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

  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Imaging
  • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Stress Testing
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyloidosis
  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Aorta Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Occlusion (blockage)
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Risk Prevention
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Related Illnesses
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Heart Valve Infections
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myxomas
  • Pericardial Cyst
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
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About William Stewart, MD

William James Stewart, M.D., has been a staff physician in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic since 1984. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography, giving him the titles of F.A.C.C. and F.A.S.E. Dr. Stewart is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine and Echocardiography. His specialty interests include valvular heart disease, mitral valve repair, aortic valve repair, clinical cardiology, Doppler echocardiography, hemodynamic research, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), intraoperative echocardiography, and echo guidance of transcatheter (percutaneous) valve procedures.

A native of Cleveland and graduate of Brush High School (Lyndhurst), he did undergraduate studies at Harvard, graduating Cum Laude. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and did his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Michigan. After a cardiology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center; he did a two year Cardiac Imaging Research and Clinical fellowship at Harvard Med School's Massachusetts General Hospital.

An expert on heart valve problems, William J. Stewart, M.D. has helped thousands decide on the optimum timing for surgery/repair of valve disease; including regurgitation or stenosis, of the mitral and/or the aortic valve. He is a reviewer for Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, Heart, and Echocardiography.

Dr. Stewart is also an expert in cardiac imaging, and has written board questions for the National Board of Echocardiography, the certifying body for fellowship in this field. For the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), he has served one term as Treasurer, and twice on the Board of Directors, and many years on the Intraoperative Echocardiography Council. He is on the writing committee for the Partner Trial studying Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and coauthored the recently published guidelines for TEE.

Dr. William Stewart has published over 180 scientific articles in leading medical journals on his specialty interests and research. He has authored 35 chapters in medical textbooks, related mostly to treatment of valvular heart disease and its diagnosis with echocardiography.

As a Professor of Medicine (since 2008) on the faculty at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of the Case Western Reserve University, he has been Director of the Cardiovascular Curriculum and the Cardio-Pulmonary Block for first year med students since prior to the inception of the school in 2004. He serves on the Basic Science Education Committee, and teaches seminars and clinical correlations to first and second year students. He received the Kaiser-Permanente Teaching Award for Basic Science Education, from CCLCM in 2007.

He has been named on the “Best Doctors” list, on a yearly basis since 1994, including “Best Doctors in America,” published by Castle Connolly, and others. Over a dozen times, he has been named as one of the “Best Doctors in Cleveland” by Cleveland Magazine.

Bill Stewart is highly involved in family life, with his wife, two grown children, and twin grandbabies. He is an avid exerciser, sailor, downhill skier, and amateur ornithologist. He is a musician and singer, serving weekly as worship leader for his local Christian church congregation, where he is also Senior Warden and on the vestry. He is the faculty advisor to the Cleveland Clinic chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) and serves the Northeast Ohio CMDA. He is a committed believer in Jesus Christ, and has been featured on television for his interests in the integration of medicine, faith, and spirituality. Dr. Stewart believes in the power of prayer, working together with scientific medicine, for healing illness.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA USA

Fellowship - Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA USA

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Internal Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Internship - University of Michigan Health System
Internal Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Medical School - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA

Undergraduate - Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA

Additional Training

  • Advanced Clinical and Research Fellow, Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., 1982-1984

Professional Highlights

  • Co-Investigator, Everest II Trial, of percutaneous edge-to-edge repair of mitral regurgitation
  • Co-Investigator, Partner Trial, of percutaneous aortic valve replacement
  • Co-Investigator, Revival Trial, of transcatheter aortic valve replacement using the per-apical approach
  • Co-Investigator, Post Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Clinical Trial (Post CABG Trial)
  • Cardiovascular Study Section, Institutional Review Board, Cleveland Clinic, 1987-1996


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Mitral and Aortic Valve Problems, Cardiac Valve Disease - Diagnosis and Therapy, Valve repair, Transesophageal and Transthoracic Echocardiography, Imaging for Transcatheter Interventions, Endocarditis, Pericardial Disease, Cardiovascular Imaging, Cardiac tumors.

Awards & Honors

  • Kaiser-Permanente Teaching Award for Basic Science Education, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, 2007
  • America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., New York (peer selection from nationwide survey of 200,000 doctors), 2001-2007 
  • Top Docs, Northern Ohio Live magazine, 2007
  • Best Doctors in America for Cleveland, Cleveland magazine, 1998, 2002-2006
  • Best Doctors in America, Consensus Support of Peers Survey Best Doctors, Inc. Woodward White Press, Aiken, S.C., 1994, 2005  
  • Guide to America’s Top Physicians, Consumers’ Research Council of America, Washington, D.C., 2004-2005 
  • Champion, Echo Jeopardy, American Society of Echocardiography, 15th Annual Scientific Sessions, San Diego, Calif., 2004 
  • The Best Doctors in the Midwest for Echocardiography, Survey of Medical Specialists, Woodward White Press, Aiken, S.C., 1998

Innovations & Patents

  • Intraoperative echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Understanding the mechanism of mitral regurgitation to enable mitral valve repair
  • Understanding the mechanism of aortic regurgitation to enable aortic valve repair
  • Echocardiography in transcatheter (percutaneous) repair for mitral regurgitation
  • Echocardiography in transcatheter (percutaneous) aortic valve replacement femoral or apical


  • Fellow, American Society of Echocardiography (FASE)
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology (FACC)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/4/2017, Dr. Stewart 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

128 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 23, 2017

Dr. Stewart is so caring and informative

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2017

I appreciate the excellent care I received.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2017

Clear and concise!

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2017

dr. Stewart does what he needs to do to get the care I need.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2017

Dr. Stewart is the best for me and my health problems.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2016

Dr. Stewart made a dosage adjustment to one of my medications. This new perscription was immediately sent to my local pharmacy and was available for pick-up as soon as I arrived home from my appointment.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2016

Very good exam and meeting with the Doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2016

we had no problems. good visit

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2016

Very thorough explainations

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2016


Reviewed on Oct 6, 2016

If all doctors were as professional and truly sensitive like Dr. William Stewart the World would be a better place ! He is one in a million........................

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2016

Professional and respectful.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2016

we had no bad experience any time while we were there 1st Class

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2016

We have been to Cleveland Clinic for treatment of my husband in the past. This time, it's my turn. We were not disappointed. all went as expected with my first visit. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2016

Dr. Stewart has been thorough at each of my annual visits. He takes into consideration the whole person (me in this case) as it relates to my heart issues. Dr. Stewart is not the only cardiologist I have seen but he is the one I have chosen to work with because of the care he provides.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2016

I was asked if I had any questions several times. I was able to understand my medical issues.

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