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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


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Cardiovascular CT
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prevention
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Echocardiography
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Noninvasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Stress Testing
View all 13 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Insufficiency
  • Aortic Occlusion (Blockage)
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Ascending Aortic Aneurysm
  • Asymptomatic Valve Dysfunction
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiomyopathy Valvular
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Complex Valvular Diseases
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Diastolic Dysfunction
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Pericardial Cyst
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Valve Disease
  • Valve Prosthesis
  • Valvular Heart Disease
View all 56 Specialties +


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About Richard Grimm, DO

Richard Grimm, DO, is Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Grimm is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. In addition to his primary specialty of general cardiology, Dr. Grimm has special interests in Echocardiography, Cardiac Computed Tomography, heart valve disease, cardiac resynchronization therapy for heart failure, atrial fibrillation and aortic disease.

An Ohio native, Dr. Grimm earned his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his clinical training with an internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was named "Intern of the Year." He served a residency in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, followed by fellowships in Cardiology and subsequently Cardiovascular Imaging. In 1994, he was appointed to Cleveland Clinic as a Staff Cardiologist, served as Program Director for the Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship from 1996-2004 and named to his current position as Director of Echocardiography in 2005. In 2014 he was awarded the Charles and Loraine Moore Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging.

Dr. Grimm has participated in a number of multi-center clinical trials, including serving as co-primary investigator in the ACUTE trial, which studied transesophageal echocardiography guidance in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing cardioversion, as well as studies examining the utility of echocardiography in resynchronization therapy for patients with heart failure. He received the Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Research Award in 1993 and in 1994 was awarded an American Heart Association fellowship grant to study the pathophysiologic mechanisms of atrial fibrillation and thrombogenesis. In 2002, Dr Grimm was honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award by the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and in 2007 he was recognized with an Innovator Award by Cleveland Clinic Innovations. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography from 2011-2013 and currently serves on the Program Committee for the American Society of Echocardiography Annual Scientific Sessions.

He has served as an editorial reviewer for such leading publications as Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography , the American Journal of Cardiology and Heart. Dr. Grimm is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences and has published more than 200 manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts on his specialty interests.  He is a member of  the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the American Society of Echocardiography

Dr. Grimm was named to "Best Doctors in America" for 2007-2013 and "Best Doctors in Cleveland" for 2006-2016.  In his leisure time, Dr. Grimm enjoys golf, skiing and hiking. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Advanced Cardiac Imaging
Cleveland, OH United States

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Disease
Cleveland, OH United States

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Internship - Doctor's Hospital
Rotating Internship
Columbus, OH

Medical Education - Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH

Undergraduate - Hiram College
Hiram, OH

Additional Training

  • Cardiovascular Computed Tomographic Angiography

Professional Highlights

  • Medical Information Officer, Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute 2017
  • Charles and Loraine Moore Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging 2014
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, 2007
  • Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Distinguished Teacher Award, 2002


  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Heart Valve Disease, Pericardial Disease, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Cardiovascular Imaging, Echocardiography, Atrial Fibrillation, Optimizing Device Therapy (cardiac resynchronization therapy) for Heart Failure

Awards & Honors

  • Charles and Loraine Moore Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging, 2014
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, 2007
  • "Best Doctor in America"  listing, 2007-2008
  •  Distinguished Teacher Award, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, 2002
  •  American Heart Association/Northeast Ohio Affiliate Fellowship Research Grant, 1996


  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • American Society of Echocardiography
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 7/6/2023, Dr. Grimm 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.

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* 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

163 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

36 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2024

My initial call, I was told my MD would not see me because it's been too long. (ridiculous) He saw me before when it was longer. I called back and a different person got me an appointment. I was told your considered a "new patient" (seen longer than 3yrs of last appt.), you get in sooner. It was 5yrs for me, so I was told I'm a "new patient".

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2024

As I did on my last visit, I usually see Dr. Grimm. He is excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2024

Dr Grimm is excellent. Friendly, listens well, explains things well. Just a good human being.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2024

Dr. Grimm is always very kind and professional. He keeps me well informed about what I should be doing to care for myself. He is a big advocate for healthy living.

Reviewed on May 29, 2024

Dr Grimm listened well and adjusted my meds to improve my health.

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

I am so impressed with ease of scheduling, as well as the stressful visit being totally at ease surrounded by the intellect and courtesy of all I came in contact with. Dr. Grimm explained things to me that I didn't know before regarding my valve. So impressed with Dr. Grimm. Thank you!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

I am truly indebted to Dr. Grimm and his staff.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Dr. Grimm took the time to answer all my questions patiently and thoroughly.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

It works much better for us to have morning appointments as we have a six hour drive to go home after our appointment. This was the only time this year where we were unable to achieve that. In passing, I shared this concern with Dr Grimm. He could not have been more kind and shared how to address this for our next appointment. In the big picture this was very minor but handled in a very good manner.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Great human being, and not a bad doctor

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Dr. Grimm is an outstanding cardiologist. I always feel that his examinations and assessments of my condition are excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

I had to cancel my first March 24 appointment and someone in Dr Grimm's office did a great job of getting me in the following week.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Waiting to find out further results before total discussion on what the next step would be

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr. Grimm is the best, right along with my surgeons Vargo, and Rissilo

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr Grimm is misnamed. He couldn't have been anymore gracious or considerate.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr. Grimm and staff took their time explaining things and made us feel very comfortable with our results. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

The Doctor and staff were very personable and helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Grimm is very kind and thorough. He took the time to explain my condition very well with visuals and was kind when informing me my condition had progressed and required surgery. He is a very caring cardiologist.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

All persons involved in my scheduling and related treatment (echo cardiogram, EKG and Office visit were very courteous and polite. All three appointments were scheduled the same day. Where there could have extra waiting time between, I was seen by Dr. Grimm earlier than expected. Dr. Grimm was very considerate, taking time to display the film or video of my heart and my heart valves. He discussed the condition in a manner that helped ease my apprehension regarding future treatment options.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr. Grimm is personable. He answered my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr. Grimm is the best. He has been my cardiologist for over 25 years now. I wouldn't trade him for anyone. He knows my history, he knows how I like to review my test results and his concern for my well being is sincere. This year's visit was no different.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Provider was very pleasant and informative.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Dr. Grim is a wonderful and very caring doctor. I have been with him for over 11 years.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Dr. Grimm truly is concerned with my health and well being. I appreciate the time he spends with me.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Very pleasant employees and helpfulDr Grimm took a valid interest in my case and did not rush my appointment with him

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Again. Dr Grimm was not in a rush with my appointment and he explained the results of my tests quite thoroughly

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr Grimm is the best!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

I always recommend DR Grimm, CCF Cardiolology and CCF to everyone.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr Grimm is the best !!!

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

Kind and informative staff and doctor

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

Dr. Grimm is a very personable physician, very informative

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

I met with Dr. Grimm and he was very attentive to my concerns and explained in detail what was going on.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Grimm was outstanding. He demonstrated compassion and respect and had a warm and welcoming manner. He took time to explain things to me and patiently answered my questions. I left his office knowing that I was in the hands of a very competent physician.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Excellent rapport with Dr. Grimm who always is very caring and ready to answer and explain any questions or concerns

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr Grimm was very kind, patient and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

I can say Doctor Grimm is a gentleman and very likable. He seems a man at the top of his profession yet remains a " regular guy". I have the utmost confidence in him going forward. I am glad that I chose the Cleveland Clinic.

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