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 +


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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 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 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
  • 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

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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 5/1/2019, 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

296 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Dr Ellis was very polite and professional I like him very much.Good doctor!!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

I always speak highly of and recommend the Cleveland Clinic,absolutely.How very fortunate we are to have Dr Ellis and all of the staff as our medical professionals,my quality of health and life are what they are today thanks to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

I am very pleased with the way that Dr. Ellis listened to my concerns and ordered the stress test for the same day since I am from out of town. He has a very nice personality.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

The doctor was very friendly and helpful and

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Excellent chain of communication between two doctors who were treating me for different things. Was very helpful in scheduling future procedures.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Dr. Ellis and staff were very professional, personable, and informative.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Care provider does not discuss prognosis. Also does not address likely causes current condition in any detail.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Dr Ellis was kind, respectful and very informative. He took the time to explain my condition and what to look for in the future.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

It was the best heart care I ever had thanks to all who helped me Dr. Ellis and staff

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Staff were very helpful and Dr. Ellis gave us as much time as we needed.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Dr. Ellis is an excellent caring doctor. I was very pleased that he was able to put in a stent even though I had 100% blockage. Excellent operating room team work too.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

The quality of care is absolutely phenomenal! Dr Ellis is the epitome of the Hippocratic Oath!

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

*Dr. Ellis is an excellent heart doctor - knowledgeable and courteous. I feel I am in great care with *Dr. Ellis.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr. Ellis and his staff have always been courteous and professional. We travel from Wauseon Ohio to be his patient.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr Ellis is very good and very concerned about making sure my health is a priority.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

We comment on Dr Eliis and Cleveland Clinic to our friends all the time.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

the experience overall was good. staff was polite and gave sufficient time to me.Dr Stephan Ellis was very good.He explained everything clearly and was very professional.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr Ellis is an excellent professional. He makes one feel important and sincerely cares for your well being.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

I've been going to Dr Ellis since 2010. When I arrived I could only get to his office using a wheelchair. He was preparing me for another by pass surgery by doing a heart cath for the surgeon. When he got in there he put in 2 stents and I felt relief immediately. He saved me from having another open heart surgery. Love this man.

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Dr Ellis has great bedside manor. He has good people skills, listening skills.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

I have been seeing Dr. Ellis for over 20 years and I have always been pleased and impressed with not only his professionalism but also his genuine concern and efforts to understand my concerns. He has a unique way of responding to my concerns in such a way that I can easily understand and I always come away with such relief!

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

Dr. Ellis is a wonderful doctor - easy to discuss things with, makes patients feel he's very concerned about his patients. He's great!!!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

I felt very confident in Dr Ellis' ability to provide my care.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

I was informed that my visit was being squeezed in to the end of the day ahead of time. I am very appreciative of that. Dr Ellis was extremely apologetic over my extended wait time to see him.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

we love Dr. Ellis ! He is an amazing person!Dr.Ellis had complete confidence in his ability to help us. He saved my life! in our opinion he was a surgical genius.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

I cannot express how thankful I am to Dr. Ellis and his team on the excellent care that I received at your facility. Everyone has gone above and beyond in the care that I received. I want to thank everyone there. God bless to you all.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Dr Ellis is an excellent Doctor and takes time with each patient. He is the best Doc I have ever gone to at the Clinic

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Dr. Ellis and Dr. Cantillon are awesome doctors. they really care about you. it's a fantastic feeling knowing they really care about their patients.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Absolutely the finest physician in America

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr Ellis went above and beyond my expectations. I traveled to Cleveland from Tennessee to consult with him about some recent issues I was having with my heart. He went out of his way to get me on the schedule for two very important tests I needed. Dr Ellis and his staff have been so accommodating. My trip here was well worth it. I would not hesitate to recommend him.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Excellent provider and extremely knowledgeable. would recommend to all. The best doctor at the clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

After meeting with my doctor, I was able to get two tests done the same day in a very short period of time. Very efficient and convenient.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

Dr Ellis determined he was the wrong doctor for me to see. Dr Ellis said he is going to arrange for me to come back to see an infection disease doctor and surgeon. At this point I am waiting for Dr Ellis office to follow up and contact me to let me know when my appointment will be. Therefore at this office visit I was unable to get a second opinion on my condition.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

Dr. Ellis was very courteous, as usual, and took time to answer all my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Dr. Ellis is an outstanding physician! He addressed all my questions in detail. He is very patient and cares about his patients.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

best doctor I know. he saved my life many times

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Dr. Ellis is outstanding in every way.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

my experience was top notch as before and I have sent several people to see Dr. Ellis

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

Dr. Ellis is fantastic. He cares greatly for his patients and is very complete with his follow ups and any concerns. Anyone would be very fortunate to come under his care.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2018

Doctor Ellis was awesome as always, he was very concerned for my well being, he has never may me feel like I was just a number but rather a person under his care

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Dr Ellis is excellent. I live out of state but Dr Ellis is my primary cardiologist and is reachable as needed.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2018

Dr. Ellis was OUTSTANDING and absolutely responsive to my many questions. He could not have been more helpful.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2018

Again, Dr. Ellis was familiar with the documentation I had sent him ahead of our meeting, is obviously a world-renowned cardiologist, and was extremely patient with my many questions, addressing them all in great detail.

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

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