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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
  • Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology

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

See publications for Jonathan Scharfstein, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 7/2/2021, 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

399 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 4.8
Listens 4.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

39 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Dr. Scharfstein apologized for what he believed was a short visit. He needed to be at Hillcrest Hospital to attend to a patient that had just been admitted with a heart Issue. I suggested that we could continue our discussion about my handball game and his curling matches, at my next appointment. His time and presence was needed at the hospital and I sensed his concern and understood.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Great doctor, I am looking forward to working with him for years to come. I have already recommended him to friends

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr. Scharfstein is the best. He takes his time, answers my questions and doesn't rush the appointment. Don't lose this guy!!

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

Great guy wish all doctors were like him !!!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

It takes a little time, but once you get used to Dr. Scharfstein, you do develop a teamwork mentality. He listens to your complaints, concerns, and questions. He is very willing to take your concerns under advisement and often will adjust his therapy and treatments to incorporate some of the patient's suggestions. Nothing is done without an explanation of risks and rewards of various therapies.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Excellent Doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Dr. Scharfstein has the Ideal bedside manner all doctors should have. In addition he is extremely compassionate, knowledgeable ,courteous and friendly. When I speak with him he exhibits genuine concern and does not rush you to get out of his office- which is a difficult quality to find these days in a doctor. I recommend Dr. Sharfstein highly!!

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Very, very happy with all aspects of my appointment with Dr. Scharfstein AND with Dr. Scharfstein.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

I felt like Dr Sharfstien dismissed my comments about the things I was doing to lower cholesterol in a very meaningful way through the use of hormone optimization

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Dr. Scharfstein has always shown the utmost respect and involved me in decisions regarding my treatment options. He may not agree with my decisions, but he abides by my decisions without arguing.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Dr Scharfstein is very personable. He spoke to me in a manner that I could clearly understand my condition and my future care. I felt very confident with his diagnosis and I knew I was in good hands. I especially appreciated how he positioned himself as partnering with the specialty team downtown that does a very large number of valve replacements like I need.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Dr. Scharfstein is the ultimate professional I couldn't ask for anyone better.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

I am very pleased with Dr. Scharfstein's office. They always take care of my needs promptly.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

there was never a doctor as good as Dr Scharfstein.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Dr recommended an additional test

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Very good doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

I drive from Alliance to see the doctor. That's how much I appreciate the service.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

My visit with Dr S was informative and pleasant. He explained my concerns in details . He was patient and made sure that I understood everything. Excellant.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Great response from the care provider.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Dr scharfstein and his staff are wonderful.always positive experience, feel lucky too have them.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

experienced breathing problem, consulted with PCP, told to notify Cardiologist tried to get appointment, could not get one for 2 to 3 weeks, proceeded with PCP and Renal Dr.When I got to see Cardio Dr. he knew nothing about my breathing problem, after telling him I was really disappointed about not getting to see him sooner, his reply was he was not ER. every thing went down hill from there, I am trying to find a Cardiologist closer to my residence.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Dr. Scharfstein is outstanding!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr. S has a fantastic "bedside" manner. He makes you feel like yo are in good hands!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

*Dr. Scharfstein is pleasant and kind. He has never been rude or abrupt. I have faith in his concerns and treatments.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr. Scharfstein is an excellent, thorough and caring physician and his office staff is outstanding, courteous and responsive.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

He is an excellent Physician

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

The only problem is sometimes when I call for an appointment with one of my other Clinic doctors. Sometimes, the wait for an operator to answer is quite long(approximately 30 minutes.). The operators are usually very efficient and pleasant to speak with.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

very professional medical staff... Dr. Scharfstein is one of the BEST!

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

First visit from physicians assistant not very informative. The next day the primary physician was much more informative.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

my best doctor ever!!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

top notch team at dr scharfstein's office

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

dr scharfstein whom we have been seeing for 8 yr or so , i think prides himself on being on time every time. However, he does not rush , is very thorough and does not sugar coat anything . He is exactly where he should be because he is the type of dr who tells you the facts and what you need to do . Highly respect him and his style. He is super efficient and I appreciate that as well as his straight forwardness.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

awesome office. felt very respected and cared for the doctor was proactive in ordering tests without me pushing and was attentive and professional. the tech who did my following echo was so professional with a touch of empathy. I have a long complex medical history and the doctor not once just tossed it off as something else I already have. instead he made sure we really looked into it.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr. Scharfstein for 21 years. We are moving out of state and it will be a great challenge to find a cardiologist as knowledgable, caring, and thorough as he is.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr. Scharfstein is the best.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

The doctor answered my questions and worked with me on things I needed help with.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Good doctor, good staff

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Dr Scharfstein is a very good Cardologist

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Dr. Scharfstein was great. He clearly responded to my concerns and questions. Much appreciated.

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