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)
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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 School - 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

    287 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 4.9
    Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
    Knows Medical History 4.9
    Time Spent with Patient 5
    Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

    51 Patient Comments

    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.

    Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

    Dr. Griffin is an excellent cardiologist and we are extremely grateful for his care.

    Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

    There was an extreme delay in getting my echo before my appointment with Dr. Griffin. I waited over 1 1/2 hours past my original echo time.

    Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

    My experience was one of excellence that started from Valet parking all the way to the doctor visit. Everyone I encountered that day was pleasant and kind. I remember leaving saying "This hospital is run like a well oiled maching." Smooth and efficient!!! Thank you for all you do for your patients!

    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

    i came to see Dr. Griffin for a second opinion. we came from new york and since i had many questions and concerns for the dr. along with major decisions to make regarding surgery, my husband, mother, and sister joined me at this visit. we were very surprised when the assistant did not allow them all into the room and showed little understanding. fortunately the Dr. was very kind and did let them all into the room. we were grateful.

    Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

    love dr Griffin and his staff

    Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

    Dr. Griffin takes great care in explaining my condition and the results of tests he ordered with future recommendations for treatment.

    Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

    appointments were running late and Dr. Griffin took the time to personally look into the examination room to let me know he would see me shortly. This was much appreciated.

    Reviewed on Aug 2, 2018

    Dr. Griffin was extremely knowledgeable and attentive to my needs. He is a credit to the Clinic.

    Reviewed on Aug 1, 2018

    My experiences with Dr. Griffin are always excellent. In my book, he's a SAINT!

    Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

    I had to wait over 2 hours to see Dr Griffin, from my scheduled appt time to when I actually met with him.

    Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

    I did not appreciate waiting over 2 hours to see Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

    I feel Dr. Griffin is truly concerned with my health and well being and takes EVERY precaution and medical investigation to insure my health and well being are completely looked after. Dr. Griffin is thorough, considerate, informative and cordial, he genuinely cares about me and my health suggesting and recommending additional steps that will insure my overall health. I can not say enough good things regarding Dr. Griffin and everyone else at the Cleveland Clinic. Everyone shows real concern regarding every aspect of the care offered there. Thank you.

    Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018

    Dr. Griffin told me that he would speak with Dr. Smedira about my condition and the need for surgery because Dr. Smedira was the Surgeon that was recommended to me. However, Dr. Griffin said that Dr. Smedira (although well qualified) probably would not do it because he is now specializing in heart muscle issues and suggested that another doctor whose name I do not recall would most likely be doing the surgery.

    Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018

    The appointment to see Dr. Griffin was originally schedules before my echocardiogram I thought that was a bit strange, however it was changed and resulted in a delay to see the doctor but by doing so that allowed him to review my test results prior to consultation with me.

    Reviewed on Jun 19, 2018

    Dr Griffin is a superb clinician. Having him manage my heart care is well worth any inconvenience I may experience in traveling to Cleveland to see him.

    Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018

    Dr. Griffin is always patient when I see him, even though we know he is very busy he never rushes the appointment. He always takes his time to make sure he answers any questions we might have.

    Reviewed on Jun 12, 2018

    As this is a very large clinic, wait times were much better than expected. Dr. Griffin even saw me at 6:30 pm after my echocardiogram and explained the results very thoroughly.

    Reviewed on Jun 12, 2018

    Dr. Griffin's nurse was very thorough, listened carefully to what I had to say and was very professional.

    Reviewed on May 29, 2018

    the nurses are exceptional, truly caring, ready to add humor to a situation needing distraction/ perspective. we have always been impressed with Dr.'s nurses!

    Reviewed on May 29, 2018


    Reviewed on May 29, 2018

    I had to wait to see the doctor for 2 hours, I was told that he would be a while and I was encouraged to go get something to drink. I appreciate that I was told that it would be a while, I don't mind waiting because I know Dr Griffin is giving the kind of care and attention that I also want with him.

    Reviewed on May 24, 2018

    Dr. Griffin's overall approach to patients and patient care is superior.

    Reviewed on May 24, 2018

    My husband, who accompanied me on this visit, described Dr. Griffin's talk with me as "brilliant." I wholeheartedly agree.

    Reviewed on May 15, 2018

    Dr. Griffin and his staff were phenomenal -- very helpful to me, and compassionate in my care.

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