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

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care
  • Cardiovascular Disease - Preventative
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • Consultation/treatment Planning
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Contrast Echocardiography
  • Coronary Artery Calcium Score
  • Coronary Heart Disease Prevention
  • Coronary Intensive Care
  • C-Reactive Protein Testing
  • Diabetes - Care & Treatment
  • Diabetes - Management
  • Diabetes Center
  • Dietary Counseling
  • Dobutamine Stress Echo Test
  • Doppler Echocardiography
  • Dysmetabolic Syndrome Gerontology
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Endocrine Treatment
  • Endocrinology
  • Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Exercise Stress Echo Test
  • General Cardiology Consult
  • General Endocrinology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Insulin Pumps
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Lipid-Lowering Therapy
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Non-invasive Testing for Vascular Disease
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Perioperative Cardiac Management
  • Perioperative Echocardiography
  • Preventative Cardiology & Rehabilitation Section
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Preventive Cardiology Section
  • Preventive Care
  • Preventive Health
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)
  • Weight Loss Medications/Drugs
  • Weight Management
View all 49 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cardiac Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
View all 2 Specialties +


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About Dennis Bruemmer, MD, PhD

Dennis C.  Bruemmer, MD, PhD, is a Staff Cardiologist and the Director of the Center for Cardiometabolic Health in the Section of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. Dr. Bruemmer specializes in Preventive Cardiology, particularly in the comprehensive management of cardiovascular risk and metabolic control of patients with diabetes. Dr. Bruemmer further has special interest in cardiac intensive care and echocardiography. Dr. Bruemmer is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Echocardiography.

Specialty Interests: General cardiology, preventive cardiology, diabetes management in cardiac (heart) patients, cardiac intensive care, echocardiography

Experience: The Section of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic provides patients with comprehensive assessment to identify and manage their traditional and emerging, nontraditional cardiovascular risk factors. In 2018 the section recorded more than 11,000 outpatient visits. Dr. Bruemmer has more than 20 years’ experience in general and preventive cardiology, including managing cardiovascular risk factors in patients with diabetes.

Education: Dr. Bruemmer earned his MD/PhD degrees from the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Following residency training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Robert Virchow Hospital/German Heart Institute and Charité Hospital, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, Dr. Bruemmer completed a two-year research fellowship as the Gonda (Goldschmied) Diabetes Center Fellow in the Department of Endocrinology at the University of California, Los Angeles. After completion of this research fellowship, Dr. Bruemmer joined the faculty at UCLA as Assistant Professor.

In 2004, he was recruited to the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY where he completed additional clinical subspecialty fellowship training in Endocrinology in 2009 and in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2015. Since 2004, Dr. Bruemmer had been a faculty member and a clinician-investigator at the University of Kentucky. In 2009, he was promoted to Associate Professor and became the Associate Director of the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2019, Dr. Bruemmer was an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a staff Cardiologist at the UPMC Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Bruemmer’s research is focused on mechanisms of atherosclerosis and risk factor intervention for the prevention of coronary artery disease. Dr. Bruemmer has received grant awards from the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association. He has coauthored nearly 200 manuscripts, review articles, and abstracts, which have been published in leading medical journals and cited over 5000 times. Dr. Bruemmer frequently is an invited speaker at national and international medical meetings. He serves on various national and international review committees and as reviewer for leading manuscripts, including Science, Cell, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Circulation, Hypertension, Diabetes and others.
About Dr. Bruemmer: “I consider working in health care a privilege. Being a physician is much more than understanding the mechanisms of disease and its treatment. It was my desire to help and provide hope for those who suffer and compassion for what their families experience that led me to become a physician. I embrace listening to my patient’s concerns, being entrusted with their symptoms and relieving their anxiety when they enter the hospital. I have tremendous empathy for their journey, one which I am dedicated to take alongside them.”
Leisure Activities: In his free time, Dr. Bruemmer enjoys spending time with his family, biking, hiking and skiing.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Cardiovascular Disease
Lexington, KY USA

Fellowship - University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Lexington, KY USA

Fellowship - University of California Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Research Molecular Biology
Los Angeles, CA USA

Residency - Humboldt University Berlin, Charité/Robert Virchow Hospital/German Heart Institu
Internal Medicine

Medical Education - University of Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg, Germany


