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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Cardiovascular Medicine

Avon Hospital

33300 Cleveland Clinic Blvd
Avon, OH 44011

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abnormal Vascular Lab Study
  • Anticoagulation Therapy
  • Arterial Doppler Ultrasound
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Carotid Doppler Ultrasound
  • Medical Management of PAD
  • Noninvasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Outcomes Research
  • Thrombolytic Therapy
  • Varicose Veins - Medical Treatment
  • Vascular Imaging
  • Vascular Medicine Section
  • Vascular Tests
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Vena Cava Filters
  • Venous Duplex Ultrasound
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arterial Diseases - "Blocked Arteries"
  • Arterial Dissection
  • Atherosclerosis (Vascular)
  • Blood Clots
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
  • Claudication
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • External Iliac Artery Endofibrosis
  • Factor V Leiden
  • Iliac Artery Aneurysm
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS)
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome (PAES)
  • Post-Phlebitic (Thrombotic) Syndrome
  • Protein C Deficiency
  • Protein S Deficiency
  • Prothrombin Gene Mutation
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Venous Insufficiency
View all 26 Specialties +


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About Leben Tefera, MD

Leben Tefera, MD, is a staff physician in the Vascular Medicine Section of the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus.

Specialty Interests: Venous thromboembolism, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism; Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT); Anticoagulation; Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Experience: The Section of Vascular Medicine in Cleveland Clinic’s Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine offers comprehensive care for diseases of the vascular and lymphatic systems, including hyper-coagulable disorders. The section is home to one of the most active vascular laboratories in the country, with more than 2,200 clinical studies performed per month.

Dr. Tefera is experienced in the medical management of patients with all forms of vascular disease to help them reduce their risk of blood vessel blockages as well as the treatment of patients who develop venous thromboembolism.

Success Rates: Success rates for specific vascular procedures at Cleveland Clinic are available at

Education: Dr. Tefera earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, and completed his internal medicine residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. During his residency Dr. Tefera fulfilled the requirements for the Leadership in Medical Education track and earned an Emotionally Intelligent Leader Certificate from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. He was selected to serve as Chief Medical Resident in his final year. He received his specialty training as a fellow in Vascular Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Tefera was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2020 upon completion of his fellowship. 

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Tefera has been an investigator on research studies related to cardiovascular diseases as well as global health and infectious disease. He has coauthored scientific papers on these studies published in peer-reviewed journals and presented the abstracts at leading medical meetings, including American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America and International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

About Dr. Tefera: “I consider it a privilege to serve patients and practice in the field of vascular medicine. I enjoy this specialty because of the wide array of diseases we treat and the ability we have as vascular medicine physicians to treat and comfort patients during their darkest moments.”

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Tefera trains for marathons and enjoys travel and playing the piano.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Vascular Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Residency - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve
Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Principles of Medical Education, Harvard Medical School
    Emotionally Intelligent Leader, Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
    Certificate of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Venous thromboembolism, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism; Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT); Anticoagulation; Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Leben Tefera, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 7/5/2023, Dr. Tefera 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.

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

135 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

The doctor made me feel a lot more at ease about my diagnosis. Highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Really like Dr. Tefera

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

We love Dr. Tefera. We make our appts. 6 mos. In advance. Nurses always polite and nice. We come from Medina, county, but the trip is worth it !

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr. Telefax's, is the best! He takes time to talk to his patient. He truly emulates the perfect role os a physician! We are so blessed to have him practicing in our community!

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Good doctor

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

I like Dr. Tefera a lot. He is always caring and listens to you. One of the nicest doctors you have.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr. Tefera is tremendous.

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

He is an excellent medicalProvider.

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Dr. Tefera is awesome. Always takes time to discuss concerns and to educate so you leave very informed. Great Provider!!!!!!!

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Dr. Tefera's communication skills are excellent. He makes you feel heard and is very thorough in answering questions we have regarding my health. I have referred him to others who are in need of vascular care.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

The doctor was fantastic and very knowledgeable about my condition. He tested me for a condition that could be causing my dvts that no provider thought of in 30 years. Though we are 2 hours away I am continuing with him as my provider!!

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

The doctor was very personable yet thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

I really appreciated Dr. Tefera's direct, warm manner. He did not talk down to me end engaged in a productive dialogue about the situation at hand.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2023

He is everything a doctor should be.excellence in attention to us, explanation of issues, expertise; feel we were respected and heard. Can't say enough good things

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Good doctor

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

I was very pleased and impressed with Dr Tefera

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2023

Was impressed with Dr Tefera.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

He was one of the best physicians I have been with. Patient, caring, explained things in detail. He was great!

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

The Dr was very nice and thorghtfull

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

He was very thorough and an excellent doctor to have on my team with so many other things going on

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr. Tefera was an exceptionally kind and thoughtful doctor. It is rare to find a doctor who listens with care and gives you his full attention. Dr. Tefera was keen to help me figure out the best way to treat my pulsatile tinnitus. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr Tefera was awesome.Very nice and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr Tefera explained everything in detail about my condition.He was very knowledgeable and listened to me

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

DR. TEFFERA was very professional, informative, caring and took the time to explain my situation. Nice "bedside manor"!

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

The doctor was a good help in answering things to help to get better

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

DR. Tefera always listens to me and is very understanding. At this time he has also given me guidance in possible location to seek further assistance with the diagnosis of LIPEdema.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Dr Tefara was excellent in explaining my condition and treatment

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

First time visit with Dr.Tefera and I liked him a lot.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2022

Dr.Tefera was very knowledgeable, respectful, and had excellent bedside manner. I felt very confident with his level of care.

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