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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Advanced Ischemic Heart Disease Center
  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Bypass Surgery Re-operation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Surgery in Adults
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Reoperation
  • Endovascular Aorta Treatment - Thoracic
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • Heart Valve Disease - Percutaneous Interventions
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • High Risk Reoperation Surgery
  • Infective Endocarditis Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgeries
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Modified David's Reimplantation Procedure
  • Myomectomy
  • Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  • Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB)
  • Off Pump Coronary Bypass Operations
  • Off Pump Heart Surgery
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Reoperative Heart Surgery
  • Repair of Aortic Aneurysms
  • Repair of Aortic Dissections
  • Repair of Thoracic Aortic Dissections
  • 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 Cardiovascular Disease
  • Surgical Treatment of Valve Endocarditis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Sparing Method
  • Valve Surgery
View all 69 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Advanced Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Insufficiency
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
View all 32 Specialties +


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About Faisal Bakaeen, MD

Faisal Bakaeen, MD, is a cardiac surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He is board-certified in surgery and cardiac and thoracic surgery. Dr. Bakaeen is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and holder of the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Distinguished Chair in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Specialty interests: Multiarterial grafting surgery, minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery, minimally invasive heart surgery,  transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), aortic disease, endocarditis, cardiac reoperations

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.

Success rates: Cleveland Clinic is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care.. Success rates for specific procedures are available at:

Education and Training: Dr. Bakaeen earned his degree in medicine and surgery with honors from the University of Cambridge School of Medicine, Cambridge, UK.  He served a residency in general surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., followed by a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He completed his subspecialty training in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and complex cardiac procedures at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Bakaeen was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2015.

Publications and Speaking: Dr. Bakaeen has been published extensively in medical journals, authoring or co-authoring more than 280 papers related to his research in cardiac surgery. He has presented his research findings at more than 100 medical meetings, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and American Heart Association, and is frequently invited to serve on expert panels and guidelines committees across the United States and internationally.

About Dr. Bakaeen: “I believe that being a heart surgeon is a tremendous privilege. Surgery can often give patients the best chance of a cure and add valuable years to their lives.  Excellence in patient care and outcomes drive our success.”

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Bakaeen enjoys jogging, tennis, soccer, travel and activities with his children and family.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine
Thoracic Surgery
Houston, TX USA

Residency - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
General Surgery
Rochester, MN USA

Internship - Cambridge University School of Medicine
England, United Kingdom

Medical Education - Cambridge University School of Medicine
England, United Kingdom

Undergraduate - Trinity College, University of Cambridge


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

Specialty Interests

Coronary artery bypass, Valvular heart disease including minimal access surgery and TAVR, Aortic disease, Endocarditis, and Cardiac reoperations

Awards & Honors

  • 2015: Outstanding Service Award, The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor college of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 2015: Distinguished Service Award, The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2015+2014: Top Doctor, Houstonia Magazine
  • 2014: The Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education (TSFRE), Alley Sheridan Scholarship
  • 2010: Educational Scholarship Recognition Award: 6th Annual Baylor College of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators Showcase of Educational Scholarship
  • 2009: Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award, Category of Teaching and Evaluation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2009: Molecular Surgeon Research Achievement Award, In recognition of research and academic achievements at the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
  • 2009: Certificate of Excellence, Clinical Practice Office, The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, for exemplary practice
  • 2008: Patriotic Employer, The National Committee for Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve, in recognition of support and mentorship of the guard reserve
  • 2007: The City of Houston Appreciation Certificate-Mayor Bill White, awarded in recognition of service to Houstonian patients and outstanding patient care and outcomes
  • 2000: The Nygaard Award, Mayo Clinic, awarded for excellence in surgical research
  • 1992: Cambridge University, England, United Kingdom Honors, awarded for higher tier graduates
  • 1987: King Hussein of Jordan Scholarship, awarded for Jordan’s top performance in the British University Entrance Exams
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Faisal Bakaeen, 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 7/3/2023, Dr. Bakaeen 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

135 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 5

9 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

I like this doctor very and think he Is very knowledgeable , kind, empathetic and excellent communicator- had eye contact and listened real well. Related to my concerns with empathy and understanding.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

*Dr. Bakaeen and his surgical team spent so much time explaining my procedure, I appreciate them.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr. B is awesome.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

I was very impressed with the doctor. Every question was answered so that I understood the answer. I am very glad he was my doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

All doctors showed concern about my health status and was friendly always asked if I had questions and made sure I understood

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023


Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

My interaction with Dr. Bakaeen was brief. The time spent with him was time well spent.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

Dr. Bakaeen is one of the most personable and willing to take the time to explain and answer questions of about any doctor I have encountered.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

Over all very good and informative. The doctor made me feel comfortable.

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