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
  • Diagnostic Clinical Cardiology
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • High Risk Valve Disease Patients
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Preoperative Evaluation Of Valvular Disease
  • Stress Testing
  • Timing Of Valve Surgery
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Insufficiency
  • Aortic Occlusion (blockage)
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease
  • Cancer and the Heart
  • Cancer Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Cardiac Dyspnea
  • Cardiac Problems in Athletes
  • Cardiac Tumors
  • Cardiomyopathy Valvular
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Risk Prevention
  • Coarctation Of The Aorta
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Stenosis with Insufficiency
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Radiation Heart Disease
  • Radiation Induced Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Disorder
  • Valve Disease
  • Valve Prosthesis
  • Valvular Heart Disease
View all 58 Specialties +


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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,  thoracic aorta aneurysm (TAA), cardiovascular Imaging, echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), Marfan Syndrome, mitral valve prolapse, radiation heart disease, prosthetic valve disease 

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Griffin performs numerous cardiovascular imaging tests, including nearly 250 transesophageal echocardiograms (TEEs) each year.

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 over 300 journal articles, abstracts, books and book chapters. He also serves as Editor, Associate Editor, and Director for several medical journals and publications. He has recently coedited The Manual of Valve Disease.

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 Education - National University of Ireland University College Faculty of Medicine

Professional Highlights

  • U.S. Editor, Heart, Journal of British Cardiac Society
  • Co-Editor, Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine, Manual of Valve Disease, The Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Board Review, Cardiovascular Board Review Question Book 
  • Co-Director, Annual Intense Review of Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic
  • Co-Director, Mastering the Mitral Valve
  • Co-Director, Endocarditis Summit
  • President, Cleveland Chapter, American Heart Association
  • Doctorate of Medicine, National University of Ireland (on published work)



    • 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
    • 2013 Best Book in Cardiology, BMA Book Awards for Manual of Cardiovascular Medicine
    • 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 5/15/2019, 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

    311 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
    4.9 out of 5
    Explains 4.9
    Listens 5
    Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
    Knows Medical History 5
    Time Spent with Patient 5
    Patient Rating of Doctor 5

    53 Patient Comments

    Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

    Dr. Griffin's care is outstanding!

    Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

    Dr Griffin is absolutely the best; a terrific experience with great care.

    Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

    Griffin is the best doctor. He is very caring, has wisdom, is always patient and listens to the patient, and he's always so kind. All the staff at Cleveland clinic are exceptional, and Griffin is one of the best.

    Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

    Dr. Griffin spent a lot of time with me and answerEd all my questions.

    Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

    Everyone was very polite and knowledgeable. i really enjoyed the nurses,and Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

    Doctor Griffin was really good at providing explanations for the heart related heath questions I had, as well as discussing options and the recommended approach to questions I had about lifestyle and related medical contiditions (e.g. blood pressure). Overall, he is outstanding in his field.

    Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

    Dr Griffin was very kind and caring. I was very pleased when he offered to see me again after testing to discuss results since I had travelled so far! Lots of points there !

    Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

    I am thankful that I've found Dr. Griffin and will definitely stay with him as my cardiologist...he is more thorough and knowledgeable than my previous doctor in Erie, where I live...fortunate to have received info on him from a friend who sees him and for living so close to CC

    Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is a great Doctor and took very good care of me/

    Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is fantastic! He always takes the time to listen to me & explain his findings on tests that I've been given.

    Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

    It is very refreshing to have a Doctor sit and talk with you as Dr. Griffin does. My wife and I have been around many different doctor's and Dr Griffin is by far the most caring one we have seen for years. This reminds me of the way the medical profession once was. Great job, Dr Griffin!

    Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

    Dr Brian Griffin has been my cardiologist for 20 years. He is an outstanding care provider. He listens, explains and respects my concerns.

    Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

    I have never been seen by a physician that cared and spent the time making sure I understand everything he was talking about my condition... I would highly recommend him to anyone for future...dr griffin is one of a kind!!! he makes you feel like you've known him forever and that's very comforting when you're being explained a condition

    Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

    Dr Griffith was extremely professional, seemed genuinely caring and thorough. He explained not only his recommendations but also the reasons for them in easily understood terms. When I left the appointment I felt I had a thorough understanding of my health and my options as explained to me by a doctor who genuinely cared for me as an individual.

    Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

    Terrific. Dr. Griffin is caring, compassionate and intuitive. He made me feel like I was his only patient. Definitely an asset to his patients and Cleveland Clinic.

    Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

    Dr. Brian Griffin is outstanding. He is excellent. Better than any other doctor I saw during my stay at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Griffin was caring, compassionate, answered all our questions, had a human touch, made my family feel welcomed, was healing, kind, and a true doctor.

    Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

    Dr. Griffin has been my physician since 2003. I feel that he goes the extra mile for his patients. I trust him to do the best he can for me.

    Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

    very good experience great service great atmosphere great staff great Dr thank you

    Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

    Dr. Brian Griffin takes his time in talking and explaining all of my concerns. I have been coming to Dr. Griffin since 2005 and have always been satisfied with my appointments. I would highly recommend the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on May 23, 2019

    Dr Griffin is always comprehensive, cares about his patients, makes decisions based upon the greatest benefits for the long term health of the patient. it's a blessing to find someone so dedicated/educated, worldly, tenured to be so compassionate and empathetic.

    Reviewed on May 21, 2019

    I simply adore Dr. Griffin. He always shows sincere concern for my issues and goes out of his way to offer me support and encouragement. He is the ONLY cardiologist I will ever see and I travel from Maine to see him. It should be noted that I have some very serious heart problems that were caused my complications during valve repair surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

    Reviewed on May 21, 2019

    As always, a first rate experience. Dr.Griffin is the finest and most capable physician with whom I have ever been associated.

    Reviewed on May 16, 2019

    Dr. Griffin and his staff are very professional.

    Reviewed on May 8, 2019

    Great service provider. Thx

    Reviewed on May 7, 2019

    Excellent physician

    Reviewed on May 6, 2019

    Dr Griffin is quite simply exceptional. He discussed current conditions as compared to my last visit. He clearly articulated how and why I should address relative elevations and clarified several of my misconceptions

    Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

    The experience at Cleveland was very good. Everyone was courteous and helpful. Dr. Griffin was great. He explained everything thoroughly, and really addressed my questions before I could ask them. Felt very confident with the information that he provided.

    Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

    Doctor and resident both provided excellent care

    Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

    Dr. took time to thoroughly answer all my questions, explain my condition and went into detail about surgery I had two years ago at Cleveland Clinic. Very helpful. Excellent experience.

    Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

    Dr Griffin was polite, knowledgeable, willing to explain things and answer questions. He seemed personally interested and concerned.

    Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

    Dr. Brian Griffin deserves more superlatives than you allow for here. He is not only an exceptional clinician, but he put me completely at ease. After having encountered a great deal of medical runaround in my home town, there was such relief in knowing that we would find the answer and develop a plan. I am grateful beyond words.

    Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

    I am so blessed to be Dr. Griffin's patient and in all my years, his care and treatment of me is without match and I am now and always will be grateful that he is my physician.

    Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

    waited 3hrs after my last appointment to revisit the doctor.

    Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

    Dr. Griffith, is great, he has the right demeanor and detail level.

    Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

    Dr. Brian it's an excellent communicatorVery professional

    Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

    Dr Griffin was excellent and took all my questions and answered them for me. I like him very much for my provider

    Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

    Trusted and compassionate, it is always a priviledge to be seen by Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

    Dr Griffin explained everything to me and put me at ease. he took the time to answer all my questions

    Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is an outstanding doctor and an outstanding person. I felt extremely comfortable with his approach, demeanor, humor and expertise. He is a true professional.

    Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is a magnificent doctor and provider. one in a million. He makes me feel like I'm the most important patient he has. ever had.

    Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

    Efficient. The wait for Dr. Griffin was long; but his attention and caring for each patient makes waiting for him worthwhile.

    Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

    Dr. Griffin took the time to evaluate tests and give me his best recommendation.

    Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

    Dr. Griffin was very courteous and explained every thing ver well.

    Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

    Dr Griffin is outstanding provider. he explained my health issue very well and his time explaining thoroughly. he was patient with me. Thank you for a successful visit.

    Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is an outstanding provider. he took his time to thoroughly explain my health issue very.

    Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

    I appreciated Dr. Griffin's comforting and caring attitude with regard to my cardiac condition. Also, he laid out exactly a plan to hopefully prevent another cardiac episode from reoccurring.

    Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

    Drive there- which isn't your problem. Total time spent 10 hrs each time including Dr. x-ray time. He was behind almost 2 hrs of waiting & waiting

    Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018

    Dr. Griffin & Fellow doctor listened intently and were very welcoming.

    Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

    one of my best life experiences. Best combination of knowledge, experience and bed side manners. I am an MD, PhD, so I believe that the opinion I mentioned is based on knowledge of numerous healthcare providers. I am fortunate to be one of Dr. Griffin's patients.

    Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

    Dr. Koeth was excellent He listened respectfully, was curious, explained everything very clearly

    Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

    waited a long time to see the doctor worth the wait he spent enough time with me to explain everything to me and answer questions

    Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018

    He is a very good doctor and always take time with my questions i always have a pleasant visit with Doc Griffin and his nurse is a very nice and caring person

    Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

    Seeing this doctor was part of my pre-op plan. I had never met this doctor and was pleased with his thorough explanation of my problem. He was very kind and I did not feel rushed. It was a good experience.

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