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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Atherectomy
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Intervention
  • Drug Eluting Stenting
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) Determination
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Valve Disease - Percutaneous Interventions
  • Interventional Catheterization for Congenital Heart Defects
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure
  • Percutaneous Interventions For Aortopulmonary Collaterals
  • Percutaneous Interventions for Atrial Septal Defect
  • Percutaneous Interventions for Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Percutaneous Interventions for Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Percutaneous Interventions for Patent foramen Ovale
  • Percutaneous Treatment of Blocked Veins
  • Percutaneous Valve Repair
  • Percutaneous Valve Replacement
  • Percutaneous Valve Treatment
  • Percutaneous VSD closure
  • Pericardiocentesis
View all 28 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Angina
  • Anomalous Pulmonary Veins
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Asymptomatic Valve Dysfunction
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Blocked Arteries
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Coronary Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • High Risk Valve Disease Patients
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonic Regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Restenosis
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Transposition of the Great Vessels
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Williams Syndrome
View all 47 Specialties +


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About Joanna Ghobrial, MD

Joanna Ghobrial, MD, MSc, is Medical and Interventional Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center and staff cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. She sees patients at the Cleveland Clinic main campus.

Specialty Interests: Cardiovascular disease; congenital heart defects/congenital heart disease; heart valve disease, including aortic valve disease, pulmonary valve disease, tricuspid valve disease and mitral valve disease; coronary artery disease.

Education: Dr. Ghobrial earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, and her medical degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. She completed her internship and residency at Boston Medical Center, Boston University, followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Wash. At the same time, she earned a Master’s degree in epidemiology from UW.  Dr. Ghobrial subsequently served a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and a fellowship in adult congenital heart diseases with a subspecialty in intervention at the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles.   

Experience and Outcomes: Cleveland Clinic interventional cardiologists are among the most experienced in the country in non-surgical treatment of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, with outcomes that are better than national averages. The percutaneous (non-surgical) treatments they perform include aortic and mitral valve repair and atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale closures.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Ghobrial has coauthored papers on congenital heart disease, heart attack and related topics in peer-reviewed medical journals and has contributed chapters on non-surgical cardiac interventions to several cardiology textbooks. She also has presented at medical conferences on topics that include the latest techniques for heart valve repair and replacement and her personal research on ethnic differences in sudden cardiac arrest.  

About Dr. Ghobrial: “It is my privilege to care for patients with congenital heart disease. They are warriors who have defied health hurdles since birth. My goal is to help them stay healthy, and live their lives to the fullest. I strive to work together with patients as a team, to understand their goals and help achieve them, whether by close monitoring with clinic visits, medication adjustment, imaging studies or cardiac catheterizations and transcatheter interventions.”

Leisure Activities: In her spare time, Dr. Ghobrial enjoys organizing and being part of global cardiac missions to advance medicine for patients with heart disease in remote areas in the world. She has been on mission trips to Haiti, Kenya, Zaatari refugee camps, and Ethiopia with future plans to go to Tanzania and Brazil. She also enjoys traveling for leisure, hiking, music and comedy.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - UCLA Medical Center
Adult Congenital Heart Diseases
Los Angeles, CA USA

Fellowship - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
Interventional Cardiology
Boston, MA USA

Fellowship - University of Washington Medical Center
Cardiovascular Disease
Seattle, WA USA

Graduate School - University of Washington
Seattle, WA USA

Residency - Boston Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI USA

Undergraduate - Wayne State University
Detroit, MI USA


  • Internal Medicine - Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Echocardiography

Specialty Interests

Cardiovascular disease; congenital heart defects/congenital heart disease; heart valve disease, including aortic valve disease, pulmonary valve disease, tricuspid valve disease and mitral valve disease; coronary artery disease; vascular system disorders, including Marfan, Ehlers-Danlos and Loeys-Dietz syndromes

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 9/25/2023, Dr. Ghobrial has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

171 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

34 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

No one better than Dr. Ghobrial. Professional, highly intelligent, funny, easy to talk to and she will tell you the way it is!

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

My experience with Dr Ghobrial has been extraordinary. She is so knowledgable, caring, and outstanding In her field. She has given me my life back, so that I can walk 10 miles a day with my dog! Thank you!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

What an EXCELLENT Doctor and Staff. My husband is a surgeon and I have been a OR nurse for 30 years. We know good. And Dr. Ghobrial is better. She told us good news!! But she explained, was kind, WOW is is just Good!!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

I will recommend Dr. Ghobrial to anyone and everyone

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

Love Dr Ghobrial and her team.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

Dr Ghobrial and her staff are amazing.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr. Ghobrial listened to my issue and advised me appropriately

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr. Ghobrial is always professional, knowledgable (that is so comforting), precise, clear, and caring. I am very grateful to be in her care.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Ghobrial was able to identify my unicuspid valve ahead of open heart surgery. Previously, all of the other clinicians had hypothesized that I had a bicuspid aortic valve.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2024

