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Edward Soltesz, MD


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 cardiovascular and heart transplant surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery in general and cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr. Soltesz is the Program Director for Cleveland Clinic’s residency and fellowship training programs. He also is the Course Director for the American Austrian Foundation/Open Medical Institute Cardiac Surgery Medical Seminar held annually in Salzburg, Austria. Additionally, as the Director of Cardiac Surgery Affiliate Program Quality and Process Improvement at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Soltesz oversees quality and outcomes of more than 15 affiliated programs and 45 surgeons.

Specialty interests: adult cardiac surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, high-risk coronary bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, endovascular aortic surgery, minimally invasive hybrid treatment of atrial fibrillation, and complex re-operative aortic and heart surgery, heart transplantation and assist devices.

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. Of these, Dr. Soltesz performs approximately 375 surgeries per year. Dr. Soltesz specializes in the Maze procedure, having performed more than 210 since joining Cleveland Clinic, as well as the sternal-sparing right-anterior thoracotomy aortic valve replacement.

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

Education and Training: 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 Cleveland Clinic, where he was subsequently appointed to the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 2008.

Research, Publications and Speaking: 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.

Dr. Soltesz’s research program focuses on large-scale assessment of cardiac surgical outcomes from a public health perspective, quality improvement and safety, clinical outcomes of valve surgery, and heart failure. He is widely published in the areas of minimally invasive surgery, cardiac surgical outcomes, heart failure, and optical imaging in cardiac surgery, and has papers in The New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Annals of Thoracic Surgery. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and serves as a guest reviewer for many other journals. He has lectured and served as a visiting professor both nationally and internationally

About Dr. Soltesz: I enjoy heart surgery because it truly affords the opportunity to care for very sick patients and make them feel better and live longer. It is gratifying to be able to develop relationships with my patients, and I consider it a true privilege to enter their lives and help them in the way I’ve been trained.

Leisure time activities:  Spending time with my wife and 3 children, continually trying to improve my tennis game

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


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 8/21/2015, 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 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. 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

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