Medical School - Aga Khan University, Faculty of Medicine
Usman Ahmad, MD, is a thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He holds a joint appointment with the Taussig Cancer Institute. Dr. Ahmad is board-certified in surgery. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 2015. Specialty interests: Thoracic oncology; lung cancer; esophageal cancer; tracheal tumors; thymic tumors; chest wall tumors; minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including robotic, thorascopic, laparoscopic and bronchoscopic procedures; cancer outcomes; and general thoracic surgery Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Ahmad has performed more than 2,000 procedures throughout his career. The majority of the thoracic surgeries he has performed were minimally invasive operations for patients with cancer and include robotic surgery for lung, esophageal and thymic tumors. Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons perform more than 2,000 general thoracic procedures each year to treat patients with a wide range of conditions, including lung, esophageal, chest wall, pleural, tracheal, mediastinal, foregut and diaphragm disease. Cleveland Clinic contributes to the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) Database in order to maintain the highest possible standards. In 2015, the department earned a three-star ranking from the STS for exceptional outcomes related to lobectomies, as the program was in the top 5 percent in the nation. Outcomes for esophageal surgery at Cleveland Clinic were also among the best in the nation. Success rates for specific procedures are available at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx Education and Training: Dr. Ahmad earned his medical degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. He completed an immunology and vascular biology research fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine’s Vascular Biology and Transplantation program, New Haven, CT. His internship and residency in general surgery were also completed at Yale, where he was named Chief Resident and Educational Chief Resident in his last year of training. Dr. Ahmad completed his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian - Weil Cornell Medical Center, both in New York, NY. Publications, Speaking and Research: Dr. Ahmad has a strong interest in cancer outcomes research and has written many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has presented his research at meetings hosted by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association of Thoracic Surgery, and the International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group. About Dr. Ahmad: “When I care for a patient, I like to treat them as I would treat a friend or a family member. I educate my patients about their problem and help them make informed decisions. The expertise available at Cleveland Clinic allows us to provide efficient treatment to patients with complex thoracic problems. “ Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Ahmad enjoys spending time with his family and playing squash.