Brian Griffin, MD

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

Biographical Sketch

Brian Griffin, MD, is a is a 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 Section Head of Cardiovascular Imaging within Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and the institute’s Physician Director of Development.

Specialty interests: Heart valve disease, endocarditis, pericardial disease, thoracic aorta aneurysm (TAA), cardiovascular Imaging, echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), Marfan Syndrome, mitral valve prolapse, radiation heart disease

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Griffin performs numerous cardiovascular imaging tests, including nearly 400 transesophageal echocardiograms (TEEs) each year. He has performed nearly 10,000 TEEs throughout his career.

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 http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

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

Publications and Speaking:  Dr. Griffin has spoken at nearly 150 professional meetings and authored or co-authored nearly 300 journal articles, abstracts, books and book chapters. He also serves as editor, associate editor, and director for several medical journals and publications.

About Dr.Griffin: “I find that my patients inspire me to give of my best, and I really enjoy the interaction with them.”

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Griffin enjoys gardening, travel, reading and music.

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
1991
Residency - Boston Medical Center
Cardiovascular Disease
Boston, MA USA
1989
Fellowship - Mater Misericordiade Hospital
Cardiology
Dublin Ireland
1985
Residency - Guys & St. Thomas Hospital
London England
1985
Residency - Saint Vincent's Hospital
Internal Medicine
Dublin Ireland
1982
Residency - University College Hospital, Galway
Internal Medicine
Galway Ireland
1981
Internship - University College Hospital, Galway
Med/Surg Internship
Galway Ireland
1980
Medical School - National University of Ireland University College Faculty of Medicine
Galway Ireland
1979

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

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

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 Cleveland Best Doctors
  • 2011  Medtronic Award for Distinguished Alumnus in Medical Science, NUIG, Galway, Ireland
  • 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  John and Rosemary Brown Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic
  • 2006  Diversity award to fellowship program, Association of Black Cardiologists
  • 2006-8 Top Doctors in Northeast Ohio
  • 2005, 2008 Best Doctors in America
  • 2002  Stokes Medal, Irish Cardiac Society
  • 2000-2001 Nominee, Best Medical Student Teacher, Ohio State University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Campus
  • 1997   Teacher of the Year, Cardiology Department, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • 1979 Gold Medal in Ophthalmology, final Medical examination
    first place in graduating class in medical school
  • 1979  Gold Medal in Psychiatry, final medical examination
  • 1974-1978 Medical Faculty Scholar (National University of Ireland), awarded honors in
    all exams taken
  • 1973-1978 Department of Education Scholar (Irish Government)

Memberships

  • Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • Irish Cardiac Society
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

 

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 5/26/2015, 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