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 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 School - 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

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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 6/1/2018, 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

166 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

Doctor not a good listener nor did she ask questions that would have put us on the same page. I wanted to discuss the potential and process of going on new medication for cholesterol (Rapatha) as I react to statins. she assumed I was there to start the process. When our communication broke down she held to her conclusions about why I was there rather than working collabortively with me to clear up an obvious communication issue. Very condensending and rude in her communication with me.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

I can not tell you how wonderful I think Dr Cho is. Without her, I am not sure I would still be here. She is the best doctor and every adjective that describes anything wonderful. I love her dearly and will send my children and anyone who needs a cardiologist to her. Dr. Cho is the best and I am an old nurse. so I know.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018

I am confident I am in very good hands with Dr. Cho. She is very knowledgeable, concerned, and even called me personally with test results. I highly recommend Dr. Cho.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

the doctor was not very sympathetic about my concerns. doesn't understand the mind of an athlete very well

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

This was the best part. Dr. Cho not only called me with the test results but discussed with me options for next steps

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018

Dr. Cho was very warm and easy to talk to. I felt very comfortable with her.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

dr cho was professional, thorough, and showed great concern for me as a patient. very glad to have her as my care giver.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Sung Hee L Cho. she listened to my concern and was very attentive to my health issues and she respected my opinion. she was also able to provide me with a plan that I have not been able to get from any other provider outside Cleveland Clinic. I am very happy with her expertise, knowledge, and her care of me.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018

I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Cho. The only problem is that she is always booked up so I have to start making my appointment with her 3 months in advance.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2018

The doctor showed a real personal interest in determining the procedures need to identify the problem that I was having. She pursed with complete interest that the direction of tests that she believed that would help me. I am very grateful of her persistence in these efforts.

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

I am so impressed with the expertise of the Cleveland Clinic doctors I've met with. And I again underline the positive constructive behavior of all your staff- administrative and medical assistants to the doctors. If Cleveland clinic can accomplish this, then our hospitals here should be able to also. I appreciate kindness and helpfulness. Thanks so much.,

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

Very good experience, so knowledgeable, and worked with me with ease. Really did like Dr. Cho. Projected a sincere caring for the well being of the individual patient, and my particular needs.

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

Everything went smoothly with my appointment and Dr. Cho was phenomenal; she exceeded my expectations in every way.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018

I was seen by Dr. Cho because I was having chest pain and tingling in my hands and feet that I was concerned about, and I wanted to be seen early. I felt like she was very put out seeing me and abrupt with her questioning and explanations. I felt like I was wasting her time. This was my first appointment at Cleveland Clinic and it seemed she was upset she had to fit me in and I was an inconvenience. Everything else was good about the clinic, although I would not want to be seen by this provider if I had future appointments there.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2018

I am greatly appreciative of having met Dr Cho and having her treat me. Though I live in the Columbus area, I have/am going to be seeing her again. I was quite impressed and will continue to see her.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2018

Dr. Cho was exceptional in explaining my condition and helping me understand my go forward responsibilities and concerns. I can't say thank you enough to her for her thoroughness and care.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2018

DR Cho is extremely professional and to the point. That is fine with me. I have utmost confidence in her opinion.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2018

I have been looking for a Doctor to work with me for 8 Years, and this doctor understands what I am saying about the Medicines I have been on.

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