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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

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abnormal Vascular Lab Study
  • Anticoagulation Therapy
  • Arterial Doppler Ultrasound
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Carotid Doppler Ultrasound
  • Medical Management of PAD
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Outcomes Research
  • Thrombolysis
  • 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 Aneurysmal Disease
  • 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
  • Post-Phlebitic (Thrombotic) Syndrome
  • Protein C and S Deficiencies
  • Prothrombin Gene Mutation
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Varicose Veins
  • Venous Insufficiency
View all 25 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.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 4/18/2022, 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

99 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

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Doctor Tefera is extremely very kind, good listener,.takes time with patient.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Dr Tafera I've enjoyed EVERY appointment I've had with him. I'm glad he's one of the doctors on my team...I TRULY appreciate him.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

I wish I could experience more staff (everyone I encountered) like I experienced with Dr L Tefera clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Dr Tefera is a great doctor. He explains everything with detail.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Dr Tefera was terrific

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr. Trefara was so kind and friendly. He was professional and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr. Tefera's ability to communicate and care for me as a patient is outstanding. On a scale of 1-10, he's 11.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

*Dr. Tefera is a wonderful communicator.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

I had a major life threatening medical event in 2021, and since being in Dr Teferra's care have not felt more understood, heard, and well cared for. His bedside manor is impressive, and his understanding mental health aspects that coincide with a major medical event was so impactful in my recovery. He has empathy I haven't received from any other doctor!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

The nurse and doctor were wonderful. I was at ease and confident with them

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr. Tefera is one of the best doctors I have ever seen. He diagnosed my lymphedema and got me on the road to recovery. I am so thankful and privileged to be under his care.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

Great Doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

Dr Tefera and his team are a model of true patient care. Great provider!!! Keep up the great job!!!!!!

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

The dr explained everything in great detail and in terms that were understandable.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

I was so impressed with Dr Teffera. He probably has the best bedside manner of a doctor that I've ever experienced. So understanding and personable. He made me feel like I was in great hands for the rest of my life with his care!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Doctor also gave me some very useful tips

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