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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 Medicine
  • 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
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • 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 31 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 & 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 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

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 1/25/2023, 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

221 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

I always have a good experience when coming to Dr.Ellis office

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Video broke off as soon as we connected. Dr. Ellis Immediately called my cellphone as and we completed the visit that way.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr. Ellis's care has been wonderful. I had some issues with medications not working like he wanted and the changes he made had a huge impact on my health.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Dr Ellis and I chatted about several topics concerning my health, test results and other interests I truly enjoyed is candid responses

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Dr. Ellis was extremely helpful throughout my entire encounter with him and the entire staff at the clinic. Left with a complete understanding of my situation and was completely satisfied with the outcomes.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr. Ellis was very kind and informative to my family and me.He,though very busy even came to visit me in recovery at my request to answer my questions.I really appreciated that.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2023

Dr Ellis was excellent and very reassuring

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

The visit with Dr. Ellis put me any ease He was very through and explained things in good detail.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

I have the utmost confidence in the care that I will receive with Dr. Ellis and his staff

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr Ellis is one of those rare people that listens to you to understand your perception of the issue at hand. He is willing to discuss and talk through the situation and the solutions he thinks are appropriate

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Everyone was very professional and very nice to myself and my wife. Dr. Ellis was very helpful and was very on point with his analysis.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Very impressed with Dr. Ellis

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Did not feel rushed. Doc had time for all questions. Very relaxed atmosphere

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

I had the date wrong but Dr Ellis was kind enough to do a phone conference with me. It was greatly appreciated

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Dr. Ellis is a great doctor and a kind person.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr. Ellis was outstanding! Spent time carefully assessing my symptoms and listening to my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

My symptoms are not common. I left having faith that Dr. Ellis will find an answer.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Dr. Ellis is simply an Expert Dr and very helpful

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Ellis and his team are amazing!

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Excellent experience with all of Dr Ellis's team!!!

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

Dr Ellis noticed that my physical appearance was better than the paper work Indicated . And that my son ( who accompanied me ) had some differences on my condition so Dr Ellis tested me during the discussion to select / estimate my actual level .

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2022

Dr Sepbsn Ellispr, my Cardiologist is a very friendly,, warm, and genial person, easy to talk to and discuss my treatment programs and medications to understand the effectiveness of the treatment plan.I consider myself very lucky to get the treatment from a medical .person of his stature and proficiency.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2022

Waited 1 1/2 hrs in the room. Dr Ellis was very informative and answered all our questions.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

For the first time ever I finally had a provider that was as concerned about my kidney disease as I was. I felt totally confident in his care.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022


Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Dr. Ellis was excellent!

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Everything ran very smoothly. From the time we checked in, the nurse Kathy was a joy and the scheduler was prompt and knowledgeable.Dr Ellis put my husband an I at ease. He listened and explained what the next steps would be. WE LIKE HIM : )

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Dr Ellis,was very friendly and knowledgeable. My husband and I were very impressed.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

I appreciate my CC care. Dr. Ellis and staff saved my life two years ago. Thank you.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Dr Ellis is by far the best cardiologist I've ever been to. He's very thorough and puts my mind at ease. Always returns my calls in between visits and has even done video calls to access any issue I'm having at the time. Takes his time I never feel rushed. Answers all my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Met excellent doctors Dr.Steven Ellis and Dr.Tres Howard .Very kind and explain the conditions in detail .And advised about the follow up tests and visit .

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Dr Ellis is The Best

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

The care I received from Dr Ellis and Dr Khatri was the best. Not just at Cleveland Clinic, but in the United States!

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Living now in Florida and important to me to continue the relationship with Dr. Ellis based on his professionalism, knowledge, understanding of my issue even with the distance.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Dr. Ellis spent a good amount of time with me and listened carefully to all that I said.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Dr Ellis is simply an exceptional doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

My appointment was with Dr. Stephen G. Ellis, M.D., a Senior Cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic. He was was a very genial, very kind and very easy to talk to. He went through my previous treatment plans with another Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist (Dr. Russell Raymond) who has since retired. Dr. Ellis very patiently and diligently listened to my narration of health issues and the problems that I have been currently experiencing. Dr. Ellis Ellis examined me very thoroughly and proceeded to explain to me the treatment plan, the medications he was going to prescribe for the treatment and suggested for me to have follow-up visit with him In the next 4 to 6 weeks.Accordingly, a follow-up visit with Dr. Ellis has been scheduled for Aug 3, 2022.Dr. Stephen Ellis M.D. Is one of the best doctors that I have ever met and I consider myself as being very lucky and fortunate to be under his care. He was very kind, easy to talk to and a professional at the best.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

I think Dr Ellis is a wonderfully talent cardiologist that I trust and respect at 100%

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dr Ellis was excellent!

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dr. Ellis was completely aware of my latest issues & we were able to have an excellent dialogue that covered all my issues & concerns. I was very impressed.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Dr Ellis is extremely knowledgeable about the heart and different symptoms Listened to my discussion about the past 10 years since 4 bypass surgery. Scheduled tests accordingly

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

I have a 24 year history of heart problems. Several past procedures did not go well. Dr. Ellis is by far the most knowledgeable and compassionate cardiologist that I have ever met.

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Omar is Amazing! Doctor is Amazing! Cleveland Clinic has great staff.

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