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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 Disease Risk Prevention
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Noninvasive 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
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease
  • Cancer and Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Cardiac Dyspnea
  • Cardiac Problems in Athletes
  • Cardiac Tumors
  • Cardiomyopathy Valvular
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • 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 Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Risk Valve Disease Patients
  • 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 57 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 is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care. Success rates for specific procedures are available at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

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

    See publications for Brian Griffin, MD.

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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 4/14/2023, 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

    392 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 4.7
    Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
    Patient Rating of Doctor 5

    87 Patient Comments

    Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

    Dr.Griffin and his entire staff are great,helpful,understanding and professional!

    Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

    I have never experienced any care provider like this. This survey has been easy to complete, because I didn't expect the care.providers to be so caring and professional.

    Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

    Other than original appointment needing to be rescheduled by the provider, the overall experience was very positive.

    Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

    Dr. Griffin is an excellent physician showing kindness and compassion and does not hurry through the visit. Answers all questions with understandable explanations.

    Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

    Dr Griffin is wonderful.

    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

    I would not be alive if not for Dr.Griffin giving and taking to time to explain all my options.

    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2024

    Brian Griffin is the consummate professional. I value him as my trusted advisor and Doctor

    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

    As always Dr.Griffin is caring and compassionate. Never lets you down

    Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

    Dr.. Griffin is thorough and compassionate. Always professional and courteous.

    Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

    I drive from the Youngstown area to have access to Dr Griffin and have no plans to change that. I believe that the care he provides is excellent and if his insistence on being thorough translates into more time required that's a cost I'll gladly absorb

    Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

    Dr Griffin is the very best cardiologist! He makes me feel so important and I totally trust him with my health and heart! So thankful to have him!!

    Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

    Dr griffin is the best! He went over my tests and explained! His recommendations were right on! Would and have recommended him! I feel I am in very good hands with him!

    Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

    Very professional , top notch, the best imaginable . Dr. Griffin is a charming , knowledgeable, informative and to the point. I am so pleased he is my cardiologist.

    Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

    I was worked into Dr Griffins schedule by Jackie his administrative assistant between the Christmas and New Years hollidays. I very much appreciate that I was given an appointment during that time.

    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is a fine physician who I trust and a caring and friendly person.

    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

    Great discussion w Dr Griffin

    Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

    Each care provider was exceptional. Each took the time to explain all that occurred.

    Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

    Great experience with Dr Griffin

    Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

    Dr.Griffin is calm and caring and does not rush through the appointment.

    Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

    Dr.Griffin is the best!

    Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

    I have only positive and supportive comments about my care at CC with Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is a very caring doctor. He listens to me and is very thorough in answering my questions. I have a lot of confidence in him!

    Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

    Dr. Griffin was very patient and thorough in his examination of me and his explanation in addressing my concerns. He was kind and very prompt in reviewing the echocardiogram after it was taken and discussing the results with me.

    Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

    I appreciated Dr Griffin's thorough and thoughtful analysis,

    Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

    Dr. Griffin has an aura of caring. He listens with great interest.

    Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is amazing.

    Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

    Dr. Lang is simply the best there is.

    Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

    Dr Griffin is the best-very professional, thorough, never rushed and truly cares about the patient.

    Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is such an excellent practitioner. He listens to you, he cares about you, and does not rush the appointment. Best doctor I have met!

    Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023


    Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

    Dr Brian Griffin's staff is outstanding and very customer focused

    Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

    Dr. Griffin, my cardiologist, is a SAINT! I adore him and trust him completely and he seems to really care about me and my heart issue.

    Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

    Dr Griffin's assistant Tracy was amazing. Very courteous and kind

    Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

    Dr Griffin was the best! Very patient, kind and explained everything very well

    Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is the absolute best! I can tell he really cares about me & my health. He is so knowledgeable & always leads me in the right direction. It is well worth making my 3 hr drive from Pittsburgh. He has helped me so much. I highly respect him. Thank you Dr. Griffin! A+++

    Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

    Dr. Griffin has always listened carefully to my condition, and made himself available by email or telephone to address concerns between office visits.

    Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

    Dr. Griffin was thorough and went through my family history with me. At that time he changed the tests he would run to cover my heredity. I am so happy that he listens as most of my doctors have not been as thorough.

    Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

    Dr Griffin is very much appreciated !

    Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

    Good. Dr Griffin is wonderful. The only item to mention is how quickly his calendar fills up. We come up to Ohio from Florida to see our doctors at the Clev. Clinic. Would not even think of going anywhere else.

    Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

    Dr. Griffin provides excellent care. He is thorough, kind, respectful, and quite simply, an outstanding doctor. Dr. Griffin and the Cleveland Clinic provide exceptional care.

    Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

    A very good medical session with a very good doctor and a pleasant person to be with

    Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

    When using myChart to communicate with Dr Griffin's staff, the staff is very slow with responses, if they respond at all.

    Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is a superior clinician. He is knowledgeable, courteous, caring, thorough and has a warm congenial personality. One of the finest physicians I've ever had the pleasure to know. I trust him completely.

    Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

    We feel cc is the best place to come for heart issues and dr.griffin and the surgical team are the best in the world.

    Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

    Impressive. The time spent with the doctor was extremely productive. He answered all questions in a way that was clear and understandable. Always a pleasure to have this appointment.

    Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is a great care provider and I'm extremely happy with my care and look forward to my visits with him.

    Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

    It's a bit challenging to find open appointment times for Dr. Griffin - but that's not unexpected given the undoubtedly high demand for his time.

    Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

    Dr Griffin is a thoughtful, experienced professional and it shows in is every interaction with me. He is focused on my situation and needs, and he carefully balances all the various interacting factors to help me make decisions about an optimal treatment plan.

    Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

    Doctor Griffin was fantastic. He easy to talk to with my care issues. He also is a very good listener.

    Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

    Dr Griffin is the best !! Right from his pleasant mannerisms to his explanations with full attention make you feel healed . He gives enough time and answers all questions patiently. I would highly recommend him to my family and friends.

    Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

    I am always amazed about how concerned Dr Griffin is. He always takes the time to talk and listen to any issues I have. I never feel like I am being rushed out. I truly am blessed to have him and his staff looking out for me

    Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

    Dr. Griffin has a wonderful bed side manner. He is patient and has a calming influence.

    Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

    Dr Griffin, was excellent, and very kind.

    Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

    Dr Brian Griffin is an angel in a white coat. He is always kind, professional and courteous. I am grateful he is my cardiologist.

    Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

    Dr. Griffin was excellent in care and communication.

    Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

    DR.G was as advertised. Knowledgeable compassionate and reassuring. Tool great to care for me.

    Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is a wonderful listener, compassionate and an excellent doctor. Dr. Griffin has been my cardiologist for 27 years.

    Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

    This was my first appointment with Dr Griffin. He was kind & very compassionate & informative about my situation.

    Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

    Dr.Griffin and staff are the best.

    Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

    Dr. Brian P. Griffin is one of the best , in my opinion.

    Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

    Dr Griffin is excellent

    Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

    Dr Griffin is the very best doctor I have ever seen

    Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

    Dr Griffin and staff were excellent. Thorough, empathetic and extremely attentive.

    Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

    ALL SCORES for Dr. Griffin are A++!!

    Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

    I am blessed to have Dr Griffin and his staff caring for me.

    Reviewed on May 23, 2023

    I had an excellent experience dr griffin is a great doctor

    Reviewed on May 23, 2023

    A+ to Dr. Griffin

    Reviewed on May 23, 2023

    Best Doctor Ever!

    Reviewed on May 22, 2023

    Staff and Dr. Very helpful

    Reviewed on May 17, 2023

    Doctor Brian Griiffin is amazing! He is attentive, caring, kind, and a wonderful person. I would highly recommend him.

    Reviewed on May 17, 2023

    No problems whatsoever! Dr. Griffin and his staff are the best.

    Reviewed on May 17, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is the best.

    Reviewed on May 17, 2023

    I feel dr Griffin is the best cardiologist! I know he has saved my life with his care! I totally trust his judgment! Thankful I have him as my doctor!

    Reviewed on May 10, 2023

    Very professional. My care provider for 23 years.

    Reviewed on May 10, 2023

    He's simply the kindest, best and most encouraging Dr. I've met.

    Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

    I felt very good about my doctor visit.

    Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

    Dr Brian Griffin is simply the best cardiologist anywhere. Cleveland Clinic is very fortunate to have some of his caliber, expertise, and compassion. I feel so very fortunate that he is my physician.

    Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

    The care that Doctor Griffin has provided to me over the years has been exceptional. He's extremely knowledgeable, personable and demonstrates the highest standards of the Cleveland Clinic. There are none better in my opinion.

    Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

    Dr. Griffin was great. He seemed very caring knowledgeable.

    Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

    Dr. Griffin the best.

    Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

    Dr Griffin is an unbelievable listener and provides the finest care, CCF should be proud to have him on staff

    Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

    My wife and I traveled from Louisiana to get a yearly checkup. Dr. Griffin was recommended by a friend. We were very impressed with Dr. Griffin and staff showing a genuine interest in my questions and concerns. I would highly recommend Dr. Griffin!

    Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

    I feel incredibly grateful to be under Dr. Griffin's care. He was personable and explained my condition and the treatment options that allowed me to truly understand my situation.

    Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

    Dr.Griffin is always kind, thoughtful, and excellent.

    Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

    Dr. Griffin has great "bedside manner."

    Reviewed on Mar 1, 2023

    In all of my experience with physicians this is the first time I have been treated with such respect and concern for my health as if I was family

    Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is the reason I make the 6 hour drive each way to Cleveland Clinic. He's the best and is definitely worth the trip!

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