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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

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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
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) Determination
  • General Cardiology
  • Intervention Section
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumping
  • Invasive and Interventional Cardiology Section
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology Section
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Stress Testing
  • Virtual Histology
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Angina
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Bifurcation Blockage
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Restenosis
View all 7 Specialties +
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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 is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care. 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
2021

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cleveland, OH USA
1979

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1977

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 - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine

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 7/2/2020, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

196 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

Dr Simpfendorfer is a well trusted physician by myself, I trust him wife my life! Best doc I've ever seen.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

I was very pleased with how the Dr listed to my concerns.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

I was very impressed with the degree to which I was examined and the extent of the doctor's explanation of my health issues. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give Dr. Simpfendorfer a 25!!!

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr Simpfendorfer is an excellent & caring doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Simpfendorfer is the Best ! I don't know how it could be any better .

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

I feel like I'm in the best hands that I could possibly be in !My confidence level is now through the roof !Thank You Dr. Simpfendorfer, Thank You Cleveland Clinic ! Merry Christmas

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Best doctor at Cleveland Clinic in my opinion.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Doctor was thorough and very concerned about my health. He made me and my husband feel as though we were finally in a world class heart center.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Dr SIMPENDOFER is not only a best cardiologist I have encountered as a doctor myself and also he examines me clinically throughly which I encounter rarely anywhere. My respect for Doctor

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Simfendorfer is a great doctor who is always there to help me.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Good overall. Dr simfendorfer is great. Eight years straight after having my quadruple by pass.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Dr Simpfendorfer spends quality time with me. Not in a hurry to leave.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Doctor seems to genuinely care for me as a person and patient

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr Lincoff and Dr Simpfendorfer were excellent, both caring and professional

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Conrad Simpfendorfer has treated me for over 30 years and he is extremely knowledgeable and caring. He was involved with my care requiring stress tests every other year to check my condition after a very minor heart attack when I was 40, when I was passed off from another interventional cardiologist at Fairview Hospital who was retiring. After 3-4 stress tests he did a necessary catheterization to determine 4 blockages in the heart. He got me to a talented surgeon team at CC for a quad by-pass 20 years ago. He has been following up w/carotid screening and stress tests/blood work ever since. When I developed atrial flutter, he got me to Dr. Bhargava who handled that successfully. I have been so lucky to have known Conrad and his associates over the years.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

I was very impressed with Dr. Soltesz. He was professional and relatable, answering all of our questions without rushing. He madeis very comfortable.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Cc is the very best for my family snd recommend to friends! Never think twice about the quality of service snd expertise of the doctors! Thank you.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Doc is absolutely fantastic. I never feel rushed through an appointment. He listens and asks appropriate questions.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Simpfendorfer and the staff were phenomenal.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Dr Simpfendorfer was knowledgeable, kind, efficient, thorough with with history& physical, and communicated with respect and understanding. I could not ask for more.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Can't find a better doctor than Dr. Simpfendorfer! Thorough as you would want a doctor to be. Communicates extremely well with his patients. VERY,VERY GOOD LISTENER!

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Would recommend Dr. Simpfendorfer to anyone who needs a cardiologist.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

I have been seeing Dr. Simpfendorfer for 15 years and I am very, very pleased with his care. I think that he does a superb job of promoting Cleveland Clinic's reputation. I was sorry to hear that Leela, his administrative assistant, has been promoted. She was always very helpful to me, very competent and efficient.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr Simpfendorfer is very through, explains test results so you can understand, I always feel I've gotten the best care when I leave there, his staff is so pleasant .

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

I've never had such a caring and complete physician, that Dr. Simpfendorfer is.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

We have complete confidence in Dr. Simpfendorfer's evaluation.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr. Simpfendorfer is a God sent! His mannerisms show the utmost respect and after I leave there I am well informed of my condition and the future prospects of my health situation.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

I can only say Dr. Simpfendorfer and the staff were excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr. Simpfendorfer is the best doctor CCF could ever ask for. He is the greatest.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr Simpfendorfer was very efficient and courteous. He is very professional and knowledgeable. He answered my questions and explained findings of tests that I had taken that were completed. He explained that my next annual visit would consist of some additional tests.I appreciate him so very much.

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