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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.6697
Desk:
216.444.2913
Fax:
216.445.6173
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Trials
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Intervention
  • C-Reactive Protein Testing
  • Drug Eluting Stenting
  • FFR determination
  • General Cardiology
  • Intervention Section
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Intra-aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Invasive & Interventional Cardiology Section
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology Section
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Stress Testing
  • Virtual Histology
View all 24 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Bifurcation Blockage
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restenosis
  • Stent Restenosis
View all 8 Specialties +
Insurance

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Biography

About Conrad Simpfendorfer, MD

Conrad Simpfendorfer. MD, FACC, is an Interventional Cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Specialty Interests: treatment of valvular heart disease and coronary artery disease. He specializes in cardiac catheterization and coronary interventions.

Success Rate: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1994. Success rates for specific procedures are available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education and Training:  A native of Chile, Dr. Simpfendorfer received his medical degree from Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago, graduating with "Unanimous Distinction." He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic Staff in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in 1982.

Awards and Honors:  Dr. Simpfendorfer received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in 1994 and from Interventional Cardiology in 2006 and 2016. In 2003, Dr. Simpfendorfer received the SOLACI Award from the Latin American Society of Interventional Cardiology for his continued support of educational activities of the Society. In 2006, he was honored by the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico with the Dr. Ignacio Chavez Medal. He was named among the Best Doctors in America for 2007 through 2013. In 2017, he was honored by Fundaliow Cardioinfantil, Colombia in support of education activities. In 2018 received the Cleveland Clinic Distinguished Alumus Award.

Research, Publications and Speaking: A frequent invited lecturer at international medical meetings, Dr. Simpfendorfer has authored more than one hundred articles and book chapters on his specialty interests. He has also served as the primary and co-investigator for numerous clinical studies related to coronary interventions.

Dr. Simpfendorfer is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), Fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography (FSCAI), Fellow of the American College of Angiology,  Fellow of the Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, he is a member of the American College of Physicians and the International Andreas Gruentzig Society. He is an Honorary Member of the Cardiology Societies of Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1982

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cleveland, OH USA
1979

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiology
Cleveland, OH USA
1978

Residency - Saint Luke's Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1976

Internship - Saint Luke's Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1974

Medical School - Catholic University Medical School
Santiago,
1971

Professional Highlights

  • Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic International Center from 1998 to 2006
  • Member of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees from 2007-2010
  • Member of the International Leadership Board
  • Dr. Ignacio Chavez Medal, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, 2006
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, Interventional Cardiology, 2006 and 2016
  • SOLACI Award, Latin American Society of Interventional Cardiology, 2003
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, Cardiovascular Medicine, 1994

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology

Specialty Interests

Coronary artery disease, stent restenosis, stent - coronary, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stent - coronary, coronary intervention

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America, 2007-2013 
  • Guest of Honor, City of Guayaquil, Ecuador, 2007
  • Dr. Ignacio Chavez Medal, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, 2006
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, Section of Interventional Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic, 2005-2006
  • SOLACI Award, Latin American Society of Interventional Cardiology, 2003
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, 1994
  • Fundation Cardio-Infantil, Bogota, Colombia, 2017
  • Cleveland Clinic Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2018

Memberships

  • American College of Cardiology
  • Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Heart Association
  • Society of Cardiology of Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/3/2018, Dr. Simpfendorfer 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

173 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 5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

always a good experience when go to Cleveland Clinic from the friendly personnel thru out hospital & how Dr. Simpfendorfer makes his patience feel we are in the best care.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

I do appreciate Dr. S's explanations and concerns. I choose him all the time.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

VERY PLEASED WITH WHAT THE PROCEDURES WERE AT THE HOSPITAL. COULD NOT ASK FOR A BETTER DR. HE WAS GREAT

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

Dr. Simpfendorfer is most caring and professional. He took the time to explain the results of tests and recommended various possible treatments. He responded to my concerns about the side effects of medications I am taking by adjusting the usage of the medication.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

Always a good experience with Dr. Always a good experience with Dr. Simpfendorfer, a good physician, friendly, caring, listens...

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

Great customer service in all departments. Excellent care from Dr. Simpfendorfer!

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

my Doctor. he is a nice person and professional .proud of him.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Dr. Simpfendorfer is very knowledgeable and able to communicate the status of my heart functioning very clearly. He also is very good at putting me at ease, is very human.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

All of our experiences with the doctors and staff at the Cleveland Clinic have been positive.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018

dr Simpfendorfer is fantastic. I feel he looks at my overall health.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2018

Dr Simpfendorfer is brilliant, articulate and represents the Clinic in only the best manner!!He has correctly diagnosed my illness's and properly treated me!!! He is a fine representative of the Cleveland Clinic!!!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2018

Dr Simpfendorfer is THE best!!!

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

Dr. Simpendoffer is an excellant cardiologist. His clinical history review and examination was through which you rarely see this nowadays..His post examination conference in his office was through and complete.As a physician and surgeon i value his excellent guidance and will keep his councel in the future as I have done for the nearly 30 years in spite of the distance I have to travel.

Reviewed on May 3, 2018

Every time I have seen Dr Simpfendorfer in the past 3 years he has made me feel like I was the only person he was seeing that day. He looks me in the eyes and talks with me and hears what I say, not at me or to a computer or recording machine like so many other doctors I have seen over the years.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2018

I enjoy seeing Dr. Sempendorfer very much. He is genuinely concerned for my best health and listens to my concerns as does his assistant.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2018

had to wait some in exam room but no problem - Dr Simpfendorfer is a great doctor and worth a little wait

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2018

The doctor asked me about all of my meds and recent changes to some prescriptions. He inquired about my reason for returning to see him, and I told him about my recent incidents of chest pain and other concerns. He was easy to talk to and considerate. He's awesome!

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2018

Dr. Simpfendorfer is just a fantastic physician and a wonderful person. I feel like he is very concerned with my care. I have never been invited into a doctor's personal office before and I have been in his three times. Thank you Dr. Simpfendorfer.

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