John Cleveland

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

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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.


  • Increased endothelial sclerostin caused by elevated DSCAM mediates multiple trisomy 21 phenotypes J Clin Invest. 2024 Jun 03; 134(11). . View in PubMed
  • Comparing apples to apples: Exploring public reporting of congenital cardiac surgery outcomes based on common congenital heart operationsJ Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2024 May; 167(5):1570-1580. e3. . View in PubMed
  • A Novel Model for Xenograft Right Ventricle to Pulmonary Artery Conduit ASAIO J. 2024 Apr 18. . View in PubMed
  • Immunisation deferral practices surrounding congenital heart surgery Cardiol Young. 2024 Apr 01; 1-4. . View in PubMed
  • Surgical pulmonary arterioplasty at bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis leads to favorable pulmonary hemodynamics at final stage palliation JTCVS Open. 2024 Apr; 18:180-192. . View in PubMed
  • Anatomic considerations in the management of complete atrioventricular canal Cardiol Young. 2024 Apr; 34(4):754-758. . View in PubMed
  • Early Wound and Sternal Management Following Pediatric Cardiac Surgery World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2024 Jan 23; 21501351231216448. . View in PubMed
  • The potential of cardiac xenotransplantation for management of infants with complex congenital heart disease Transl Pediatr. 2023 Dec 26; 12(12):2247-2255. . View in PubMed
  • Validity Properties of a Self-reported Modified Frailty Phenotype Among People With HIV in Clinical Care in the United States J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2023 Mar-Apr 01; 34(2):158-170. . View in PubMed
  • Severe Ebstein’s anomaly in a premature, low-weight neonate J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2023 12; 166(6):1739-1743. . View in PubMed
  • Ross procedure in neonates and infants: A valuable operation with defined limits J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 Apr 25. . View in PubMed
  • Commentary: Palliation pit stop J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 11; 164(5):1304-1305. . View in PubMed
  • Commentary: In analytics we trust? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 07; 164(1):224-226.. View in PubMed
  • The Right Heart for Delayed Sternal Closure? Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 04; 113(4):1237-1238.. View in PubMed
  • Resident education in congenital heart surgery does not compromise outcomes J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 01; 163(1):251-260. . View in PubMed
  • The Surgical Approach to Pulmonary Valve Replacement Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022; 34(4):1256-1261. . View in PubMed
  • Simple, reproducible, and consistent physiology: The argument for single-ventricle repair in critically ill neonates with Ebstein anomaly JTCVS Tech. 2021 Dec; 10:428-432. . View in PubMed
  • Non-invasive biomarkers of Fontan-associated liver disease JHEP Rep. 2021 Dec; 3(6):100362. . View in PubMed
  • Commentary: The heart of symptomatic neonatal Ebstein anomaly: Negative interventricular interaction and ventricular myopathy JTCVS Tech. 2021 Oct; 9:135-136. . View in PubMed
  • Serious Infections in Patients With Gout in the US: A National Study of Incidence, Time Trends, and Outcomes Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2021 06; 73(6):898-908. . View in PubMed
  • Commentary: In pursuit of the perfect pulmonary valve… J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 02; 161(2):365-367. . View in PubMed
  • Current opinion in pediatric heart transplantation Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2021 06 01; 26(3):290-295. . View in PubMed
  • Impact of prior diaphragm plication on subsequent stages of single ventricle palliationJ Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Nov; 160(5):1291-1296. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Commentary: Getting circulations crossed! JTCVS Tech 2020 Sep; 3:305-306. . View in PubMed
  • Spondyloarthritis is associated with higher healthcare utilization and complication rates after primary total knee or total hip arthroplasty Clin Rheumatol. 2020 Aug; 39(8):2345-2353. . View in PubMed
  • Socioeconomic status and healthcare access are associated with healthcare utilization after knee arthroplasty: A US. national cohort study. Joint Bone Spine. 2020 Mar; 87(2):157-162. . View in PubMed
  • The Sound of One Hand Clapping. . . World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 09; 11(5):625-626. . View in PubMed
  • The risk of Sjogren’s syndrome in the older adults with gout: A medicare claims study Joint Bone Spine. 2019 Oct; 86(5):615-619. . View in PubMed
  • Total knee arthroplasty outcomes in lupus: a study using the US National Inpatient Sample Rheumatology (Oxford). 2019 12 01; 58(12):2130-2136. . View in PubMed
  • Elevated Pulmonary Artery Pressure, Not Pulmonary Vascular Resistance, is an Independent Predictor of Short-Term Morbidity Following Bidirectional Cavopulmonary Connection Pediatr Cardiol. 2018 Dec; 39(8):1572-1580. . View in PubMed
  • Need for Pulmonary Arterioplasty During Glenn Independently Predicts Inferior Surgical Outcome Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 07; 106(1):156-164. . View in PubMed
  • “Milestones” are not “tombstones”! J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2018 06; 155(6):2790-2791. . View in PubMed
  • Anomalous Origin of the Left Coronary Artery From the Pulmonary Artery (ALCAPA): CCTA Demonstration of Anatomy Relevant to Adult Ischemic Cardiomyopathy Presentation and Utilization of Images for Virtual Surgical Planning World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2018 05; 9(3):347-349. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of Hemodynamic Performance of Aortic Valve Bioprostheses in a Model of Oversizing Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jun; 103(6):1866-1876. . View in PubMed
  • A comparison of aortic valve replacement via an anterior right minithoracotomy with standard sternotomy: a propensity score analysis of 492 patients Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Feb; 49(2):456-63. . View in PubMed
  • Arrested bullet embolus to the aortic root Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jan; 95(1):356. . View in PubMed