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Ask the Heart Surgeon
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Bruce Lytle, MD

  • Chairman, Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Edward Savage, MD

  • Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida

One of the largest, most experienced cardiac and thoracic surgery groups in the world, Cleveland Clinic's Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery cares for patients from all 50 states and around the world. Our surgeons offer virtually every type of cardiac surgery including elective or emergency surgery for heart valve disease, aortic aneurysm, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, heart failure, Marfan syndrome and other less common conditions.

Our depth and breadth of experience allows us to perform complex operations, such as second or third heart bypasses and conditions previously deemed inoperable with success rates above the national average. Our staff works with the newest surgical techniques, equipment and devices, including minimally invasive surgery, off-pump bypass, robotically assisted and percutaneous procedures. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to chat live with Bruce Lytle, MD, chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic and Edward Savage, MD, chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery from Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Bruce Lytle, MD, is Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic and a staff cardiac surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Lytle has a special interest in coronary artery disease, arterial bypass grafting, valvular heart diseases, valve surgery, re-operations and diseases of the thoracic aorta.


The Heart & Vascular Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida is comprised of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Departments of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery. The Center in Florida is aligned with the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute to collaboratively deliver the best heart care around the globe.

Edward B. Savage, MD, is Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery within the Heart & Vascular Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He has been a staff surgeon and head of the Department since 2009. Dr. Savage is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His specialty interests include mitral valve repair, complex valve surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass, minimally invasive robotic surgery, ventricular remodeling thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery, lung cancer and chest tumors.

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