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
  • Angioplasty
  • Asd Closure
  • Atherectomy
  • Atherectomy For Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Balloon Mitral Valvotomy
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Intervention
  • Drug Eluting Stenting
  • FFR determination
  • High Risk Valve Disease Patients
  • Iliac Stenting
  • Intervention Section
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Intra-aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Invasive & Interventional Cardiology Section
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology Section
  • Lower Extremity Angioplasty
  • Mechanical Assist Devices
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Percutaneous Closure of Paravalve Leak
  • Percutaneous Interventions For Aortopulmonary Collaterals
  • Percutaneous Interventions For Atrial Septal Defect
  • Percutaneous Interventions For Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Percutaneous Interventions For Pulmonary Av Malformations
  • Percutaneous Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Percutaneous VSD closure
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Peripheral Vascular Interventions - Non Carotid
  • PFO Closure
  • Renal Angioplasty
  • Renal Artery Stenting
  • Rheolytic Thrombectomy
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Stents
View all 40 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Claudication
  • Coronary Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Iliac Artery Occlusion (blockage)
  • Inoperable Coronary Artery Disease
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myocardial Ischemia
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Renal Artery Disease
View all 17 Specialties +


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About Amar Krishnaswamy, MD

Amar Krishnaswamy, MD, is Section Head of Invasive & Interventional Cardiology in the Robert and Suzanne Tomisch Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology.

Specialty Interests: Complex coronary interventions, structural heart disease interventions (including TAVR, PFO/ASD closure, left atrial appendage occlusion, paravalvular leak closure, and catheter mitral valve repair and replacement) and carotid/peripheral interventions. He also attends in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

Number of Patients Treated: Dr. Krishnaswamy has performed more than 5,000 cardiovascular procedures throughout his career (including more than 1,500 TAVR procedures).

Success Rate: 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. Krishnaswamy was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He completed his undergraduate degree at Colgate University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with majors in Molecular Biology and in Economics. He received his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was awarded a grant to spend an extra year studying the vascular biology of transplantation. He went on to Internal Medicine residency in the Osler Training Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was honored with the opportunity to serve as Assistant Chief of Service (Chief Resident) upon completion of his training. He then went on to complete both General Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellowships at Cleveland Clinic after which he was invited to join the staff.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr Krishnaswamy's research interests concentrate on multimodality imaging, percutaneous valve therapies, and coronary artery disease. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters relating to his areas of clinical interest.

About Dr. Krishnaswamy: “The practice of interventional cardiology requires not only a consideration and performance of the procedures, but also to make sure what specifically makes sense for a given patient and their family. This requires an understanding of the patients’ thoughts and personal considerations which can only come from engaged conversations. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to have these conversations and establish long-term patient relationships, and also perform the procedures that allow patients to feel better and live longer.

Leisure time activities: In his spare time, Dr. Krishnaswamy enjoys hiking, travel and spending time with his family

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Interventional Cardiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Disease
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Disease
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Undergraduate - Colgate University
Hamilton, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • Program Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
  • Associate Program Director, General Cardiology Fellowship


  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Complex coronary interventions, structural heart disease interventions (including TAVR, PFO/ASD closure, left atrial appendage occlusion, paravalvular leak closure, and catheter mitral valve repair and replacement) and carotid/peripheral interventions.

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 4/20/2020, Dr. Krishnaswamy 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

263 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

36 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Dr Krishnaswarmy provided an explanation of my situation and the proposed surgery options clearly and made me feel like he was in no rush to end the appointment.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Shannon from Dr. Krishnaswamy's office is extremely helpful, polite and very friendly on the phone.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

As always, Dr. Krishnaswamy is very informative about procedures for my heart. He has a caring attitude and takes his time to explain everything. I am very impressed with his professionalism and the friendliness of Cleveland Clinic. I would highly recommend Cleveland Clinic to friends and family if they are in need of care.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

my wife and I travel 5-6 hours from PA to go to the Cleveland Clinic a couple times a year because the Cleveland Clinic, the staff, and doctors are excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

I was very happy with my visit with Dr Krishnaswamy. I asked for his second opinion and he explained what he would do for my heart condition so I could understand. Dr Krishnaswamy had more testing from The Cleveland Clinic to further conclude the right way to proceed. I am very glad Dr Krishnaswamy did my procedure and the entire staff was wonderful and I appreciate the care I received, especially during COVID-19.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

