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Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • End Stage Lung Disease
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
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About Carli Lehr, MD, PhD

Carli Lehr, MD, PhD is a staff pulmonologist at the Respiratory Institute and assistant professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, specializing in transplant medicine. She treats patients with advanced lung disease before and after lung transplantation.

Dr. Lehr is a physician scientist whose research is focused on organ allocation, statistical modeling in transplant systems, and optimizing donor selection. She holds the Gregory and Maureen Church endowed chair in Lung Transplantation Research. She currently holds a K08 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a donor and candidate risk prediction system to optimize lung allocation and transplant outcomes. She is the recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator Award to improve the predictive accuracy of the lung allocation score and identify cystic fibrosis-specific risk factors that impact waitlist mortality and optimize the timing of transplant for at-risk patients. Dr. Lehr serves as a co-investigator on the Cystic Fibrosis Lung Transplant Consortium which is comprised of fifteen transplant centers to advance lung transplant research for individuals with cystic fibrosis. She has also received research support from the American Society of Transplantation and the Cleveland Clinic Center for Populations Health Research.

Dr. Lehr earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine from Duke University. She completed fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine from the Cleveland Clinic. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Translational Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
Clinical Translational Science
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
Clinical Research
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Duke University
Internal Medicine
Durham, NC USA

Medical Education - Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine

Specialty Interests

Lung Transplant, Advanced Lung Disease

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation
  • Cleveland Clinic Excellence in Teaching Award
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/17/2024, Dr. Lehr has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

48 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

8 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024

Dr Lehr is always very patient and kind. She always answers all of my questions and concerns. She has never acted rushed

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

Dr. Lehr is the best! Extremely competent and professional.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr Lehr is a wonderful person. She spends time and is genuinely concerned about my issues.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

She's a wonderful doctor. Always concerned with our health and safety.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

We found Dr. Carli Lehr to be honest and forthright in her discussion of IPF and the treatment path that was before us (both the patient and the Care Giver Team). She was encouraging, but also realistic that the path to recovery may not be an easy and that we would all have to work together as a team. After our meeting, my wife, daughter and I all agreed that we are at the right place and under the care of a medical care team second to no one.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr Lehr is a top notch doc Best care always given. I have total Confidence in her for my medical care

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Lehr is the best! Very concerned & responsive to needs

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Dr. Lehr and everyone who works with her is wonderful!

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