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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Drug Eluting Stenting
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Invasive & Interventional Cardiology Section
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology Section
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Microcirculatory Assessment
  • Coronary Spasm Testing
  • Heart Attack
  • Microvascular dysfunction
View all 6 Specialties +


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About Claire Raphael, MD, PhD

Claire Raphael, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, MA, is an interventional cardiologist in the Section of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology of the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. She sees patients at main campus.

Specialty Interests: Percutaneous coronary intervention, angioplasty, coronary physiology, coronary microvascular dysfunction, Type 2 myocardial infarction

Experience: Dr. Raphael has more than 10 years of specialized training in interventional cardiology. She has performed more than 5,000 diagnostic coronary procedures and more than 1,000 percutaneous coronary intervention procedures.

She is certified in interventional cardiology in both the United Kingdom and the USA and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic has been rated the top heart center in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for more than 20 consecutive years, drawing patients from across the country and around the world. To learn about patient outcomes for specific conditions and procedures at Cleveland Clinic, go to:
Education: Dr. Raphael earned her medical degree with honors, a master’s in bioethics with honors and a PhD from Imperial College, London. She completed her residency at St. Mary’s Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital, both in London, and Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, U.K.

She began her specialty training as an advanced registrar in cardiology at Royal Brompton Hospital, London, and continued as an academic clinical fellow in cardiology at Imperial College before returning to the Royal Brompton Hospital as a British Heart Foundation PhD fellow. She then spent six months as a general and interventional cardiology fellow at Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam. She continued her training as a general and interventional cardiology fellow at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, the largest heart and lung center in the U.K.

Dr. Raphael came to the United States in 2016 for a one-year fellowship in structural and advanced coronary intervention at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. She returned to the U.K. as a senior interventional fellow at Imperial Hospital and then served a fellowship in advanced coronary intervention at Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, U.K. She returned to the United States and the Mayo Clinic in 2019 for a fellowship in advanced coronary intervention.

Dr. Raphael joined the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2021 upon completion of that fellowship.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Raphael has coauthored more than 70 research papers, reviews and case reports in prestigious cardiology journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation and the European Heart Journal.  She also has co-authored chapters in cardiology textbooks and handbooks and co-edited the Handbook of Structural Heart Disease, published in 2020.

Dr. Raphael is a frequent presenter at major cardiology meetings in Europe and the United States, speaking on trends and innovations in clinical care and presenting significant research reports.

About Dr. Raphael: “I am grateful to be able to spend every day working in a field I love and doing my best to help people understand their medical conditions and continue to live a full life.”

Leisure time activities: Outside of work Dr. Raphael enjoys hiking and baking.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Interventional Cardiology
Rochester, MN USA

Fellowship - Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Fellow in Advanced Coronary Intervention
Bournemoth, United Kingdom

Residency - Imperial College London
Final cardiology residency
London, United Kingdom

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Interventional and structural cardiology
Rochester, MN USA

Graduate School - Imperial College School of Medicine
London, UK United Kingdom

Residency - Imperial College London
cardiology residency continued
London, United Kingdom

Residency - Imperial College London
first part of cardiology residency
London, United Kingdom

Residency - Imperial Health Care NHS Trust
Internal medicine residency
London, UK W2 1NY, United Kingdom

Residency - Imperial College London
internal medicine Residency
London, United Kingdom

Residency - Imperial Health Care NHS Trust
London, UK W2 1NY, United Kingdom

Internship - Imperial Health Care NHS Trust
Internal Medicine
London, UK W2 1NY, United Kingdom

Medical Education - Imperial College School of Medicine
Medicine MBBS
London, United Kingdom

Undergraduate - Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom

Specialty Interests

Percutaneous coronary intervention, angioplasty, coronary physiology, coronary microvascular dysfunction, Type 2 myocardial infarction

Awards & Honors

  • 2019   Linacre Lectureship, Royal College of Physicians, U.K.
    2018  Young Investigator Award (Elizabeth-Barrett Connor Award), American Heart Association                 
    2018  Young Investigator Award (runner up), British Society of Cardiology         
    2017  Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, Rosetrees Trust, U.K.
    2015  Cardiologists of Tomorrow Award, European Society of Cardiology              
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Claire Raphael, 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 7/2/2021, Dr. Raphael 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

100 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr. Rafael was just great about taking me on as a new cardiology patient. I am very pleased to have her.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

#2. *Dr. Raphael and her staff explained things and addressed my concerns. I wish *Dr. Leslie Cho had explained what she was doing during my catheterization. Did some kind of stress test on my heart during cath and did not say till after.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Dr Raphael is an amazing doctor who cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Schedule of appointments was very efficient, from check in to doctor. Yet at no time did we feel rushed.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

The Dr was very good and very professional also

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Like I said my first time at your hospital glad my Dr sent me to you the care was great

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

I was treated with respect by everyone My Dr was kind & very knowledgeable in offering the most up to date treatment availt

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

I had researched the Dr prior to arriving. Her background was impressive, but she exceeded all my expectations. Very satisfied with how personable along with how informative she was.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

we absolutely love Dr Claire Raphael

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

dr Raphael is awesome. such a caring informative honest person. love her

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

she was very nice and so full of knowledge, we left pleased! we feel she is a great doctor and appreciate her taking the time to meet with us!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

The Cleveland Clinic & Dr. Raphael & her staff MORE THAN EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

I recommend the hospital because the doctors were thorough in working me up. The overall hospital is good but could improve in the areas I've discussed.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Very caring and kind. Reviewed the records I took there. She is going to follow my care through neurology for other symptoms not related to the heart. I will have a fllow-up with this provider after neuro and EENT. I think it great she is helping to get to a diagnosis for my dizziness and other symptoms. Very personal care, great physician.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

My appointment w Dr. Claire Raphael was excellent! She was professional, yet warm, friendly and very approachable. I felt comfortable asking her questions and she answered them without being dismissive or condescending. She had a wonderful, caring demeanor which is so appreciated when one is concerned about healthproblems! Thank you Dr. Raphael!

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

My question regarding what is the cause of the painful, sporadic electric shock like pains in what seems to b my heart was not answered by Dr. Rodriguez who said he had never heard of this. I was really hoping for an answer but I understand sometimes there are not answers.

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