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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

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

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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 4/19/2022, Dr. Cho 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

152 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.1
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Dr. Cho is amazing. Extremely respectful, knowledgeable, user-friendly, and I felt like she solved my mystery after years of uncertainty in going to other doctors.

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Dr Cho was a great listener? A very personable and concerned doctor.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

I was impressed and appreciative when Dr Cho called me herself post office visit when the med she ordered was denied by my insurance.She fully discussed options and we came up with a follow up plan.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr. Cho is amazing. We feel so very lucky to have her as a doctor.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Excellent physician, compassionate, evidence based, lucky to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

I had a great experience with Dr Cho, My records that had been requested did not make it there.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr. Cho could not have been better. The service was excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr. Cho was pressed for time due to 45 minute delay for echo test, but took time to explain medical concerns for my well being.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023


Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr. Cho is the top in her field. She explained test results fully. She relieved my anxiety about my symptoms and gave me a new lease on life.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Doctor Cho is very through and is very concern about her patients. She is a leader in her field.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

I have great trust in Dr Cho. I will continue with her. My problem is lack of parking....if you are older .!! And parking with attendant price is high for fixed income people. Pretty soon they will be no parking.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

I enjoy my visit with Dr Cho. It's like talking to a friend.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

It is a double edged sword. Dr. Cho is a very good dr which means she is very busy. Thus, getting an appointment is a bit of a challenge.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

Dr Cho is direct and no nonsense

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

Dr Cho has always been considerate of how I feel and my needs. I am alive today because she listened to me and didn't just rely on tests results

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Dr. Cho is very thorough and laid out a specific plan for me to follow

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Dr Cho is one fantastic knowledgeable physician!! Very understanding

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

Dr. Cho is an Amazing Cardiologist. Careing and kind and so thorough. It's worth a drive to Cleveland to see her.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

Dr. Ch is great! She us very thorough with her examination and always asking in detail the things she needs to know to assess your problems.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Wonderful doctor with care and concern for my well being.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Dr. Cho savedmy life two years ago and continues to tret me with loving care and concern with every visit.. A truly dedicated doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

I have always had great experience in calling cleveland clinic and in getting messages to and from Dr Cho. Always a good experience.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Dr Cho listened to each concern I had and took time to explain things to me. She never rushes the visit. She breaks things down to help understand easier.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Appts with Dr. Cho are hard to get as she is very busy! And yes very good! I got the last follow-up appointment for six months the day I was there.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

She's just awesome

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

cThis is the first time in over a decade that I felt rushed with my visit with Dr. Cho which I waited 6 months for on 12/1/21. My blood work (LDL's) were fine while on niacin. Dr. Cho advised me that niacin has been related to brain bleeds. I came of niacin and in a March blood work showed LDL up from 65 to 98. I started takin 20 mg Pravastatin from 5X/week to 6X/week in March and this through me over the edge for muscle pain and weakness. I wanted to talk more about muscle pain and alternatives to more statins. (I am sensitive to meds). Dr. Cho seemed bent on one thing and that was Repatha which is expensive and I have no interest in taking.For the first time, I was disappointed with my visit with Dr. Cho.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Dr. Cho is excellent! She was able to answer all my questions and give me recs based on my values and preferences- personalized care at its best. She was also able to help me think through options I would have not otherwise considered.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Dr.Cho is amazing: thorough, knowledgeable, responsive. I am grateful to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Dr Cho is a brilliant physician, who is also compassionate. I appreciate her ability to talk through concerns with the most relevant research and information relevant to my case. As a professional staff member at CC, I know how busy her clinic is, how busy all of us are, but she does not let that impact her patient care. I am very thankful for her care.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Dr.Cho is a wonderful, caring physician. She should be in more of your commercials. She'll hate me for saying the commercial part.

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