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Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages Danish, English, French, Norwegian, Scandinavian, Swedish
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Surgery
  • Adult Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Aorta Center
  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Bypass Surgery Re-operation
  • Cardiac Oncology
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardio-Oncology Center
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Surgery in Adults
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Reoperation
  • David Procedure
  • David Reimplantation Operation
  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology & CT Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Surgery for Marfan Syndrome
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • Heart Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • High Risk Reoperation Surgery
  • Infective Endocarditis Surgery
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Modified David's Reimplantation Procedure
  • Myectomy
  • Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  • Off Pump Heart Surgery
  • Pediatric Heart Surgery
  • Percutaneous and Endoscopic Interventions for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Pulmonary Autotransplant
  • Pulmonary Embolism Surgery
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
  • Pulmonic Valve Repair
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Removal of Atrial Myxoma
  • Removal of Cardiac Tumors
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Reoperative Heart Surgery
  • Repair of Complex Congenital Heart Disease
  • Surgery for Infective Endocarditis
  • Surgery for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • 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
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Insufficiency
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cancer and the Heart
  • Cancer Heart Disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Coarctation Of The Aorta
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Congenital Disorders of the Heart
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dissection Of The Aorta
  • Emphysema
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
  • Tetralogy Of Fallot
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
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About Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD

Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD, is Vice Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Section Head, Congenital Heart Surgery at The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified by the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Specialty interests: Congenital heart surgery in adults and children, acquired heart disease (including aneurysms of the thoracic aorta), reconstructive valve surgery, heart and lung transplantation, reoperations, endocarditis, complex coronary artery surgery, aortic and mitral valve repair and replacement (including homografts and the Ross procedure).

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. All Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeons complete between 300-400 cardiac cases per year. Many of Dr. Pettersson’s patients have had previous heart surgery. Repeat surgeries (reoperations) are more challenging than first-time procedures.

Success rates: Among top U.S. hospitals for cardiac surgery, Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform the greatest number of cardiac surgeries and have the best quality outcomes. Success rates for specific procedures are available at

Education and Training: Dr. Pettersson is a native of Sweden. He received his medical training at the University of Gothenburg, where he also studied for his PhD and completed his thesis. After finishing a clinical and research fellowship in the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Pettersson served as a Staff Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Pettersson then became a Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Copenhagen and Chief Surgeon in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the State University Hospital, Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. In 1998, he was Chief Surgeon at the Private Hospital Hamlet in Copenhagen. He was appointed "expert" in matters concerning cardiothoracic surgery, including heart and lung transplantation, by medical authorities in Sweden and Denmark. He is licensed to practice medicine in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Publications and Speaking: Dr. Pettersson has received numerous awards and has held guest professorships in China, the United States (Boston, Albany) and Romania. Dr. Pettersson is an extensively published expert on the Ross procedure, surgical treatment of endocarditis, and lung transplantation. Among his more than 200 published works are book chapters, journal articles, abstracts and scientific papers on a variety of topics related to his specialty interests. He served as Chairman of the Endocarditis Working Group of the International Society for Chemotherapy, a group of leading surgeons that designs recommendations for the surgical treatment of patients with endocarditis.

Dr. Pettersson has presented many national and international lectures on topics ranging from bronchial artery revascularization in patients who have lung and heart-lung transplant procedures, surgical treatment of endocarditis, reoperations, to the use of biologic tissue in the treatment of patients with aortic valve disease. He has served on the OPTN/UNOS Thoracic Organ Transplantation Committee for Region 10.

Dr. Pettersson is the co-author of “Du har rort ved mit hjert” (English: You Have Touched my Heart), which was translated into English in 2009 with a supportive grant from Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower. This book features dialogues between Dr. Pettersson and his former patient, Johannes Mollehave, a priest in the Danish National Church as well as an author, TV personality, popular speaker and one of the best known and most beloved figures in contemporary Denmark. Mr. Mollehave is also a native of Sweden, and Dr. Pettersson developed a friendship with him the year before the surgery when Mr. Mollehave was invited to the hospital to address the staff on humanistic medicine. The book, originally published in 2005, was a best-seller in Denmark with an estimated 100,000 copies sold.

About Dr. Pettersson: “I enjoy my field of practice and focusing on giving people hope, especially in complex reoperation cases. I appreciate having something to give in order to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Leisure Activities: When time permits, Dr. Pettersson enjoys skiing, hunting and horseback riding.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Sahlgrenska University Hospital
Thoracic Surgery

Fellowship - University of Illinois College of Medicine
General/Thoracic Surgery-Research
Chicago, IL USA

Residency - Sahlgrenska University Hospital
General Surgery

Internship - Sahlgrenska University Hospital

Medical Education - Gothenburg University

Professional Highlights

  • Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower and Family Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Research
  • Honorary Member, Finnish Surgical Society
  • Honorary Member, Lithuanian Thoracic Surgery Society
  • Honorary Member, Romanian Scientific Society

Specialty Interests

Adult and pediatric congenital heart surgery; aortic valve repair and preservation (including remodeling and reimplantation) and replacement (including homograft and Ross procedure); surgery for acquired heart and aortic diseases, including multiple reoperations; surgical treatment of patients with endocarditis; and lung and heart/lung transplantation

Awards & Honors

  • 2007 - Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower and Family Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Research, Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute

  • 2010 – Bruce Hubbard Stewart Memorial Award for Humanistic Medicine, Cleveland Clinic

  • 2013 - Master Clinician Award, Cleveland Clinic, Innovations & Patents, bronchial artery revascularization in lung transplantation

  • Honorary Member, Finnish Surgical Society

  • Honorary Member, Lithuanian Thoracic Surgery Society

  • Honorary Member, Romanian Scientific Society

  • Bruce Hubbard Steward Award for Humanistic Medicine 

Innovations & Patents

  • Bronchial artery revascularization in lung transplantation


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgery
  • European Association for CardioThoracic Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Society for Heart Valve Disease
  • Congenital Heart Surgeon Society
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant
  • International Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons 
  • American Transplant Society
  • Scandinavian Association for Thoracic Surgery 
  • The Ross Society
  • European Congenital Heart Surgeons
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 4/15/2021, Dr. Pettersson 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

107 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Pettersson is clearly a very talented surgeon but I was also impressed by his friendly demeanor and willingness to review questions. Having a heart surgery is not a fun experience but having a surgeon like Dr. Pettersson can give you the confidence to get through it!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

I was very pleasantly surprised with Dr. Peterson. He had already familiarized himself with my case prior to sitting down with me. He seemed very pleasant and knowledgeable. It is too bad he is retiring in October though.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

My doctors were exceptionally good - world class expertise and cared for me as a person.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Experience in the doctors office was excellent. Very kind and courteous! Never once felt like a bother.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr. Patterson and his staff were very warm, patient, and understanding. Coming into a situation not knowing they made it much easier and comforting.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Dr. Peterson spoke directly to me and asked and answered all questions. He also answered all questions for my husband.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

I didn't really know the exact things done to my heart until I read *Dr. Pettersson's report when I got home.

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