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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

  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (cabg) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Reoperation
  • David Procedure
  • David Reimplantation Operation
  • ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
  • Endovascular Aorta Treatment - Thoracic
  • Heart Surgery for Marfan Syndrome
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • Heart Valve Disease - Percutaneous Interventions
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • High Risk Reoperation Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgeries
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Modified David's Reimplantation Procedure
  • Myectomy
  • Myomectomy
  • Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Pericardial Window
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Repair Of Aortic Aneurysms And Dissections
  • Surgery for Infective Endocarditis
  • Surgery for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Surgical Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Thoraco-Abdominal-Aneurysms
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Valve Sparing Method
  • Valve Surgery
View all 51 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Coarctation Of The Aorta
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
View all 22 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.

Specialty interests: Coronary artery bypass surgery, valve disease and surgery, minimally invasive heart valve 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 has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1994. 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, and completed his postgraduate training at the University of Cambridge School of Medicine Teaching Hospitals.  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, Cleveland. 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 150 papers related to his research in cardiac and valvular disease. He has presented his research findings at more than 85 medical meetings, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and American Heart Association, and is frequently invited to serve as a discussion moderator at major medical meetings across the United States.

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


  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic & 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

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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 3/17/2020, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

128 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 4.8
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr. Bakaeen's nurse, Autumn Semsel, was exceptional. Very professional, knowledgeable, accommodating, and reassuring.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr. Bahaeen well exceeded my expectations at every level. I did my research, so I was aware that he was exceptionally qualified. In addition to that, Dr. Bakaeen took a tremendous amount of time explain procedure, and pros and cons. It was ultimately my decision but, with his explanation/reasssurance/expertise, it was not a difficult decision to make.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

I am grateful to this day that I was always in exceptionally good hands at the Cleveland Clinic, thanks to the high-quality care providers, before, during and after my heart surgery. I think about that every day.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Dr. Bakaeen has substantial surgical duties, and we'd rather have him in the OR than with us. We appreciate his time and are happy to be flexible.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Had total confidence in *Dr. Bakaeen and he didn't let me down. Excellent surgeon!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

*Dr. Bakaeen and NP's were the best. Pre-operatively, *Dr. B.'s attentiveness, memory of our discussions and my concerns were outstanding. his and all providers' patience and attention to my myriad of questions was so outstanding & rare!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

*Dr. Bakaeen & *Dr. Jellis were comforting, warm, compassionate, knowledgeable and worked wonderfully together as my team of experts.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Never saw surgeon himself except for immediate post-surgical report. Only saw NP after on step-down unit, never saw ICU/CCU physician.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

From valet to floor staff and physicians, everyone was excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

I could not have had a better hospital or physician no matter where I went.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

can't say enough amazing things about Dr. Bakaeen and his team!

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

I wish I could score higher than 5. This was the best medical experience I ever had. Dr. Bakaeen is clearly a "patient first" physician and world class individual. I had high expectations and he exceeded them by miles.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

I was able to meet with Dr. Bakaeen earlier than scheduled and he arranged for me to meet immediately with other physicians who helped qualify me for TAVR versus an open surgery. Absolutely amazing. His staff were just as great. All were kind, professional and considerate of my needs.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

We had a change in strategy from open surgery to TAVR and the staff moved quickly to change my schedule to get me with the providers I needed to see, all in one day. Dr. Bakaeen took personal responsibility to oversee this. it was exceptional service and compassion for the patient.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

*Dr. Bakaeen's staff was very nice and pleasant towards me.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

*Dr. Faisal Bakaeen is the best doctor ever he saved my life!!!

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

Dr Bakaeen, was very caring about concerns, I had a list of questions that he answered with his explanation befor I even had to ask them, my husband and I felt so reasured that he was the perfect doctor for my thorasic aortic surgery and we were so glad we made the trip to Cleveland Clinic.

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