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 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

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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 4/30/2019, 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

176 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
Knows Medical History 3.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.2
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

I cannot thank Dr. Cho enough. I was taking a drug I didn't need for symptoms I did not really have. She even called me Friday night with my results so I wouldn't have to wait til Monday.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Dr. Cho is amazing called on day after go over blood work, she's just amazing.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

If I was ever in a life threatening situation with my hear, I could think of no doctor I would caring for me more than Dr Cho. I do believe she is the most intelligent doctor I've ever met.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Dr Cho always is able to answer any questions,propose lifestyle changes or medication changes and is extremely competent and compassionate

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

Dr. Cho quickly alleviated my fears. She always listens to me & takes my concerns into consideration. I always feel that I am involved in my own treatment. I highly recommend her and have done so with one of my friends. My friend was very glad that she saw Dr. Cho.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

Dr Cho was wonderful. She spent time with me, made me feel comfortable and at ease. explained my condition and tests I needed. Followed up with what I needed to do going forward.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Dr Cho and her staff as fabulous

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Dr Cho and the entire staff that works with Dr Cho goes above and beyond expectations and always with smile

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Dr Cho entered the room and was immediately rude, curt, acting like she was in a hurry, and sarcastic. I consider her behavior unprofessional.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Dr. Cho never really spoke to me personally and during the angiogram asked me to not speak. I think she's amazing but bedside manner was a bit tough.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Dr Cho is apparently excellent in her field. I think I was thrown int the mix unexpectedly and she must have been tired. I tried to ask question and explain pain but was told not to talk. she spent very little time with my husband. 3 minutes. Again, I hear she is amazing but perhaps it was a bad day! overall Cleveland Clinic is amazing!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr. Cho was wonderful.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

excellent doctor, made me feel very comfortable

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

I love Dr Cho and I have sent someone to her and he is very happy and feeling great.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr. Cho, did an excellent job of reviewing my medical records with me and articulating my best path forward.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

dr Cho is the best dr I have ever had. she knew more about my RA than my rheumatologist and explained the relationship with RA and heart disease. she explained the difference if statins snd hp to chose the best one for me. she gave me a plan to go forward.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

smooth process. streamlined check ins. dr. cho is a consummate professional. friendly.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Cho was wonderful and I like the way she didn't hold any punches , she was real with me and I like that

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

dr Cho is so friendly, personable, and professional. I trust her and will recommend her to anyone who may need. cardiologist consultation.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

I greatly admire Dr. Cho. I have brought with me materials on possible tests, supplements, etc. for her to give me her opiono on the value of each. I appreciated the time she took to evaluatemy questions on each.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2018

dr did not remember me or even know I was a previous patient (she had access to my records but obviously had not gone over them). she was short, abrasive, and judgmental. she was dismissive and curt when asked questions, implying that I was dumb for worrying about something I didn't understand. l am an educated compliant patient who was made to feel like a bothersome child. needless to say, I will be searching for a new dr.

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.

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