Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Spanish
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Angioplasty
  • Balloon Mitral Valvotomy
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Percutaneous Interventions For Atrial Septal Defect
  • Percutaneous Interventions For Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Peripheral Vascular Interventions - Non Carotid
  • PFO Closure
  • Regional Heart and Vascular
  • Stents
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
View all 9 Specialties +


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About John Stephens, MD

John C. Stephens, MD, is a cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology and adult comprehensive echocardiography.

Specialty Interests:  Cardiology, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, heart valve disease, peripheral artery disease, cardiac catheterization, coronary balloon angioplasty (PTCA), stents

Number of procedures performed: Cleveland Clinic doctors perform nearly 9,000 cardiac catheterizations each year. Dr. Stephens performs 100-200 cardiac catheterizations per year.

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: A graduate of the University of Akron, OH, with undergraduate degrees in microbiology and chemistry, Dr. Stephens earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. After completing an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Dr. Stephens continued his postgraduate training from 2004 through 2008 with fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. During his training, he was Chief Cardiology Fellow and earned the Norman H. Horwitz, PhD Award for Best Research Presentation.

After completing his fellowships, Dr. Stephens returned to Northeast Ohio and was named to the staff of University Hospitals of Cleveland and was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. He was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2011.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Stephens’ clinical interests include evaluation and treatment of patients with complex coronary artery disease, structural heart disease, heart failure and peripheral arterial disease. He has published a number of professional journal articles and abstracts, and has presented on these topics at medical meetings. Dr. Stephens’ current research interest is involves identification and quantification of aortic regurgitation after minimally invasive heart valve replacement.

About Dr. Stephens: “I enjoy the field of cardiology because it permits me to help patients that are suffering greatly or who are at risk of developing severe heart disease. My greatest strength is my willingness to listen to my patients and work together with them as their partner. “

Leisure Time Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Stephens enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and creating illustrations

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - William Beaumont Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
Royal Oak, MI USA

Fellowship - William Beaumont Hospital
Cardiovascular Disease
Royal Oak, MI USA

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Internal Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Medical School - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Toledo, OH USA

Undergraduate - University of Akron
Akron, OH USA


  • Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Cardiology, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, heart valve disease, peripheral artery disease, cardiac catheterization, coronary balloon angioplasty (PTCA), stents

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 6/4/2017, Dr. Stephens 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

149 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2017

Dr. John C. Stephens is an exceptional physician. It was apparent from the start that he valued my thoughts/opinions and that any decision he made would be based on listening twice as much as he talked. He developed and thoroughly explained a list of possible diagnoses based on a great consultation, as well as, prior testing. I left with a good understanding of possible causes of my symptoms and an action plan to move forward. Thank you Dr. Stephens

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2017

He had read medical records before entering exam room and was well prepared for complicated history.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2017

Both the CNP and Dr. Stevens were excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2017

very helpful and thorough

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2017

dr always takes time to explain all care and meds I was one of the early patients and he was exhausted

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2017 Dr. Stephens and his 'patient' approach...

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2017

very understanding about the problems I have had in the past.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2017

Dr. Stephens is very thorough in explaining treatments and medications. So glad he is on my team!

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2017

All the teams of doctors that attended me worked together like a well oiled machine, they were perfect for me.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2017


Reviewed on Jul 25, 2017

excellent experience Dr. Stephens far exceeded my expectations. He went over my condition in simple "layman's" terms. He was thorough, competent, and obviously reviewed my records, and gave me hope, a plan of treatment and made me feel comfortable and totally confident in him. Meeting him was a blessing for me.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2017

I could not be happier with the care I received at the Cleveland Clinic and from Dr. John Stephens.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2017

I appreciate the step by step info. we discussed and what I need to do. Love those printouts!

Reviewed on May 24, 2017

He's a very good Dr. I recommend him to everyone!!!!

Reviewed on May 2, 2017

The doctor John Stephens was very thorough, he explained every thing that I asked him about. He was very kind and gentle and genuinely concerned about me.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2017

Dr. Stephens and his secretary. Doris, are the BEST!

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