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography

Specialty Interests

General cardiology, preventive cardiology, diabetes management in cardiac (heart) patients, cardiac intensive care, echocardiography

Awards & Honors

  • 2017  Heart and Vascular Institute/Vascular Medicine Institute Innovator Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2014 Henry I. Russek Award, American College of Cardiology
  • 2014 Investigator Award, American College of Cardiology
  • 2009 Novo Nordisk Scholarship Award, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology
  • 2008 Career Development Award, American Diabetes Association
  • 2004 ATVB Merit Award for Young Investigators, American Heart Association
  • 2004 Young Scholar Award, American Society of Hypertension
  • 2004 Irvine H. Page Young Investigator Research Award, American Heart Association
  • 2004 National Scientist Development Award, American Heart Association
  • 2003 Young Investigator Award, The Endocrine Society
  • 2003 Young Investigator Award Basic Science (1. Prize), European Society of Cardiology
  • 2002 New Investigator Award, High Blood Pressure Council, American Heart Association
  • 2001 Cardiovascular Young Investigator Award, AstraZeneca
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/6/2020, Dr. Bruemmer 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

143 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

29 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Dr. Breummer is the best doctor!! Answers all my questions and addresses all my concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Dr. Breummer is the best!!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

I wanted a second opinion from the doctor. He was very informative for me.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Dr Bruemmer was conscientious and thorough, as always.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Dr. Bruemmer was punctual and polite even while my mom was having a bad day, she has dementia.. He explained what he was talking about and made sure I understood what he was saying..

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Dr.Bruemmer is an excellent diagnostician and a very kind gentleman.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Doctor was exceptionally kind and helpful to the nature of my visit. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing cardiology expertise.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

I have been very impressed with how this provider listens, responds and cared for my issues.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Dr. Bruemmer was very easy to talk to - he listened and made suggestions. Very understanding of my situation.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020


Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

I felt very comfortable with the doctor. I feel it is worth the trip that takes 3 hours.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Outstanding doctors on staff.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr. was great, answered all my questions and came up with a doable plan for prevention of heart disease.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr.Brummer was wonderful to me. Thank you

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr Bruemmer was kind and caring and honest with my mother. she is very grateful.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

The appt. went very smoothly. The Dr. was very kind, cordial, caring and a good listener.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr Bruemmer is top of the line. Gets 5*. He treated me as a team member versus some to whom he was rendering service. He I asked about Statin intake of my son and daughter (huge familial cholesterol lineage). I mean he is trying to give improved health to the family members who aren't present. He has a passion that is seldom experienced in health care. His concern was expressed in TWO visits. His practice is not about $$. What an example of an engaged employee!!

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Dr. Bruemmer is a terrific doctor. He is very kind and very helpful. He always takes time to answer any questions that we have. He cares about his patients. I would give him an A++.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr. Breummer listened to my concerns and made me feel at ease by the end of my appointment. he was very kind and easy to talk to. I felt he was extremely knowledgeable and made sure I understood everything he stated.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Dr Bruemmer was very professional, thorough and caring. He listened well to any issues I presented and was very helpful in determining how I should proceed with my treatment and meds, etc.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Dr. Brummer was very kind and compassionate- he listened to me and offered suggestions that I found insightful. I really appreciated that he asked me several times if there was anything else he could help me with or if I had any questions. This really made me feel as if he cared about my concerns and I didn't feel rushed with him.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr. B was amazing! He genuinely cares and LISTENS.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

All three providers I saw on 12/20 were excellent but Dr. Brummer was outstanding. He fit me into his schedule at the last minute, prior to my appt. had thoroughly reviewed my health records, and developed a proposed care plan. Dr Brummer spent well over on hour with me explaining and answered my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Dr was very informative and made sure all our questions were answered

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

They treated me with excellent service from the staff and especially the Doctor

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

I was very impressed with the ease of communication I have even after I returned home. The physician replied to my email in a very timely manner.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

the staff at the office is always great. appointment time was pretty much on time. the doc spent ample time with me and really showed great interest in me and my treatment decisions. they are the best

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

best experience I've ever had at any hospital or dr office

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Dr Bruemmer was patient, polite and communicated his ideas and suggestions in a very effective manner. My wife has seen seven doctors about her condition. Dr Bruemmer was by far the most knowledgeable and informative that she has seen. He took extra time to ensure that we understood his analysis and recommendations. We are thankful that we found him.

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