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Adam Grasso, MD, PhD


Adam Grasso, MD, PhD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J2-4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Adam W. Grasso, MD, PhD, 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. He has served as the Director of the Cardiology Consult Service since 2007. He began his appointment as a Fellow in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2004. Prior to this, he completed both his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle. Additionally, Dr. Grasso earned a PhD in 1999 from the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio. His specialty interests include cardiac consultation, clinical research in cardiology, atherosclerosis, lipid-lowering therapy, invasive cardiology, microvascular angina, chest pain with normal coronary arteries, pre-operative cardiac risk evaluation, and pre-liver transplant cardiac evaluation.

He is currently board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine.

Dr. Grasso is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, majoring in chemistry and graduating Cum Laude.

Dr. Grasso was elected a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 2010.  He was named the Fredric J. Pashkow Stress Lab Fellow of the Year in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in 2005. He received the Outstanding Resident Award from the American Federation for Medical Research-Western Section in 2003, and an American Institute of Chemists Award in 1992.

His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and he has also contributed chapters to medical textbooks. In what time remains, he enjoys his young family, including a twelve year-old son and an eight year-old daughter.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
Internship - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cell Biology Research
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Graduate - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Combined MD & PhD Program
Cleveland, OH USA
Undergraduate - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

General cardiology, angina, atherosclerosis, cardiology consultation, coronary artery disease, dyslipidemias, heart disease, hypertension, pulmonary hypertension, pre-liver transplant cardiac evaluation, pre-operative cardiac risk evaluation

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/2/2014, Dr. Grasso 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