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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.6697
Desk:
216.444.2268
Fax:
216.636.6974
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • George M & Linda H Kaufman Center for Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure Section
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Ventricular Assist Device
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure In Women
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Sarcoid Heart Disease
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Biography

About Randall Starling, MD, MPH

Randall C Starling, MD, MPH, FACC, FESC is a member of the Section of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine, the Medical Director of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure and a Staff Cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.   Dr Starling was an elected member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors from 2010-2015.

Dr. Starling is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 1995 as a Staff Physician and Director of the Heart Transplant Medical Services. He has a joint appointment as a Staff Physician in Cleveland Clinic’s Multi-Organ Transplant Center.

Specialty/Clinical interests: Heart failure, heart transplant, mechanical support, cardiomyopathy

Number of Procedures Performed: Throughout his career at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Starling has cared  for more than 1,200 heart transplant patients and more than 500 patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs).

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: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education and Training: Dr. Starling completed his undergraduate work in biology and graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. He continued his education at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Public Health, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Public Health. He received his medical training at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he was an Honor Graduate, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and was awarded the Mosby Book Scholarship. He returned to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to complete his internship and residency in internal medicine.

During the course of his clinical training and association with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Starling became Chief Medical Resident, Instructor in Medicine and Medical Director of the cardiac transplant program. Dr. Starling completed a fellowship in cardiology from the Ohio State University (OSU), where he was also Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the OSU Cardiac Transplant Program.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Starling has been a principal or co-principal investigator on numerous clinical trials, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant-funded trials and industry-sponsored trials. He has conducted many other research trials including multicenter, randomized trials related to cardiac transplantation and heart failure. Dr. Starling is particularly interested in devices and other forms of surgical therapy for patients with heart failure.

He has been published in many scientific and professional journals and authored numerous chapters in medical textbooks.  Dr Starling has published more than 360 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters.  Dr. Starling is a past member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology , currently on the editorial board of JACC Heart Failure and Heart Failure Reviews; and is a reviewer and editorial consultant for numerous other journals. He is past Editor of the chapter on Heart Failure in the American College of Cardiology Self-Assessment Program (ACCSAP VI). He has served as an editorial consultant on ABC’s “20/20,” CNN’s “Heroes in Medicine” and several PBS televised programs.

About Dr. Starling: “My greatest strength is the determination to do everything possible to help my patients get well.

Leisure Activities: In his spare time, Dr. Starling enjoys watching Ohio State Football, the Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as biking, fitness, playing golf, and cooking.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1995

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Cardiology
Columbus, OH USA
1987

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Internal Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1984

Internship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Internal Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1982

Medical School - Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA
1981

Graduate - University of Pittsburgh
Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1975

Undergraduate - University of Pittsburgh
Biology
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1973

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Cardiomyopathy, heart failure, heart transplant, mechanical supprt, ventricular assist device

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America
  • Recipient of numerous NHLBI- and industry-sponsored clinical research grants
  • Co-investigator for Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation project 5, 11, 18 and IMAC 2 trial, which are funded by the NHLBI.  Current participant and Co-Principal Investigator for Cleveland Clinic for NHLBI Heart Failure Network. 
  • Past Board Member:  United Network of Organ Sharing, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Heart Failure Society of 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 5/16/2018, Dr. Starling 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.

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Starling 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:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

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

147 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

It was all good. It was not hard to get an appointment, the appointment went smoothly and Dr Starling provided the information and reassurance I needed.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

The receptionists are very friendly, helpful, and personable. Dr. Starling is patient, listens to my questions, gives easily understood answers and is kind.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

i find the staff great they are very helpful .i tell everyone about cleveland clinic and Dr Sterling .uou all are awsome Thank You.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

The Dr is great I wouldnt want anyone else

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2018

once with the nurse, fellow and doctor everything was wonderful. I am very excited about the information and kindness i received. thank you for being who you are (an extraordinary hospital).

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

Dr Starling and his team are the best I have ever dealt with. The entire staff of The Cleveland Clinic is at a level we have never experienced before. We are coming here from Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2018

Dr Starling and his staff are amazing!!

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

The RN that conducted my vitals and asked my health history was awesome. I feel so bad I cannot remember his name. He had a wonderful sense of humor in a very tasteful way. He just put a positive spin on everything and made me laugh. Even though we had a little wait for the physician, the RN kept us informed. What a breath of fresh air in a stressful situation. I even said to my husband, we need more nurses like that in our institution.

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

the Dr is a super man. I am glad I have him

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018

Dr. Starling has been extremely helpful, and continues to keep my cardiomyopathy in perspective. He engages and assists me to cope with this chronic situation. He is attentive to what is needed.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2018

Dr. Starling & the receptionists were very kind. Went out of their way to help us.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2018

not very informative... doesn't meet my needs regarding my disease management..really like a doctor to really talk to me regarding my heart... this doctor says very little.. somewhat dusappointing

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2018

Dr. Varian was very knowledgeable both of my history and condition as well as diagnosis and treatment plan.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2018

Dr. Starling ALWAYS consults with me about my condition and any potential healthcare decisions. He also thoroughly goes over my medication with me including something as minimal as the appropriate time of day to take them. Additionally, Dr. Starling recognizes that I'm sensitive to new medications, so he works with me to gradually work up to the desired dosage. Dr. Starling is EXCELLENT!

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