Treatment & Services
- Cardiac PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Study
- Cardiovascular Medicine Department
- Clinical Cardiology Section
- Clinical Trials
- Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease
- Nuclear Cardiology
- Preventive Cardiology Section
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- Heart Disease
- Heart Murmur
- Heart Valve Disease
- Heart Valve Infections
- High Cholesterol
- Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Lexington, KY USA
Residency - University of California Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA USA
Internship - University of California Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA USA
Medical Education - University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI USA
Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Intensive Care Units Committee, University of Kentucky Medical Center, 1983-1992
- Aeromedical Patient Care for the University of Kentucky, 1987-1992
- Certification - Cardiovascular Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1983
- Certification - American Board of Internal Medicine, 1979
- Certification - National Board of Medical Examiners, 1979
- Principal Investigator, Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, Cleveland Clinic, 2006
- Director, Joseph J. Jacobs Center for Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Cleveland Clinic
- Member, National Institutes of Health Level 1 Working Group on Clinical Trial Design National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), 2006
- National Government Service: Presently serves as Special Government Employee as periodic advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Chairman, Cardiovascular Renal Drugs Advisory Committee, Department of Health and Human Resources, FDA, 2004 - 2005
- Member, Cardiovascular Renal Drugs Advisory Committee, Department of Health and Human Resources, FDA, 2000 - 2004
- Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Coordinating Center - an organization that directs multicenter clinical trials, 2001 - 2006
- Internal Medicine
- Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
General cardiology, heart disease, intravascular ultrasound, digital angiography and computer image processing, coronary intensive care
Awards & Honors
- Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2008, 2014
- America Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2014
- Golden Achievement for Medicine Award, Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland, 2012
- Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Awarded by Journal of American College of Cardiology Editorial Board and the American College of Cardiology, 2011
- Most Interesting People, Cleveland Magazine, 2010
- "100 Most Influential People in the World Scientists and Thinkers," TIME Magazine, 2007
- "Country 30 Most Powerful Forces in Business and Finance," Smart Money, 2007
- President, American College of Cardiology, a 34,000-member, non-profit, professional medical society whose mission is to advocate for quality cardiovascular care - through education, research promotion, development and application of standards and guidelines - and to influence health care policy, March 2006 thru March 2007
- Honorary Member of the Japanese College of Cardiology (JCC), 2007
- Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cardiovascular Research from the Gill Heart Institute of the University of Kentucky, 2004
- Outstanding Scientist Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2004
- Three-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award, Fellows of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic (2004, 1998, 1994)
- Dr. Nissen has received a number of additional honors and recognitions
Innovations & Patents
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and application to patients with atherosclerosis. Dr. Nissen has served as principal investigator for 6 major trials using IVUS to assess coronary disease and is currently conducting several additional atherosclerosis studies.
- Co-chairman, American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology International Writing Group to develop an Expert Consensus Document on Standards for the Acquisition, Measurement, and Reporting of Intravascular Ultrasound Studies, 1999-2001.
- Member, National Joint Committee of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to revise 1990 Coronary Angiography Guidelines, 1995-2000.
- Appointed committee member in the development of CD-ROM Version of the American College of Cardiology Self-Assessment Program (ACC-SAP), 1994-1996.
- Co-chairman, Joint Committees of the American College of Cardiology and National Electronics Manufacturers Association for Digital Imaging and Communication for Medicine (DICOM) Working Group I, Task Force to Develop Standards for Digital Image Archiving Devices for Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, 1992-2000.
- American College of Cardiology
- Association of Professors of Cardiology
- American University of Physicians
- AHA Council on Cardiovascular Radiology (Elected Fellow 1991)
- AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology Recent National Committees and Positions2013 Harvard Multi-Regional Clinical Trial Center Working Group, Harvard University and Global Institute of Health, Cambridge, ME
- 2013 Writing Committee Cardiovascular Endpoints in Clinical Trials, American College of Cardiology
- 2010 - Present, Standardized Data Collection for Cardiovascular Trials, FDA
- 2010 Steering Committee Member, Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), Translational Institute, Duke University
- 2010 – Present, Editorial Board Seat, Prescribers Letter, Therapeutic Research Center
- 2010 Advisor, Prevention Magazine, Rodale Publishing
- 2002 – 2014 Senior Consulting Editor to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Research & Publications
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As of 7/2/2020, Dr. Nissen 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Nissen has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:
- Novo Nordisk, A/S
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30 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
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|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.8|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.8|
10 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020
Dr. Nissen exceeded my expectations.
Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020
I've enjoyed working with Dr. Nissen for about 15 years. He accessed my records back to 2006, and showed how consistent my weight and cholesterol levels had been. He was pleased I took my medicine on a consistent basis.
Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020
I had a very positive experience with Dr. Nissen. He was very engaged, enthusiastic, and supportive. My visit with Dr. Van Iterson after the stress test didn't go as smoothly. He and I seemed to be misconnecting a bit, and it took some time for us to get on the same page as to the nature and scope of his recommendations and precautions in light of the results of the stress test. We ultimately worked through it.
Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019
I've been a patient of Dr. Nissen for over 30 years. Each and every time I have seen him he always spends time with me explaining everything and his knowledge and experience in cardiology id unsurpassed.
Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019
Dr. Nissen is one of the world's pre-eminent cardiologists and there is a reason why. His knowledge was matched by his patience, compassion and patience in explaining my care plan in detailed and in a readily understandable way.
Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019
excellent overall experience. Dr Nissen is wonderful. Despite his worldwide reputation and status, he had all the time in the world for my visit. He's a wonderful physician!
Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019
Dr Nissen is a wonderful, extremely well versed, and true asset to The Cleveland Clinic. I also bought my office manager to see him, and he completely changed her life for the better. I can't thank him enough.
Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019
Efficiency and communication is at the highest level with Dr Nissen.it wasn't even necessary for me to explain the reason of my visit because he immediately knew the course of action to take!
Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019
I have never had such a great experience with any physician previously. Dr. Nissen was so incredibly nice, helpful, definitely explained everything in detail, was concerned about my previous experiences, took his time with me and answered every question I had! I couldn't be happier and am on a path to a new me without the concerns I had going into the appointment. What a blessing he is!! We need more of him in our medical world!
Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019
The staff absolutely made it easy for me. The EKG was made available to Dr. Nissen and I didn't have to worry. Obviously the coordinating of care is of top priority!
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