Heather Gornik, MD


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Heather Gornik, MD
Department: Vascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J3-5
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Heather L. Gornik, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Section of Vascular Medicine and Medical Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory of the Heart and Vascular Institute.

She is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and has been certified in vascular disease by the American Board of Vascular Medicine. She is also fully trained in vascular ultrasound and is a registered vascular technologist. Dr. Gornik's clinical specialty interests include atherosclerotic vascular disease, peripheral artery disease,  deep vein thrombosis, fibromuscular dysplasia, unusual vascular disorders, and vascular ultrasound.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Gornik completed her undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University, double majoring in public health and Spanish literature. She received a Master's degree in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from The University of Chicago/ Pritzker School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors. She continued her education at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received an M.M. Sc. in clinical investigation. Dr. Gornik received an academic appointment as an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gornik completed a medical internship and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where she became Chief Medical Resident. Her clinical training continued with a fellowship in cardiology from Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 2005, she completed a fellowship in vascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and was appointed to Cleveland Clinic as a staff cardiologist in the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sections of Clinical Cardiology and Vascular Medicine.

Among her many awards, Dr. Gornik was honored with the Calvin Fentress Research Award, the the Arnold Dunne Medical Intern Award and the Starfish Award for Compassionate Patient Care from Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Founders’ Award of the Fibromuscular Dysplasia Society of America.  In 2010, Dr. Gornik was named an American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland Hero Award Finalist.

As a clinical investigator, Dr. Gornik has focused her research studies on optimizing the diagnosis and management of patients with peripheral vascular disorders.  She is involved in clinical trials of new treatments for peripheral artery disease and deep vein thrombosis and is working on developing new tools to diagnose vascular disorders by non-invasive means. Her interest the care of patients with fibromuscular dysplasia has led to the creation of a dedicated clinic for FMD patients, and she is highly active in multiple research programs related to FMD.  In this regard, Dr. Gornik serves as the Cleveland Clinic site principal investigator for the United States Registry for Fibromuscular Dysplasia. 

Dr. Gornik has lectured frequently on her clinical specialty interests and her research work. She is author or co-author of book chapters in medical textbooks and she has published articles and abstracts in leading, peer-reviewed journals.  She was appointed Editor in Chief of the journal Vascular Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Gornik is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the Society for Vascular Medicine, and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound. 

Professional Highlights

  • Medical Director, Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory
  • Board Of Directors, Intersociety Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories
  • Secretary, Society for Vascular Medicine
  • Editor in Chief, Vascular Medicine

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Vascular Medicine
Boston, MA
Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Cardiovascular Disease
Boston, MA
Other - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Chief Medical Resident
Boston, MA
Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA
Internship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA
Medical School - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
Graduate - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene & Public Health
Baltimore, MD USA
Undergraduate - Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD USA


  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease
  • American Board of Vascular Medicine

Specialty Interests

General vascular medicine, peripheral artery disease, vascular ultrasound, non-invasive testing for vascular disease, varicose veins, raynaud's phenomenon, general cardiology, claudication, fibromuscular dysplasia

Awards & Honors

  • William F. Keating Award, American College Of Cardiology
  • Fellow, American College Of Cardiology
  • Chief Medical Resident, Brigham And Women's Hospital
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society
  • Founders Award, Fibromuscular Dysplasia Society of America

Additional Training

  • Vascular ultrasound credentials: registered vascular technologist
  • Registered physician in vascular interpretation


  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • Society for Vascular Medicine
  • Society for Vascular Ultrasound


Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/27/2013, Dr. Gornik has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Gornik receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • The Institute for Advanced Medical Education

Royalty Payments. Dr. Gornik receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • FlexLife Health, Inc. (Financial Interest is donated)
  • Summit Doppler Systems, Inc.

Equity. Dr. Gornik owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • FlexLife Health, Inc. (Financial Interest is donated)

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Gornik may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • FlexLife Health, Inc. (Financial Interest is donated)

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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