Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Nuclear Medicine SPECT Brain Scan
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Stress Testing
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Thoracic Aorta Disease
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
View all 18 Specialties +


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About Deborah Kwon, MD

Deborah Kwon, MD, is Director of Cardiac MRI and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. Her clinical interests include cardiac MRI and CT, ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, heart valve disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, pericardial disease and women and heart disease.

She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She holds dual appointments in the departments of cardiovascular medicine and radiology.

Dr. Kwon is an expert in multimodality cardiovascular imaging, having achieved the highest level of proficiency in all imaging modalities, including cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, echocardiography. She is also the Director of Cardiac MRI Research and serves as the Core Lab director for NIH as well as industry sponsored trials.

Specialty Interests:  Heart Valve Disease, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Women’s Cardiovascular Disease , Ischemic Heart Disease, Non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, Pericardial Disease, Cardiovascular Imaging, Computed Tomography (CT) Scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Echocardiogram

Number of Procedures Performed: Each year, Dr. Kwon reads approximately 2000 echocardiogram (echo) studies, including transthoracic echo, transesophageal echo (TEE), dobutamine stress echo, and exercise stress echo. She also reads approximately 1,000 cardiac CTs, and 500 cardiac MRIs.

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. Kwon earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich. She completed her residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, followed by fellowships in cardiology and cardiovascular imaging at Cleveland Clinic. She was appointed to the staff in 2010.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Since 2002 Dr. Kwon has published numerous papers and book chapters and book in publications such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Heart, American Journal of Cardiology and Internation Journal of Cardiology.. She also has presented at the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology meetings every year since 2006.

A dedicated researcher, Dr. Kwon has earned numerous prestigious awards for her work dating back to her residency and fellowships, including first place in the 2008 Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Fellowship Research Competition. In 2009 she placed first in the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Moderated Poster Competition and in 2010 won the Journal of the American College of Cardiology’s prestigious Young Author Achievement Award for Cardiovascular Imaging. She was also awarded the 2010 ACCF/GE Healthcare Cardiovascular Career Development Award for her research in the effect of gender and scar burden in severe ischemic cardiomyopathy.

She serves as a reviewer for multiple journals, including JAMA; Circulation; Journal of the American College of Cardiology; JACC Imaging; Circulation Imaging; Heart, American Journal of Cardiology; American Heart Journal, and the International Journal of Cardiology. Dr. Kwon has also served as a guest editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

She has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics related to her specialty interests.

About Dr. Kwon: I believe that the physician and patient relationship is one of the most intimate relationships, and it is sometimes overwhelming to think of how much trust patient places in their physicians.  Therefore, I feel that is my greatest responsibility to do everything I can to accurately diagnose and provide the best treatment strategy to help patients improve their health and quality of life. I think that the field of cardiovascular imaging is one of the most exciting fields, as we have the ability to use the latest technology to identify and understand the reason for the patient’s cardiac disease.  We can then use this knowledge to optimize their treatment. Seeing a patient’s health and quality of life improve is truly one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences.

Leisure activities: Outside of work, Dr. Kwon enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, and serving at her church.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Disease
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
Internal Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical Education - University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA


  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Heart Valve Disease, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Cardiovascular Imaging, Computed Tomography (CT) Scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Echocardiogram, Nuclear Imaging - Heart

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 4/24/2020, Dr. Kwon 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

124 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

i have been pleased with every appointment with Dr. Kwon. she is compassionate, kind and listens to all the information I provide her. She is more than willing to answer any questions I have regardless if it's during the visit or later in a MyChart message. I couldn't ask for a doctor that is better than she is. You can tell how knowledgeable she is, but that doesn't effect her bedside manner. I truly feel that she has my health as top priority and makes me feel like I am not just a number to her. I have been blessed to have found her for my pericarditis.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

I would definitely recommend Dr. Kwon to anyone. she is definitely worth the travel and long distance if that's what is required. she is very accommodating and works me in for virtual visits. Even through a virtual visit, I feel like I am getting the best treatment available.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

dr Kwon is amazing and is very thorough

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Dr Kwon is an excellent physician. she is knowledgeable, kind , thorough and compassionate.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

