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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

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
View all 6 Treatment & Services +

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
View all 11 Specialties +


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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:

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


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH USA

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

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

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

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

Undergraduate - University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA


  • 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 7/14/2019, 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:

  • Medtronic plc
  • 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

125 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

I would recommend Dr. Starling without hesitation. Very caring, gives you all the time you need. He saved my life more than once. He is a great person, who also happens to be a great physician.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Starling has been outstanding both in his skills and care of me.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Dr. Starling is the best !

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

I need a specialist to tell me about my tests results and my heart health; this doctor seldom speaks of my heart health. I always leave wanting another opinion since I don't get one from him. I've been with him nearly 10 years and ALWAYS wanting info after each visit... really unhappy about that. He seems like a nice man, but doesn't get me as a patient. I need a progress report to say the least

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

It depends on what the person wants from a doctor. If patient wants feedback, not a good match

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

I was very pleased with the response in setting up an appointment and meeting with the doctor. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

I would highly recommend Dr. starling to anyone who is coming to the Cleveland clinic with a cardiac heart failure issue. He was very attentive and reassuring about what could be done for this condition. I was extremely pleased.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

I believe Dr. Starling is extremely knowledgeable and very thorough during my exam. I so appreciate the time he spent with me going over all my records and paperwork. I couldn't ask for a better doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

a fast and courtesy response was great it helped relax the concerns I had about my health issues. Dr Starling was the best.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Dr Starling is a caring physician who gives me encouragement that he is interested in my healing.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

The best heart DR. I've ever had helped me go from unable do walk down my driveway to now walking blocks.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

DR. Starling the best heart doctor I've ever had helped me from not being able to walk down my driveway to being able to walk blocks. I thank him for all he has done for me.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

best doctor concerned with my health made me feel like I was his only patient

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

I have seen dr starling many times and he had always been thorough and had always had an answer for all my questions.

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

As always, Dr. Starling was attentive. He introduced new medication and answered my questions at the time.

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

The relationship with Dr. Starling is important to me. I feel confident in dealing with my chronic heart situation.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Dr. Starling never talks over my head, nor does he "talk down" to me. He points me in the direction he thinks my health will take, then gives me just enough of a nudge to start me in motion. This allows me to move ahead at a pace that is comfortable to me. Exactly what I work well with.(Excuse my ending the sentence with a preposition!)

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

I absolutely loved meeting Dr. Starling! I felt extremely comfortable and he was quick to answer any questions I had. This was my first visit with him and I left the clinic knowing my future dealing with cardiomyopathy could not be in better hands.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Dr. Starling is amazing! Best in the business.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr.Starling is so importamt person my life.He helps my heart so much for becomes healty.i am so much thanks to him

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

on time and ample time for discussions.Dr. Starling and staff are excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

if it was not for Dr.Starling I would not be here now. he saved my life

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Excellent provider, we should have more doctors like him. No one can never take his place.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

My experience at the Cleveland Clinic was outstanding. I couldn' have asked for better. I have 100 percent confidence in Dr. R Starling. He is my very best option. I know he'll be my answer to my problem. I am thankful to have him as my Doctor. Looking forward to my next visit in June.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

dr starling is one of the best doctors ive ever been to see i want him to know how much i appreciate him thank you so much

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

Dr. Starling was outstanding in every respect. He explained the results of prior tests I was given. He recommended an echocardiogram as the next step and proceeded to arrange for it. Dr. Starling is a highly skilled physician, plus he is a very pleasant person. I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

I feel very comfortable, everything is explained so I can understand my situation, Dr Starling always takes his time with me he never seems rushed and I always feel at ease with him.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

wait time for Echo was almost 2 hours, which caused my appointment with Dr Starling to be much later than my appointment time.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

Dr.Starling is the best doctor I have ever been to, he knows what he's talking about and has a great plan of care. I wouldn't go and see anybody but him he's the best

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

it was an excellent experience with Dr Starling as he explained everything very well. overall very good experience.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018

Dr. Starling is a friendly, competent cardiologist happy to have his aid.

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