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Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Cardiac Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Heart Transplant
  • Mechanical Assist Devices
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Pre-Transplant Evaluation
  • Ventricular Assist Device
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiomyopathy Secondary to Chemotherapy
  • Cardiomyopathy Valvular
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Ejection Fraction
  • Ejection Fraction - Abnormal
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis
  • Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Sarcoid Heart Disease
View all 15 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 is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care. 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


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

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

See publications for Randall Starling, MD, MPH.

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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 4/16/2024, 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.

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

201 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

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 8, 2024

I like the way the doctor spoke to me and answered questions that I asked.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr. Starling is so knowledgeable, kind and authentic. I feel safe with him handling my care

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Resident with Dr Starling was also very attentive and helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Dr. Starling made me feel Iike he knew me personally. He took the time to answer all my questions and made me feel comfortable about the procedure I am going to have.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr Starling entered vascular consult for me. It has been 7 days and no contact from Vascular dept.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr Starling is always engaging and listens and discusses clearly.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2024

I need to see many care providers and travel four hours one way to get to the clinic, on a good day. Coordination of services needed is very very difficult. That is my biggest concern regarding continuation of my care at Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

Dr. Starling is tremendous!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

First time experience at the Clinic was great. Registration Staff woman in Heart & Vascular was so kind and supportive, and my clinical visit with Dr. Starling was superb! Awesome first visit and helpful in the decision to transfer my medical care.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

My husband and I feel safe with Dr Starling

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

So appreciate Dr Starling's immediate follow up on my chart. And especially his following up on discussions with my Electrophysiologist to decide on best direction to go for my care.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

I requested that Dr. Starling remain my cardiologist because of his knowledge and professionalism.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Cleveland Clinic makes everything about the patients visit extraordinary from valet parking to a visit with the best Dr (Dr Randall Starling).

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Starling is the BEST. He takes his time with me. He listens. He advises. He answers my questions and I feel assured he has my best health as his main interest. He is patient and kind.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Starling was very pleasant, professional and engaging. I enjoyed being able to see him face to face (no masks) and discussing my needs and concerns.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

I was concerned about changing doctors as the doctor we visited originally has moved to New York, but Dr. Starling was probing and thoughtful in our discussion.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr. Starling was very thorough and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr Starling spent a lot of time providing information and comfort.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Excellent experience with this provider

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr. Starling is super friendly, informative and talks to me like a human being

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

I've received great care from my clinic physician!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Starling was 100% amazing. He's a very patient listener and explained things very thoroughly and answered all of my questions. She came across as very caring and wanting to help.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr starling and Kelly, have been so quick in responding yo my inquiries through MyChart regarding assistance with documentation to support disability. They are so kind and helpful.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

I feel I am in excellent hands with Dr Starling. I feel his genuine concern and care

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr. Starling was professional, but also discussed everything with me and explained why a new pill was added for my health.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr Starling's care and concern is really appreciated by me. He answer all my questions. We are very thankful he is our Doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Great Physician!!!

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr. Starling is the best. I have been a patient of his for 3 years since diagnosed with heart failure. He was right on the mark with treatment and diagnosis.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

There is no other place like the Cleveland Clinic. I recommend it to everyone that is looking for a doctor, the correct answers to concerns, and the overall care you receive there.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Long history with Dr Starling. He is attentive and careful in explaining. Excellent.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

I am very grateful to have Dr. Starling as my Cardiologist. I feel well taken care of.

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