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

Treatment & Services

  • cardiac transplant
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Trials
  • Diagnostic Clinical Cardiology
  • Endomyocardial Biopsy
  • George M & Linda H Kaufman Center for Heart Failure
  • Heart Biopsy
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Heart Failure Section
  • Heart Failure Surgery
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Hemodynamic Evaluation
  • Intra-aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Mechanical Assist Devices
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Pre-Transplant Evaluation
  • Transplant
  • Ventricular Assist Device
View all 20 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)
  • Diastolic Dysfunction
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Ejection Fraction
  • Ejection Fraction - Abnormal
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Familial Amyloidosis
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure In Women
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis
  • Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shortness Of Breath
View all 25 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 & Thoracic 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

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 4/20/2020, 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

172 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 4.2
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Dr Estep is an awesome Dr. He is very personable and caring. He cares about every aspect of your care down to and including your quality of life. I will always recommend him and Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr Estep was great!!!

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

It has been a very experience with Dr Estep. He is very thoughtful and provides excellent care to his patients.It is worth the five hour drive that I have to take when ever I come over to see Dr Estep.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

Dr. Estep carefully listened to my concerns. He always assures me that he has a good plan to address my health conditions. I am treated as a valued patient and not just a number or someone the doctor has to see.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Dr Estep is timely, highly professional and a great wealth of expertise and knowledge. He has a nice bedside manner and my appointments with him are valuable to me

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

Dr. Estep and his staff have been very good and gracious to me. They treat me with respect and are very courteous to me. Even when I ask a question that seems stupid, they take the time to explain everything to me in a manner that I understand. They are great people!!

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

Dr. Estep is a wonderful specialist; very understanding and concerned about my health. He always answers my questions in ways that I can understand. Excellent Doctor.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

I have referred Dr Estep and Cleveland Clinic to numerous people.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

My experience with Dr. Estep was good. He was very professional, he explained test results in language I was able to understand, and he clearly directed the next steps I should take.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

My visit with Dr. Estep was via telephone. Our discussion and his explanations and questioning were clear and concise. My biggest concern as a heart patient with a telephone or video visit is that the doctor does not get the opportunity to examine you, i.e. lungs, heart, swelling, JVP, etc. or observe your overall appearance.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

we had phone meeting and very happy with Dr Estep's care!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

exceptional commitment by the Doctors to leave no stone unturned to give me a comprehensive assessment of my health and options. my respect and thanks to all involved. A special thanks to Dr. Svennson who helped make this possible.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Dr. Estep is exceptional on every level. I feel blessed, and grateful to be under his care.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

I have been on heart medications for the last 15 years but have not noticed any improvement in my condition. With the new medications that Dr. Estep put me on and the following instructions I received from his staff, I feel much stronger and healthier for my up coming surgery.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Dr Estep doesn't rush through appointments and makes sure all of your questions are answered.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Dr. Estep gave us hope not promises but hope. That is what we needed a Dr. who says I am here to make you better.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

I've always had good experiences with dealing with Dr Estep's office

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

I had no problem with scheduling my return appt. The staff was very accommodating and I Dr. Estep was very professional.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Always a good experience. Excellent Doctor who has my Best Intrest in mind. I could not ask for BETTER DOCTOR

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

I found Dr Estep very responsive. He answered the questions I had and discussed medication changes. He shared information from recent testing and how what that testing related to heart functioning. There are some communication issues With my primary physician and Dr. Estep regarding records and testing. I spoke to the nurse about this as well. Dr Estep was very responsive.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

From the care I am receiving I believe my concerns are being addressed. I feel optimistic about my outcome. I realize that there remain some critical questions regarding my injection fraction and heart function. I feel Dr Estep is making every effort to address those concerns.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

the doctor was not rushed

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Everyone at the hospital was friendly and professional. Dr Estep was great and we never were rushed and he answered all our questions. I appreciated Dr Estep personally calling me to advise me of the results of my blood work.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

*Dr. Estep is a skilled, caring physician. He always has a warm greeting for you and listens patiently to your concerns.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Dr. ESTEP is exceptional and very professional.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

Dr. Estep is polite, courteous and extremely knowledgeable in his field as a Cardiac professional

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

I meet with a nurse and Dr. Estep, both were very attentive and I have and would recommend my friends and family to Dr. Estep and his staff.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

As I said previously I have and will recommend Dr. Estep and his staff.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Dr Estep spent such quality time with my husband and me, examining me and discussing my prognosis and course of treatment, Henever seemed to be hurried and dismissive in his attention. Appreciated the time he took with me and his explanation of my prognosis was very understandable.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Dr. Estep is a wonderful and compassionate Heart Doctor. He is not only very knowlegable but very professional and really concerned about his patients

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

everyone helpful. even dr will ask if you need assistance

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr. Estep is a very good doctor!

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

I followed Dr Estep from Houston and have been rewarded with continued outstanding care

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.

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