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Practice Locations

UCH - Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion
12605 E. 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045


Joseph Cleveland, MD

Thoracic and Cardiac

Board Certified

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Joseph Cleveland, MD


Board Certified








Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac

Primary Clinic Phone

(303) 724-2799


Practice Locations

UCH - Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion
1635 Aurora Ct Aurora, CO 80045


UCH - Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion
12605 E. 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045


Clinical Interest for Patients

Heart valve surgery with expertise in mitral valve repair and aortic valve pathology, Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD), coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, and heart and lung transplantation. I am the surgical director of our VAD program and the surgical director of our heart transplant program.

Care Philosophy

I believe in providing the highest quality of care to my patients. I also ascribe to the mission statement of the University of Colorado Hospital.


  • Surgery ( 1999 )
  • Thoracic and Cardiac ( 2002 )

Conditions & Treatments

  • Heart and Circulation

    Aneurysms, Coronary Disease, Heart Diseases, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Diseases, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Structural Heart Disease, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

  • Surgery

    Adult Cardiac, Cardiothoracic, Heart Transplant, Open Heart

Personal Interests

Golf, my family (wife and two teenage sons keep me busy), and travel.

Volunteer Activities

I serve on numerous national committees through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The committees seek to improve the quality of care to cardiac surgery patients. I provide “shadowing” opportunities for high school and college pre-med students.

Medical Schools

MD, University of Washington School of Medicine (1991)

Undergraduate Schools

BS, University of Southern California (CA) (1987)


University of Colorado (1992)

Residency Program

University of Colorado (1998)


University of Colorado (2001)

AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, STS Representative

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member

American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Member

American College of Cardiology, ACCF Council on Cardiovascular Care for Older Adults

American College of Cardiology, Fellow

American College of Chest Physicians, Member

American College of Surgeons (ACS), Member

American Geriatric Society, Member

American Geriatric Society, Committee on Aging and Surgical Specialities

American Heart Association (AHA), Member

American Medical Association, Member

American Physiological Society, Member

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Member

Association for Academic Surgery, Member

Denver Academy of Surgery, Member

Donor Alliance, Medical Advisory Board

Essential Pharmaceuticals, Medical Advisory Board

Heart Failure Society of America, Member

INTERMAC, Committee Reviewer

International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Member

Risk Management UCDHSC Sentinel Event Task Force, Invited Member

Society of Critical Care Medicine, Member

Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Workforce on Aging, Workforce on Surgical Treatment of End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease, Taskforce on Quality Initiatives, Workforce on Nomenclature and Coding, Workforce on National Databases

Society of University Surgeons, Member

University of Colorado Hospital, Elected Member of the Medical Board

UNOS Region 8 Heart Review Board, Thoracic Committee Member

Western Thoracic Surgical Asociation, Program Committee


Evaluation of the HeartWare Left Ventricular Assist Device for the Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure (2010)

Research Interests for Patients

I'm interested in the effects of aging on heart surgery. My research also includes the evaluation of left ventricular assist devices as a bridge to heart transplantation and also for the treatment of advanced heart failure.

information for referring providers

Clinical Interests for Referring Providers

I am interested in adult cardiac surgery, left ventricular assist devices/mechanical assistance for heart failure, heart and lung transplantation, coronary artery surgery, thoracic aneurysms, and heart valve surgery I am also interested in providing surgery to elderly patients requiring cardiac surgery

Research Interest for Referring Providers

My research interests are focused on evaluation of the ventricular assist device for advanced heart failure, I'm also interested in the effect of age upon myocardial cytokine production and I'm involved in a study of the Evalve cardiovascular valve repair system endovascular valve edge-toedge repair.

Referral Contact Phone: (303) 724-2799