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Leslie Cho, MD

216.444.9353

Leslie Cho, MD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code Jb-1
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.9353
WorkFax:216.444.8856
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Leslie Cho, MD, is Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. She is also Section Head, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cho is board-certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, and internal medicine. Her specialty interests focus on general cardiology, heart disease, and peripheral arterial and vascular disease and their attendant therapies and treatments. Dr. Cho specializes in heart disease in women.

Dr. Cho received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating cum laude. She received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and took her residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center where she received the John Humphrey Award as Most Outstanding Internal Medicine Resident. Her clinical training continued when she accepted a fellowship in cardiology, followed by a fellowship in interventional cardiology and peripheral disease, both from Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to her appointment to Cleveland Clinic in 2005 as Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center, Dr. Cho was Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section on Interventional Cardiology in the Division of Cardiology at Loyola University Medical Center, where she also served as both Director of Carotid Intervention and Director of Interventional Cardiology Research.

Dr. Cho’s clinical research interests are women and heart disease and the role of nutrition in hypercholesterolemia. Her research has garnered her many grants to study various therapeutic treatments for heart disease. In 1998, she received the American Heart Association’s Women in Cardiology award. In 1999, the World Heart Federation named her Fellow of Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention.

She is author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in leading medical journals, and she has authored medical textbooks and contributed chapters to medical textbooks related to her specialty interests.

Dr. Cho is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and serves on the Peripheral Disease Committee. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Heart Association.

Professional Highlights

  • Board Member, American Heart Association

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Interventional Cardiology
Cleveland, OH USA
2002
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
2000
Residency - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
1997
Internship - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
1995
Medical School - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
1994
Undergraduate - University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA USA
1990

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine- Interventional Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Cardiovascular Disease, cardiovascular risk prevention, cardiac catheterization, coronary balloon angioplasty (PTCA), C-Reactive protein testing, high cholesterol, preventive cardiology, peripheral artery disease, women's cardiovascular disease

Awards & Honors

National Peripheral Disease Committee, American College of Cardiology, 2005-2008

Additional Training

  • Peripheral Vascular Intervention
  • Cerebral Vascular Intervention

Memberships

  • Women in Cardiology, American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Cardiology

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/27/2014, Dr. Cho 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
  • Korean