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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Achalasia Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Airway Reconstruction
  • Bronchial Biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchus Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Chest Surgery
  • Claggetts Window
  • Complex Abdominal Hernia Repair
  • Decortication
  • Diaphragm Surgery
  • Diverticulectomy
  • Endoscopy
  • Epigastric Hernia Repair
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • GERD Surgery
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Lobectomy, VATS Lobectomy
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Lung Lesion Surgery
  • Lung Removal Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Mediastinal Biopsy Surgery
  • Mediastinal Masses Surgery
  • Mediastinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Nodulectomy
  • Pectus Excavatum Repair
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Pleurectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Removal of Part of Lung
  • Reoperation Surgery
  • Robotic Esophagectomy
  • Robotic Lobectomy
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Lung Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Thymectomy
  • Sleeve Lobectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Surgical Biopsy of Thoracic Lymph Nodes
  • Surgical Treatment of Lung Nodules
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Department
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Thoracic Sympathectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Thymectomy
  • Thymus Gland Surgery
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Voice and Larynx Surgery
  • Wedge Resection
View all 69 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Achalasia
  • Advanced Lung Disease
  • Airway and Lung Conditions
  • Angiosarcomas
  • Askin’s Tumors
  • Cancer
  • Chest Wall Sarcomas
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collis Nissen/Nissen
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Emphysema
  • Epiphrenic Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Germ Cell Tumors
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Mass
  • Lung Nodules
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Mesothelioma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Pediatric Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Primary Soft Tissue Sarcomas of the Chest Wall
  • Pulmonary Nodules
  • Radiation Induced Chest Wall Sarcomas
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Sarcoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymic Cancer
  • Thymic Tumors
  • Thymoma
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Windpipe Injury
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
View all 56 Specialties +


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About Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD

Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD is the Section Head of Thoracic Surgery,  the Daniel and Karen Lee Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Director of the Center of Major Airway Disease, and a Staff Thoracic Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He holds joint appointments with the Transplant Center and the Taussig Cancer Institute and Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Specialty interests: Esophageal cancer, lung cancer, tracheal stenosis, robotic surgery, reflux, hiatal hernia, achalasia, minimally invasive surgery, chest wall reconstruction, bronchoscopic and endoscopic procedures, video-assisted surgery

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 1,700 thoracic procedures each year.  All Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons complete between 350-450 thoracic cases per year.  Dr. Murthy specializes in minimally invasive surgery for patients with lung cancer and esophageal cancer.

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 and Training: Dr. Murthy earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a PhD in pathology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. At Columbia, he received the Janeway Prize for top achievement in his graduating class, the Robert F. Loeb Award for excellence in Clinical Medicine, the Merck Award for outstanding scholarship, and several other awards.

Dr. Murthy completed an internship and a residency in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard University, Boston. He continued there for a residency in cardiothoracic surgery. As a Harvard University Clinical Fellow, he was selected as the Whitman Traveling Scholar and served as the surgical emissary for Harvard Medical School in the Department of Esophageal Surgery at Queen Mary Hospital Medical Center at the University of Hong Kong.

Publications and Speaking: Dr. Murthy is a dedicated researcher and prolific writer. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 scientific articles in leading peer-reviewed medical journals and more than a dozen chapters in medical textbooks. His research interests include lung cancer, lung transplant and emphysema.

About Dr. Murthy: “Hopefully, not one patient ever leaves disappointed in their care. I will stay as long as needed to help educate my patients, sort out their best treatment options, and deliver their care."

Leisure Activities: Saltwater reef aquarium, comic book collecting, theater, running, mowing my own lawn, raising two daughters, and keeping my wife happy

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Thoracic & CV Surgery
Boston, MA

Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA

Medical Education - Columbia University School of General Studies
New York, NY

Graduate School - University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British C,

Undergraduate - University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA


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

Specialty Interests

Esophageal cancer, lung cancer, tracheal stenosis, robotic surgery, reflux, hiatal hernia, achalasia, minimally invasive surgery, chest wall reconstruction, bronchoscopic and endoscopic procedures, video-assisted surgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic
  • 2016 Leadership in Quality, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute Award
  • 2014 - present Cleveland Magazine “Top Doc”
  • 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Thoracic and Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 2009 - present America’s Top Doctor, Castle Connolly
  • 2006 Alumni of the year, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • 2005 Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic
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 3/22/2024, Dr. Murthy 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. Murthy 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:

  • Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Medtronic plc

Royalty Payments. Dr. Murthy receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Advanced Medical Solutions International, LLC

Equity Dr. Murthy owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • Advanced Medical Solutions International, LLC

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Murthy serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Advanced Medical Solutions International, LLC

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

221 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 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Doc was fantastic. Caring. Explaining everything. Compassionate. Knowledgeable.

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Dr. S. Murthy was fantastic. He eased my mind. Explained everything in detail. I'm so blessed to have him. Cleveland Clinic is very lucky to have him.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr. Murthy explained the next steps in my care clearly and kindly. He listened to and addressed my concerns and questions. I really appreciated the time he spent with me in spite of being behind on his schedule that day. It was a very productive visit and I have deepening respect for his expertise.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

Dr. Murthy and his staff are always pleasant, attentive to my needs, courteous, and extremely accommodating.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2024

Dr. Murthy and his staff are courteous and their professionalism is second to none. His nurse Rebecca is simply amazing!

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2024

I love Dr. Murphy he's very direct but kind.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024

Dr. Murthy was terrific. We talked about the surgery in a way I understood and appreciated. He made me feel comfortable with my decision.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr Murthy always listens and never rushes my appointments. He Is very kind and cares about not only my lung cancer but about other aspects of my care.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

Dr. Murthy is patient centered, a good listener, and an excellent communicator when it comes to discussing complex medical issues and personal life issues related to living with cancer.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Dr. Murthy and his fellow were wonderful. They explained everything and took time to listen to me.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Best Dr. I am blessed with having in my corner

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr Murthy did not see me due to complications in a surgery which makes him a great doctor Priorities not productiveness makes a great doctor

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Waited over an hour for the doctor! Again I know he is busy as a lot of people were in!

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

I never met Dr. Murphy first time ever meeting him. He really should have introduced himself.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Doctor is very thorough and explained in detailed all my test results, and my options of treatment

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr. Murthy took his time explaining everything and answering our questions. Very educational.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr Murthy has a wonderful bedside manner. Explained everything and took time to answer my questions

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Dr Murthy was very kind, direct and explained in detail what exactly my situation was. Excellent Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Murthy is a great person. He is a excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Very helpful staff and Dr Murthy. Very pleased in their professionalism and support.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Dr. Murthy's Office staff are awesome. Appt. Was scheduled very quickly.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Dr. Murthy and his staff are the best out there.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr. Murthy was fantastic both as a person and care provider. He answered all of my concerns and helped establish a plan for my care. I am very grateful.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

*Dr. Murthy has shown great interest and care in my medical issues. I trust his care and his ability to look ahead to future care that I may need.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

I Loved Dr.Murthy and his resident! Very informative,respectful and kind...following g the info they gave me,so I can get my surgery down the road..

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

It was a great experince with the Dr and his staff. Rate him a 10 out of 10.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

Dr. Murthy reviewed and explained current health situation as he saw it and went out of his way to make sure I understood the situation. He felt my situation would be better addressed by pulmonary specialist and made sure I would be seen at the Twinsburgh facility. AS always Dr. Murthy was upbeat and positive.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr. And staff very personable. Took time to answer my questions.

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