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Title Chairman of Cardiology
Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • cardiac transplant
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • 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 21 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.

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. 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

Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

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

Medical Education - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Undergraduate - University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX USA


  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • 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

See publications for Jerry Estep, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 7/18/2022, 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:

  • BioVentrix, Inc.
  • 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

51 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

Dr. Estep was very thorough with answering my concerns and totally prepared when going over my file. I feel very comfortable with him taking over my file.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

I found dr. Estes to be the most professional competent Dr. I have ever met. He is top shelf and gives you the feeling you are in the best of hands in the best of places!

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Best cardiologist , I am very grateful I am treated by Dr Estep.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

The people working with Dr Estep, especially Sabrina, are really excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Dr Estep is the best. He discusses my situation very thoroughly. We go over prescription changes carefully to assure I understand his expectations for changes.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

The doctor was Very informant and very courteous and a nice man. Look forward to continuing him being my specialty doctor

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Dr. Estep is a great physician, very patient and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2023

Dr. Estep is awesome.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2023

Dr. Estep fully understands my genetic predisposition for heart disease. We're working together to establish a baseline to determine monitoring and treatment processes.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Dr. Estep is awesome, I have gone through several doctors at the clinic over the years and I would have to say Dr. Estep rates a solid 10 !

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Dr Estep and his staff provide responsive and excellent care.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

Jerry Estep is incredible in the following waysHe listens He's knowledgeable Definitive Available Highly qualified

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

My appointment with Dr Estep was a wonderful experience. Very professional and super helpful. Best experience with Dr ever.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

For some reason we couldn't establish a zoom connection so Dr Estep called me directly after office hours by phone and we had an excellent conversation

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Dr Estep listened to me

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

I was very impressed with the Cleveland Clinic in Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. Estep is incredibly knowledgeable and professional.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Had a very good experience. Dr Estep had all of my medical records and took an hour to discuss my health issues and develop a plan going forward.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

I have had two telemedicine appointments with Dr Estep. Both were easy to participate in and I find them convenient and as thorough as an in person appointment for the follow up reasons for the appointments.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Dr. Estep was very knowledgeable and professional yet he made me finally feel like I have a second chance to live. He is awesome and I trust him with my healthcare!

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Very nice doctor and very knowledgeable because he was to keep an eye on my kidneys and medication.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Doctor very respectful - thorough -did not rush me and felt he was genuinely interested in helping me to a better quality of life.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

The patient must accommodate to the physician's schedule

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Dr. Estep is the best. He lets me participate in my care decisions and make appropriate adjustments as determined by defined criteria.

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Excellent care , compassion , dr estep is superior to other drs I have seen

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Nice staff, dr was great,only second visit over all very good.

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

This was another excellent experience. The staff is on point. Dr. Estep carefully reviewed my charts and discussed my current treatment, he added additional medication, and request I track my blood pressure, I have scheduled both blood test and follow up visit in June. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Estep and assured by his medical knowledge. Great doctor to have on staff !

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Dr estep has been one of the best doctors we have seen at cleveland clinic

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Dr. Estep was excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022


Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

I liked very much Dr. Estep. He was very polity and listened to my concerns. He promptly offered alternative for my concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dr Estep is a great doctor who I feel blessed to have caring for me.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Absolutely recommending for other parents

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

Excellent doctor. I enjoy working with him on my CHF

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

I would highly recommend Dr. Estep and his nurse team.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

Was very impressed with the doctor's attention and the time he took with me

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