Donald Hammer, MD

Donald Hammer, MD

Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.6697
Desk:
216.444.5683
Fax:
216.445.6167
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • Perioperative Cardiac Management
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Biography

About Donald Hammer, MD

Dr. Donald Hammer is Director of Cardiology Surgical Services and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Clinical Cardiology, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. Dr. Hammer's specialty interests are ischemic heart disease and perioperative cardiac management.

Dr. Hammer graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University (Phi Beta Kappa) with an undergraduate degree in chemistry. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, in Columbus, Ohio, where he was inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed his clinical internship and residency in internal medicine at The Ohio State University Hospitals, where he went on to receive a fellowship in cardiology.

Dr. Hammer served 10 years in the United States Naval Corps and retired as a Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Medical Corps. He has had multiple academic appointments, which include Clinical Instructor in Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Hospitals; Director of Education, Internal Medicine at the Naval Regional Medical Center at Camp Pendleton, CA; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Medical Director of the Cardiac Transplantation Program at The Ohio State University Hospitals; Education Coordinator for Cardiology at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, where he was also Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program; Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory and Chairman of the Cardiology Research Panel at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, among others. In 1998, Dr. Hammer was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as Director of Cardiology Surgical Services.

Dr. Hammer has long been involved in clinical studies on his specialty interests and heart related issues. His post basic research endeavors included high-energy phosphate analysis in dilated cardiomyopathy and CHF. He currently is the principal investigator on a retrospective comparison of second and third generation beta blockers and post-operative atrial fibrillation prophylaxis, and is a co-investigator on the safety and efficacy in low molecular weight heparin in selected patients post open heart surgery. Dr. Hammer has participated in many other clinical trials including the QUIET STUDY and in the GUSTO trials.

He has presented his research findings and addressed his specialty interests at many national conferences and symposia. He is the author or co-author of articles related to his work in leading publications, including Circulation, Heart, and the New England Journal of Medicine, to name a few. In addition, he has co-authored a chapter on endogenous inotrope in a medical textbook on Cardiotonic Drugs.

Dr. Hammer is Fellow in the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Echocardiography and the Medical Society of Northeastern Ohio.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1998

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Cardiology
Columbus, OH USA
1986

Residency - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Columbus, OH USA
1981

Internship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Columbus, OH USA
1979

Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
1978

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Chemistry
Cleveland, OH USA
1974

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

General cardiology, heart disease, aorta disease, perioperative cardiac management

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 5/4/2016, Dr. Hammer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

176 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2016

we received printed info for next set of test.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2016

Always spends extra time understanding my daily routines and gives suggestions on how to modify if needed

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2016

Careful to explain drug interactions with my heart meds. & drugs prescribed by other physicians.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2016

Didn't pay attention to whether or not the staff washed their hands or wore gloves. Sorry.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2016

Care [provider was very professional and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2016

I thought Dr Hammer was very professional, knowledgeable and communicated very well.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2016

Special thanks to Dr. Hammer. He is always willing to spend extra time and is very thorough!

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2016

They take care of us and provide us with the best information and diagnosis.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2016

a good visit.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2016

iI would recommend Dr Hammer to anyone with Heart problems. He is an excellent Dr he explains your condition in a way that I understand

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2016

Dr. Hammer is a professional and a nice person and exemplifies both qualities. This is what a physician should be like - both in his knowledge and his personality.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2016

Dr. Hammer is very clear and shoes me results and discusses treatment with me.

Reviewed on May 6, 2016

Dr. Hammer was very thorough with my care.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2016

Dr. Hammer is very thorough and thoughtful. He fully answers my questions, and I'm an inquisitive Ph.D. scientist.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2016

I had open heart surgery @ Cleveland Clinic in 2009 and travel from home in Alabama to Cleveland for tests and consultation with Dr. Hammer every year. He is exceptionally familiar with my situation and needs and I greatly appreciate the care I receive.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2016

Dr. Hammer is the finest ! We feel very blessed to have him as my cardiologist.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2016

dr hammer always explains everything

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2016

I feel that the information given to me was accurate and necessary

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2016

Dr. Hammer called me to discuss in more detail the results of the ECHO test, and to discuss an adjustment in a med.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2016

When my wife and I left we had a clear understanding of what the results were on my tests and what the "plan for follow up" would be.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2016

Dr. Hammer immediately scheduled tests he wanted done that day at a facility that was convenient for my Mom.

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