Karen James, MD

Karen James, 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:
216.444.9288
Fax:
216.445.6165

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Cardio-Oncology Center
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • George M & Linda H Kaufman Center for Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure Section
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Ventricular Assist Device
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure In Women
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Sarcoid Heart Disease
View all 11 Specialties +
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Biography

About Karen James, MD

Karen James, MD, is a Staff Cardiologist, and a member of the transplantation team in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. She is also Director of the Heart Failure Cardio-Oncology clinic.  She is board-certified as a diplomat in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure and transplant medicine. Dr. James has a special interest in cardiac transplantation, left ventricular assist devices, congestive heart failure and heart failure in patients treated for cancer.

Dr. James completed her undergraduate degree at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude. She received her medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. She did her clinical training in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic, then fellowships in peripheral vascular disease and cardiology. She was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 1991.

Dr. James is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She is principal investigator or co-investigator in many clinical trials focusing on heart failure therapies, transplant arteriosclerosis and heart failure physiology in LVAD patients, to name but a few of her many research efforts.

She is widely published in leading medical journals such as Circulation, American Heart Journal, American Journal of Cardiology and Transplantation on topics related to her specialty interests. She has written a number of chapters in medical textbooks, among them “Heart Disease arising from Pregnancy” and “Inflammatory Cardiomyopathy."  Click here for a full listing of Dr. James' publications.

She is a reviewer of abstracts for publications that include Circulation Heart Failure, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Journal of Cardiac Failure and Arthritis and Rheumatism. She has presented the results of her research and clinical experience at national and international conferences and symposia and published numerous abstracts on her specialty interests.

Dr. James is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and a member of the International Society of Heart Transplantation and of the Clinical Council of the American Heart Association.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1991

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cleveland, OH USA
1989

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1985

Medical School - Hahnemann University Medical College
Philadelphia, PA USA
1982

Undergraduate - Susquehanna University
Biology
Selinsgrove, PA USA
1978

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Cardiomyopathy, cardiac tumors, heart failure, heart transplantation, ventricular assist device, myocardial biopsy, cardiac catheterization

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 5/17/2016, Dr. James 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

52 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

5 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2016

My family and I are so thankful to have Dr. James as my doctor! SHe took me from rock bottom to having a happy (pretty) normal life. She's the best!!!

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2016

it was a good visit

Reviewed on May 16, 2016

overall, I appreciate the great attitude of all my caregivers.

Reviewed on May 3, 2016

Dr. Karen James MD is excellent!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2016

excellent.

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