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

  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Angiogenesis
  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Trials
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Intervention
  • Drug Eluting Stenting
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)
  • FFR determination
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Interpretation of Genetic Risk Factors: Coronary Artery Disease
  • Intervention Section
  • Intra-aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Invasive & Interventional Cardiology Section
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology Section
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Stents
  • Stress Testing
  • Virtual Histology
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Bifurcation Blockage
  • Cardiovascular Risk Prevention
  • Coronary Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restenosis
  • Stent Restenosis
  • Total Coronary Occlusions
View all 13 Specialties +


Is Cleveland Clinic Part of Your Insurance?

Review a list of accepted insurance plans for our Northeast Ohio locations or learn more about purchasing a contracted managed care plan.

View All Plans

About Stephen Ellis, MD

Stephen G. Ellis, MD, is a staff cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He also is Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Cardiovascular Genebank. His primary clinical interests are complex coronary interventions, novel treatments for patients who are unable to have surgery, minimally invasive treatments for patients with aortic valve disease and studies to better understand the basis and predict the occurrence of disease (genomics and proteomics).

Specialty/Clinical interests: Coronary artery disease, stents, stent restenosis, total coronary occlusions, angioplasty, stent-coronary, coronary artery atherectomy, coronary intervention, drug-eluting stenting, aortic valve disease, percutaneous interventions, prevention of coronary artery disease

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Ellis has performed more than 4,000 complex coronary interventions throughout his career.

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. Ellis received his medical degree from the University of California (at Los Angeles). He completed his internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and fellowships at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (Cardiology) in Boston, Stanford University (Cardiology) in Stanford, CA, and Emory University (Angioplasty) in Atlanta, GA. He has done additional work in Molecular Biology at Pennsylvania State University.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Ellis serves on the editorial boards for numerous publications, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology American Journal of Cardiology, Circulation and the American Heart Journal. He has authored and co-authored more than 700 papers on interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease for numerous scientific journals. Dr. Ellis also served as the principal investigator for many national and international clinical studies that have changed the approach to treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. These include the RESCUE I trial, GUSTO IIb PTCA study, TAXUS IV and V trials ,the FINESSE trial and the ABSORB III and IV trials.

About Dr. Ellis: “I enjoy my field because it’s especially gratifying to help patients whose conditions and treatment plans have been a challenge to other physicians. I also enjoy the opportunity to advance the field of medicine through research.”

Leisure time activities: In his spare time, Dr. Ellis enjoys reading, running, skiing, golfing and spending time with his family

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Emory University Hospital
Decatur, GA USA

Fellowship - Stanford University Hospital
Stanford, CA USA

Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Internship - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Medical School - University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Undergraduate - Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA USA

Additional Training

  • Molecular Biology, Penn State University


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Coronary Artery Disease, Stent Restenosis, Total Coronary Occlusions, Angioplasty, Stent-Coronary, Coronary Artery Atherectomy, Coronary Intervention, Drug Eluting Stenting, Heart Valve Disease - Percutaneous Interventions, Stents

Awards & Honors

  • 2002 – present, NIH funding in acute myocardial infarction, genomics and stem cell research
  • 2002 – present, America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly
  • 2001 – present, The Best Doctors in Cleveland
  • 1993 – present, The Best doctors in America, Cleveland Clinic
  • 1992, 1996, 2003, Distinguished Teaching Awards
  • 1973 – 1976, 1978, Regent’s Scholar, University of California
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Stephen Ellis, 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 5/7/2018, Dr. Ellis has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Ellis receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Abbott Laboratories

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

216 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 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

Dr. Ellis is an amazing Doctor ! I cannot empathize that enough he gave me more time with my family!!!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

Dr. Ellis treated me when other doctors would not ! God bless him

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

Dr Ellis and his staff are exceptional care giversthey listen and clearly understand all of their patients needs. as busy as they are they always made the time listen and answer every concern.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

my doctor is exceptional in his concern for the care of his patients and the outcome of the treatment plan

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

Dr. Ellis is an exceptional physician. He is so smart, was so prepared, answered all my questions and helped me move forward. We have a plan!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

Dr. Ellis is an excellent physician and a very caring individual. His staff and everyone at Cleveland Clinic are very professional and compassionate.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2018

Dr. Ellis is an outstanding cardiologist. I have been his patient for 18 years. He is the best. He is everything a doctor should be. I have recommended him to family members and friends and will continue to do so.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2018

everyone at Cleveland Clinic were kind helpful and friendly. Dr Ellis and Dr Summers both explained every step of the procedure I was having they gave me all the options in a way that was easy to understand and that made my health decisions easy. their car and skill has made my life so much better than it was before my visit.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

Dr. Ellis was very easy to talk to and explained medical things well.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

The overall experience of the service and expertise of the Cleveland Clinic is fantastic. I understand by service provided by me why you are the leading Health Facility or one of the in the world. Dr. Ellis who has been my cardiologists is excellent in every aspect of my health care from providing top notch care to explaining my health situation. I think it is quite impressive that a Doctor (in my case Dr. Ellis) can put a stint in my heart through a vein in my arm. That is truly a skill that saves lives.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2018

dr Ellis very compassionate and very knowledgeable and kind

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018

Dr. Ellis is the best, he is very kind and always answers all my questions and concerns I have for my health!A++

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018

Dr Ellis has been most generous with his time and the wait to see him has been perfectly reasonable.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

I appreciate that the doctor let me work out the words. My local doctors try to answer for me because I have Aphasia. I did not feel stupid. The doctor also explained things to me without dumbing down the answers. I am able to understand, my words don't come out so well.

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

Dr. Ellis was out of town when I called for an appointment. I had to wait for 30 days to see him. My heart cath was scheduled for the next day. Things worked out very well. I Would wait to see him again. Thanks

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

Delay was A-OK with me as (a) Dr. Ellis had some difficult patients and (b) he was very apologetic.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Doc is the best. I wouldn't drive 4 hours away if he wasn't.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018

Very thankful to *Dr. Ellis for his expertise, timely intervention and his overall concern. Much obliged.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018

I was so impressed with dr's Summers and Ellis. I was an out of town patient scheduled for a second opinion with Dr Ellis. I was exceptionally impressed with the organization of Cleveland clinic and the exceptional staff that works there. Everyone was so friendly and accomodating

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2018

Excellent provider and worth the wait.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2018

Dr. Ellis is excellent. I would recommend him to anyone. He discusses and explains plans for for my health care considering any and all issues involved. He is always encouraging and supportive. I appreciate his efforts to make sure I understand each aspect of my health and how they fit together.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2018

I am still someone confused about what I am to do next. I have written a letter to the care provider asking for suggestions on how I am to proceed. That said, I think the care providers were very engaged and professional.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2018

excellent care and excellent physician

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2018

He explained again how the pacemaker works to keep the heart working.

Related Videos Featuring Stephen Ellis, MD

Related Videos Featuring Stephen Ellis, MD

Back to Top