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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Advanced Ischemic Heart Disease Center
  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Trials
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Intervention
  • C-Reactive Protein Testing
  • General Cardiology
  • Intervention Section
  • Lower Extremity Angioplasty
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Preventative Cardiology & Rehabilitation Section
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Preventive Cardiology Section
  • Renal Angioplasty
  • Renal Artery Stenting
  • Women's Cardiovascular Center
View all 20 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Beats - Women
  • Angina
  • Bifurcation Blockage
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease in Women
  • Cardiovascular Risk Prevention
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Disease - Women
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Restenosis
  • Total Coronary Occlusions
View all 14 Specialties +


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About Leslie Cho, MD

Leslie Cho, MD, is Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. She is also Section Head, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation and Chief Quality Officer in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. She is a professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine Case Western Reserve Medical School. Dr. Cho is board-certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, and internal medicine.

Specialty Interests:  Coronary artery disease (CAD), microvessel disease, coronary artery dissection, cardiovascular prevention, peripheral arterial disease, hyperlipidemia, statin intolerance and their attendant therapies and treatments. Dr. Cho specializes in heart disease in women as well as hyperlipidemia and prevention.

Education and Training:  Dr. Cho received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating cum laude. She received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and took her residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center where she received the John Humphrey Award as Most Outstanding Internal Medicine Resident. Her clinical training continued when she accepted a fellowship in cardiology, followed by a fellowship in interventional cardiology and peripheral disease, both from Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to her appointment to Cleveland Clinic in 2005 as Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center, Dr. Cho was Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section on Interventional Cardiology in the Division of Cardiology at Loyola University Medical Center, where she also served as both Director of Carotid Intervention and Director of Interventional Cardiology Research.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Cho’s clinical research interests are women and heart disease and the role of new treatments for hyperlipidemia and novel risk factor. Her research has garnered her many grants to study various therapeutic treatments for heart disease and she is on the steering committee for International trials of hypercholesterolemia.

She is author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in leading medical journals, and she has authored 3 medical textbooks and contributed numerous chapters to medical textbooks related to her specialty interests.

Dr. Cho is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), fellow of the Society of Angiography and Cardiac Intervention, Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and currently serves on AHA exercise and rehabilitation committee, as well as the National Quality Forum Cardiovascular Steering Committee and is a special consultant to the FDA.  She has served on the Peripheral Disease Committee of ACC . She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Heart Association.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Interventional Cardiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA

Internship - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA

Medical Education - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA USA

Additional Training

    • Peripheral Vascular Intervention
    • Cerebral Vascular Intervention

Professional Highlights

    • Board Member, American Heart Association


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

Specialty Interests

Coronary artery disease (CAD), microvessel disease, coronary artery dissection, cardiovascular prevention, peripheral arterial disease, hyperlipidemia, statin intolerance and their attendant therapies and treatments, heart disease in women, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease prevention

Awards & Honors

  • National Peripheral Disease Committee, American College of Cardiology, 2005-2008


    • Women in Cardiology, American College of Cardiology
    • American College of Cardiology
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 4/13/2020, Dr. Cho has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Cho receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Amgen, Inc.

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

185 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Dr. Cho and Cassandra are excellent.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Dr. Cho has excellent listening skills, provided detail explanation regarding plan of care and genuinely desires optimal positive health outcome for me.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

My experience with Dr. Cho was more than I expected. I have already recommended her to a friend.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

I have been coming for 17 years .I know in heart God made this Possible, dr. Cho is a. Wonderful Dr and I am so lucky to have gotten him with her.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Dr. Cho is sweet I am so. Glad she is my. Dr.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

I have a very good relationship with Dr. Cho and always receive feedback thru her nurse practitioner vie Mychart

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Dr. Cho has always been respectful and shown concern.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Dr. Cho is very professional and caring. She patiently attended to my concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Dr. Cho is ab extraordinary person and cardiologist has been always extremely concerned and caring about my health and well-being.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Received personal follow up phone call from the doctor following test results which was excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

I am an out of town patient and wanted to reschedule a later appt I had wit Dr Cho so I would only make one trip. Someone made it happen. A great big thanks

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr Cho is great and always gives me the time I need

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Was thrilled to be able to schedule an appointment for the next day due to a cancelation. Dr. Cho was extremely thorough, personable and communicated with me in a way that I could easily understand. Great visit.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Dr. Cho has always taken great care of me. She's a great doctor and person

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Great doctor experience. Dr. Cho is knowledgeable, good communicator, and cared about the patient.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Dr.Cho is the best

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

There is no one better than Dr Cho and all her team.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Dr Cho is outstanding, very knowledgeable, engaging, answering all my questions/concerns. While she is very busy and at times may seem quick, I would highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Excellent experience. I appreciated Dr Cho's information going forward particularly the various methods for increasing fiber in my diet that I was not aware of. I felt informed.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Dr Cho is clear and extremely thorough.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

am so thankful for Dr cho. she is honest and caring. I've had to ask her to fit me in bc I'm on staff w my own patients and she always does. I appreciate her care and concern.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

I am very happy to have dr. Cho be my provider. She is always concern my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

Dr. Cho answered all of my questions and was very helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

Dr. Cho was cheerful and she was perfect as a doctor on this tele-medicine visit.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

Dr. Cho was professional and so helpful

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Dr. Cho is very concerned about my condition and wants me to get the best for me wether it is local or at CC

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

All staff and doctors are very professional and helpful.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

I've already recommended this doctor to 3 people.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Dr. Cho was the best!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

The Providers offered options and I felt I could discuss, agree or disagree with what was proposed. Explanations were given and I asked for clarification of some things and felt comfortable in doing so. Everyone was very courteous and respectful in dealing with both myself and my husband.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I could not have been more impressed. Dr. Cho was very open, friendly, thorough and professional. I felt confident that I would be well taken care with her. She's very approachable and called me when she got the results from the echocardiogram - I have not had that kind of response with other doctors. She's wonderful!

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Dr. Cho was pleasant, thorough, and knowledgeable. She took the time to answer questions and provide education. She seemed to really care about me and my well-being, which was appreciated. She is truly amazing.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Dr Cho and her staff are excellent!

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

My positives all relate to the primary PA, who was the one who filled me in with the situation. He said he would bring Dr. Cho in to meat me before the procedure, but that did not happen. During the end of the procedure, when the stents did not go forward, Dr. Cho then first talked to me and said, "we will treat you with medicines" and that was it.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

Again, the staff was great, but Dr. Cho was not in communication.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

I rated Dr. Cho with several 4's because her personality was a little short and brusque. This being said, I also appreciate her forthrightness and honesty. I respect her abilities and knowledge, and I would not hesitate to see her again if needed.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Leslie Cho was very patient in answering my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

I was very impressed with Cleveland Clinic at my recent visit.From the ease of access in the clinic from my hotel, to the efficiency and courtesy of all of the employees my day was as easy as it could've possibly been given the circumstances. Dr. Cho and her staff were professional and courteous and I am grateful for their expertise.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

My experience with Dr Cho is always a good experience!!

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Dr. Cho recommended a blood test, and now with results I have questions. No one has called or messaged me to follow up on results

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