Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, is Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.
Specialty Interests: Adult cardiac surgery, valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, surgery of the thoracic aorta, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. Since starting at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Sabik has performed more than 8,000 heart surgeries.
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: A Massachusetts native, Dr. Sabik earned a BS in Life Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was named Chief Resident in Surgery. During his surgical training, Dr. Sabik was appointed a Clinical Fellow and a Research Fellow in Surgery at Harvard Medical School and a Research Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery at Children’s Hospital, Boston.
Following his general surgery training, Dr. Sabik completed a residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and was the Chief Resident in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery during his final year of training. In 1996, he was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery as a staff physician. He was named Department Chair in 2008.
Publications and Speaking: Dr. Sabik is widely published in leading professional journals, including Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and he is the author of many chapters on cardiac surgery for medical textbooks. He is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences, speaking on the latest innovations in heart disease management and cardiac surgery, such as minimally invasive techniques. His international speaking engagements have included the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Coronary Disease Association (Kyoto, Japan), the World Congress of Cardiology 2008 Annual Meeting (Buenos Aires, Argentina), New Horizons in Cardiovascular Treatment (Shanghai, China) and the 7th Gulf Heart Association Meeting 2009 (Dubai, UAE).
In 2004, Dr. Sabik was inducted into the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He is the Membership Chair and on program committees for AATS, Secretary-Elect and on the Executive Committee of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, on program committees for the ACC and American Heart Association (AHA), and a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Alumni Society and the Ohio State Medical Association.
About Dr. Sabik: “I believe my greatest strength as a heart surgeon is my ability to offer patients a variety of approaches, from robotic to standard heart surgery, all geared toward maximizing safety and optimizing outcomes.”
Leisure time activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Sabik enjoys running and skiing.