This was my first visit to the Cleveland Clinic. I was very impressed with every aspect of my visit. DR. Kwon was very professional and thorough. Her personality put me at ease.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

DR. Kwon was very exact and complete in answering all my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

An appointment was initially scheduled by the office without communicating with me about a date and time that worked for me. I learned of the appointment when I received an automated appointment reminder for the 6:45am telemedicine visit that I did not know about. After contacting the office, they were able to reschedule for a more reasonable time. I will also point out that they worked me in to the physician's schedule on a fairly urgent basis, so I understand options were likely limited. Scheduling an appointment without connecting with me to confirm a date and time has occurred before though. Dr. Kwon is amazing. She is very knowledgeable with a kind bedside manner. She works with an individual in developing a treatment plan that is right for that specific person. She treats her patients as people, a person as an individual, and her respectful approach never makes one feel like a subject.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Dr. Kwon rocks!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

My visits with Dr. Kwon are always easy to understand, very attentive and always enjoyable. I leave with all my questions answered and look forward to seeing her!

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Dr Kwon ROCKS!!!

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

I only have fantastic remarks about Dr. Kwon. she took her time with me & my husband and answered all our questions. we didn't feel rushed in and out like other doctors have done to us in canton. she had empathy. she was so kind and smart. I love her! she's amazing.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

Dr. Kwon was attentive, thorough, and explained my condition and treatment recommendations well.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

very easy to connect virtually with doctor Kwon.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Dr Kwon was very personable and kind. I felt very comfortable with her.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

The experience with my physician was very easy and natural, without stress of travel to the office or a waiting room. the check-in process was super easy.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

my physician os a good listener who includes me in my treatment planning and talks about options in problem solving.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Kwon is the best ... knowledgeable, caring, patient ... I trust and appreciate her very much!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Kwon listens to me and cares. Spends proper amount of time with me.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

everything went so smoothly, Dr.Kwon office was so efficient, professional, especially Lubna

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Kwan was my first contact with CC for 3 days of testing presurgery. She was very knowledgeable about my condition, thorough with questions and a very nice person

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

I have never had a problem accessing Dr. Kwon`s office. Everyone is always pleasant and professional.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Kwon is amazing. She has saved my life. I would recommend her without any hesitation. Your Clinic is absolutely the very Best. I am amazed how you handle so many people with such ease.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Dr. Deborah Kwon was very positive and engaging in conversation

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

My experience with my care provider is exceptional !!! She goes out of her way to make certain I not only understand the good and the bad aspects of my treatment but helps me through the process of making difficult decisions related to my overall well being !!! She is distinguished !!!!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

I never experience a problem when scheduling with Dr. Kwon

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

There is no better experience than being in the care o f Dr. Kwon

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

When considering the number of patients seen by Dr. Kwon and how busy everyone at the Cleveland Clinic is, this they are always very good to work with in all regards. Always professional, prompt, and polite.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

We struggled with the retirement of my cardiologist Dr. Stewart and with the fact that I would have a new doctor to essentially 'break in' to my heart and health complications. Be assured, we couldn't have hand-picked a doctor better suited to us. We love Dr. Kwon, her attention to my heart, her professionalism, and her level of care and compassion. Dr. Kwon is wonderful in all regards! We are blessed to have her as my doctor!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Cleveland Clinic is the best - should be a model of health care to all providers throughout our country and beyond. From the minute you enter the building until you leave, you know and feel the confidence in everyone associated with your overall experience there. It's their confidence, professionalism, and genuine concern and compassion for their patients that assures us that we are blessed to be able to go there for our health care. We have already referred many people to the Cleveland Clinic. We are snowbirds - living in Florida and in Pennsylvania - and we will always gladly make the trip to Cleveland (and Weston ) when we need medical attention from specialists. They are the best!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Kwon listens& is very attentive to my concerns. I never feel rushed.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Dr Kwon is always outstanding, she is very thorough and keeps me positive, great hospital, love everyone at the j building

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Dr. know is an excellent care provider. I am feel extremely fortunate to be under her care! I am willing to travel 300 miles to visit the clinic, speaks volumes.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

been seeing Dr. KWON for a long time. she is the best.

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