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Joseph Sabik, MD


Joseph Sabik, MD
Department: Critical Care Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J4-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

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

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.

Professional Highlights

  • Adult Cardiac Program Director, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.), 2007
  • National Committee Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Patient Advocacy, Communications and Patient Safety
  • National Committee Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Databases

    Program Committee Member at Large, American College of Cardiology
  • Director, Cardiothoracic Residency Training Program, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
  • Membership Chair, American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • Director-at-Large, Executive Committee and Secretary-Elect, Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Thoracic&Cardiovascular Surger
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA USA
Internship - Massachusetts General Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA USA
Medical School - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA
Undergraduate - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Life Sciences
Cambridge, MA USA


  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

adult cardiac surgery, valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, diseases of the thoracic aorta, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2014, 2015
  • America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2014, 2015
  • Dr. Mortimer Buckley Visiting Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 2012
  • Durfee Alumni Award, Durfee High School, Fall River, MA, 2012
  • Excellence Awards, Healthnetwork Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 2011
  • Joseph M Carver Visiting Teacher Lectureship, Emory University, Atlanta, 2009
  • Physician Laureate Award, The Larry King Cardiac Foundation, Washington, DC, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2005


  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Fellow, American Heart Association
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgeons

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 6/29/2016, Dr. Sabik 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. Sabik receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Medtronic ATS 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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