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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.

(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

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 4/26/2021, 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

101 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

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Dr. Teferra was very kind and caring. You could tell he knew about lipedema and was very honest about where the medical community is in understanding lipedema. I look forward to continuing my journey with Dr. Teferra and Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Absolutely love my doctor

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr Tefera is outstanding on all levels with care, professionalism, and communication! Thank You!

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr. Tefera was kind and explained things going on with my veins in a way that I could understand. He made sure that I was clear on what the plan would be going forward. I appreciate his genuine care.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

The Doctor and his staff were amazing. I'll definitely be back.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Did not thoroughly grasp proposed testing, department referral at the moment, but appreciated and relied on the doctor's plan of treatment going forward, since this first meeting with this provider.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

The doctor was most informative on all questions. Gave me more insight on my problem than the doctor I was seeing Erie.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

I'm very pleased with the care Dr. Tefera has provided and have recommended him to friends.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Tefera has excellent bed side manner and a nack to put patients at ease.

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Dr Tefera was a wonderful and very attentive as well as knowledgeable physician.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Dr. Tefera is outstanding in his approach to the patient. His demeanor and way of talking puts the patient at ease and makes them feel they are his most important patient of the day. His way of explaining things and listening to questions makes you feel that there are no other patients that he will be seeing for the rest of the day, although I know he must have plenty. I would give Dr. Tefera the highest recommendation possible!

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr Tefera is so prompt at calling you and making sure you are doing well . He is the only Dr in years that I have had a Dr call me himself. It says alot about him he is the best

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

I also saw a resident doctor who was amazing - I don't remember her name.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

the doctor was straight to the point that is something I loved he told me what we neeed to do and do it I loved my experience

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

my last experience with doctor for this issue was not good but here they are doing their best to help me

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Dr. Tefera was very helpful and I really enjoyed my visit - the nurse who checked me in also was very very kind. She was training a new nurse and she was so helpful to him

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

I will highly recommend Dr. Tefera

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr. Tefera was one of the very best Drs. I have ever come across. His explanations were thorough and informative. He laid out my options in a very understandable way and I never felt rushed. I only wish he was at the Avon location more than just one day a week. But, he is fantastic. My wife sat in on my very first appointment and felt the same way about him.

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