The vast majority of this feedback is overwhelmingly positive--and 5's on every item but one. My ONLY concern with my entire complex, multi-month set of experiences has been communication, especially through MyChart. It is not as timely as some providers and occasionally my specific question was not addressed. The worst miscommunication was a CT scan that was scheduled on day 2, only communicated via MyChart, then cancelled in MyChart. I improperly assumed the echo and x-ray were sufficient. I think I mentioned as much to a nurse, but can't recall for sure. On day 6, I called to ensure I was good to fly home and schedule a followup appointment. That evening, in Denver (only partway home), I got a voicemail asking when I was going to get the CT. So, I got a hotel, flew back to Cleveland the next day, got a hotel in Cleveland, CT scan on day 8, then flew home. It cost nearly $1,000 for the ticket, hotels, car; lost sleep for two nights; and missed a professional commitment. We are all human and I am grateful for the entirety of my experience, including a scheduler working with me after hours from Denver to re-schedule the CT before I bought a new plane ticket. I also wish I'd been able to chat with Dr. Ghobrial earlier after my test results (day 34). If her busy-ness is the trade-off for working with her, I will take it every day of the week! She is wonderful--see later comment. Dr. Bakhtadze was also great in followup during discharge. He was warm, good at explaining at my desired fairly technical level, and took the time to show me video of dye showing my opened pulmonary veins. Thank you.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

I can't say enough about Dr. Ghobrial. She explained everything about my condition and procedure to us and we felt very good after our meeting with her.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Great Doctor very kind and doesn't rush. Highly recommend

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr Ghobrial is the greatest cardiologist I have ever meet, thank you from the bottom to the top of my heart (pun intended). Shelby who did my previsit assessment is great, an absolute asset.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

The Dr. Is exceptional. Through, compassionate and great communication. You can tell that she is very smart but is also caring and clearly communicates information regarding my health. She is a perfect example of why it is worth traveling to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr. Gobrial is a gem! Bedside manner was amazing! Would recommend her to anyone that needed her services!!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

The staff were all kind, courteous, and respect. JG, MD listened and we negotiated type of meds. She respected my APRN role and did not in any way belittle me as this is not my speciality area.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr is always personable and professional

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

It was very hard to get in to see Dr. Ghobrial. In June, I had scheduled an appointment originally for Aug having to wait 3 months for that but then the office called and said she was not going to be in the office and I needed to wait until late Sept to see her. The office did not have a wait list mechanism as I would have been able to come given that situation.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

THe fellow ( Dr. Das?- sorry cant exactly remember his name) and Dr. Ghobrial were both kind and conscientious. Dr. Ghobrial asked very insightful questions and included me in the discussion and decision- making. She has vast knowledge and we have a plan to figure out my cardiac Issue which Is why I came to CCF.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

This doctor is the only one who specializes in my condition therefore the three months I had to wait really wasn't that long I just wish it could have been faster but it's understandable she's only one person and she is amazing

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Having waited 3 months to get into this specialist, I'm unbelievably happy and blessed to have her to do my health care. She listened to my concerns explained my condition and was very educational in what my condition actually is treatment options and the testing that needs to be completed. I was unaware of the seriousness of my condition until I met with her she explained things in a way that I could understand and talk to me on my level and not above me I cannot say enough good things about this provider.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr. Ghobrial is really excellent

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Ghobrial is great caregiver, her office support staff is not.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr. Ghobrial is a superb physician genuinely caring for her patients. She is attentive, knowledgeable, compassionate. Dr. Ghobrial always explains everything clearly and gives practical advice.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

I traveled from NYC so that I could have my procedure performed by the most experienced doctor with pulmonary stenosis repair. I am extremely pleased with the care that she provided and her knowledge and expertise in this field. I believe that my care was best-in-class.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Excellent physician with supurb bedside manner and excellent ability to simplify complex issues for patients

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

All was good with care received from Dr. Gabrial. She is the best!

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

You can't find much better than Dr. Ghobrial. She is very thorough, compassionate and professional.She really takes the time to ask questions and listen. She is the best of the best!

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr. G expertise ,Very Very impressive . My case rare and complex. I felt SAFE commng to Cleveland Clinic, After meeting with care team.It Feels good to breath deeply again. I Would recommend this establishment Highly. May God bless each and everyone that we worked on my team.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr Ghobrial was professional, confident in her expertise, thorough In explaining the details of the actual procedure and responsive to my questions. She also showed compassion to my Situation.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Wonderful staff experience. You are very privileged to have Dr. Ghobrial and she rightly, highly sought after.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Fellow did an excellent job of pre-op consent. Anesthesia-Dr Khan was very sensitive about my needs on the operating table and my comfort.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Had challenges with the prior auth of tests. Upon initial appointment was able to talk with Iris(financial advocate) who as very kind. However, then Left 4-5 messages for Iris leading up to the appointment and she never returned my call. However, Dionne in Dr ghobrials office was very responsive.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

We really liked Dr Ghobrial. She was direct with what my issue is with risks and level of seriousness and laid out a defined plan of how we'll proceed. However, she was also compassionate and reassuring when she could see that I was upset with hearing the information. Will definitely be establishing care with her.

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