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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

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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

    74 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 5
    Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
    Patient Rating of Doctor 5

    75 Patient Comments

    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!

    Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

    Love Dr. Griffin

    Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is the best. We have lived multiple places across the US but always come back because of he and his team.

    Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

    Dr Griffin is great. Thorough and concerned, convinced me to get back on statins

    Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

    He is the single best physician it has been my privilege to have treat me. He is exceptional in his knowledge, manner, communication, follow through. He really cares and it shows. He looked a little tired on this visit. Get him to take care of himself.

    Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

    I was very pleased that Dr. Griffin got back to me so quickly after discussing my Issue with the surgeon. That was the only call back . It was difficult getting an appointment, took about 2months. Called back every morning for a cancellationfinally was able to move up 1 week, but not able to be seen as soon as I wanted!

    Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

    Dr. Brian Griffin was wonderful: good listener, very caring, respectful, good communicator

    Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

    Always found the staff to be very professional and helpful Dr. Griffin thorough In explaining test results and I leave with a feeling of good knowing I can call with questions orConcerns

    Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

    Our first contact with *Dr. Griffin's office was *Jackie. She was a great help & comfort in all we needed to schedule for our visit.

    Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

    *Dr. Griffin met all of our expectations in his presentation of the medical problem. We were more than pleased with his care & concern.

    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

    It does take quite a while to get an appointment, but that is not a function of scheduling, it's just a function of physician availability.

    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

    Excellent communication skills and explanations from Dr Griffin

    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is easy to talk to and always answers any questions I have.

    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

    This was my first time visiting with Doctor Griffin. He was very kind, efficient, and took his time with me and my husband explaining my condition and treatment. He knew we travelled a distance to see him and made sure we were taken care of including getting additional tests done while we were in town.

    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

    Dr Brian Griffin is a verycaring de , sophisticated in balancing medication to the best benefit for me , truly a dr model , a real doctor weighing in all aspects, inspirering hope and safety , still giving the reality of my illness

    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

    The doctor is the primary reason I go to the clinic

    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

    I have already referred 3 friends. Dr Griffin specifically is also so courteous and gives you the time you need.

    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

    Dr. Griffin was very kind , went over test results and plan of care thoroughly. He answered all my questions. I would highly recommend him

    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

    Dr. Griffin is the best! He listens to you. He explains things clearly. He takes as much time as you need. I would highly recommend him to others.

    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

    Dr. Brian Griffin is an OUTSTANDING physician and person. He is a real gem and the reason I fly across the country every year just to see him. GIVE HIM A RAISE!!!!

    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

    I feel lucky to have found Dr. Griffin. He is empathetic, sensitive and knowledgeable about my physical problems. He has given me hope that he will help me get better. I left his office with a game plan. I look forward to working with him.

    Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

    Appreciate the thorough, professional, and kind manner of Dr. Brian and all the caregivers in the heart care group.

    Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

    Wonderful Doctor

    Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

    I always have a good experience at Dr Griffins and the clinic.

    Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

    Dr Griffin is very kind. He explains everything well. He answers all my questions.

    Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

    Dr Brian Griffin is an incredible cardiologist and person. Cleveland Clinic is so fortunate to have his services!

    Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

    All the care providers we met with were exceptional.

    Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

    Dr. Griffin and his nurse assistant were excellent.

    Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

    Excellent care physician.

    Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

    Dr Griffin is thorough and is very good at providing information and explanations

    Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

    Really like Dr Griffen easy to speak with

    Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022


    Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

    Dr. Griffin is an outstanding physician and is a credit to the Cleveland clinic. I would not hesitate to recommend him to any potential patient.

    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 is the best!

    Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

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

    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.

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