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Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.5437
Desk:
216.444.5522
Fax:
216.445.1035

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Appendectomy
  • Childrens Primary Care
  • Department of Pediatric Surgery
  • Evaluation/Treatment of Antenatally Diagnosed Congenital Anomalies
  • Evaluation/Treatment of Pulmonary Sequestration / CCAM
  • Fundoplication Procedure for Children
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Nissen Fundoplication
  • Nuss Procedure / Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum
  • Pectus Carinatum Repair / Reconstruction
  • Pediatric General Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgical Oncology
  • Pediatric Thoracic Surgery
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Splenectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Antenatally Diagnosed Anomalies
  • Appendicitis
  • Birth Defects
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation of the Lung (CCAM)
  • Congenital Malformations
  • Duodenal Atresia
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hernias
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Hydrocele Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Atresias
  • Malrotation
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Omphalocele
  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pediatric Cancer
  • Pediatric Hydrocele | Hernia
  • Pediatric Neonatal Disorders
  • Pediatric Tumors
  • Pulmonary Sequestration
  • Solid Tumor Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Undescended Testicles
  • Wilms' Tumor
View all 31 Specialties +
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Biography

About John DiFiore, MD

John W. DiFiore, MD, FACS, FAAP, is Director of the Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum (Nuss procedure) and Surgical Director of the Fetal Care Center at Cleveland Clinic.

After graduating cum laude from Dartmouth College, Dr. DiFiore attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He performed a surgical residency at New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School, followed by a pediatric surgery and research fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. 

Dr. DiFiore is certified in general and pediatric surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1998

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Boston
Pediatric Surgery
Boston, MA USA
1998

Residency - New England Deaconess Hospital
Surgery
Boston, MA USA
1996

Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Boston
Research (Surgery)
Boston, MA USA
1994

Residency - New England Deaconess Hospital
Surgery
Boston, MA USA
1991

Internship - New England Deaconess Hospital
Surgery
Boston, MA USA
1989

Medical Education - Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center
MD
New York, NY USA
1988

Undergraduate - Dartmouth College
Chemistry
Hanover, NH USA
1984

Professional Highlights

  • Surgical Director, Fetal Care Center, Cleveland Clinic
  • Director, Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum (Nuss procedure), Cleveland Clinic

Certifications

  • Surgery - General Surgery
  • Surgery - Pediatric Surgery

Specialty Interests

congenital malformations, Director of Center of Excellence for Pectus excavatum, hernia, minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum/Nuss procedure, Minimally Invasive Surgery, neonatal surgery, pediatric general surgery and thoracic surgery, pediatric solid tumors, pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric tumors, Surgical Director: Fetal Care Center

Awards & Honors

  • America's Top Surgeons, Pediatric Surgery
  • Jens G. Rosenkrantz Resident Research Award in Pediatric Surgery
  • Sidney Farber Award for Outstanding House Officer, Children’s Hospital, Boston

Memberships

  • American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Central Surgical Association
  • International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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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 11/14/2019, Dr. DiFiore 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.

* 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

48 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

11 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Dr. DiFiore is an excellent surgeon, and is caring and compassionate. He goes above and beyond and my son was fortunate to have Dr. DiFiore for his pectus excavatum surgery. Thabks again, Dr. D, you did an anazing job!!!

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

wonderful hospital. and Dr is great and did a wonderful job on my son's chest

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Dr. DiFiore is very easy to talk to and seems to be genuinely concerned about my son. He does not appear to be in a rush when he speaks to us and makes sure he answers all our questions. We are extremely pleased with the care he has given.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Dr DiFiore is the best

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Dr DiFiore is an excellent communicator and showed sincere care and concern for my son. We are very thankful to have found him!

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Dr. DiFiore is patient, kind and caring. My experience with him is excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Without a doubt would recommend. From day one the experience and compassion showed. It all made sense to us so we could make informed decisions. Dr. D handled our questions before and after surgery. We liked the time he took after to explain in great detail what he did and what we need to do. As an aside, we appreciated his youtube bio - that helped us feel less like strangers and should be promoted more. We also happened upon a Cleveland Clinic podcast about our son's exact issue and that was good too. Kept us off google.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

the doctor was extremely thorough and very patient with all of our questions concerning our son's procedure.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Dr.Difiore was exceptionally patient and thorough. He seemed genuine when speaking to Kendell and family and was always available for questions.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Dr. DiFiore is very calm, takes his time and never seems rushed. He listens and answers questions thoughtfully.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

I was very impressed with Dr. Difiore's humility and the level of concern he had for my son. He was very kind and made every effort to answer my questions thoroughly. We did not feel rushed at all. Dr. Difiore is an excellent representative for any hospital and you are blessed to have him. We feel extremely confident that we made the right decision to drive to OH for our son's care.

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