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Manuel Cerqueira, MD

Manuel Cerqueira, MD
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Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English, Portuguese
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Treatment & Services

  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Heart Imaging
  • Noninvasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Noninvasive Testing for Vascular Disease
  • Nuclear Medicine SPECT Brain Scan
  • Stress Testing
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Heart Disease
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About Manuel Cerqueira, MD

Manuel Cerqueira, MD, is Chairman of Nuclear Medicine in the Imaging Institute and a Staff Cardiologist in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He serves as a consultant to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as a member and Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Medical Use of Isotopes. He is a member of the Diagnostic Imaging Panel of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and has represented the American College of Cardiology on the AMA/CMS RUC. He is certified in internal medicine, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Cerqueira has a special clinical and research interest in using cardiovascular imaging methods to identify patients with coronary artery disease and those at high risk for having heart attacks or dying from a cardiac cause.

A native of Portugal, Dr. Cerqueira did his undergraduate work at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He did an internship and residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Medical Center in New York City, where he became Chief Resident in internal medicine. He continued his clinical training with a fellowship in cardiology from Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, and continued on at the hospital, becoming Chief Resident in Nuclear Medicine.

Prior to his appointment to the Cleveland Clinic in 2004, Dr. Cerqueira was Chief of Cardiology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He also served as a consultant in nuclear cardiology to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. During his tenure at Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Cerqueira was also Director of Nuclear Cardiology, the Exercise Stress Testing Laboratory and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Dr. Cerqueira has held several academic appointments. He was Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Radiology at Georgetown University and Professor in the Department of Radiology and Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He was also Chief of Nuclear Medicine at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

For his clinical research efforts, he has received the Bertram M. Gesner Memorial Award for Research in Immunology and the Evelyn Gayner Memorial Award from the Society for the Study of Blood. His funded research efforts have focused on measuring the effects of various treatments for acute myocardial infarction, the development of new perfusion and thrombus imaging agents and protocols and the safety of pharmacologic stress testing. Dr. Cerqueira received the Distinguished Service Award and the Leadership Award from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology in 2000, when he also received a "lifetime" listing in Who's Who in America. He has also been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1998.

Currently, Dr. Cerqueira is a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, Division of Grants. He has continued to serve in many posts including reviewer, abstract grader and editorial board member for many leading publications such as the American Journal of Cardiology, the American Journal of Roentgenology, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, among others. He is on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. He is widely published in leading peer-reviewed publications and has authored or co-authored more than 140 articles, 26 book chapters and 75 abstracts on issues related to clinical and research findings.

Dr. Cerqueira is a Founding Member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), and a Fellow of two councils of the American Heart Association: the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and the Council on Clinical Cardiology. He is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Yale-New Haven Hospital
Nuclear Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Fellowship - Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT USA

Residency - Bellevue Hospital Center
Internal Medicine
New York,

Internship - Bellevue Hospital Center
Internal Medicine
New York,

Medical Education - New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA USA

Professional Highlights

  • Listing in "Best Doctors in America," yearly since 1998
  • President, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology 1997-98
  • President, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, 2000-2006
  • President, Certification Board of Cardiovascular CT, 2007-2010
  • American College of Cardiology representative to the RUC and PEC


  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nuclear Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Heart Imaging, Cardiovascular Imaging, Exercise Stress Test, Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing, Non-invasive Testing for Vascular Disease, Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Test, Nuclear Exercise Stress Test, Nuclear Imaging - Heart, Stress Testing

Awards & Honors

  • Bertram M. Gesner Memorial Award for Research in Immunology, New York University School of Medicine, 1976
  • Evelyn Gayner Memorial Award, Society for the Study of Blood, 1976
  • "Best Doctors in America,"  U.S.News & World Report, 1998-Present
  • Lifetime Listing, Strathmore's "Who's Who," 2000
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 2000
  • Leadership Award, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 2004
  • Cardiology Fellows Teaching Award, Georgetown University Medical Center, 2004
  • "Best Doctors," Cleveland magazine, 2005-2008


  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • Council on Cardiovascular Radiology, American Heart Association
  • Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association
  • Founding Member, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/7/2023, Dr. Cerqueira 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.

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