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


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • C-Reactive Protein Testing
  • Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease
  • General Cardiology
  • Myocardial Viability Imaging
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Amyloidosis
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
  • Arteriosclerosis Obliterans
  • Atheroembolism
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Constrictive-Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Diabetic Heart Disease
  • Dyspnea
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease - Women
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Myxomas
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Sarcoid Heart Disease
View all 40 Specialties +


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About Benico Barzilai, MD

Benico Barzilai, MD, is staff cardiologist (and past Section Head) in the Section of Clinical Cardiology in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Specialty Interests: General cardiology, heart valve disease, echocardiography, electrocardiography

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. Barzilai earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois School Of Medicine. He served his internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo., where he also completed a fellowship in cardiology. He has held an academic appointment at the Washington University School of Medicine since 1984.

Dr. Barzilai was appointed to the staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2009. Prior to that, he was a long-time member of the staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine. He was Director of the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic and a Professor of Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Dr. Barzilai lhas a long-standing interest in coronary artery disease and valvular disease, and the Center for Treatment of Valvular Heart Disease at Barnes-Jewish Hospital was established under his leadership.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Barzilai has been published extensively in leading scientific journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Chest and Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

About Dr. Barzilai: “I enjoy figuring out what’s wrong with my patients. I’m a diagnostician and I truly enjoy figuring out what’s wrong with them and implementing a treatment plan. I always try to be as accessible as I can be to my patients, and my secretary does a great job of helping me out with that!

Leisure activities: In his spare time, Dr. Barzilai enjoys spending time with his wife, going out to eat in Cleveland, and enjoying the Cleveland Orchestra and performances at Playhouse Square. He also enjoys visiting national parks; is a St. Louis Rams season ticket holder; and an avid Chicago White Sox fan.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA

Residency - Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA

Medical Education - University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

General cardiology, heart valve disease, echocardiography, electrocardiography

Awards & Honors

  • Top MD, Consumers Checkbook
  • 2005, Neville Award for Clinical Excellence
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 5/15/2020, Dr. Barzilai 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

148 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 5

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Dr Barzilai is excellent in his profession and demeaner. So happy I found him after my long and wonderful experience with Dr William Stewart .

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Dr went above and beyond by seeing me after my appt was cancelled and I didn't know it until I arrived.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Dr. Barzilai is an outstanding cardiologist and I am very satisfied with the care I receive.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Doctor and staff , the very best ever. Always ready to help in any way.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

The best of the best. Been seeing Dr. Barzilai for many years.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

always have had an excellent experience with the doctor and his staff.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

I have great confidence in my care provider.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

resident and doctor very knowledgeable and thorough

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

I am very glad for a kind considerate doctor I do highly recommend him

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Doris, Admin Asst to Dr Benico Barzilai, is a phenomenal, kind professional. she set up my appointments to make optimum use my day with you. I am so fortunate that my brother Dana and I are patients of the Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Great team of doctors.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr.Barzilai was excellent with his follow up after my tests.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

I absolutely love Dr. Barzilai!! He has been the ONLY cardiologist since my heart attack that has actually acted like he cares!

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

I absolutely love Dr. Barzilai. I feel so confident in my care because of his experience and concern.

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

I known I am getting the best care possible with Dr. B. and Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

Dr. Edward Soltez, Dr. Barzalai and their teams saved my life and I will forever be grateful.

Reviewed on May 7, 2020

Dr. Barzilai had new information pertinent to me. He listened to me and had a better understanding of my situation than I have experienced in the past.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

My physician always takes time with any questions or concerns I have.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

My physician is very easy to talk with.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

Dr. Barzelai has incredibly high emotional intelligence in that he has the ability to relate and empathize with life events and situations and calmly offering his consultative opinion. he is very direct yet incredibly tactful. I really can't imagine not having him as one of my core healthcare doctors. my entire family sees Dr. Barzelai.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

Absolutely a great physician. Very thoriAbsolutely a great physician. Very knowledgeable and approachable.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2020

Dr. Barzilai is simply the very best. He has saved my father's life twice now. When I mention this to him he humbly states, it is a team effort. I flew my father in on a private jet from Florida because therre is no one like Dr. Barzilai.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2020

The physicians that attended to my dad's tests were sure to keep us informed and up to date.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

I have always found Dr. Barzilai to be courteous, friendly, empathetic, professional, patient. and responsive. I would recommend him to anyone without reservation.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

As mentioned previously, scheduling appointments can be a bit challenging, but the significance of this issue is not enough to keep me from rating Dr. Barzilai and his staff as VERY GOOD.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

outstanding doctor, demonstrates interest in his patient's progress and overall health, would highly recommend him

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

excellent care facility, 20 years ago doctors at the Cleveland Clinic saved my life. I will always be indebted to these doctors.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Extremely satisfied with my physician

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

My visit with Dr Barzilai was a pleasure! He and his Resident were very professional and I truly feel they care about my health. I received a level of care not available in my home town. Everyone I encountered during my visit were very courteous, professional and friendly! I consider myself Blessed to be able to come to Cleveland Clinic for my cardiac care!

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Outstanding doctor knowledgeable and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

very good that you had a scribe recording our conversation so the doctor could pay attention to the converstation

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

dr was very patient

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Dr. Barzilai is an excellent cardiologist

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Dr Barzilai is a very caring physician. Easy to communicate with.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

he is an excellent doctor

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