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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

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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 4/9/2021, Dr. Ellis 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

272 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

64 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Dr. Ellis is doing his best to get to the root of my shortness of breath. Great doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

All the staff are amazing courteous and very polite Dr.Elis is a great doctor and explains all my questions very well I am very pleased to have Dr.Elis as my cardiologist

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr.Elis is an amazing doctor and I am very pleased to have Dr.Elis as my cardiologist

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. Ellis is the ultimate professional! Cleveland clinic is very fortunate to have him on staff

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

I am so glad we found Dr. Ellis, what a great Doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Outstanding care and concern from Dr. Ellis. He always listens thoroughly and shows compassion and communicates information clearly.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Dr. Ellis provided for an easy two way conversation regarding my condition, suggested a few different avenues to pursue to get a better handle on my condition and possible solutions to prevent more evasive procedures if possible. Dr. Ellis inquired of my activities, eating habits and viewed my physical structure as well.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Always an excellent experience with Dr. Ellis and his office.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Already have recommended Dr. Ellis to a friend.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Ellis is a very very professional very sympathetic very concerned doctor. Would never want to have to get another doctor. He is excellent!

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dr Ellis is an outstanding cardiologist, knowledgeable, caring, thorough. Nurses are great. I know I'm in great hands for upcoming procedure.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

The doctor was very thorough and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

the doctor was very patient, kind, and considerate of my problem and tried everything he could think of to correct my problem. Very professional also.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Have faith in dr Ellis and the Clinic Dr Ellis took time with me and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Dr Ellis was exceptional In his time. concerns etc

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Did not have to wait long to see the doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Dr was very honest with us right off the bat no coating anything

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr. Ellis was very professional and answered all our questions and we never felt rushed.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr Ellis is highly skilled and polite cardiologist. He knows the history very well. He listens very patinrly and examins me very well. He is also very polite and respectful.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr Ellis was exceptional.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

The visit with Dr Ellis and Dr Young was exceptionally engaging. They explained things clearly and were intent on including me in the conversation. As a mature woman, I often feel dismissed or overlooked when seeing physicians. I experienced quite the opposite in this case!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Dr. Ellis is simply put the best professional Dr. I've ever had the pleasure to work with absolutely fantastic and excellent!!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Dr. Ellis is the best of the best

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Dr Ellis is the best.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

doctor Ellis is one of my favorite doctors...he's informative and shows concern about my health

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

I've never been treated as respectfully as with Dr. Stephen Ellis.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Would gladly recommend Dr. Steven Ellis to others.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

It appeared to me that the entire staff and physicians were all on the "same page" regarding treating patients respectfully.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Dr. Ellis and his staff are the best in the world. We hope that he never retires.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

I have the utmost respect for doctor Ellis as a cardiologist. He is very through and explains my heart condition and my medical options. I never feel rushed in my appointment. Also his kindness and bedside manner are excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr. Ellis is amazing. He is always patient, listens carefully to my concerns, answers my questions and possesses empathy and understanding.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Ellis and his immediate staff were wonderful. I felt like he genuinely cared about my. condition.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

doctor and nurse was very good at explaining things and understanding my needs

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Dr. Ellis is top notch. So knowledgeable, friendly and takes as much time as needed with patients. Has wonderful ability to explain complex issues to patients.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Dr Ellis is great

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

my cardiologist in Lima , Ohio was very pleased that I chose dr. Ellis

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Great service very knowledgeable Dr Ellis very professional

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Dr Ellis is an easy to talk with, realistic, and down to earth kind of guy! My kind of Dr.!!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Dr. Ellis is very caring and spent ample time with me.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

I was impressed with Dr Ellis...he was kind, considerate, very knowledgable and I hope to be able to see him for my condition in the future. My husband and I liked him very much.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

excellent staff! excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr Ellis goes beyond the call of duty!

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

This was a good experience. my questions were answered. The doctor made me feel comfortable. He was respectful.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Dr. Ellis demonstrates expertise in all areas of Cardiology. He is one of the best Drs. in the entire Cleveland Clinic Network.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

I recommend Dr. Ellis to all my friends and associates.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Dr Ellis was terrific

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Care provider was approachable, focused and attentive to my personal condition with directly answering questions. .

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Awesome staff & doctors!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

I have recommended this doctor and Cleveland Clinic to family members also with heart problems.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

couldn't ask for a more caring Dr. He is totally committed to resolving my issues.The same for everyone I have been in contact at the Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Dr Ellis most caring doctor. he made us feel comfortable with so much patience

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Very good experience. I was very concerned about some health issues and Dr. Ellis listened and was also concerned. Thank you.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Everyone on Dr Ellis's staff were excellent as was Dr Ellis

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

I am very impressed with Dr. Ellis. He is a very concerned doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Dr Ellis is very professional and acommodating.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr. S. Ellis is one of exceptional doctors, I have ever met having 13 surgeries in my life!His office is the best organized one!

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Ellis is a very compassionate doctor. He talked to us between patients to give us test results.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Everything worked like clockwork. After seeing Dr. Ellis, a test was scheduled for that afternoon and got test results later that afternoon.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Dr Ellis & Dr Kumar , very informative, understanding, thorough, Very Impressive, Thank You

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr. Ellis is the best!!!!!... He's so knowledgeable, professional, courteous, thorough and caring!!! I just love him !!!!!!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr Ellis was very professional, everyone was friendly and helpful. The mychart portal will not allow me to sign up.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Dr Ellis went over various options and possible outcomes. He did not make me feel hurried at all.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

very good experience, Dr Ellis and staff were very thorough in communication with me.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Again Dr Ellis and staff were excellent

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