The doctor is excellent with his patientsexplaining procedures, outcomes etc in a manner one understands. Very caring. A great doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

I had a prior procedure successfully completed by Dr. Kristnaswamy & his fine staff. I made sure I was well prepared for the call today, know how busy the Doctor is with other responsibilities. I made sure I communicate with Shannon prior to today's Zoom Call so I could be as prepared and succinct as possible. I had all my questions ready for discussion. Dr. Krishnaswamy is a terrific listener. I felt that he knew I was well prepared.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Shannon Ahern, in Dr. office is most helpful & kind.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Best cardiologist I could not have. Caring , intelligent, friendly knowledgeable and is a great asset to the Clevelamd Clinic

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

I think Dr Krishnaswamy is the BEST caring and attentive doctor that had ever cared for me, and. Cleveland Clinic is the best place to be!!

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr. K is an exceptional professional with outstanding skills in the operating room! The Clinic is fortunate to have him!

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Dr. Krishnaswamy is always pleasant and shows concern for his patients. Explains everything very well.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

My husband was also on the conversation. The Dr. was attentive to both of us,; very clear with his explanations; gave us alternatives but made it clear that the final say was ours.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

great doctor. took his time to explain things to me.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2020

I appreciated very much the comprehensive after visit report that the Dr. posted on My Chart & the letter he sent me on this subject.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

Dr. Krishnaswamy was very very impressive in all respects.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Dr. Krishnaswamy is young but very knowledgeable. I would recommend his services to anyone with absolute confidence.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Dr. Krishnaswamy was very personable and put me at ease. He also explained thing completely, yet simply.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Very good experience with Amar Krishnaswamy MD and his nurse.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

every thing was excellentI have total confidence in doctor

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr. K graciously created an appointment gone for me on a day he typically is involved with procedures/surgeries. I was very grateful, as I live out of state.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr. K took the time to explain, educate and provide all options. He never once talked down to me and included me in the decisions that needed to be made. He outlined my plan of care, including what he needed from me and his own response. I was thoroughly impressed, felt as though he genuinely cares about me as a person. and have no doubts about trusting him with my heart.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Excellent facility and wonderful professional staff and all who did my tests. Doctors were outstanding and caring!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

From my first meeting with him through the medical procedure, Dr. Amar Krishnaswamy was simply outstanding! His ability to break down the reasons he recommended surgery, the risks involved as well as the benefits put me completely at east. I NEVER felt rushed or embarrassed to ask my questions

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

The competency and compassion of ALL my care providers during my stay were second to none. I had an exceptional patient experience.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

while Dr K is very intelligent, he did not offer any options. nor did he show me results of the TEE that had been done. his description of my issue was simplistic to the point of insulting.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

very good. I liked Dr. Krishnaswamy. Very personable. Did not hurry me and was good to talk to

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

dr Krishnaswamy was not there to look at one issue but looked at all my health issues as a whole.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

excellent experience- Dr. Krishnaswamy is an outstanding cardiologist

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

I would highly recommend Dr. Krishnaswamy to relatives and friends.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

I had a very positive experience!Dr. krishnaswamy was excellent. He was very thorough and answered all my questions thoroughly. also reassured me.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Dr. Krishnashwamy was professional and treated my wife and I with high respect. He providing information on my heart condition that was helpful in making the decision to move forward with the best solution to my heart condition. When he spoke you knew he was an expert in heart issues and we both felt positive and trust in his recommendations. He was able to explain my condition easily to us and he used his own drawing/diagram to assist us in understanding my heart issues.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2019

Very good physician. Showed concern for my health, explaining my health issue.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Shannon, Dr. Krishnaswamy's secretary, was very friendly and accommodating in answering all my questions about my mom's upcoming appointment.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Dr. Krishnaswamy was wonderfully refreshing in his attention to our needs and concerns. Although he was overbooked and delayed, he did not rush his visit with us and we were well pleased. He even drew a picture of the valve and explained it in words we could easily understand.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

I have already told others of how great my actual experience was, and whole heartedly recommended the Clinic and Dr. Krishnaswammy for a refererence.

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