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Department Vascular Surgery
Primary Location Marymount Medical Building
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Amputation
  • Aneurysm Surgery - Traditional Open Surgery
  • Angioplasty of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Angioplasty/Stenting for Mesenteric Artery Stenosis
  • Angioplasty/Stenting of Subclavian Artery
  • Aortic Aneurysm Open Repair and Endovascular Repair
  • Aortofemoral Bypass Grafting
  • Atherectomy
  • Bypass Surgery for Atherosclerosis
  • Bypass Surgery for PAD
  • Bypass Surgery for Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Carotid-Subclavian Bypass
  • Diagnostic Angiography
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Dialysis Access Surgery
  • Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Endovascular Repair of Lower Extremity Ischemia
  • Endovascular Repair of Renal and Mesenteric Disease
  • Endovascular Treatment of Lower Extremity Artery Disease
  • Endovascular Treatment of the Abdominal Aorta
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement
  • Medical Management of PAD
  • Noninvasive Testing for Vascular Disease
  • Percutaneous Interventions for Vascular Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Surgery
  • Renal Angioplasty
  • Renal Artery Stenting
  • Retrieval of Inferior Vena Cava Filters
  • Stenting of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Surgical Bypass for Visceral Ischemic Syndrome
  • Thrombolytic Therapy for Arterial Disease
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery Department
View all 35 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Occlusion (Blockage)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Occlusive Disease
  • Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia
  • Iliac Artery Aneurysm
  • Iliac Artery Occlusion (Blockage)
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Leg Circulation Problems
  • Lower Extremity Ulcers
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Popliteal Artery Aneurysms
  • Renal Artery Disease
  • Rest Pain
  • Subclavian Steal Syndrome
View all 16 Specialties +


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About Alexander Rim, MD

Alex Rim, MD, is a vascular surgeon in the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He sees patients and performs surgery at Marymount Hospital, Garfield Heights.

Specialty Interests: Open and endovascular (minimally invasive) repair of abdominal aortic and iliac artery aneurysms; treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAD) and limb salvage, carotid occlusive disease and carotid endarterectomy; hemodialysis (kidney dialysis) access surgery and interventions; lower extremity arterial bypass surgery

Number of Patients Treated: Physicians in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Vascular Surgery performed more than 7,400 procedures in 2015; 60 percent of these were endovascular procedures. Dr. Rim performs more than 400 vascular procedures a year and has performed approximately 5,000 over the course of his career.

Success Rate: The overall mortality rate for vascular surgery patients at Cleveland Clinic 2011-2015 was 1.7 percent, significantly below the expected mortality rate of 5.4 percent, which is based on the age of our patients, the severity of their illness and their general health condition.

Education and Training: Dr. Rim graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, New Haven, Conn. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University School of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, in 1995, graduating with honors in surgery and ob/gyn. He completed a residency in general surgery at Cleveland Clinic, serving as chief resident in his final year of training. Following an additional year of vascular surgery research, he completed his subspecialty training with a two-year vascular surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Rim joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2016 after almost 12 years as a vascular surgeon at a Florida hospital.

About Dr. Rim: “I enjoy vascular surgery because I am able to establish long-term relationships with patients. I feel I have made a difference in their lives, as well as mine.” 

Leisure Activities: In his leisure time Dr. Rim enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and friends and cheering on all Cleveland sports teams and The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Vascular Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA

Undergraduate - Yale University
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
New Haven, CT USA


  • Surgery - Vascular Surgery

Specialty Interests

Open and endovascular repair of abdominal aortic and iliac artery aneurysms, treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease and limb salvage, carotid occlusive disease and carotid endarterectomy, hemodialysis access surgery and interventions, lower extremity arterial bypass surgery

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 4/5/2024, Dr. Rim 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.

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

150 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

10 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr Rim is an excellent doctor and surgeon. He explains everything so thoroughly. My wife and I trust him very much. He is very conservative and will recommend the least invasive procedure as possible to fix the problem.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Great doctor explained to me all my issues and solutions

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2024

Dr Rim had seen me for 1 and my wife for 4 years. He has always impressed. His advice has been right and his explanations have been clear informative.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr Rim is a wonderful doctor who listens, is empathetic, knowledgeable and has a great bedside manner.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

I was very pleased with my office visit with Dr. Rim. He was polite, listened carefully, went over papers that I brought from a previous doctor and explained carefully my next steps. I could not have had a better visit. I would recommend him to anyone who has an issue with varicose veins.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

My Doctor is very good with information concerning you health and very in explaining what you need to about your ongoing healthcare plan for the future.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

He is very compassionate and caring and that time to answer your question I would very much recommend him to other friends and family

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Rim answered all questions and explained procedures.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

He is a very good Doctor.

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