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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

  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Angiogenesis
  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prevention
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Trials
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Intervention
  • Drug Eluting Stenting
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) Determination
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • Interpretation of Genetic Risk Factors: Coronary Artery Disease
  • Intervention Section
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Invasive and Interventional Cardiology Section
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology Section
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Stress Testing
  • Virtual Histology
View all 31 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Bifurcation Blockage
  • Coronary Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restenosis
  • Total Coronary Occlusions
View all 11 Specialties +


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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 & Thoracic 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 is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care. Success rates for specific procedures are available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

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

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.

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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 4/15/2024, 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 (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC)

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

308 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

52 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Dr Ellis is the best!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Ellis is excellent in every way. I am indeed blessed to have him as my cardiologist.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Again Dr. Ellis is top notch

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

The doctor wanted to see me in 3 months but his next appointment was in 5 months.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr. Ellis explained everything in a way I could understand.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr Ellis is amazing. You can see his thoughts working as we speak to him. He asks the right questions and follows through on them immediately.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Cleveland Clinic has been the best care I have received in my 76 years of doctors appointments

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

Dr Ellis is excellent!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr. Ellis and his team are all kind, caring and professional!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Dr. Ellis is the best. Very glad I found him.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Dr . Ellis is very patient oriented insuring any questions or concerns are throughly addressed.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

We met Dr Ellis the day prior to the catheterization. It gave us a chance to meet him and understand the test procedure.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Would highly recommend this facility and Doctor to anyone

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Great experience. Dr. Ellis is one of the best

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

I love Dr. Ellis. He listens to my questions and takes the time to give me the answers. He gives you all the time you need and never rushes you. I highly recommend his services.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr. Ellis is one of the best Dr's in the Cleveland Clinic system. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the field, and is known for his exceptional patient care,

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Doctor was hurried and did not provide the follow up he promised

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Dr. Ellis was a great listener and provided answers to all of my questions and concerns. He addressed my issues in a very positive manner. He genuinely showed concern about my condition.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr Ellis is the best of the Best!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Ellis is the best and I feel so very blessed to have been treated by him. He truly listens, and had reviewed my medical records before my visit, and was prepared to give me a medical case plan. The world would be a better place if there were more people-physicians like Dr. Ellis. His assistant Sam has been amazing and went the extra mile to obtain records, and communicate. She deserves a gold medal. Thank you to the Cleveland Clinic!!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Excellent advice and encouragement. Really value Dr Ellis' perspective

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr Ellis was excellent and very direct with his answers, I like that in a doctor

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr Ellis is a wonderful doctor I trust him 100%.Grateful.thst he was the attending physician when I had my stent put in 15 years ago

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Ellis explained everything perfectly. He gave me all of my options and his opinion. He made my decision much easier.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Dr. Ellis is the best doctor we have ever known. He is pleasant, concerned, caring and his knowledge is so comforting to us. He asks the right questions, and he follows through on all of our questions. We are so thankful we found him. He was recommended to us by my brother, who also had the best experience. I totally trust Dr Ellis and feel relieved I found a doctor who has taken such good care of my husband.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

We are recommending Dr. Ellis and Cleveland Clinic to anyone who asks. We are new residents of Ohio, and having had the worst Healthcare while living 18 years in FL, we are so glad we are here and getting the best Healthcare. So far, our experiences with Dr Ellis and Cleveland Clinic have been very positive.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Ellis is a consummate physician. He imbibes field expertise with human emotion exhibiting the deepest desire to provide the best care for his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

I make the trip to CC from Tallahassee, Florida to see Dr S Ellis.He is the only doctor I trust when it comes to my cardiac care. The epitome of confidence, competence and compassion.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Doc is the. Besf

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Sam in Dr Ellis' office has been a great help before and after visits

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr Ellis has used opinions from me and my son and daughter .

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Dr. Ellis was great - smart and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr. Ellis and his staff were excellent. I was a first time patient. They took the time to get to know me and my lifestyles better to make proper decisions moving forward. I would highly recommend them.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

We trust Dr. Ellis and his staff. They are knowledgeable, kind, and efficient; we feel safe and cared for.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr. Ellis is the Best cardiologist in the world.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

Dr. Ellis is one of the most caring doctors I've had the pleasure of seeing. He must be insulated from how badly the front desk treats us in getting the appointment.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

Never ran into anyone better. Dr Ellis saved my life and continues to do so

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr. Ellis was fantastic. Understanding and great at handling my care. I have recommended The Clinic to multiple people based on the care I have received. Thanks.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr Ellis for getting my heart restarted ! .. InICU SHAWN was a great nurse !

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

I I am extremely happy with my doctor and I really feel that he cares about me I like Cleveland clinic I love because the doctors are the best it's Worth my 61/ 2 hour drive for the best care . Doctors that have a heart and care about their patience are hard to find these days

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr. Ellis was great on virtual call. Very well prepared

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

I liked Dr. Ellis from the time I reviewed his introduction video on the Clinic web site, and throughout my experience at Cleveland Clinic. He was serious, good humored, a good listener, took time to engage in discussion about my condition, and seemed to care about me - and why I was at the Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Ellis is outstanding.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Felt very confident, because of the confidence of Dr Ellis and the staff Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

Dr. Ellis is one of the best of the many heart doctors that I have had over my nearly 20 years of heart issues. He goes above the line of duty in seeking to help me with my heart problems.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

There is only one Dr Ellis

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr. Ellis is very thorough and answers any and all questions and concerns

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Dr Ellis and office staff are wonderful!

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr Stephen Ellis is Excellent !

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr Benjamin Zorach was outstanding.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Getting an appointment with Dr. Ellis was so very timely and we were elated that he could see me.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

I can't say enough about Dr. Ellis. He really showed a lot of concern with my condition, provided information and alternatives, explained risks, and in the end, was so instrumental in getting the necessary surgery scheduled. Even though, at the time he was not really my cardiologist, he showed the care and concern as if I knew him for years. Wonderful experience and can't thank him enough.

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