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Joseph Lahorra, MD


Joseph Lahorra, MD

Appointed: 2000

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Joseph Lahorra, MD
Department: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Location: Akron General Hospital
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Joseph A. Lahorra, MD, is Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Lahorra has a special interest in adult cardiothoracic surgery, including coronary artery bypass, aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair and replacement and surgery of the lungs, esophagus and mediastinum.

Dr. Lahorra is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.

A Cleveland native, Dr. Lahorra graduated from Orange High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Tufts University where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in general surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland. As the Dudley P. Allen Surgical Scholar, he completed a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his cardiothoracic surgical training at the University of Michigan. After completing his training in 1997, Dr. Lahorra joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center in 2000.

Professional Highlights

  • President of Medical Staff, Parma Community General Hospital, 2006-2008
  • Chairman, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Parma Community General Hospital

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Michigan Medical Center
Thoracic Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI USA
Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Research-Cardiac Surgery
Boston, MA USA
Internship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA
Undergraduate - Tufts University
Medford, MA USA


  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Aortic Valve Replacement, Mitral Valve Repair, Mitral Valve Replacement, Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Lung Resection, Thoracoscopic/Robotic Surgery, Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation, Surgery of the Mediastinum.


  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • Diplomate, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Treatment & Services

Industry Relationships

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As of 5/10/2016, Dr. Lahorra has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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Languages Spoken

  • English