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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

280 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 Dec 13, 2021

Dr Ellis was great!

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

I thought Dr. Ellis was very kind and I trusted his advice.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Dr. Ellis even followed up with a message containing additional information to the one he had provided orally.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Busy doctor! But once I got there, I was his 100% focus

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

I travel from Tennessee to see Dr. Ellis. I have been a patient since 2006. I can't say in words how much he has done for me. He is a great Cardiologist, and a very good listener. Some physicians are too busy to take the time to actually listen to their patients. I credit him for diagnosing my condition and directing me to the Physicians to proceed with my CABG. I normally do not send comments, but I feel very strongly that the treatment and guidance I've received from Dr. Ellis and his staff has been an answer to my prayers.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Dr. Ellis is very friendly and a top man in his field . I am extremely satisfied with his work.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Dr. Ellis is a great cardiologist.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Dr. Ellis ordered some follow up tests. Scheduling was only able to schedule two. They were unable to schedule the ECHO within 4 days.They finally scheduled it the 5th day but we had to cancel It because of leaving town.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Great Dr who remembers details and takes a holistic approach. Dr.Ellis is a great asset to us and Cleveland Clinic!!!

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dr Ellis is the consummate professional. He is interested in his patients, listens, discusses, and pays attention to the patient's concerns, feelings, snd thoughts. I feel very comfortable in his care

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Good, Dr. Ellis was very informative.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Doctor Ellis was very patient and informative.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. E is very caring and professional. He goes out of his way to address any concerns the patient may have.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Dr. Ellis is excellent. He listens and recommends paths forward with considerable compassion and knowledge. I highly recommend him. He is one of the best doctors I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Dr. Ellis always very courteous and concerned

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Dr. Ellis always very good

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Dr. Ellis is an outstanding Cardiologist. One of the key reasons I am still alive.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr. Ellis explained everything so u can understand wonderful doctor and man

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Dr Ellis was excellent. He explained in detail his answers to my health problems and questions. I left the visit more informed than any other doctor I have seen.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

We have told many friends in Erie to transfer care to Cleveland. *Dr. Ellis is phenomenal and his bedside manner is impeccable!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

I really liked having Dr. Ellis as my cardiologist, even though I have a Hawaii cardiologist; because I live there. I first came to Cleveland Clinic when my Hawaii cardiologist recommended a procedure that was not available in Hawaii; and, that was Dr. Ellis' specialty.I've made 6 trips to Cleveland Clinic, 4 during this Covid-19 pandemic; and it's expensive as well as risking infection given my underlying health conditions.The results of Dr. Ellis' procedure lasted me, 4 years.So, if any advances in his field come online, I'm going to return to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Dr Ellis , was very helpful with any questions I had . Very kind man.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Doctor Ellis was very patient and understanding and genuinely concerned about my condition and me as a person.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

I have complete confidence in Dr. Stephen Ellis .

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Excellent clinician. First doctor I've had in 10 years who talked to me - instead of working on his computer during the history! He actually did an appropriate physical exam - which is rare these days. Very exciting.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Ellis is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

All were great experiences. Wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

I think Dr Elllis Is an excellent cardiologist

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Dr. Ellis always pursues how I can improve my health through nutrition and exercise (as well as my meds). He focuses on specific things by questioning what I can do to bring any numbers to a better place. His encouragement reinforces my responsibility for my health and gives me hope that I can achieve a better quality of life.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Always a smooth check in and DrEllis takes his time, listens to me and is trusted. Being from out of town, Wish there was more letters or phone follow upon test results . Know it's hard to follow up but a letter might b nice . Overall I look forward to the7 hour trip because it's worth it yo see Dr Ellis .

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr Ellis is always very professional when I have an appointment. Always honest about options even if when he has to decrease his chances of success. Very open to discussion

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr Ellis was very professional and explained our questions well

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Excellent experience compared to my usual providers. Very comforting bedside manner as well.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

*Dr. Pelli P/A did great job.

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.

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