Robin Williams recovering following successful heart surgery


MARCH 23, 2009 NEW YORK, NY - Robin Williams successfully underwent heart surgery at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic on Friday, March 13. Williams is expected to make a complete recovery in the next eight weeks.

"Mr. Williams' operation went extremely well and we expect him to make a full recovery. The 3-1/2-hour heart surgery was conducted to replace his aortic valve, repair his mitral valve, and correct his irregular heart beat," said A. Marc Gillinov, M.D., a staff cardiothoracic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. "His heart is strong and he will have normal heart function in the coming weeks with no limitations on what he'll be able to do."

Dr. Gillinov added, "A couple of hours after surgery, he was entertaining the medical team and making us all laugh."

Williams' initial care in South Florida was led by Mauro Moscucci, M.D., chief of the Cardiovascular Division at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/University of Miami Hospital.

"The professionals at the University of Miami Hospital and ultimately at the Cleveland Clinic were all fantastic," said Williams. "I can't thank them enough for their kindness and dedication while I was in their care. I must also thank all the people who have expressed their love and concern for me. I have been deeply touched by their support."

Williams joked, "I got some great new material for the tour and can't wait to get back on the road. I'm thinking the next leg of the tour will be 'Weapons of Self-Destruction and Reconstruction!"