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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Atrial Fibrillation Center
  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Cardioversion
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Clinical Trials
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Lead Extraction
  • Lifevest
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Pacemaker Lead Extraction
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Beats - Women
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Bradyarrhythmias
  • Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Infection
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
  • Sudden Cardiac Death (Sudden Cardiac Arrest)
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
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About Walid Saliba, MD

Walid Saliba, MD, is Director of the Electrophysiology Lab, Associate Section Head of the Pacing and Electrophysiology Section, Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center, Medical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation, and a Staff Cardiologist in the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

He is board-certified in cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. Dr. Saliba is trained in all aspects of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing, including catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias, implantation of cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, placement of left atrial occlusion devices and extraction of implanted pacemaker- and ICD leads using laser technology.

In addition to office visits, Dr. Saliba also offers scheduled follow up virtual visits to select patients, through the Cleveland Clinic Express Care ® Online app. This platform allows patients to see their physician live, using their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Specialty/Clinical interests: Atrial fibrillation , ventricular tachycardia, abnormal heart rhythms, supraventricular tachycardia, epicardial ablation, biventricular pacemaker, catheter ablation, lead extraction, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, pacemaker implant, atrial fibrillation ablation, left atrial appendage occlusion

Number of Procedures Performed:  Dr. Saliba performs 100 ablations and 75 device procedures per year.

Success Rates:  Cleveland Clinic is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care. Success rates for specific procedures are available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education and Training: Dr. Saliba completed his undergraduate work at the American University of Beirut (AUB), graduating with distinction and a degree in Physics. He continued at AUB, where he earned his medical degree. Dr. Saliba completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 1998, Dr. Saliba was Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, Medical Director of the Cardiopulmonary Laboratory and a Staff Cardiologist at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, N.Y. He then completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, and was appointed to the staff in 1999.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Saliba’s research has focused on topics related to new treatments for patients with atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker and defibrillator performance. He has been an invited lecturer at many national meetings and symposia, presenting on topics related to new therapies and ablation of atrial fibrillation; pacemaker implant techniques, including biventricular systems; arresting arrhythmia; and sudden cardiac death. Dr. Saliba has authored and co-authored articles in leading scientific journals such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Review and the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

About Dr. Saliba: “The best reward is when the patient comes back to see you in the clinic, feeling great and they say: “I have a new life.”

Leisure time activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Saliba enjoys biking, swimming, skiing, traveling and spending time with his family.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Residency - Duke University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Durham, NC USA

Internship - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Beirut, Lebanon

Medical Education - American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon


  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Abnormal Heart Rhythms, Atrial Fibrillation, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Tachycardia, Biventricular Pacemaker, Catheter Ablation, Lead Extraction, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, Pacemaker Implant, Pulmonary Vein Isolation Ablation, Left atrial Appendage occlusion.

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 10/16/2023, Dr. Saliba has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Saliba receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Boston Scientific Corporation

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

242 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 4.8
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

59 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Loved our time at Cleveland Clinic. Still waiting to speak to surgery scheduler to schedule procedure. Loved Dr. Saliba! Thank you for seeing me.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Loved Dr.,Saliba.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr Saliba is extremely interested in my health and care.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

This has beenan amazing experience from start to finish. Dr. Saliba is as good as it gets in terms of providing what a patient needs. He took the time to call me the day after my surgery to make sure I was okay. I would never trust my cardiac care to anyone else!

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Saliba is outstanding and I will recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

I trust Dr.Saliba's judgement on what he recommended completely.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Dr Saliba is a terrific doctor. I trust him completely

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

Dr Saliba and his team were amazing. Everyone made sure I knew what my options were and the path forward. Amazing and smooth and experience

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Excellent. Dr Saliba was very professional and efficient. Greatly appreciate timely appointment

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr. Saliba is wonderful

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

I love Dr Saliba and the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr Saliba and the nurse met with me and my adult son in the room with the device nurse and it saved a lot of time for us.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

I wish you had a column marked excellent for me to check off. Dr. Walid Saliba has been an outstanding practitioner. I'm so fortunate to have him be my caregiver.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr. Saliba was wonderful, knowledgeable, friendly, comforting.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

I tried for a couple months to schedule Dr. Saliba and Dr. Kalihasti on the same day since I am three hours one way. I never did succeed. Ended up driving there twice in five days apart totalling 12 hours of drive time for 2 separate appts that lasted maybe a 1/2 hour each.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Dr. Siliba was very attentive and went above and beyond to take care of me and my heart issues.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Dr Saliba and his team provided excellent treatment in a caring and professional manner.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Always a pleasant, personal, and sincere in our discussions. Listens well to my questions and responds candidly, and does it in a caring manner. He is a comfortable doctor to be with, he can blend his medical language without the complexities. He is patient with me. He has a pragmatic approach in our discussions.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

An excellent physician, very knowledgeable, attentive to all my questions, compensate when I showed concern. I would absolutely recommend him !

