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Erik Van Iterson, PhD, MS

Erik Van Iterson, PhD, MS
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Title Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation; and Quality Director, Metabolic Exercise Stress Testing
Department Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Section
  • Preventive Cardiology Section
  • Preventive Care
  • Preventive Health
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Stress Testing
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About Erik Van Iterson, PhD, MS

Erik Hoon Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MA, is the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation Section in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He is also the Director of Metabolic Stress Testing Quality and Education in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus.

Specialty Interests: Preventive cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, heart failure, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, metabolic exercise stress testing, cardiopulmonary physiology, cardiovascular medicine, pulmonary function testing

Education: Dr. Van Iterson holds a bachelor’s degree in human physiology from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; master’s degree in biology and neurobiology from DePaul University, Chicago, IL; a master’s degree in applied exercise physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Health Sciences, Chicago, IL; and a doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. He pursued advanced training in his specialty with fellowships in cardiovascular medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., followed by a two-year American Heart Association fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation, also at Mayo Clinic. He joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2018.

Experience and Outcomes: Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation Section staff provide cardiac rehabilitation services for more than 31,000 patient visits annually across Cleveland Clinic campuses.

Publications: Dr. Van Iterson is the lead author on numerous scientific papers focused on clinical exercise physiology and cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary function published in refereed and respected medical and physiological journals, and has coauthored chapters on heart failure and exercise for three cardiology textbooks. He has presented and published more than three dozen research abstracts on various studies of exercise and heart failure and exercise and cystic fibrosis, among other related topics. As a fellow, he was an invited presenter at numerous local, national and international seminars and conferences.

About Dr. Van Iterson: “I consider it a privilege and honor to be chosen by patients to be a central member of their caregiver team as an expert in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise therapy. I am dedicated to working with patients and their families on an individualized basis to develop cardiac rehabilitation and exercise therapy strategies that are modern, well-studied clinically and scientifically, and feasible for both short- and long-term goalsetting so patients can achieve and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.”

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Van Iterson enjoys aerobic exercise, strength/resistance training, outdoor biking and reading

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Research Fellow Cardiovascular medicine
Rochester, MN

Graduate School - University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Graduate School - University of Illinois at Chicago
Applied Exercise Physiology
Chicago, IL

Graduate School - Depaul University
Biological Sciences
Chicago, IL

Undergraduate - Michigan State University
Human Physiology
East Lansing, MI

Specialty Interests

Preventive cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, heart failure, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, stress testing, cardiopulmonary physiology, cardiovascular medicine, pulmonary function testing

Awards & Honors

  • American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016-2018
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) LRP for Clinical Research (LRP-CR) awardee, 2017-2019
  • Invited ad hoc reviewer for respected medical and physiological journals including, Circulation, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Thorax, and American Journal of Physiology Heart & Circulatory Physiology, amongst others.
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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