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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 Education - 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

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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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 7/2/2020, 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.

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

138 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Dr Simpfendorfer truly cares about me and my health. He refers me to others who are also the best professionals needed. He has all my confidence, extremely professional and friendly. i trust him with my life and do what he suggests.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Everything is just perfect my doctor and his entire staff courteous considerate attentive and just very pleasurable people

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

if there would be an Excellent category for Dr. Simpfendorfer we would use it ...he is wonderful at all of the above and more.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Thank You Dr Sinfendofet and the staff at the clinic for excellent and professional care while at the clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

dr Simpendorfer is a wonderful doctor. listens to you and tries to understand your issues. I am very happy to be his patient

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

dr is really great person

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

very likely! absolutely enjoyed my visit with my new physician Dr. Simpfendorfer and I do and continue to recommend this fine professional.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

He was clear, knowledgeable, reassuring.... Explanations were great and I feel going into a cath that I have a good Dr.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr Simpfendorfer's assistant was so attentive, friendly and helpful. She was very perceptive and sensitive to our needs and helped reduce our anxiety during a stressful time.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

From the initial visit through follow up visits, surgery and discharge, Dr. Simpfendorfer, was very involved in my case. He was very caring, encouraging and supportive of me and my family. He listened to my concerns and what was important to me with regard to quality of life. He took the time to extensively discussed and review my medical and surgical options with me. He clearly explained, demonstrated and interpreted test results and images with me and my family. I am so fortunate to have him as my doctor. I highly recommend him and thank him.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

Dr Simpendorfer does an excellent job. I feel very fortunate to have him as my heath physician

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr and his staff were careful with me and their care for me as a patient was outstanding and a refreshing change from previous experiences I've had at other facilities

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

I recommended Dr Zinfendorfer to a friend, who followed up and saw a cardiologist at the CC.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Everyone was very professional. Barely met Dr. Simpfendorfer, but the resident (Nicole) did a good job of explaining the procedure & answering questions. Dr. S. did spend time explaining the results with my wife & daughter while I was in recovery.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

I have been working with Dr.Simpfendorfer For over 20 years he's kept me alive he's a great man very informative and I would recommend him 100%

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Dr Simpfendorfer is one of the best doctors I have seen. He always carefully listens to my questions and takes the time to answer them. He always explains the risks associated with any procedure or medication and tells me what to look for. He is extremely personable and I have recommended him to several of my colleagues. His administrative assistant- Georgann Yonkers- is also top notch. The Cleveland Clinic is very lucky to have them.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

only place that could help me, Dr Simpfendorfer is an excellent doctor, I wouldn't be here today without him

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

D r Simpendoffer is not only a best cardiologist, he is also a best physician and a care giver. He takes Time to listen to the complaint and takes a through history, take notes of the important parts. His physical examination is through for the cardiology. As retired surgeon I can say he is the only doctor I have seen to do a through examination and talk to the patient after the examination in his office, going over all the test results, and showing and explaining all the relevant tests displayed on the computer. I am fortunate to have him as my cardiologist in 1989 to diagnose my CAD and following me often since them following my CABAG. I have no complaint to report only to say that I can't praise him enough.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Everybody was very helpful and polite. My doctor is especially good at showing and explaining my medical exam results to me.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

My doctor is exceptional in taking time to clearly explain everything about the medical tests that have been performed on me and also listens carefully to any questions that I have and responds to them very thoughtfully.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

I Always receive Excellent comprehensive care from Dr. Simpfendorfer. Devotes needed time to review the findings and clearly explain any follow up appointments.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Not enough words to describe Dr. Simpfendorfer. Excellent physician, very caring and humble person. Always listens to your concerns and has time for his patients. Thank you for being the DOCTOR!

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Simpfendorpher gives his undivided attention, explains, answers questions and treats me as if I were his only patient.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Simpfendorfer was very good and taking his time with me and explaining everything

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