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

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Aorta Center
  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Bypass Surgery Re-operation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Disease Surgical Treatments
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Surgery in Adults
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Reoperation
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Heart Failure Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Surgery for Marfan Syndrome
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Infective Endocarditis Surgery
  • Lung failure surgery
  • Lung Transplant
  • MAZE surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Myectomy
  • Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  • Organ Transplant
  • Pericardial disease surgery
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardium Surgery
  • Pulmonary Embolism Surgery
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Removal of Atrial Myxoma
  • Removal of Cardiac Tumors
  • Reoperation Surgery
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery
  • Reoperative Heart Surgery
  • Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Surgical Treatment of Adult Acquired Heart Disease
  • Surgical Treatment of Valve Endocarditis
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Surgery
View all 65 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Advanced Lung Disease
  • Airway and Lung Conditions
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Aneurysms
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
View all 49 Specialties +


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About Kenneth McCurry, MD

Kenneth McCurry, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in thoracic surgery and surgery, with added qualifications in surgical critical care.

Specialty interests: Heart surgery, heart transplant, lung transplant, heart-lung transplantation, aortic valve surgery, coronary artery surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart valve surgery, removal of cardiac tumors, reoperation valve surgery

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. AllCleveland Clinic cardiac surgeons complete between 300-400 cardiac cases peryear.  Since joining Cleveland Clinic in 2009, he has performed almost 200 lung transplants.

Success rates: Among top U.S. hospitals for cardiac surgery, Cleveland Clinic’s volume is the highest with the best quality outcomes. You can view success rates for specific procedures at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education and Training: Dr. McCurry earned his medical degree from the University of Florida. He served his surgical internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, as well as a fellowship in critical care, research and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO; ECMO is an advanced form of cardiopulmonary bypass used in critically ill patients to allow time for recovery of the lungs and heart.). Dr. McCurry next pursued a surgery research fellowship at Duke University followed by a thoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in cardiothoracic transplant surgery and ventricular assist devices at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the staff of the University of Pittsburgh Medical center in 1998 and Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in 1999.

At the University of Pittsburgh, he was head of the Section of Cardiothoracic Transplantation, director of lung and heart-lung transplantation, director of cardiac transplantation, surgical director of clinical heart failure research and surgical director of pediatric lung and heart-lung transplantation.

Publications and Speaking: A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. McCurry has authored several hundred papers in leading medical journals, focusing primarily on patient outcomes following heart, lung and heart-lung transplantation. He presently has more than half a dozen major research grants for clinical trials related to heart failure and transplantation. Dr. McCurry is also a frequent speaker, presenting at or moderating more than 50 sessions at leading medical meetings in the past six years.

About Dr. McCurry: I believe my greatest strength is significant experience with a broad array of cardiothoracic surgical procedures leading to familiarity in different clinical situations.

Leisure time activities: Family activities, sports, exercise

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
CT Transplant
Pittsburgh, PA

Residency - University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI

Medical Education - Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Residency - University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
General Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI

Medical Education - University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Undergraduate - University of Florida
Gainesville, FL


  • Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery - Surgical Critical Care
  • Surgery - General Surgery

Specialty Interests

Heart surgery, heart transplant, lung transplant, heart-lung transplantation, aortic valve surgery, bypass surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart valve surgery, removal of cardiac tumors, reoperation valve surgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 Cleveland Best Doctors
  • 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 Best Doctors in America
  • 2006 and 2008 America’s Top Surgeons
  • 2008 American Society of Transplantation/Wyeth Clinical Science Career Development Award
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Kenneth McCurry, 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 4/9/2024, Dr. McCurry 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. McCurry 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:

  • TransMedics, Inc.

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


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

104 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 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

5 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr. McCurry was AMAZING!!! Only bad experience was my angiogram with Dr. Tomis-Holland (so many complications).

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr McCurry and his team were professional, accurate and honest.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr. McCurry was excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr McCurry was very personable & informative during our visit.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Care provider was all of staff.

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