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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
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prevention
  • Clinical Trials
  • Coronary Artery Atherectomy
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary Intervention
  • C-Reactive Protein Testing
  • General Cardiology
  • Intervention Section
  • Lower Extremity Angioplasty
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Section
  • Preventive Cardiology Section
  • Renal Angioplasty
  • Renal Artery Stenting
  • Women's Cardiovascular Center
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Beats - Women
  • Angina
  • Bifurcation Blockage
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease in Women
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Disease in Women
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Restenosis
  • Total Coronary Occlusions
View all 13 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

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH

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

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

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

Undergraduate - University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

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 4/16/2024, 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.

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

211 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 4.7
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

54 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2024

I feel truly fortunate to have Dr, Cho as my doctor. She really is an exceptional physician!

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2024

Dr. Cho is extraordinary.

Reviewed on May 6, 2024

Dr. Cho is wonderful! She took the time I needed to answer my questions and find a pathway forward. The only difficulty I had was getting an appointment. I had to wait almost 5 months to see Dr. Cho. I was very sick and it felt like forever, waiting. The schedule isn't Dr. Cho's fault.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Best doctor I have ever had. She knows me well and gets right to the issues that matter.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Cho may have been having a bad day. She was brusque upon entry and didn't warm up, keeping her eyes on the laptop, cutting off my comments and I never did get to discuss my recent hospitalization In detail because she could not access the Information online. She dismissed my concerns with a blanket blame to cholesterol and forced a prescription on me that I have no intention of filling. Her abrupt "follow me" was a surprise and I was open-mouthed to find us at the check-in desk where she said that I needed to schedule my next appointment and then she was gone. I will not be returning.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

The doctor was very thorough and created a context for you to understand the situation

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

I was admitted into the hospital. My doctors scheduled the appointment so I had no waiting time. No phone calls. This does not pertain to me.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

Dr. Cho is an excellent doctor. She truly cares about her patients and wants the best for them.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Doctor was very thorough; went through details I could easily understand. Very pleasant and made you feel comfortable and heard.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Dr Cho was awesome

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Trying to make contact just have to wait to long for communication with qualified person I've waited approximately 45 minutes on my cell phone for a reservation person could be improved everything else was fantastic including my doctor she was very very good.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr Cho bedside manners was very good and professional she made me feel very comfortable with her decisions and personality

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

I had to cancel my scheduled appointment due to illness, and had to wait a long time for the rescheduled date. But I understand that because Dr. Cho is busy. No complaint. My appointment was just a follow-up, not a crisis. Dr. Cho is worth the wait!

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr. Cho is exceptional. She quickly gets to the issue, offers information and recommendations. Also she went out of her way to get me time with another doctor she thought I should see, knowing that I had to leave Cleveland the next day.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

I can only thank Dr. Cho for all her attention, professionalism and care. Her expertise was critical for my procedure and this review just reinforced my previous perception: she is extremely competent

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Waited months to see the provider

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr Cho was patient kind informed in my history! She was attentive and she is very smart

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

I really do like Dr Cho

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Explained everything to my daughter in law. Answered all her questions. Felt very comfortable with everyone involved with my treatment.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2023

Absolutely loved her thoroughness, concern and politeness.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

She was very impatient with me and very rude. I have alot going on and she didnt want to take the time to even see me. I was a problem to her. I know drs are very busy but she didnt even want to listen why I was there and made me feel like I was a problem to her. She really wasnt there to help me. So sad

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr Cho. I feel fortunate to have Dr Cho as a provider. She is the best .

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

My experience was very good; appointments are just hard to get since the providers are so popular!!

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Dr Cho is the best!

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Dr Cho was up to date on my previous visits and provided excellent communication about my care going forward as well.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Doctor Cho was excellent. I was very impressed with her concern and professionalism.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

It was clear that Dr. Cho had reviewed my medical history prior to us meeting. She provided clarity about my heart issues that I have not had for 18 years. Very appreciative of the extra time she spent with me and my wife.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Have already recommended to my younger brother that he ask his primary care doctor to refer him to Dr. Cho for a consult.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

This is the first visit with Dr. Cho that I have found to be pleasant and she seemed to communicate with me as a "person" and not just as a "patient". She seemed to put out an effort to be more human and relate to me as a person.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr. Cho was very responsive to my inquiry through my Chart and promptly suggested I come in for a follow up as soon as possible rearranging her schedule to fit me in.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr Cho has a very energetic but calming bedside manner. She takes the time to listen to all questions and concerns and spends an equal amount of time answering the questions and explaining things thoroughly. There is no feeling of being rushed.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Always impressed with Cleveland's doctors level of medical professionalism.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr. Cho is a real gem. She takes lots of time with me and listens to my concerns. Dr. Cho provided relevant resources and we had honest and open conversation about pluses and minuses related to various courses of action. She is SO respectful of who I am and of my perspective.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr. Cho is outstanding and I am very fortunate to have her as my cardiologist.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Wonderful physician, true expert in her field!Extremely personable. Explains things carefully and makes it simple to understand.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Excellent physician! One of the best in her field!

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Excellent experience! Dr. Cho thoroughly reviewed my history and addressed all of my concerns. She went above and beyond when she arranged the BP monitoring appointment that same day so I didn't have to come back. Dr.Cho is very patient oriented and definitely provided world class care.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Would definitely recommend Dr.Cho and her clinic!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Cho was excellent and the red jacket people were amazing in helping you. Everyone was very pleasant.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr Cho is the most qualified physician I have been cared for by here. Explains everything very well without talking down to you.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Cho is very thorough and thoughtful.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Cho and her Team were the best, outstanding care, concern and provided an excellent result

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

I felt like the provider was rushed.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr Cho never introduced herself, was very quick because she was behind schedule. Dr Cho never spoke to my husband after my heart cath. He had no idea what the results were.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

I absolutely love Dr. Cho. She is amazing!!!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Doctor Cho was very understanding and took her time to address my questions and concerns regarding my cardiac issue.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Dr. Cho is an incredible doctor. Very knowledgeable and compassionate.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

This was a very good experience. The dr was very pleasant.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

The dr was exceptional.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Cho is an excellent physician. I believe she is one of the best physicians at Cleveland Clinic. She reviews all the results in great detail and takes time to create an individualized treatment plan. I truly appreciate her kindness, patience, and expertise.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Cho is a wonderful doctor. She has extensive knowledge, cares for the patient and will spend whatever time is needed with the patient. I could not be happier with a doctor than I am with Dr Cho

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Dr Cho was terrific. She was 100 % present during the appointment and addressed my careers. I feel privileged to be seen by such an accomplished physician. I look forward to continue to see her on a yearly basis.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Thank you dr cho..for your excellent care of me..I appreciate all you did..thank you

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Again thank you dr cho for all the care you have given me..please tell dr k and all my surgeons I thank you all for saving my life and giving me the best care ..see you next year

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