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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 Treatments
  • 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 Dissection
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Blocked Arteries
  • 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 http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx.

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

Residency - University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH United States

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

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland, OH

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

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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 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

137 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Dr Tefera was very professional, dynamic and informative. It was a very good appointment. He listened to me and we had a good discussion. I left the appointment with a good understanding of follow on care.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Dr. Tefera was extremely personable & very knowledgeable of my condition. He referred me to top notch specialists @ OSU Columbus. He is as serious as I am for getting my condition treated so my quality of life is optimized. It was truly comforting how he viewed me as worthwhile of care and not dismissed as I have in the past.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Coordination between physicians on my team and information sharing between them with great speed has me very happy with their teamwork.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Dr.Tefera was most impressive. He took his time to explain the purpose of his role in my care, what his plan of action is and how he will continue to work with me to hopefully find out what caused the blood clots in my lungs and legs. I was exceptionally impressed with how this doctor took his time with me and answered my questions in detail without any reluctance. I am truly grateful for the time and energy he spent with me.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Everything and everyone was amazingly wonderful and kind. From the valet staff to the information desk team to the doctor. All highly professional and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr. Telefara, is outstanding with true compassion & concern about his patients.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

Dr.Tefera was excellent.....patiently explained everything to me in a clear and understandable mannter.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

Dr. Tefera was an exctremely excellent doctor all around!

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Absolutely would recommend Dr.Tefera . He is one of the kindest, caring doctor and he really listens to you.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

One of the best doctors I have ever had.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

I had been to several physicians over an eight month period and wasn't getting any help. After seeing the Dr. At Cleveland Clinic I had a better understanding of what was wrong and treated necessary.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

We love doctor tefera

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Really don't discuss dr. Appts very much

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

My vascular physician was excellent and very caring and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Alan at the front desk was exceptional! Both Dr. Tefera and the Resident were very pleasant.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Very good experience with him every time

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr Tefera and his staff were all amazing!

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr Tefera was professional yet friendly, and very informative.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Dr. Tefara establishes an excellent relationship with his patients. It's easy to think that I can comfortably share any health concern with him. He also noted trends with my weight loss, which was inspirational. I'm glad that the hospital that I attend have doctors like him.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

He's the best! He is very positive and encouraging. He's also very compassionate.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Doc T is da MAN!!!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

I always feel cared for and valuable to Dr. Tefera because he is sure to follow up on how I am doing. He doesn't let me "slip through the cracks."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

He is a very good physician who cares about me as a new patient. Dr. Terfera answered my questions which calmed my fears about having veinous insufficiency.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Md was so kind and patient ..

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr. Tefera.

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

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