Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Primary Location

Hillcrest Medical Building 2


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Catheterization (and Pre-Cath Exam)
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Artery Stenting
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Electrocardiograph Tests
  • General Cardiology
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Regional Heart and Vascular
  • Stress Testing
View all 12 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Coronary Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Restenosis
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Stent Restenosis
View all 22 Specialties +


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About Jonathan Scharfstein, MD

Jonathan S. Scharfstein, MD, FACC, is a staff physician in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute and practices at Hillcrest Hospital with office in the Hillcrest Medical Building. Dr. Scharfstein is Chief of the Division of Cardiology, Medical Director of the Coronary Care Unit and has been the Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center since 2007 at Hillcrest Hospital. He is board -certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Prior to his appointment to the Cleveland Clinic staff, Dr. Scharfstein was in private practice with Cardiovascular Associates of Cleveland. He has been on the medical staff at Hillcrest since 2000. His previous positions include appointments at Brigham and Women’s and University Hospitals in Boston, MA, Director of Interventional Cardiology and the cardiology fellowship training program at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, and Co-Director of the cardiology fellowship training program at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Specialty Interests: Coronary artery disease, angina, heart valve disease, hyperlipidemia, chest pain, heart catheterization, coronary angioplasty, coronary stenting

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Scharfstein has performed more than 6,000 heart catheterizations and 2,000 coronary interventions throughout his career.

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. Scharfstein earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He served an internship and residency in medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. He completed fellowships in clinical cardiology and interventional cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, a research fellowship in medicine at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and a second fellowship in interventional cardiology at University Hospital, Boston.

In addition to his research fellowship at Harvard, which included teaching responsibilities, Dr. Scharfstein’s academic appointments have included clinical instructor positions at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. He has been an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland since 1995.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Scharfstein has been an investigator on a number of significant clinical trials related to interventional strategies for heart attack, and has published more than a dozen original papers, reviews and abstracts in professional journals.

About Dr. Scharfstein: “I enjoy cardiology because of the diversity of diseases in the field, all with their unique acute and chronic challenges.  I also enjoy meeting patients for the first time in the midst of an acute illness, such as a heart attack, providing them emergency care, getting them through their initial crisis, and then providing follow-up care over long periods of time.”

Leisure time activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Scharfstein enjoys golfing, travel, exercise and spending time with his family

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Boston Medical Center
Interventional Cardiology
Boston, MA USA

Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Cardiovascular Disease
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Internal Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - Princeton University
Princeton, NJ USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Coronary artery disease, heart catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary angioplasty, coronary stenting, angina, heart valve disease, hyperlipidemia, chest pain.

Awards & Honors

  • 2009 – present, Best Doctors in America
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 3/9/2020, Dr. Scharfstein 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

334 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 3.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

doctor is genuinely concerned about my health

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Dr. Scharfstein's office returned my call promptly and began immediately to help me with my problem. I am very pleased with Dr. Scharfstein's and his staff's courtesy and concern.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Doctor does not spend too much time. He is ready to move on to the next patient because he is so busy.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

excellent Dr and Staff. There ca be excessively long hold times to speak with someone.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr. Scharfstein communicated well and I enjoyed his humor.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

dr sharfstein is very professional. he's there to be your dr. not necessarily your friend and that's ok. he knows his subject matter and treats you with respect

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Dr. Scharfstein is a wonderful doctor

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

As stated before Dr. Scharfstein should be very proud of his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

the doctor barely spent 10 mins in the room with me and had barely read my file. I had to remind when my surgery had been and why I was on a medication. Felt he was rushing through and as a person I did not matter at all

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Good service great doctor

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

I thought my appointment was at 8:30 and it was actually at 7;45, I started calling immediately and the phone was never answered in the office (even after 8:00 AM) however, everyone including the Dr. were accommodating to the point of seamlessly getting me in for the exam.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Doctor is very good caregiver. I feel he knows me well and what I need for my health.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

I guess Dr. Scharfstein is a very good doctor which is the most important thing. But he needs to improve his bedside manner. He comes across as more rude and arrogant every time I take my elderly relative to see him. He sits at the computer with his back to the patient, barking out questions to an elderly person who can barely hear what he is saying. How about taking 30 seconds to look the patient in the eye before beginning the exam? This is not an assembly line...these are human beings.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

dr Scharfstein is the best in all ways

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Dr. Scharfstein takes excellent care of my heart

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

outstanding physician.....outstanding staff. both staffs are wonderful: the one you meet before you see Dr. Scharfstein and the staff you encounter after your examination and consultation. Consider myself to be very lucky and fortunate to have Dr. Scharfstein and his office staff on my healthcare team.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

I consider myself very lucky to have Dr. Scharfstein, his associates and their entire staff as my heart/vascular health team. they've all treated us as friends both in and out of the office. Believe me this means a great big plus at a time that is already a time with too much stress .

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Dr Sharfstein was quite humorous with our discussion of my going to Australia.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

I have seen Dr. Scharfstein previously & both times his thoroughness was excellent & he explained everything & was very kind.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Dr. Sharfstein always listens and has great advice

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

doctor makes me feel important and in good hands

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

We've had a long time doctor and patient relationship. I have great confidence in his professionalism towards my care and respect him as a good person!

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr. Scharfstein treats you like an adult. Some people aren't use to that. He explains options to you. Listens to your feedback, and you feel like you are a shareholder in your health decisions. No matter what the Dr. prescribes, if you don't follow through thats on you. That approach is refreshing .

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr. Scharfstein and his staff have always been excellent to work with.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Dr. never looked at me when entering room & never extended hand to shake. Obviously very rushed & I felt just like a number on his list of a very busy day.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

The doctor was thorough and he took his time with me. I really appreciate the kindness and professionalism of the people who helped make my easy and pleasant.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Every time I visit Dr.Scharfstein office I am treated with the well respect.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019

Dr. Scharfstein takes some getting used to. But his ability to explain the procedures and obvious skill level just lends to the confidence I had with the whole team.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

I have already recommended Dr Scharfstein .

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

Dr S really is concerned to exceed my needs!

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