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Curtis Rimmerman, MD


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Curtis Rimmerman, MD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J2-4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Curtis Rimmerman, MD
Department: eCleveland Clinic
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J2-4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Curtis Mark Rimmerman, MD, MBA, is 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 at Cleveland Clinic. He is also Director of the Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Medicine Affiliate Programs. He holds the Gus P. Karos Endowed Chair in Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine, awarded in 2001.

Specialty/Clinical interests: Coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, lipid abnormalities, and cardiovascular medicine prevention.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1994. Success rates for specific procedures are available at:

Education and Training: Dr. Rimmerman was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in chemistry (Phi Beta Kappa). He received his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Rimmerman completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., followed by a cardiology fellowship at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. He continued his education while on the professional Staff at Cleveland Clinic at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, earning a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Dr. Rimmerman was appointed to the professional Staff of Cleveland Clinic in 1993.

Research and Publications: Dr. Rimmerman has organized and chaired conferences and symposia, with an emphasis on topics related to electrocardiography and echocardiography. He has published articles and abstracts in leading medical journals and authored or co-authored chapters in medical textbooks related to interactive electrocardiography, acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction. His Interactive Electrocardiography CD-ROM and Workbook serves as an industry standard for electrocardiography education.

Dr. Rimmerman has published two books with Kaplan Publishing. His first book, The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Heart Attacks, was released in 2009. A second book, The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Speaking With Your Cardiologist, was released in 2010.

About Dr. Rimmerman: “My greatest strengths are my consistent dedication to the best interests of my patients, timely and responsible communication, and an empathetic and patient approach.”

Leisure Activities: In his spare time, Dr. Rimmerman enjoys spending time with his family, international travel, landscaping, exercising and reading.

Education & Fellowships

Graduate - Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland, OH USA
Fellowship - Indiana University Medical Center
Indianapolis, IN USA
Residency - Vanderbilt University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Nashville, TN USA
Internship - Vanderbilt University Hospital
Medical Internship
Nashville, TN USA
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA


  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

General cardiology, heart disease, coronary artery disease, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, exercise stress echocardiogram, high cholesterol

Awards & Honors

  • Inaugural holder of the Gus P. Karos Endowed Chair in Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine

Additional Training

  • Master of Business Administration, Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, 2001
  • Certified Physician Executive, American College of Physician Executives, 2007


  • American College of Cardiology, Fellow
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • American College of Physicians

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/5/2016, Dr. Rimmerman 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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Languages Spoken

  • English