Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD

Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD
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Department Executive Administration, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Primary Location Abu Dhabi
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Croatian, English, German
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts
  • Artificial Heart
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation Center
  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Reoperation
  • Endoscopic Lead Placement for Defibrillator or Pacemaker Devices
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Heart Failure Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Surgery for Marfan Syndrome
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • High Risk Reoperation Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  • Off Pump Heart Surgery
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Partial Artificial Heart
  • Percutaneous and Endoscopic Interventions for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
  • Removal of Atrial Myxoma
  • Removal of Cardiac Tumors
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Robotically Assisted Heart Surgery
  • Robotically Assisted Mitral Valve Repair
  • Robotically Assisted Patent Foramen Ovale Repair
  • Robotically Assisted Removal of Cardiac Tumors
  • Robotically Assisted Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Surgery for Infective Endocarditis
  • Surgery for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Surgical Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Valve Surgery
  • Ventricular Assist Device
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Amyloidosis
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
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About Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD

Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD is Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; an Attending Surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; and a Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Mihaljevic specializes in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotically assisted cardiac surgery - particularly robotic mitral valve repair, complex valve operations and reoperations, heart failure surgery and cardiac transplantation.

A native of Croatia, Dr. Mihaljevic received his medical degree from the Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He completed his residency in cardiovascular surgery at the Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. This was followed by residencies in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He later became Chief Resident in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Prior to his 2004 appointment to the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mihaljevic was Director of the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory and an Associate Surgeon in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Mihaljevic held a seven-year academic appointment to Harvard Medical School as a Clinical Fellow in Surgery. He was also Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Mihaljevic has been on the editorial review board for prestigious medical journals. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles in medical and peer-reviewed scientific journals, and is the author of a numerous textbook chapters on robotic and minimally invasive mitral valve surgery, and valvular heart disease. In 2005, Dr. Mihaljevic received a patent for a novel system for minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

Dr. Mihaljevic’s research has focused on minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotically assisted cardiac surgery, intracardiac imaging systems and analysis of beating heart intracardiac surgery, among other research studies. He has been invited to present his research at medical symposia and conferences worldwide.

Dr. Mihaljevic is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Heart Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American Medical Association.

An avid reader, Dr. Mihaljevic enjoys contemporary American and European literature.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

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

Medical School - University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Professional Highlights

  • Innovation Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2006   
  • Innovation Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2007   


  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Robotic cardiac surgery, adult congenital heart disease, heart transplantation, minimally invasive valve surgery, mitral and aortic valve repair and replacement, reoperations, ventricular assist devices

Awards & Honors

  • Dr. Mihaljevic has received funding for "Intracardiac visualization in a beating heart for minimally invasive surgery" from Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center/Department of Defense (TATRC/DoD) and the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC). Dr. Mihaljevic received the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Award in 2006 and 2007.

Innovations & Patents

  • Cardioscopy 


  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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