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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.6697
Desk:
216.444.6812
Fax:
216.445.6151
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)
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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
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Biography

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 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

Appointed
1994

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Cardiac Ultrasound
Boston, MA USA
1991

Residency - Boston Medical Center
Cardiovascular Disease
Boston, MA USA
1989

Residency - Guys & St. Thomas Hospital
London,
1985

Fellowship - Mater Misericordiade Hospital
Cardiology
Dublin,
1985

Residency - Saint Vincent's Hospital
Internal Medicine
Dublin,
1982

Residency - University College Hospital, Galway
Internal Medicine
Galway,
1981

Internship - University College Hospital, Galway
Med/Surg Internship
Galway,
1980

Medical Education - National University of Ireland University College Faculty of Medicine
Galway,
1979

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)
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    Certifications

    • 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)

    Memberships

    • 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 7/5/2022, 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

    238 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

    66 Patient Comments

    Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

    I would readily recommend Dr Griffin

    Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

    Dr. Griffin has been my cardiologist since 2016. He is extremely thorough, and I am very grateful for his exceptional care. To me, there can be no better doctor!

    Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

    I enjoyed my appointment with Dr.Griffin. He was kind, helpful and thorough. I am happy to be a patient of his!

    Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

    I appreciate the entire Doctors and staff that assisted in my visit. I just ad small problem with my insurance. Thank you Dr. Griffin!

    Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

    I had an excellent experience with Dr. Griffin and Cleveland Clinic.

    Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

    Dr. Griffin has been wonderful throughout my entire experience at Cleveland Clinic. He takes the time to listen and answer any questions I may have. My care has been exceptional. I could not ask for a better cardiologist or person to handle my cardiac health. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Griffin.

    Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

    Dr Griffin & team have been the best over the last 26 years of my care. Only superlatives for this team!

    Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

    Dr Griffen is the top of the Line.

    Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

    Overall great experience and I can't say enough about Dr. Griffin. Wonderful.

    Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

    Dr Griffin in a true blessing in this world and I feel so fortunate to be able to be one of his patients.

    Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

    Excellent doctor - I feel like I'm in good hands and that he really cares about what happens to me.

    Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

    Dr. Griffin was very thorough and spent a lot of time explaining the condition and his assessment.

    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

    Dr Griffin was/is EXCELLENT

    Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

    I am very happy with all the doctors that took care of me. They are all super heroes.

    Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is a great Dr. That always take a lot of time to make sure you understand what your conditions are.

    Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

    Love Dr Griffin! Always appreciate his warm, caring attitude and thorough explanations of my issues.

    Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

    Dr Griffin as usual was very attentive and gave me affirmation how well I am doing

    Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is the best!

    Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

    Have the utmost respect for Dr. Griffin. Very thorough and makes sure I understand what he is talking about. Makes my sister an I at ease when talking to him.

    Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

    I was taken on time for my labs and waited a short time to see Dr. GriffinI was treated very well all throughthe process

    Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

    I have been seeing Dr. Griffin since 1993 I have the utmost respect for him and he has treated me the sameHe is the Top of his field

    Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

    Dr. Griffin, and his resident, were very attentive, courteous, and helpful in their suggestions. I particularly liked that they patiently heard me out-and then specifically addressed the concerns, speculations and suggestions made by others that I had shared with them. The person at the front desk, his nurse, and the scheduler were also totally professional and attentive, as well as pleasant in their interactions with me, which I find especially laudable in light of the lines of patients (some, I'm sure, anxious or worried) they have to deal with daily.

    Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

    Dr Griffin is a compassionate doctor. There isn't any question or concern that I have for which he doesn't respond with a direct & well reasoned response.

    Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is excellent at what he does and an excellent communicator.

    Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

    I have the highest respect for Dr. Griffin, his knowledge, the time he takes with the patient and answers every question.

    Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

    Dr. Griffin always does a wonderful job in treating me.

    Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

    I am always anxious coming for my tests and annual exam and Dr. Griffin is always calming, reassuring and answers any questions in an unhurried manner.

    Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

    We love Dr Griffin ! So smart and compassionate

    Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

    I love Dr. Griffin. He is extremely easy to talk to and he gives excellent care.

    Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

    Outstanding service for the appointment with DR Griffin's office.

    Reviewed on May 18, 2022

    This doctor is over the top. Just excellent

    Reviewed on May 18, 2022

    Yes We would recommend Dr. Griffin to everyone. We have been seeing him for at least 25 years. He has always explained things to Us,& is very easy to talk to.

    Reviewed on May 17, 2022

    Very professional doctor and staff.

    Reviewed on May 12, 2022

    Excellent professional and personable characteristics, complete confidence in dr. Griffin's diagnosis and recommendations. A pleasure to be a patient under his care.

    Reviewed on May 11, 2022

    Dr Griffin is the best!

    Reviewed on May 10, 2022

    Always a good experience to see Dr Griffin and his staff. He is quick to answer and explain any questions we have

    Reviewed on May 3, 2022

    Excellent, exception doctor, exceptional service!

    Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is simply outstanding!

    Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

    Dr Grifffin and his staff are always thoughtful and concerned about my health and answer all my questions thoroughly. They never rush me out and at the end ask again if I have any additional conerns. Great People!

    Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is excellent.

    Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

    Dr Griffin comes across as a fellow human being. He gives you the time to articulate your concerns and listens with care and attention. His explanations are thoughtful and evidence-based.

    Reviewed on Mar 1, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is excellent in every way.

    Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

    Dr. Brian Griffin was thoughtful, professional and informative...Though I am at the outset of future tests/ procedures, I am hoping the rest of my experiences will go as well and comfortably as our initial appointment. Dr. Griffin' s kind demeanor inspired confidence and hope that future dealings will go just as smoothly. Thank you to Dr. Griffin and his department.

    Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is probably the best doctor that we have seen at the Cleveland Clinic. That being said, every Doctor we see is absolutely wonderful, but Dr. Griffin goes to the next level. He is concerned about our overall health and listens to our concerns. Always has advise and is upbeat. Never rushed, he explains and makes sure we have no questions. Again, I so look forward to our Cardiology visit once a year.

    Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is fantastic!

    Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

    Best care anywhere. Dr. Griffin is worth a six hour drive.

    Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

    We love Dr Griffin. He's also my husband's cardiologist and I wanted to see him as well.

    Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

    Dr.Griffen is excellent. I couldn't ask for a better doctor. I even look forward to the appointments with him.

    Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

    Dr griffen is an extraordinary physician. He is very compassionate

    Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

    Dr. Griffin did a great job. His monitoring of my preventative care / condition is very much appreciated.

    Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

    My first visit with the doctor, exceeded my expectations

    Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

    Dr. Griffin was excellent.

    Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

    Very good experience Dr. Griffin and his associates are the best.

    Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

    Dr Brian Griffin was awesome. His m ducal explanations were clear and understandable. Also appreciated his level of compassion for a very nervous patient on this day. My sister attended appt with me (she also is an RN). We both gave Dr Griffin our nurse stamp of approval.

    Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

    Great doctor and staff!

    Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

    Dr. Griffin's office has always been open to scheduling appointments for me as I need them. Everyone there is very courteous and very helpful

    Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

    Dr Griffin is wonderful! Totally thorough! Explains everything and listens! Cannot say enough of what a good dr he is. I come 2 hour drive to see him!!

    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

    Dr. Griffin is very kind to his patients. The staff is amazing.

    Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

    Dr. Griffin is excellent - would recommend him to family & friends

    Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

    No one compares to Dr. Griffin He is a wonderful, brilliant and compassionate physician who goes above and beyond. I am very lucky to have him as my Cardiologist.

    Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

    Dr. Brian Griffin is an outstanding doctor, He is extremely knowable, caring, and takes an appropriate amount of time to make sure that his explanations are clear. He truly cares about his patients.

    Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

    Dr Griffin and his entire staff were exceptional!

    Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

    The visit with Dr. Griffin was exceptional and every care taken to answer questions.

    Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

    Dr. Griffin is always fully attentive.

    Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

    Best Dr. Possible The BEST!

    Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

    Great Doctor

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