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr. Saliba is very clear about his suggestions and reasoning regarding the proposed treatment plan, particularly in terms of risk/reward.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

I consider myself very grateful and thankful that Dr. Saliba would take an interest in my heart condition. I'm so thankful for him and his team around him.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr Saliba was very kind, knowledgeable and willing to answer our questions. Spent time with us without making us feel rushed. I saw a different doctor in the same group when an inpatient and this was a follow up appointment. He did not seem to want to take me away from the doctor who saw me in the hospital although I like Dr Saliba better personality wise.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2024

Dr Saliba gave us an inordinate amount of time and we were very pleased with his care. A true gentleman.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr Saliba, personally, was extremely prompt in returning phone calls.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr Saliba has been my Cleveland EP for 20 years. He is attentive and helpful.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

In comparison to other doctors, he seemed a bit cooler and wanted me to make the decsion about further care. I was a bit uncomfortable being made to decide on further care.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Dr. Saliba and his staff are top! So thankful they have the expertise and professionalism to care for my health needs. Thank you so much!

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Here's one example of how well the doctors are relating to one another in sharing information. During my almost 45 minutes with Dr. Saliba, there was a need to connect with another cardiologist, Dr. Alvarez. Dr. Saliba called him, left a message and Dr. Alvarez responded promptly. The information exchange was essential to provide the right options for my medical care.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr. Saliba is always patient and caring. I have full trust in him.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Very sincere and a great Doctor!!!

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Dr Saliba is very talented and fully explains the issues. Very nice guy w excellent bedside manner. I always recommend him

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr Saliba spent a lot time discussing my treatment options and answering all my questions .Dr Saliba used diagrams to help me understand Options. I probably asked the same questions multiple times yet he answered them so that I would completely understand.I felt that Dr Saliba really wants me to have the best outcomes, I felt that he really cared about me.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

The doctor was very patient and helpful

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

The doctor was warm, friendly and caring

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr Saliba 1 in a million..the best

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr. Saliba joked that I was an engineer (I think because I had a pen in my shirt pocket and a notebook.) At the time it flustered me a bit. I had written questions to ask him but forgot to get the list out. However, I enjoyed his written report of the visit in the mychart portal. It was thorough and answered most of my written questions.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr. Saliba is the best. I have my life back thanks to Dr. Saliba and his team. I am ever so grateful.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Doctor explained A-Fib for a better understanding that it's controlled and will be a part of me from now on.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Loved the provider. He treated us with respect and dignity and took his time with us.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Dr. Saliba takes his time - he is very attuned to me specifically. When he came on the video call he had already studied my records and was prepared to talk details. He is personable and witty which makes health care enjoyable.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

I was very pleased with how fast my request for a physician visit was made.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

We were impressed with Dr.Salina approach and his expertise,we are very positive about the chance of working with him and trying to treat my atrial fibrillation.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

If I could give a rating higher than very good for Dr. Saliba, I would do it in a heartbeat no pun intended! A true partner in my cardiac health, and one for whom I have a great deal of respect and admiration. I feel fortunate to have him as my heart Doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

I was extremely impressed with Dr. Saliba. He was calming and answered my many silly questions. He had a wonderful bedside manner. I thought he was great!

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr. Saliba is very knowledgeable and is top of his field. He is very pleasant and respectful and caring.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

All staff involved in scheduling are very courteous and professional at all times. That includes Dr. Saliba's staff.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

I drive 3.5 hours each time to see Dr. Saliba. He has an outstanding bedside manner and always considers and discusses any concerns. He is top notch in every way!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Thank you Dr. SALIBA! Always professional with a personal touch. He leaves me confident in the direction he proposes and I know I am in great hands!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

I have told several people of the excellent care and attention given to me by Dr. SALIBA . Thank you again.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr. Saliba and the N.Practitioner were exceptionally good in every way I can think of.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr. Saliba was excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

I would definitely recommend Dr. Saliba! Great doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr Saliba spent plenty of time and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Very grateful for Dr. Saliba

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr. Saliba was amazing. As someone who works in the industry I am typically apprehensive when meeting a new physician. Dr. Saliba treated me like a person and a friend.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Dr Saliba is an excellent cardiologist with a reassuring manner

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

I have already recommended Dr. Saliba and the clinic to quite a few friends and aquaintances.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

You Dr. and your group of assistants are exceeding expectations on a continuing basis. Thank you so very much.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Dr Saliba and all of the staff are professional and caring. Thank you for all you do!

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