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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

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease
  • General Cardiology
  • Non-invasive Testing for Vascular Disease
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • High Cholesterol
View all 8 Specialties +


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About Curtis Rimmerman, MD

Curtis Mark Rimmerman, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.C. is Chairman, Cleveland Clinic International Operations based in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.    Dr. Rimmerman was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic’s Professional Staff in 1993 as a cardiologist in the Section of Clinical Cardiology in the Section of Clinical Cardiology, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic.  Since 1996, Dr. Rimmerman has been a leader in international healthcare delivery directing multidisciplinary teams both internationally and domestically.  In 2001, Dr. Rimmerman was appointed the inaugural holder of the Gus P. Karos Endowed Chair in Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Rimmerman is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Specialty/Clinical interests: Dr. Rimmerman’s clinical practice encompasses coronary artery and valvular heart disease diagnosis and management.

Success Rates: 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:

Education and Training: Dr. Rimmerman was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Chemistry (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1983. He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in 1987 from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rimmerman completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee followed by a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. He continued his education while on Cleveland Clinic’s professional staff at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, earning a Master's Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 2001.

Research and Publications: Dr. Rimmerman is an expert in12-lead electrocardiogram interpretation and education, being the author of multiple books including Interactive Electrocardiography, 3rd Edition, an industry standard.

He has directed numerous Cleveland Clinic educational symposia including co-founding the Annual Intensive Review of Cardiology Board Review Course.  Dr. Rimmerman has published two books with Kaplan Publishing. His first book, The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Heart Attacks, was released in 2009. A second book, The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Speaking With Your Cardiologist, was released in 2010.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Indiana University Medical Center
Indianapolis, IN USA

Residency - Vanderbilt University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Nashville, TN USA

Internship - Vanderbilt University Hospital
Medical Internship
Nashville, TN USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Master of Business Administration, Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, 2001
  • Certified Physician Executive, American College of Physician Executives, 2007


  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

General cardiology, heart disease, coronary artery disease, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, exercise stress echocardiogram, high cholesterol

Awards & Honors

  • Inaugural holder of the Gus P. Karos Endowed Chair in Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 10/2/2021, Dr. Rimmerman 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

114 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman was easy to talk to, professional but very friendly! We will definitely be back to see him. He also gave us recommendations for a more heart healthy eating plan! We really appreciated the time he spent with us

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman is great. He explained the situation with my condition as well as the urgency. He listens. He showed empathy. He answered my questions until I didn't have any more to ask. I am thankful that I chose him as my cardiologist.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Dr. Rimerman is very easy to talk to and explains everything dealing with my care in plain English. He is not interested in promoting himself but more so in promoting my good health.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman was very easy to talk to and a lot was accomplished during my visit. He went out of his way to go over several of my concerns that were not related to my visit I feel very comfortable under his care. Great Doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman is very nice person.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

I will always recommend DR. RIMMERMAN.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman was very kind and concerned about my medical issue. He explained to me in great detail (which I appreciated) what my issue was and how to deal with it and what to expect in the future.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

I have been over the moon happy with the correspondence I have received since being with The Cleveland Clinic. My doctor especially listened to me and created a thorough plan.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

I was an office manager for hospitalists for 49 years. I worked in hospital settings during most of that time and my experience with Dr. Rimmerman was excellent. He respected my input and explained his findings and opinion very clearly.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman was very thorough, accurate, honest with us, you couldn't ask for anything more.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

My experience with Dr. Rimmerman was excellent. He took time with me, is an excellent listener, had already familiarized himself with my file, and was very helpful as to what I should and should not do going forward. He instilled confidence and was very kind. I am grateful to have his contact information should I need to reach him in the future. He was precise in his explanations and directions. He answered all my questions. I'm so appreciative that he was selected to see me.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman was wonderful and such a good listener- kind - helpful

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

I think your Concieege Service, Dr Rimmerman and his staff are FANTASTIC!!! I'm VERY Happy I came to the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr. C. Rimmerman I actually was feeling defeated and dreaded coming in. That all quickly turn around - You exceed my expectations, your experience and academic knowledge is quite apparent. I felt comfortable speaking with you, but it was how you treated me that made me feel that I was moving forward. I felt like an individual that you were treating. It was nice that you were so direct but also compassionately empathetic about how I perceived the information you were providing. You are a rare individual and I truly appreciate your time. Thank you I wish all the best for you.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman was the first doctor in decades who genuinely doctored me! He listened to my medical issues and concerns and provided a vast amount of knowledgable information for my consideration so that I could make decisions to participate in my wellness. He did not prescribe pills for cure but explained the benefits of a healthier life style and diet as the best alternative. I left motivated to begin a path toward a healthier heart and general wellness and I immediately started that day eating better and exercising.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman is easy to talk with about important health issues. He gives sage advice. He never rushes us in or out. I trust him. Thank You!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

just a very nice doctor and very caring and doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Trying to make an appointment with Dr Rimmerman was impossible. very frustrating. Finally just called Cardiology and that worked well.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Meeting with the doctor was very reassuring. He had a clear path on what he wanted to get done while we were at the Cleveland Clinic. We live about 8 hrs from Cleveland but the Dr. assured we would be able to contact him if needed. So far it's been excellent communication.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr Rimmerman show great compassion and concern. He explained every detail and he even scheduled an appointment with a different provider

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman was fantastic. I have a serious condition, and he answered all of our questions and addressed all of our concerns. I left the office more comfortable with the treatment plan than I did walking in.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Everyone, including/especially Dr. Rimmerman was professional and personable.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Dr Rimmerman is very professional and personableHe answers all questions and explains the why and what its very thoroughly and in a manner which is easy to understand

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Dr. Rimmerman was efficient and thorough in considering my overall health picture as it pertained to my primary complaint.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

I have had a number of surgeries and visits to emergency rooms following accidents and I have never before in my life experienced a medical facility like Cleveland Clinic where every person from the doorman to the doctors is so caring, courteous and attentive. It fully deserves its #1 Ranking

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

the doctor took the time to explain my health holistically and not just as it relates to his specialty, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr. Rimmerman was direct about my future treatment options but I could tell he genuinely cared about my health

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

My doctor was amazing. Very personal yet professional.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Dr. Rimmerman was so nice and well prepared for my visit. it was my 1st time seeing him and he had read my medical history prior to the appointment.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

I traveled to Cleveland Clinic for a surgical consult and I'm so glad I did. I'll be coming back in a few week for surgery and feel very confident in physicians and facility.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

My experience was great all staff no matter where I was was great Dr Rimmerman was awesome lots of great information which I will take with great strides to over come my heart disease thank you so much to everyone what a great experience

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Very caring and attentive Dr. I enjoy listening to his comment and recommendation.

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