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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Aortic valve regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Reoperation
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • MAZE surgery
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Bypass Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Myectomy
  • Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  • Off Pump Heart Surgery
  • Pericardial Window
  • Removal of Atrial Myxoma
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Valve Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Cardiovascular Disease in Women
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral Stenosis with Insufficiency
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Disorder
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Ventricular Aneurysm
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About Donna Kimmaliardjuk, MD

Donna Kimmaliardjuk, MD, FRCSC, is a staff cardiac surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. She sees patients and performs surgery at Main Campus.

Specialty Interests: Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, multi- and all-arterial coronary artery bypass grafting, anaortic coronary artery bypass grafting, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting

Experience: Cleveland Clinic heart surgeons annually perform more than 4,500 surgeries. Dr. Kimmaliardjuk has performed more than 350 open-heart surgeries, including more than 100 off-pump (beating heart) coronary artery bypass surgeries.

Dr. Kimmaliardjuk is board certified in cardiac surgery and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care, drawing patients from across the country and around the world. To learn about patient outcomes for specific conditions and procedures at Cleveland Clinic, go to: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education: Dr. Kimmaliardjuk is a graduate of the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She completed a cardiac surgery residency at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, followed by an advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in Cleveland in 2023, she was a cardiac surgeon at Eastern Health, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Kimmaliardjuk has been involved in clinical research for more than 10 years. She has coauthored research papers published in leading cardiology and cardiac surgery journals, including several papers on cardiovascular care and outcomes in indigenous people in Canada, one of her primary research interests. She also has contributed to cardiology and cardiac surgery textbook chapters and served as a manuscript reviewer for Understanding First Nations’ Women’s Heart Health, a project of Canada’s National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Dr. Kimmaliardjuk is a frequent speaker and panelist at professional meetings, including the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Her special interest and expertise are in the health and advancement of Indigenous people, particularly Indigenous women.

About Dr. Kimmaliardjuk: “I love cardiac surgery because I find it incredibly gratifying to help people, to improve their quality of life and even save their life. I love operating, but I also love connecting with people. I consider it a privilege to be able to have such an impact on people’s lives.”

Leisure Activities: In her leisure time, Dr. Kimmaliardjuk can be found on long walks with her husband and dog or at the dog park with them. She enjoys food and wine and trying new cuisines, especially when traveling. Her second passion, other than her work, is fashion.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Advanced Cardiac Surgery
Cleveland, OH

Residency - University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
Cardiac Surgery
Ottawa, ON Canada

Medical Education - The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine
Calgary, Alberta,

Undergraduate - Queen's University
Life Sciences
Kingston, ON Canada

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized by the Canadian House of Commons and Canadian Senate as the first Inuk to become a cardiac surgeon
  • Opportunities to meet several Canadian Ministers of Health and the Ministers of Indigenous Services and Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Featured on Canadian national news networks, talk shows and in Canadian magazines


  • Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, multi- and total-arterial coronary artery bypass grafting, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting

Awards & Honors

  • 2021   Sones-Favalaro Award, Best International Fellow, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
  • 2018    Indspire Award, the highest honor for excellence the Indigenous community confers on its own people, Canada
  • Top 10,000 Canadians, Canadian Who’s Who
  • 2017    Presented to the Canadian Senate and House of Commons


  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Donna Kimmaliardjuk, 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 3/12/2024, Dr. Kimmaliardjuk 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.

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

32 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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 4.7
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

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