Edward Soltesz, MD


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Edward Soltesz, MD
Department: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Edward Soltesz, MD, MPH, is a Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery in general and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Soltesz specializes in adult cardiac surgery, heart transplantation and assist devices, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, valve repair and replacement, endovascular aortic surgery, percutaneous approaches to valve replacement, and complex re-operative heart surgery.

A native of Cleveland, Dr. Soltesz graduated as valedictorian of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and received a full academic scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross. There, he obtained degrees in both Classics and Chemistry, was awarded the British Marshall Scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude as the class valedictorian. Dr. Soltesz then went on to receive his medical degree from Harvard Medical School where he was awarded the Harvard National Scholarship.

Dr. Soltesz stayed at Harvard to complete his residences in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was awarded the Mannick Research Award for his NIH-funded research in cardiothoracic imaging and is the author of several peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts in this area. During this time at Harvard, Dr. Soltesz also earned a Master of Public Health from Harvard University School of Public Health with a focus on clinical effectiveness.

Dr. Soltesz then returned to Cleveland to complete an additional fellowship in complex aortic and endovascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic where he was subsequently appointed to the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 2008.

Dr. Soltesz is the author of numerous articles in the areas of minimally invasive valve surgery, optical imaging in cardiac surgery, near-infrared fluorescence imaging, and complex valve surgery.

During his time away from the hospital, Dr. Soltesz enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his wife and three children.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Aortic Endovascular Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA
Graduate - Harvard University School of Public Health
Boston, MA USA
Internship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA
Medical School - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA
Undergraduate - College of The Holy Cross
Worcester, MA USA


  • Surgery
  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

adult cardiac surgery, complex aortic and endovascular surgery, complex coronary disease, heart failure/heart transplantation/ventricular assist devices, minimally invasive valve surgery, reoperative cardiac surgery, minimally invasive maze procedure

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/9/2015, Dr. Soltesz 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 the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Soltesz receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • AtriCure, Inc.
  • Edwards Lifesciences LLC
  • St. Jude Medical, 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.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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