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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. He is a Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine Case Western Reserve Medical School. 

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

See publications for Dennis Bruemmer, MD, PhD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 2/27/2023, Dr. Bruemmer 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. Bruemmer 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:

  • Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Esperion Therapeutics, Inc.

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

166 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

Dr. Bruemmer is excellent!

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Doctor was great

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr.Bruemmer handled my case very professionally. His bed side manner was excellent. He was very thorough.I am happy to have Dr. Bruemmer as my Cardiologist.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr. Bruemmer was actively listening as I talked and detailed options to me in a way that was clear, concise and apparent he had taken my conversation into consideration.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Dr. Bruemmer is outstanding, lucky to have him as my preventative cardiologist

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Excellent service every time when I go to see Dr. Bruemmer, everyone in that office treat me with respect, and I don't feel so nervous.Grat team! Excellent Doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Extremely pleased with Dr. Bruemmer & his staff

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr. Bruemmer was most positive and encouraging. He addressed my concern fully, shared research results pertaining to my needs, and gave me a looking forward on planning for my next 6 month appointment. I am most grateful for his high quality professionalism, communication skills, and expertise as a cardiologist. He is most caring.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Like Dr. Bruemmer very much and maybe this was a bad day but he was not particularly friendly and seemed a bit abrasive/short which I have not experienced with him before.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Love the people at the clinic. My healthcare team always puts me first and strives to deliver the best care. Very satisfied with Dr Bruemmer and his excellent staff.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

The doctor was excellent and was very patient with me in explaining everything and answering my questions. I felt great relief after meeting with my doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2022

Excellent overall. Dr Bruemmer did a phenomenal job with diagnosis and thorough explanations. Highly recommend this professional and his staff.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Dr Bruemmer is very kind, respectful and knowledgeable. He has lowered my cholesterol with the proper medication that no other Doctor was able to do for me. I feel very happy and safe under his care! I have already recommended a friend of mine to him.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

Doctor was very clear, kind, interested in how I was doing and patient with my questions.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

I was very pleased with the recommendations of my provider.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

Dr. Bruemmer gave good summary of my condition and provided useful guidelines for continuing care.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

I could not been happier with my doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Dr. Bruemmer was very kind, concerned and made sure my heart was perfect.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Dr Bruemmer was very kind, thoughtful and am very impressed with his "bedside manner" for lack of a better term. He was always friendly and genuinely answered all my questions. He's one very smart doctor and I feel lucky to have him treating me.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Excellent caring doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Excellent office and Doctor!! Efficient, kind, and helpful!!

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Excellent doctor with excellent bedside manner! Easy to talk to and great advice! A true asset to your hospital!!!

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr. Dennis Bruemmer is the very best doctor at Cleveland Clinic. He makes you feel like you are his only patient. Very attentive to your health and concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

I would trust Dr. Dennis Bruemmer with my life. He is an exceptional physician. Listens to your concerns and advices the best treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr. Dennis Bruemmer makes me feel like I am in the best of hands. Without Dr. Bruemmer... I probably wouldn't be doing as well as I am. He's excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Dr.Breummer is very thorough and compassionate. He is dedicated to his work and it shows in his assessment skills and bedside manner. His nurse, Melissa, is also very professional and helps anytime you have questions, concerns, or new orders. I trust their care and team completely.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

Staff and Doctor was exceptionally professional

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

Dr. Bruemmer was very professional, pleasant and informative.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

Dr. Bruemmer was excellent.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

The provider is a definite asset to the medical staff at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctor is the best of the best my health care cardiology issues are always addressed with professionalism and timely.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

I would recommend physician to all.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Everyone was courteous and easy to work with. Both Dr. Bruemmer and Paula were excellent!

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

I have had nothing but GREAT services and with courtesy from all at the Clinic every time I am there. I especially like Dr. Bruemmer who takes the time and always asks what else he can do for me.

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Wonderful experience with Dr. Breummer

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

There was no video staff noted on my end. However, I feel I received very good care from the doctor - he improvised when video didn't work and proactively found a way to provide care

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dr Bruemmer is excellent. Very caring and is very patient.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

It was this doctor that has started me on my road to work on my condition. Great results in the short time I have been doctored under him. I tell everyone about him and that is the best place to go.

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