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

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiac Amyloid Imaging
  • Cardiac Transplant
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • Clinical Trials
  • Endomyocardial Biopsy
  • George M and Linda H Kaufman Center for Heart Failure
  • Heart Biopsy
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Heart Failure Section
  • Heart Failure Surgery
  • Heart Transplant
  • Hemodynamic Evaluation
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Mechanical Assist Devices
  • Noninvasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Pre-Transplant Evaluation
  • Ventricular Assist Device
View all 20 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloid Sarcoid Heart Disease
  • Amyloidosis
  • 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 23 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 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. 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


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

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.

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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 5/8/2023, 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 (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a 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

323 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

71 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

Very caring doctors who take time to answer my concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr. Estep was very detailed when discussing lab results and changes in plan of care. I am very pleased with Dr. Estep.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr.Estep is an excellent doctor he took his time to explain my health and concerns .

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Estep is very knowledgeable and interested in my health.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

I'm disappointed in the time frame of correspondence, follow-up and patient involvement. Dr. Estep is excellent, but my experience with CC in the past year often leaves me frustrated with the bureaucracy. It was of my own choosing that I selected the CC for diagnostics of my cardiac care, and I appreciate the excellent and appropriate testing and analysis, but I would be less than honest to state that my "wellness" has improved by the CC choice.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Doctor Estep is amazing!!!

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr.Estep is a great DR..Very involved in my case and making sure that I understand what is being done for me and keeping me informed.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr Estep is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. He answers any questions I have so that I can understand them. I really appreciate that.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Dr. Estep was an exceptionally caring doctor. Top notch in all respects.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Doctor Estes is another excellent caring, listening, physician. I would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr. Estep is very knowledgeable and caring.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

I would highly recommend Dr. Estep.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Dr. Estep was attentive, and exhibited excellent patient care.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2024

Dr. Estep is well aware of my health and potential for heart disease following genetic testing. I appreciate his prognosis and health plan for me.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Dr Estep is very good. Through and explains everything in a way that is understandable.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Best staff always and their Doctor's. Always a great experience.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024

Dr Estep is awesome

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Veyry clear and concise instructions as to the treatment path. The Dr. Followed up with a phone call after the visit to let me know he spoke to my Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist in the afternoon. Fantastic experience.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

The doctor is clearly knowledgeable, but he seemed to be running behind and a little anxious to move on to the next patient. He was apparently behind schedule when he saw me. I was asked during my previous appointment to keep a log of my blood pressure, which I brought with me, which wasn't even looked at.....not sure why I was asked to keep the log?

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Very good doctor. Drove over 5000 miles just to see him and he did not disappoint! Caring excellent provider.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr. Estep is the man!!!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

I feel very confident with the care Dr. Estep is providing for me. Very thorough.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr Estep is very caring and professional

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

I am fortunate to be , under the care of Dr. Estep

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

Extraordinary care now for several years. Dr Estep ha my full confidence

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Very curtesy staff and doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

I have seen several cardiologists to day. Dr Estep has been the best. The medications he prescribed and monitoring he has provided has kept me out of the hospital.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

When you have to travel a great distance for a checkup the Visio visits work well. I'm fortunate to me married to a retired RN who takes all my vitals prior to the visit. On occasion she will ask questions and provide her concerns and opinions to the doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Jerry Estep, is the kind of physician who explains all in a wonderful way. My experience was excellent

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

Good Experience, Dr. Estep checked my medications that was currently taking, he made adjustments to them, wrote new prescriptions for me, explained why he was doing so with a look to my long term success in good health.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

Exceptional in all ways and found him to be the best dr. I have ever had . That is probably an understatement but true!!!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

I am a great ambassador for the Cleveland Clinic and would strongly recommend Dr Estep as the best I have ever seen!!

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

I had a wonderful experience at cleveland clinic from the financial dept ,front desk to the medical assistance . Dr Estep was so knowledgeable and detailed about my condition and very helpful about other options for treatment .He seemed to be patient and professional .

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

Dr.Estep is requesting tests and doing a follow up visit to explain results...extremely courteous & professional !

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

Always recommend Cleveland clinic - best provider

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

Excellent conversation and dr Estep followed up accordingly

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Dr Estep is very experienced & knowledgeable? He also is very patient & explains anything asked

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Most helpful Dr I have ever worked with

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr Estep was thorough and answered all of my questions. I have total trust in his ability and expertise. If I have any further problems, the Cleveland clinic is the only place I will go.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

All my interactions with Dr. Estep have been extremely insightful, positive and helpful.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr. Estep Is Extreme caring, compassionate and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

My experiences with Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Estep were perfect.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Trouble with the VV, but excellent conversation with Dr. Estep non the less.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr. Estep has done a superb job of guiding me through finding solutions for my heart failure diagnosis. I couldn't ask for better care.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

I feel especially fortunate that I have Dr. Estep, Charlane and Sabrina monitoring my care

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2023

I'm grateful to be in dr Esteps care

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Probably the best access to a physician I have ever had in my life

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Jerry Estep is the quintessential example of a superb physician and a wonderful patient centric human being. I have already recommended him to many others who have already come to him and others at CCF

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr. Estep's staff is a well oiled and cohesive team.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2023

Dr Estep amazing, thorough, attention to detail. Great follow up

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Very caring Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr Estep and his support staff excellent

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr. Estep is a very clear and concise Doctor, very straight forward on what the patient needs to do, appreciate all the ongoing support.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2023

Doctor Estep explained why I needed additional tests.He answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Very happy with the care I get from Dr. Estep. I always feel that he gives me his full attention with careful thought on the way to proceed with treatment.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Great experience with Doctor. I know he cares about me and my help from Dr. Tadross was excellent as well.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

The doctor clearly explained my test results and answered my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Estep is very thorough. He takes time to read your chart and discuss issues with you. You can see that he cares.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Estep has provided great care for me. He is kind, considerate, and very respectful of my ongoing care.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Great doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr Estep was FANTASTIC! We went through everything together. He was so professional and courteous. I already said good things about him out here in Naples to my primary cardiologist Dr. Navas.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

A very positive experience in dealing with your staff. From the front reception personnel to your impression medical team. Job well done by all with Dr.Estep very insightful and most helpful!

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr Estep was exemplary in all aspects; knowledge, listening and getting to know and understand my conditions and very thoughtful about plan of care going forward

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr Estep is a very good Doctor. Very happy with him being my cardiologist

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Dr Estep is the best

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Cleveland Clinic is very professional. Dr Estep is the most concerned Dr I've ever had

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr Estep is excellent!

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

I have never received the level of care, concern, and attention to details that I received from Dr Estep.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Dr Estep is an excellent physician and a caring person

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