Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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John David Cleveland, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine and University of Southern California. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He subsequently completed his residency in Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Southern California followed by a fellowship in Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, both under the mentorship of Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes. His clinical and research interests focus on the long-term care of children with congenital heart disease as they progress into adulthood.


Medical School: 

University of Alabama School of Medicine


Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California


Cardiothoracic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California


Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles



Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery


Tran S, Kumar SR, Yin S, Cleveland JD, Takao C. Elevated Pulmonary Artery Pressure, Not Pulmonary Vascular Resistance, Is an Independent Predictor of Morbidity Following Bidirectional Cavopulmonary Connection. Poster Presentation 65th Annual American College of Cardiology Meeting. April 2016, Chicago, Illinois.

Bainiwal J, Cleveland JD, Wells WJ, Pike NA, Starnes VA, Kumar SR. Prior Diaphragm Plication Does not Adversely Impact Hospital Course During Subsequent Stages of Palliation for Single Ventricle Physiology. Poster Presentation 42nd Annual Western Thoracic Surgical Association Meeting. June 2016, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Cleveland JD, Tran S, Takao C, Wells WJ, Starnes VA, Kumar SR. Need for Pulmonary Arterioplasty at the Time of Bidirectional Cavopulmonary Anastomosis is an Independent Predictor of Poor Surgical Outcome. Podium Presentation  63rd Annual Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Meeting. November 2016, Naples, Florida.

Gray WH, Cleveland JD, Wells WJ, Starnes VA, Kumar SR. Pulmonary Arterioplasty at Stage Two Palliation Does Not Adversely Impact Outcomes to Fontan.  Podium Presentation 98th Annual American Association for Thoracic Surgery Meeting. April 2018, San Diego, California.

Gray WH, Bowdish ME, Cleveland JD, Mack WJ, Wells WJ, Starnes VA, Kumar SR. Non-modifiable Patient Factors at Bidirectional Cavopulmonary Anastomosis are Associated with Failure of Successful Palliation for Single Ventricle Physiology. Podium Presentation 44th Annual Western Thoracic Surgical Association Meeting.  June 2018. Santa Barbara, California.

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