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
  • cardiac transplant
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Endomyocardial Biopsy
  • George M & Linda H Kaufman Center for Heart Failure
  • Heart Biopsy
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Heart Failure Section
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Mechanical Assist Devices
  • Pre-Transplant Evaluation
  • Transplant
  • Ventricular Assist Device
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloid Sarcoid Heart Disease
  • Amyloidosis
  • Cardiac Amyloid Imaging
  • Cardiac transplant
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiomyopathy Secondary to Chemotherapy
  • Cardiomyopathy Valvular
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Ejection Fraction
  • Ejection Fraction - Abnormal
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Familial Amyloidosis
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure In Women
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Myocarditis
  • Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Sarcoid Heart Disease
  • Shortness Of Breath
View all 25 Specialties +


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About Randall Starling, MD, MPH

Randall C. Starling, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA, FESC, is a member of the Section of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine and a Staff Cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Starling is former Section Head of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine 2003-2016, and Vice Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine 2007-2016.  Dr. Starling was an elected member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors from 2010-2015.  Dr. Starling is past President of the Heart Failure Society of America 2018-2019.  Dr. Starling is Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University.

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 5/1/2020, 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

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

164 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Dr Starling has been my heart failure doctor for 18 years. He is confident, caring and helps to understand. Excellent provider!

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Dr.Starling is the consummate professional. He cares about me, not just my condition or an object.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Doctor Starling gave me a great feeling of caring. I feel very comfortable with him as my cardiologist

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

dr starling is the best.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Doctor is familiar with me and remembers all aspects from my initial visit.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

I felt it was a good way to communicate with my doctor and still get the advice that I needed

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Dr. Starling and his team has always been helpful, polite and has expressed great care for me. I am very, very thankful for their support and encouragement these years.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Dr Sterling was great. Took much time with me and the best doctor i have ever experienced.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

I spoke with a staff member first. They thought I was doing a video visit but I perferred the phone. Then Dr Starling called me directly and we had our visit.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr Starling has a wealth of experience and knowledge. He explained medical terms and reasons in a logical and easy to understand manner.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

My experience was a virtual visit with Dr Starling.I believe the visit-went well and was so nice to be able to talk with him.thank You

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

my visit was so appreciated and I am and always will be forever grateful to have Dr Starling as my doctor

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Dr Starling is the most professional doctor I've had the pleasure of having since Dr Stream.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Excellent break down of my condition and how to treat it.Couldn't ask for a more professional knowledgeable doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

very helpfu and as always Dr Starling very attentive.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Dr Starling is always excellent & kind.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Dr Starling is absolutely the best! it has been a pleasure being his patient the past 20 years.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

dr. Starling has been professional and answered all questions. He definitely put me at ease.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Jim has been experiencing hives for the last nine months or so. When we were in to see Dr. Starling in February he changed Jim's meds and requested Jim e-mail him about his condition. They exchanged numerous messages the following few months. Since the hives are fewer but still present Dr. Starling suggested Jim follow up with an allergist. Excellent care!!

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr. Starling is very informative and caring

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

I felt as though Dr. Starling was well prepared for my visit and he was very thorough in discussing some of the anomalies in my care.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

This was my first virtual appointment, and it went much better than expected. Having used other platforms for work purposes during the pandemic, I would rate the technology on this app as far superior. Of course, Dr. Starling was fantastic as usual.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

I have had interactions with Dr. Starling since 2016, but Dr. Taylor was "my" cardiologist. I miss him, but having Dr. Starling take over my care is very reassuring.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

it was excellent and Dr Starling and Nurse Allison follow up with phoecalls so you feel safe

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2020

Dr.Randall & Staff are Awesomeness!!

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Dr. Starling provides us the assurance that we were in need of. We went over medications, further testing and overall this consult gave both of us hope.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Dr Starling is the ultimate professional. An expert in his field, he is consistently approachable and down to earth. He instills confidence and trustworthiness with his patients. He takes time to truly talk and listen to patients. I have the utmost respect for Dr Starling. I have recommended him to family and friends, and truly place my trust in him as I learn to manage this lifelong condition.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I already have recommended Dr. Starling.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Starling has been caring and encouraging.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Starling was so nice and professional. Interested in my husband Paul's health and status of his diagnosis of Heart Failure.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Dr.Starling is best care provider for my health last 10 years

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Dr. Starling is in a class on his own. He is one of the reasons we visit the clinic at least once per year. He is a smart, humble, graceful, classy doctor with an excellent communication style. If we had more doctors like him, Medicine would be a much better place . I hope the clinic retains him at all costs .

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

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