Ferguson Resident of the Year Award, 1994
  • Chief Fellow, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, 1993/1994 Academic Year
Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/6/2023, Dr. de Villiers 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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