Dr. Ara Klijian

Dr. Ara Klijian

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  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Advanced Degree

  • Medical Doctor (MD)

The Sharp Experience

I provide cutting-edge, compassionate care and treat patients as I would my own family.


  • Phone: 858-715-0303
    3131 Berger Ave., Suite 250
    San Diego, CA 92123
    Mon. - Fri., 8 am to 5 pm


I chose to pursue thoracic surgery because it balances the most technically innovative procedures with critical care to help mend patients. I strive to offer the most advanced, often minimally invasive, techniques to help treat patients in a compassionate, caring manner. Outside of work, I enjoy outdoor activities.

Biographical Details

Age: 51
In practice since: 1998
Gender: Male

Additional Languages Spoken

  • Armenian


  • Medical School: Albany Medical College
  • Residency: Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Residency: University of California, San Diego
  • Fellowship: University of California, San Diego

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Treatments & Conditions

  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Repair - Replacement
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Biopsy
  • Bloodless Medicine
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary Support (CPS)
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting - High Risk
  • Endovascular Vein Harvesting
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • High-Risk Coronary Bypass
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Resection
  • MAZE Surgery
  • Mini-MAZE Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Pacemaker Insertion
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Robotic Assisted Surgery - Heart
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracotomy
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair and Replacement
  • VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery)
  • Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

Practice Features

  • Second Opinions

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  • Phone: 858-715-0303
    3131 Berger Ave., Suite 250
    San Diego, CA 92123

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