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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Cardiac Oncology
  • Cardio-Oncology Center
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • 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 16 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 & Thoracic 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 4/20/2020, 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

    307 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 4.9
    Listens 5
    Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
    Patient Rating of Doctor 5

    77 Patient Comments

    Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

    would go no other hospital for my cardiac care. Dr. Griffin always caring for my well being

    Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

    Dr. Griffin was clear, courteous and professional. He communicated confidently, but in a caring manner sharing options, risks and expectations for my care.

    Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is awesome. My negative ratings relate to the very complicated and frustrating appointment scheduling process.

    Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

    Dr. Griffin was great.

    Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

    DR.Griffin is Amazing!!!!

    Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

    Dr was very kind and explained thoroughly.

    Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is a great doctor and even more wonderful a man

    Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

    Dr Griffin has always been very knowledgeable and personable. His attention to detail is outstanding.

    Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

    always recommend Dr Griffin, very highly...the best care possible!

    Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

    dr. griffin has been my cardiologist for nine years. he is always attentive, caring and concerned and I adore him and trust him completely with my health.

    Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

    great in all catagoriesmore knowledgeable than my doctors at home as wellgreat bedside mannerGREAT DOCTOR

    Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

    Dr Griffin and his staff are outstanding. My chart does not work. It would be great if it could be fixed. But phone calls to the hospital solve everything. The staff at every level is outstanding. I could provide a lot of specific details.

    Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is beyond outstanding. We feel so confident in his expertise. We feel like people in his office and not like a "number". We look forward to continued relationship with him at the Cleveland Clinic.

    Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

    Dr Griffin is the very best

    Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

    Can't say enough about Dr. Griffin and his staff. Very patient and knowledgeable.

    Reviewed on May 20, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is wonderful. Calling in during my procedure or to have some papers signed the person answering was a little short on the phone. This was during the onset of Covid-19 so this could be part of the curtness.

    Reviewed on May 13, 2020

    Dr. Griffin took his time with me and explain things very clearly. I especially appreciated that he wasn't on the computer talking to me. He was able to have eye contact while talking. He had an assistant that was taking notes on a laptop.

    Reviewed on May 12, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is excellent! Provides good explanations, listens, and very cordial-

    Reviewed on May 8, 2020

    There was a good flow of phone calls in advance of the contact call with Dr. Griffin to prepare him with the most updated information about me.

    Reviewed on May 6, 2020

    Doctor Brian Griffin is such a wonderful doctor. I would highly recommend him to others. He is extremely knowledgeable, completely caring and compassionate, very dedicated, and builds trusting relationships with his patients. I can't say enough good things about him.

    Reviewed on May 5, 2020

    The appt. process went well. The visit with Dr. Griffin was excellent.

    Reviewed on May 5, 2020

    Great staff in Dr. Griffin's office

    Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is outstanding.

    Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

    I always come away from an appointment with Dr Griffin feeling listened to, cared for and respected. I feel very fortunate to have him as my care provider. Dr Griffin is thorough and answers all of my questions. His "bedside manner" is amazing.

    Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

    Dr Brian Griffin is the best doctor ever!! He always cares, always listens, and explains stuff really well!!

    Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

    loved Dr. Griffin!! A very kind and gentle soul...great clinician ...please tell him...thank you!

    Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

    Your staff was great at every level from the valets who parked my car to the medical staff, nurses, and Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is exceptional Caring and profoundly involved with my well-being

    Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

    *Dr. Griffin is a kind and care doctor. He showed concern for _____ anxieties about my health. Took time to answer my questions.

    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

    Dr. Griffin, was very good at explaining to me how the maze procedure might improve the chances of a future cardioversion getting me back in sinus rhythm.

    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

    things went very smoothly. easy working with Dr Griffins team

    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

    amazing experience!! we will now have Dr Griffin as my cardiologist

    Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

    Dr. Griffin was my first choice of cardiologist when I initially found out about my bicuspid aortic valve. I made that decision based on his reviews. having met with him twice, I would trust no one with my care more than I trust Dr. Griffin. He shows a great deal of care and makes me more comfortable knowing he is on my care team. Cleveland Clinic is extremely lucky to have such a wonderful physician on staff and I will continue to make the 6 hour drive as long as Dr. Griffin is there.

    Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

    Dr. Griffin should be canonized when his time comes.

    Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is exceptional in all areas. he is a VERY CARING PERSON!

    Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

    I was helped greatly by *Dr. Griffin's personal secretary *Christina.

    Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

    Doctor Griffin and his staff know that my wife and I travel from Boise Idaho for my appointment and that we travel from MD Anderson in Texas as an annual pilgramidge for her cancer checkup for her. the schedulers especially Dr. Griffins person Christina is always very diligent in scheduling us efficiently. It saves us both stress and money. Thank you

    Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

    Always good with *Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

    Dr. Griffin provides an in depth explanation of my entire case history as well as a thoughtful description of future issues to be concerned about

    Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

    Dr Griffin is so kind , respectful , and knowable I leave feeling confident I am receiving the best possible care in the world .

    Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

    even though Dr Griffin is so busy Christina worked hard to get me in quickly due to my situation .

    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

    Dr. Griffin SUPER!

    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

    I cannot truly rate phone call return promptness as I've nvr had to have a call returned. My questions were always answered during the initial call. I love seeing Dr. Griffin. He's thorough, he takes his time and addresses all of my questions and concerns. The staff is always friendly. I've been coming there for a few years now and have gotten to know his Medical Assistant, shes such a pleasant person, even when she's really busy. I drive 8.5 hours from NY for these appointments and have nvr felt like my appointment was rushed. Even when Dr. Griffin is running late, he still takes his time to address all of my concerns. I have never had a bad experience at the Cleveland Clinic.

    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

    I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Dr. Griffin. He is an amazing doctor. Even during one visit when I received some less than great news, he explained everything to me in detail, went over ways to minimize my symptoms, and patiently let me exhaust every question I could come up with, and he answered them. I have recommended him and the Cleveland Clinic to patients that I see at my job.

    Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

    The Doctor was very nice, a great listener to my woes and was very good at explaining what my issues were and how they would handle them. He himself called me after I returned home to go over my return for surgery. Haven't had a doctor call me at my home since the 60's and 70's. THUMBS UP!

    Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

    I've already told many via my Facebook page how wonderful, and amazing the Cleveland Clinic is. I also gave kudos to my Dr. and his staff. I described Cleveland Clinic as a well oiled machine....even down to the valet out front.

    Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

    I would highly recommend Dr. Griffin, he really wants to know his patients and gives all the time needed to explain any test results. I feel very fortunate to be one of his patients. I come from MIchigan, and have been a patient of Dr. Griffin for a number of years. He is the best.

    Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

    Dr Griffin always expresses concern for not just my cardiac issues but my overall health & wellbeing

    Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

    Even though the Clinic is a huge operation & I'm certain Dr. Griffin's practice is substantial, I have always felt that everyone I come in contact with during my annual check up treats me with concern and the highest degree of professionalism.

    Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

    Dr. Griffin explained my situation very well so that I was able to clearly understand where su stood and the next step in the process of my care

    Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

    Dr Griffin is outstanding. A great doc

    Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is an very kind and caring physician. I would highly recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

    Doctor Griffin is by far the best doctor I have ever experienced, his professionalism, care for my health, and his ability to explain my health obstacles in a way that I can make a positive impact on my own health care is outstanding. I am not excited to have a heart problem, but I am excited and fortunate to have such a great doctor to care for me.

    Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

    Dr Griffin is outstanding both as a doctor and as a person.

    Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

    Dr. Griffin spent ample time discussing everything and answered all of our questions and even invited us to come back after the ECHO to personally review the results. He was sensitive to our needs, fears, and concerns. He was accommodating of our active toddler son.

    Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

    we loved Dr. Griffin

    Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

    oDr Griffin is simply the best.

    Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is simply the best Doctor in the World. Very lucky to be under his care!!

    Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is a shining example of the best any physician may be! A great example of what the Cleveland Clinic provides - head and shoulders above other hospitals

    Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

    I have confidence in Dr Griffin. Plus he is a nice person who cares about patients.

    Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

    Dr.Griffin is a truly wonderful caregiver. Ioften recommend him to othersyHe is the one doctor I actually look forward to seeing.

    Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

    Dr Griffin was superb-caring, intelligent, thorough!

    Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

    My appointment with Dr Griffin went well. He explains everything and gave me a therapy plan for my condition.

    Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

    I recommend Dr Griffin to any patient.

    Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

    i am fortunate to have Dr. Griffin as my doctor.

    Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

    I consider Dr. Griffin an outstanding physician - I know of no other doctor I could rate higher.

    Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

    I would highly recommend Dr Griffin to anyone in need of a cardiologist He was thorough, patient & answered all of my many questions

    Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

    I had heart surgery 19 years ago at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Griffin has been my cardiologist for all 19 years. He is very caring and patient when I have any questions.

    Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

    dr griffen is an extreordinary phyaician

    Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

    dr griffen is excellent

    Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

    Dr. Griffin has been my Cardiologist since 2005. He takes a special caring interest in his patients. I have complete trust with Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

    amazing experience. I feel fortunate to have found Dr Griffin. His staff was amazing.

    Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

    Dr. Griffin is an outstanding person and doctor. He asked many questions and wanted to know my concerns. He gave me options along with their risks and benefits and, at my request, told me what he would do if he were me. He really cares and understood my concerns and he talked to me like a friend. I trust him completely.

    Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

    Our visit to the clinic was eye opening and totally awesome. I am so glad we made the trip. It was absolutely worth it to see Dr Griffin. I am confident now in my path forward.

    Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

    Dr. Brian Griffin deserves ratings beyond "very good." There should be a column marked "Excellent" and I would score him there in every question.

    Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

    love this doctor. he is very thorough and down to earth. easy to understand. the very best

    Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

    Dr. Griffin's care is outstanding!

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