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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 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

    See publications for Brian Griffin, MD.

    (Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

    Industry Relationships

    Industry Relationships

    Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

    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

    289 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 5
    Listens 5
    Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
    Patient Rating of Doctor 5

    62 Patient Comments

    Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

    Dr. Griffin's bedside manner was exceptional. He listened patiently and attentively to what I had to say and expressed empathy.

    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

    Dr. Griffin/Griffith (not sure of the spelling) is a very empathetic and knowledgable practitioner. Compassionate and takes the time to listen to my concerns. I wish all my physicians were like Dr. Griffin/Griffith!

    Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

    I've been under the care of Dr. Griffin since 2007. He has been unfailingly kind, compassionate, and provider of excellent medical care. I have total confidence in his expertise and guidance. one could not ask more from a physician.

    Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

    Dr. Griffin and his staff were extremely responsive and sensitive to my needs.

    Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

    The most professional physician I have ever met. Personable, knowledgeable, efficient, honest. I am proud to have him treating me.

    Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

    Dr. Griffin is an Excellent Cardiologist. His knowledge, skill, experience, and "bedside manner" are unmatched. In fact the same can be said for his entire staff. I could not be more pleased with the care and success they have provided. My problem with the Cleveland Clinic is that their front line Health Care Providers seem to be be managed by the Accounting and Legal Departments, and NOT Health Care Professionals. And, in some instances, NOT including Dr. Griffin and his staff, it has had a negative influence on health care delivery.

    Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

    The doctor and nurses were very easy to talk to. They explained what was going on and made my first visit to the clinic a lot less stressful.

    Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

    Simply put, Dr. Griffen is exceptional with regard to his medical skill, ability to make his medical opinion understandable, and genuine care for the well being of his patients.

    Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is a gem, all one could hope for in a doctor-patient relationship.

    Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is an excellent doctor, which I have great confidence in.

    Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

    dr. Griffin is an excellent physician and gave me expert and considered advice

    Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

    Brian Griffin is a wonderful doctor. He is a heart doctor with , he really cares for his patients. Has a great personality for this job and lots of knowledge.

    Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is outstanding-clinically and professionally

    Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

    Good experience with Dr & personnel. However there's confusion for next step. Everybody needs to be on same page.

    Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

    I trust Dr. Griffin very much

    Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

    Because of COVID and I didn't want to have to come to the Clinic numerous times I had to wait several months to get an appointment for my stress echo and see Dr. Griffin on the same day (Not anyones fault). Other that that everything was great, Dr Griffin is very good and you never feel rushed.

    Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is kind, reassuring, and answers all of my questions patiently and thoroughly. I consider myself very fortunate to be his patient.

    Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

    Dr Griffin is perfect for me. He is an excellent doctor and covers all aspects of my health. I am confident in the care that he gives me and would recommend him highly. He has helped me improve my health. I thank him for all he does.

    Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is very kind and he listens.

    Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

    dr. Griffin was excellent. really took time to survey my issues and help me.

    Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

    Dr. Griffin was outstanding. He thoroughly explained my circumstances and took time to address my questions and concerns.

    Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

    I am so grateful for Dr Griffin's excellent care!

    Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

    he is outstanding as a doctor and genuinely concerned with his patients

    Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

    Dr. Griffin has been my cardiologist for 25 years. He continues to be a compassionate, thorough doctor. He is a wonderful listener and always takes the time to discuss my care.

    Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

    dr griffin is wonderful! so thorough and explains everything and listens to you! never rush you out! so happy that the 2 hour drive is so worth it!

    Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

    wonderful staff, wonderful doctor! live in Toledo suburbs and would not go any where else!

    Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

    Dr. Griffin is one of the best Dr.s I have had the pleasure of seeing for the past 15 or so years. He always treats us (my husband, sister, and myself) as if we are family as well. His concern for any health issue even above heart issues for us shows compassion and understanding. I always recommend Dr. Griffin to all family and friends in the Toledo Ohio area.

    Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

    My experience with Dr Griffin was the best experience that I have had with a physician.

    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 19, 2020

    it is always a good helpful meeting with all the nurses that work with Dr Griffin and when I meet with the Dr he answers all my questions concerning my heart

    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

    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 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.

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