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 Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Echocardiography
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Stress Testing
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Occlusion (blockage)
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Risk Prevention
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • 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
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
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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 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 2006-2014.  In his leisure time, Dr. Grimm enjoys golf, skiing and hiking. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiac Imaging
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Doctor's Hospital
Rotating Internship
Columbus, OH USA

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

Undergraduate - Hiram College
Hiram, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Cardiovascular Computed Tomographic Angiography

Professional Highlights

  • Charles and Loraine Moore Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging 2014
  • Cleveland linic 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 4/17/2019, 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

136 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

l have nothing bad to say about my visit and experience at the Cleveland Clinic with Dr.Grimm. He is a very cautious and very courteous Dr.,and he explains everything to you upon leaving his office you feel like you have been cared for with great satisfaction.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Dr.Grimm was highly recommended by my family Dr.. He is everything my Dr said he is.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Anytime anyone I know expresses heart issues, I recommend coming to CC and speaking with Dr Grimm.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Dr. Grimm is Great! I know great, because I have two younger brothers who are both MD/PhD's (one is the Dean of Harvard Medical School and one of the leading Stem Cell Researchers in the world- George Q. Daley and two sisters who are Nurses. My Grandfather was a horse & buggy Doctor who inspired my siblings.) Dr. Grimm has an excellent way with patience and excellent attention to detail! I pray he stays in practice long after I am gone!

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

My father and I are both are patients of Dr Grimm and I found it easy to schedule our appointments on the same day. This allows me to drive my Dad to the appointment. Thanks for that.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Dr Grimm has done a tremendous job taking care of me for the last 22 years. My family and I could never thank him enough.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Grimm is very patience with you and answers all your questions, and he does rush the appointment. Would recommend him to anyone who ask for a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

online portal and email communication could be utilized more. I had to call and have trouble finding records and doctors notes.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

doctor treated use with upmost respect and explain in the manner that we could understand

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Wait time in office from time seen by nurse until doctor arrived 1+ hr.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

I cant say enough aboutDr. Grimm: he is super-knowledeable yet very humble,,; listens to me with real interest and explains everything in detail. He truly stands out among the many, many doctors I have had in my lifetime. I wish he could teach all doctors everywhere how to be an excellent physician. I feel very fortunate having him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Dr. Grimm wanted me to see one of two electrophysiologists that he thought were top notch. This was on a Wednesday morning, and I was flying back to California late Friday afternoon. He arranged an appointment with one of them for Friday morning and discussed my case with him before my visit. This was above and beyond.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Grimm's for years and greatly respect him. However, I felt he was fairly dismissive at my last appt. Had no idea why I was there, even though I have a detailed history, including a recent hospital stay, on MyChart and explained my situation to his office when scheduling after I was referred by another CC specialist. He listened to my chest for a few minutes and reviewed my Echo results and said the specialist was wrong, my heart function seemed normal and I needed a second opinion, but never gave me any suggestions. He did order some follow-up blood work and a chest x-ray as a precaution, although he was confident I was having no post-surgery complications. The results appeared on MyChart the day after I had both done and they both indicated problems. I immediately messaged him to ask what I should do next. That was four business days ago and I still have not heard back. I have spent months and have a Clinic bill that continues to increase because of a hospital stay and numerous tests over the past 4 months, still with no answers. I definitely do not blame Dr. Grimm, but feel there needs to be more collaboration between two highly recommended specialists, both at the same world-renowned clinic. Dr. Grimm had never even heard of the specialist I went to, even though he is in the Clinic network as well. It is highly frustrating.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr. Grimm and his support staff are all true professionals I have the utmost faith that all his decisions are in my best interest and health.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

it is always a pleasure visiting Dr. Grimm. He is very cordial, attentive and willing to understand my concerns and do his best to address the symptoms I seem to display and try to solve the condition at "heart"! Scheduling appointments have always been most accommodating! I love the care I receive from the moment I walk in this facility!!

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

Dr Grimm is genuinely kind and caring. He takes time to make sure you thoroughly understand his explanations of whatever questions you may have. I have recommended him to several friends and have praised the Clinic and all staff to all who have questioned me. Can't say enough about the care I have been given!

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

Was to hear from Dr Grimm's office next day, was not notified of test results until 5 days later.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

I trust Dr. Grimm completely and appreciate the quality time he spends with me.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

I have seen this doctor on and off for over 18 years and never been so disappointed. The visit felt rushed. He did not even know I had just had my test before seeing him. When I asked questions that are in his field he said to "defer" my questions to one of my other doctors. My follow up note was totally not correct and was sent to my PCP. It needs to be corrected. Most disappointing visit to the clinic ever.

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