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

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Trials
  • Diagnostic Clinical Cardiology
  • Endomyocardial Biopsy
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Heart Failure Section
  • Hemodynamic Evaluation
  • Intra-aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Mechanical Assist Devices
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Ventricular Assist Device
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Diastolic Dysfunction
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Shortness Of Breath
View all 9 Specialties +


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About Jerry Estep, MD

Jerry Estep, MD, is the Head of the Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation in the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

Special Interests: Advanced heart failure, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), heart transplantation, echocardiography, cardiac amyloidosis, minimally invasive short-term devices to treat cardiogenic shock, endomyocardial biopsy, right heart catheterization and hemodynamic monitoring, coronary angiography

Number of Patients Treated: Dr. Estep participates in the evaluation of more than 200 advanced heart failure patients annually. He has participated in the management of more than 500 patients who have undergone heart transplantation or received an LVAD as treatment for advanced heart failure and performed more than 1,000 endomyocardial biopsies and right heart catheterizations to guide treatment for these patients.

Education and Training: Dr. Estep earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. After completing his residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, he returned to Baylor for a fellowship in heart failure and transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute. He also has completed a physician leadership course at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Estep has been involved in more than 50 clinical trials related to heart failure and heart transplantation. As the national lead investigator on the ROADMAP trial, he helped better define the role of LVADs in advanced heart failure patients. He subsequently served as co-chair of a committee in the American Society of Echocardiography that defined the role of echocardiography in the management of patients with LVADs.

Dr. Estep has authored or co-authored more than 100 published articles and abstracts related to advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, LVADs and multi-modality imaging. He also is a frequent presenter on heart failure diagnosis and treatment at cardiology education events at national and international cardiology meetings, including the American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America and International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

About Dr. Estep: “I enjoy the heart failure field because it gives me the opportunity to connect with patients with varying severities of heart failure who require different treatment plans and discussions. For those patients with the most advanced form of heart failure, it is my privilege to work with a team of heart failure providers to offer life-saving interventions like heart transplantation and left ventricular assist device therapy. To play a role in our patients’ journey from being severely ill to improved health and resumption of their normal life activities is extraordinary satisfying.”
Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Estep enjoys travel and spending time with his wife and twin daughters.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - University of Texas Health Science Center
Physician Leadership Course


Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
Houston, TX USA

Residency - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Dallas, TX USA

Residency - The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dalla
Dallas, TX USA

Medical Education - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Medical Education - Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
Houston, TX USA

Undergraduate - University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX USA


  • Internal Medicine - Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Advanced heart failure, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), heart transplantation, echocardiography, cardiac amyloidosis, minimally invasive short-term devices to treat cardiogenic shock, endomyocardial biopsy, right heart catheterization and hemodynamic monitoring, coronary angiography

Awards & Honors

  • Leadership Award, Houston Methodist Transplant Center VAD Program, 2011
  • President’s Award for Transformational Excellence – Peer Reviewed Publication, Houston Methodist Research Institute, 2014
  • Faculty Award for Academic Excellence, Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group Grant Program, 2016
  • Institute of Academic Medicine (IAM) Award for Excellence in Peer Reviewed Publication, 2016

Innovations & Patents

  • Dr. Estep played a key role in the development of a novel minimally invasive technique to place intra-aortic balloon pumps in the axillary (underarm) artery to permit patients with advanced heart failure to sit upright and walk. Several advanced heart failure centers nationwide have adopted this technique since its publication in 2013 to better help patients who require extended support for more than a few days.  
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 2/25/2019, Dr. Estep 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Estep receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Abbott Laboratories

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

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

I was treated with great respect and given time to have all my questions answered. We were very surprised to get a phone call to ask how I was doing from Dr Jerry Estep. It gave us a chance to learn more about my next appointment. Thank you

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr Estep gave me hope that he can help me. He was wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr. Estep always takes his time with me. He listens to me with my concerns and he answers all of my questions in regards to my health problems. He is a wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

dr was very informed and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

I felt reasonably comfortable in talking with Dr. Estep. I felt a bit anxious about the whole process of sharing information and absorbing what was being said to me. I really appreciated his approach in discussing the proposed treatment and his optimism about working on the problems I have. I know there is going to be a lot of work involved in addressing the issues. I appreciate his confidence which gave me a lot of hope for improvement with my heart function.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

very trustworthy doctor and staff

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

My provider was excellent in his approach in discussing my my medical condition. I was made to feel secure that my provider has a grasp ion the treatment I need. My mind is somewhat at ease right now due to a good visit with provider.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Dr. Estep was excellent. He listened to my concerns and answered them completely. He explained my condition to me very well and the procedures and medications I needed to follow. He took his time to make sure I understood everything we discussed.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Best experience ever with a doctor and hospital facility

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

I wish it was not necessary for the dr. to be typing notes during the visit.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

the Dr. was excellent in reviewing our needs, telling us what we could expect and then following up on what he said. my wife and I felt that we actually had an understanding of the current situation, what we would do to further investigate and a real sense that the doctor would work with us an an individual and not as a condition.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr Estep is very thorough in his field. He called me the next day to report the test results. I appreciated him so much. Thank you!

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr. Estep and team have been excellent to work with and I do appreciate the knowledge of Dr. Estep!

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Estep several times. Very concerned and caring Physician,and Person cannot say enough good things about ALL of the employees and staff. In my opinion Dr Estep has saved my life.I went from barely able to walk any distance or barely sleep to being able to walk,climb stairs,and sleep through the night.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

Dr. Estep , Tori his Secretary and his entire team are all fantastic. The kindness, professionalism and service is unmatched. We have nothing but good to say and Dr. Estep comes highly recommended by my family!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

I have never had a dr spend so much time with me. Dr Estep listens carefully and explains thoroughly. We were very impressed

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

I always have an excellent, comfortable, informative visit with Dr. Estep and staff.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018

Dr Estep was wonderful as it was our first encounter with him and the clinic. he made me feel as if I was his only patient and that he cared very much that I regained my health. he presented it that we would be a team toward that goal.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

This was my first time to the Cleveland Clinic. The ease of going to the different test was incredible. Everyone was very helpful. The doctor and especially his assistant were terrific in explaining what we were doing.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

this was my first visit. additional testing tomorrow. this doctor is very caring and more so very knowledgeable about my condition of heart failure

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