Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Cardiac Oncology
  • Cardio-Oncology Center
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Stress Testing
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Occlusion (blockage)
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cancer and the Heart
  • Cancer Heart Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Risk Prevention
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Pericardial Cyst
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
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About Brian Griffin, MD

Brian Griffin, MD, 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

Education and Training: Dr. Griffin completed his 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 my best, and I really enjoy the interaction with them.”

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

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Cardiac Ultrasound
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Boston Medical Center
Cardiovascular Disease
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Guys & St. Thomas Hospital

Fellowship - Mater Misericordiade Hospital

Residency - Saint Vincent's Hospital
Internal Medicine

Residency - University College Hospital, Galway
Internal Medicine

Internship - University College Hospital, Galway
Med/Surg Internship

Medical School - National University of Ireland University College Faculty of Medicine

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


  • 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, Cleveland Magazine
  • 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)


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

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/4/2017, 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

259 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2017

I am very impressed with the entire staff, nurses and doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Griffin was excellent. He knew my case, listened to me and spent all the time necessary to get a complete picture.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2017

doctor was terrific! very professional and friendly.

Reviewed on May 2, 2017


Reviewed on Apr 28, 2017

My brother and I were comforted by Dr. Griffin's assessment of my condition and his staff was equally as nice.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2017

no bad experience

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2017

dr. is very good whith his instructions

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2017

I felt that Dr. Griffin was very thorough during our visit. I was a little nervous at first when we met with a fellow because I didn't know what that actually meant. But as we continued, it was clear that Dr. Griffin oversaw the entire visit and was the one that would make recommendations. I appreciated that he had Dr. Gentry attend my echo to ensure we got the best pictures possible. And, I also appreciate that he took the time to talk to Dr. Gillinov to make recommendations for surgery. It's easy to feel like a nobody when you are sitting in a strange place in a hospital gown before a test, but all of the doctors we met with made me feel like I was somebody they cared about in terms of my health.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2017

Excellent visit addressing my health concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2017

My experiences at Dr. Griffin's office are ALWAYS wonderful. I am a cheerleader for him and his office staff.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2017

The CCF Cardiac-Vascular Dept. staff that treated me, provided excellent care, and Dr. Griffin is a very thorough and honest caregiver.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2017

Everything/all tests happened as the physician told me they would - as quickly as they said too.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2017

dr Griffen is amazing!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2016

very good for past 11 years

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2016

I wasn't told to expect the kind of bruising that developed as a result of my procedure.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2016

Great medical services. Wonderful attitude by Medical and other staff. Never had bad attitude displayed to me.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2016

Dr Griffin was very thorough in his explanation of my diagnosis and how he got to it. Also what to expect next.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2016

Dr. Griffin and Dr. Gentry were very attentive to my needs.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2016

Dr. Griffin was wonderful. Not only is he highly competent, he is also very compassionate. He made me feel so much better about my condition. I think he is the best!

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2016

Overall a great experience. I am very appreciative and grateful.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2016

Took all the time needed to answer my concers.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2016


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