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Brian Griffin, MD


Brian Griffin, MD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Section Head
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J1-5
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Brian P. Griffin, MD, FACC, is Section Head of Cardiovascular Imaging and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic . He is currently the holder of the John and Rosemary Brown Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine. His clinical interests include valvular heart disease, cardiac imaging, and ultrasound imaging through the esophagus.

His research interests include studying heart valve diseases, and he is currently seeking to determine if cholesterol-lowering drugs may slow the rate of progression of narrowing aortic valves. Dr. Griffin also is actively studying mitral valve prolapse. He is working with a group of physicians and scientists to try and understand the reasons why these valves prolapse. Dr. Griffin's research has been funded by a number of organizations including the American Heart Association, the MAREB Foundation and Pfizer.

Board-certified in internal medicine with a subspecialty in cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Griffin is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He also is a member of numerous national and international professional societies including the American Society of Echocardiography, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and the Council of Clinical Cardiology for the American Heart Association.

Dr Griffin is currently the Chair of the Laennec Committee of American Heart Association, a member of the Workforce and Training committee and of the Workforce Taskforce of American College of Cardiology, and is the U.S. Editor of Heart, the official Journal of the British Cardiac Society. He is Editor of the "Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine," a widely used handbook that is written by staff and fellows of Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Medicine. He has published widely on valve disease and cardiac imaging.

After receiving his medical degree from the National University of Ireland in Galway, Dr. Griffin completed his internship and residencies in medicine and surgery at University College Hospital in Galway. He completed fellowships in cardiology at Guy's Hospital, London; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Boston University Medical Center, and he completed a fellowship in cardiac ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In addition, Dr. Griffin completed research fellowships at the Irish Heart Foundation in Dublin, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Professional Highlights

  • U.S. Editor, Heart, Journal of British Cardiac Society
  • Editor, Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Co-Director, Annual Intense Review of Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic
  • Co-Editor, The Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Board Review
  • 2007 Innovator Award by Cleveland Clinic Innovations

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Cardiac Ultrasound
Boston, MA USA
Residency - Boston Medical Center
Cardiovascular Disease
Boston, MA USA
Fellowship - Mater Misericordiade Hospital
Dublin Ireland
Residency - Guys & St. Thomas Hospital
London England
Residency - Saint Vincent's Hospital
Internal Medicine
Dublin Ireland
Residency - University College Hospital, Galway
Internal Medicine
Galway Ireland
Internship - University College Hospital, Galway
Med/Surg Internship
Galway Ireland
Medical School - National University of Ireland University College Faculty of Medicine
Galway Ireland


  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Heart Valve Disease, Endocarditis, Pericardial Disease, Thoracic Aorta Aneurysm, Cardiovascular Imaging, Echocardiogram, Transesophageal Echocardiogram

Awards & Honors

  • Teacher of the Year, Cardiology Department., Cleveland Clinic,1997
  • Stokes medal, Irish Cardiac Society, 2002 
  • Best Doctors in America, 2004 
  • Top Doctors in Northeast Ohio, 2005-2006 
  • John and Rosemary Brown Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, 2007 
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, 2007 
  • Art in Medicine Program, Gift of Art from Kislak Foundation to Cleveland Clinic in honor of Dr Brian Griffin, 2007 


  • American Heart Association, Chair, Laennec Committee
  • American College of Cardiology, Member Workforce and Training Committee
  • American Society of Echocardiography, Stenosis Writing Committee
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/30/2014, Dr. Griffin 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 the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English