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Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Advanced Diagnostic Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cancer Center
  • Interventional Pulmonary Medicine
  • Lung Transplant
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Therapeutic Flexible Bronchoscopy
  • Therapeutic Rigid Bronchoscopy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Treating Asthma with Bronchodilators
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Anoxia
  • Central Airway Diseases
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Endobronchial Manifestations of Systemic Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Tracheomalacia
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About Thomas Gildea, MD

Thomas Robert Gildea, MD, FCCP, FACP was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 2003 to Department of Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care Medicine & Transplant Center.

He has been board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. As a Chief Resident in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine residency, he went to Russia in a faculty exchange program to lecture and demonstrate American medical team structure and the basics of clinical epidemiology.

He has advanced training in interventional and advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy, which was part of his fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic. His clinical interests span the realm of advanced lung diseases, including lung volume reduction, lung transplantation, pulmonary arterial hypertension and are most focused on advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy.

Dr. Gildea was the first physician in North America to perform electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy. He was given an Innovator Award at Cleveland Clinic in 2006 with his team proposing a novel device for a bronchoscopy needle-delivered fiducial lung implant. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America since 2007. He also received a physician development award by the AlphaOne Foundation to study lung function changes after lung transplantation. In 2010 he completed a Master's degree at Case Western Reserve in Clinical Research. He was granted an NIH-NCAI grant for work on a custom 3D printing process for airway stents. He is the Section Head of Bronchology in the Respiratory Institute and leads a team of dedicated Interventional Pulmonologists.

An invited lecturer at national and international medical meetings, Dr. Gildea is recognized expert in the field on interventional pulmonary medicine. Dr. Gildea serves on scientific advisory boards from several medical companies involved with innovation for bronchoscopy techniques and devices and sits on several boards and committees of national specialty societies.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Clinical Research
Cleveland, OH

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pulmonary / Critical Care Medi
Cleveland, OH

Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital
Internal Medicine
New Haven, CT

Medical Education - MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate - University of Scranton

Additional Training

  • Clinical Research Scholars Program, Case Western Reserve University, Masters in Clinical Research program

Professional Highlights

  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, 2006


  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease

Specialty Interests

Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, lung cancer

Awards & Honors

  • D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Award
  • Best Doctors in America, 2007-2016
  • Physician Development Award, AlphaOne Foundation, 2006-2008
  • Finalist, 2004 CHEST Foundation Best Poster in Category Award
  • Clinical Research Award Finalist, American College of Chest Physicians, Chest Foundation, 2002

Innovations & Patents

  • First physician in North America to perform electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy
  • NIH-NCAI Custom Airway
  • Provisional Patents filed for Stent Manipulation Device


  • American Thoracic Society
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Association for Bronchology
  • World Association for Bronchology
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
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 5/1/2023, Dr. Gildea 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. Gildea 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.

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

  • VisionAir Solutions, LLC, formerly NewCOS, Inc.

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Gildea may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • VisionAir Solutions, LLC, formerly NewCOS, Inc.

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

  • VisionAir Solutions, LLC, formerly NewCOS, Inc.

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

  • VisionAir Solutions, LLC, formerly NewCOS, Inc.

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

62 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr. Gildea was kind, yet professional. Explained things in a way that was easy to follow. He made me feel at ease and that he will take good care of me.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

He is a fantastic provider!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

The Doctor is very knowledgeable, professional and caring.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Dr Gildea and his staff are always so kind and caring. Dr Gildea takes his time with you ( and your spouse) at your appointment to explain everything in detail so I understand it when I leave He is the best at what he does and I value his opinion and guidance when new progresses or ideas come up with my lung problem he encourages you to meet with them for their opinions!! I can't say enough about Dr Gildea !!

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Dr. Gildea explained my images to me when no one else would. His experience is allowing me to have a procedure that my own doctors said no to. I am excited for this to take place and have a successful outcome!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Dr. Gildea is an excellent physician. If it wasn't for him putting the bronchial stent in l would be struggling to breathe.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

We love Dr Gildea for so many reasons. He is warm and kind, but super informative and knowledgeable. We would always return to him and recommend him to everyone!

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Gildea was awesome to deal with....I felt comfortable . He also doesn't mess around with waiting for testing to be done.Both tests scheduled for same day as visit

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Thomas R Gildea, Dr Senyei Jason Dean were all great

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Thomas R Gildea, Dr Senyei were great

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

Dr. Gildea is very professional and caring.

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

Dr. Gildea is an excellent doctor. I have every confidence in him as a doctor who is concerned for my health needs.

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