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Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lung Dominant Connective Tissue Disease
  • Polymyositis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Rheumatic Lung Disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis
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About Kristin Highland, MD

Dr. Highland is fellowship trained in both pulmonary/critical care and rheumatology and has a dual appointment in the Respiratory Institute and the Orthopedics and Rheumatology Institute. Prior to coming to the Cleveland Clinic, she was an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina where she was director of the pulmonary hypertension program, interim director of the sarcoidosis center, and ran a very busy rheumatic lung disease clinic. Her clinical practice continues to be composed of complex patients with interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis and the pulmonary complications of the rheumatic diseases (scleroderma, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis). Her combined training has given her a unique perspective and expertise in caring for the patient with rheumatic lung disease and sarcoidosis.

Dr. Highland also has a Masters of Science in Clinical Research. Her research interests have been concentrated in interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension with an emphasis on scleroderma

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC USA

Fellowship - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Pulmonary Disease
Charleston, SC USA

Medical Education - United States Air Force
Altus, OK USA

Residency - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Internal Medicine
Charleston, SC USA

Residency - MUSC Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina
Family Medicine
Charleston, SC USA

Medical Education - Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN USA

Undergraduate - Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN USA


  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Kristin Highland, 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 2/18/2021, Dr. Highland has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Highland receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Highland has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • Acceleron Pharma, Inc.

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

174 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

50 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Dr. Highland's professionalism and understanding of my needs and concerns is the main reason that I continue to be her patient.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Dr. Highland did an amazing job at answering my questions and with me being a nurse there were a lot. I would highly recommend her. You are lucky to have her on your team!!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

I really enjoyed my session with Dr. Highland. She was caring, informative, kind and considerate of my concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Dr. Highland is terrific. I have enjoyed working with her, and appreciate the direction she has given me, and the care. She has been a great advocate for my health!!!

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Dr Highland is the most caring , amazing doctor I have ever seen.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

Dr Highland puts me at ease during the visit

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

The visit went well. Dr. highland was professional in her approach.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr Highland is an exceptionally competent, caring, personable physician.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

This iss always my most favorite part of the survey. Dr.. Highland is awesome! I know that probably sounds juvenile, but there's no other way to encompass how amazing she is in every aspect as a providder and a wonderful, caring person.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Cleveland Clinic is always amazing. But Dr. Highland is my favorite. I adore my time with her. She's so down to earth, straight forward and empathetic.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Dr. Highland is a very compassionate and caring doctor. She saved my life in 2018 or I would not be here today to fill out this form.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

dr highland really listened to me and made me feel like i was heard for once

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

wonderful provider

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

I've always been happy with my care from the Cleveland Clinic and, although Dr. Highland started working with me later in my treatment, I've always been comfortable with our interactions and her recommendations.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Dr. Highland is the best. She is always kind, courteous, concerned, caring and attentive. She listens to my questions and concerns, and takes the time to address them.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Dr. Highland is fantastic!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Ever since I met Dr. Highland she has been very professional and was always prepared to see me. I cannot thank her enough. she has given me a new outlook on life. I feel that if I did not meet with Dr. Highland, UC Health would have left me die with in two to three years, from the condition of my lungs, prior to seeing Dr. Highland. Thank You!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

My Drs absolutely the very best all of them Dr Hightland the best my heartsurgeon the best I can't say enough goodabout my care the drs nurse staff all good

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

I Love My Doctor

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

I feel I have the best doctor in the country for dealing with a complex medical condition.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Dr Highland is an excellent provider. I feel I can really engage with her during my clinic visits with her. she is approachable and caring.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr. Highland is amazing. not only informative and respectful, but took steps that no one else did for my health.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Dr. Highland was very informative. I give her an excellent rating. easy to talk to. excellent doctor

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

very good experience. Dr. Highland is the best.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

I love the fact that the Dr. herself gets back to me, instead of having a nurse or P.A. do it. Not that I would mind terribly, as the message would be coming from her, & I do appreciate the entire staff. It just feels more intimate and personal coming from her, as she's the one I've been seeing on a regular basis.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

I enjoy and appreciate every appointment the Dr. makes the time to sit and evaluate me and explain my circumstances & possible treatments. She's one of the few Drs I really feel is dedicated and invested in me & my health.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Compassion and care provided by Dr. Highland has been exceptional and greatly appreciated.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Highland is always professional but her compassion for me always appreciated. I would be hard pressed to find a better doctor

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Highland or her staff always returns my calls or uses MyChart to answer my concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Dr. Highland was very concerned about my health and well being and I appreciate her time and care and discussing my concerns about my health and she took the time to listen to me and was very compassionate about everything. I would give her a 100 and recommend any one who needs a good lung specialist. Thank You Dr. Highland. Her NP Jessica was also very helpful and welcoming and also listened to me and my concerns about my health. Thank you too Jessica.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Highland was excellent. committed, compassionate, intelligent. I feel I have a real professional taking care of me.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Dr Highland is one of nices DOCTORS I have at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Dr Highland is wonderful as a provider, she treats me with respect and care.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Dr. Highland is a kind, caring and excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Dr Highland is always a very good doctor, in person, video or over the phone she's always went above and beyond!

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Dr. Highland is one of the best doctors I've ever had in my life. She is such a nice woman and so knowledgeable about my condition. She restored me to health and I can never thank her enough.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Dr Highland had great bedside manner and was patient and compassionate. her staff also seemed very caring.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

just waiting on a procedure to be scheduled hopefully very soon haven't had follow up on that yet. looking forward to getting all the help & treatment I need at CC. so far love the Dr and her staff. i've seen so so many drs other places last 20 yrs and my experience so far at CC beats them all hands down.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

Really, really like the doctor, teleconferencing will never replace face to face.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

Dr. Highland takes time to listen to all my health concerns. She is thorough in her information and instructions regarding my care.

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Dr Highland is one of the best doctors I have ever had. always caring and accommodating for me. love her to pieces and CCF is luck to have her

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

I have never had a problem with Dr. Highland. She's always willing to listen to my concerns.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Dr Highland is wonderful. She actively listens, gives good feedback, and detailed explanations.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

I always enjoy talking to the Dr who saved my life! she presents material that almost makes you feel like you are making the decisions but she really is in control.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2020

Doctor answered all my questions, provided tends, and as was willing to come in during my infusion appointment during the infusion.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2020

Being able to schedule tests ,procedures, and doctors appointment, and get results in less than a day is a big plus.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

DR was so patient with me, so knowledgeable and such a joy having her spend time with me. It help me understand the process !!

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

I would definitely recommend the clinic to anybody that has issues that were similar to mine. I cannot thank your staff and physicians on the work they did for me ! absolutely will recommend the Clinic

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

love my doctor

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr Highland was very helpful in the decision to not take a medication that my doctor prescribed. Thank you doctor for making it clear for me..

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