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University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Appoints Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, as Chair of Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief

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Date: September 28, 2016

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Renowned heart surgeon studied medicine at Harvard, joins UH from Cleveland Clinic

CLEVELAND – Following a national search, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center has appointed Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, as Chair of the Department of Surgery. He also will serve as Surgeon-in-Chief and Vice President for Surgical Operations for the University Hospitals system. He begins his new appointment on Nov. 15. Joseph F. Sabik, III, MD

The appointment was announced by Daniel I. Simon, MD, President of UH Cleveland Medical Center. “Dr. Sabik is a world-renowned surgeon and academic authority in cardiothoracic surgery,” said Dr. Simon. “Dr. Sabik’s leadership will profoundly impact the health care professionals and patients who turn to UH for surgical services.”

Dr. Sabik’s clinical areas of expertise include minimally invasive cardiac surgery, multi-arterial coronary artery bypass grafting, and heart valve repair and replacement surgery. He is widely published in leading professional journals and a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences.

He comes to UH from the Cleveland Clinic. He joined the Clinic’s professional staff in 1996 and was appointed Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 2008. Dr. Sabik has performed more than 8,000 heart surgery operations.

A Massachusetts native, Dr. Sabik earned his MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and his thoracic and cardiovascular surgical residency at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Sabik has held numerous hospital leadership positions and key roles in professional organizations. He serves or has served on numerous boards and committees for national organizations including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and American Heart Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. His honors include multiple appearances in America’s Top Doctors and Cleveland Magazine’s Best Doctors listings.


About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is the second largest employer in northern Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to