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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
  • 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 4/29/2021, 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.
  • AstraZeneca

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

182 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

41 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

I hold Dr. Cho in very high regards and want to continue in her heart care through Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

I cannot express how amazing Dr. Cho is.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Enjoyed my visit with Dr. Cho. Thank You.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Superlatives are in order for Dr. Cho, her staff, everyone else who assisted me including Red Coats. I could not have been more pleased with my first experience at the clinic. In addition, Dr. Cho personally called with lab results the next day. Thank you for the opportunity to share.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Dr. Cho was very professional and approachable.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Dr. Cho was very kind and professional. She asked my opinion on the plan she thought would be good for me.She was very informative on my condition.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

It's amazing how organized Cleveland Clinic is. Dr.Cho is so wonderful and goes over everything with you.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr. Cho goes over everything so you understand

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Excellent provider

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Dr. Cho is THE BEST!

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Dr. Cho was great. She listened to me. Assuaged my fears. Discussed options with me I could take.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr. Cho has sooo many areas of expertise and responsibility that it would be very hard for another person to see her. I felt blessed to do so!

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Physician was very engaged and interactive

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Dr. Cho is very reassuring and patient. Answered all of my questions without rushing me out. You can tell she takes pride in what she does and wants to pass along positive and workable information to the patient.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Dr Cho is exceptional in her listening and ability to explain her thinking and the science related to my issues. She was open and respectful at all times.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. Cho, as always, a consummate professional. Knowledgeable caring And takes the time to make sure I understand everything. Thank you.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Dr is quite through and personable

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Very efficient manner of seeing my doctor. Thank you for providing the service.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr Cho is very through. Very caring.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Dr Cho is awesome she does not beat around the bush,she tells you what your looking at consequences if you don't follow recommendations. I have recommended to people to go there Ihave much faith in Dr Cho and am comfortable. I travel 4 hours but it's so worth it. Thank you Dr Cho

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

I was so impressed with Dr. Cho. For as many people as she sees on a daily basis, she didn't rush her time with me and made me feel like the only person she was seeing that day.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

I cannot say enough about Dr. Cho. She was very thorough, answered all my questions, asked me some very good questions, put my mind at ease, ordered tests that I hadn't thought of, and took her time with me. I never felt rushed or "like a number." I feel like I have a good handle on my health plan moving forward.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

I have seen Dr. Cho twice now. She is very present at the appointments and listens to my concerns. I tend to ask a lot of questions, but she patiently answers them.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr. Cho is simply the best in every respect

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

During my visit with Dr. Cho, I found it to be very pleasant and very comfortable., I like the visit and looking forward to being with her again.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. Cho was excellent and is one of the best Cleveland Clinic doctors!

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Dr. Cho is amazing to work with. she is very caring and understands what is going on in your mind as well as your body. Her staff is the nicest we have ever worked with.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

very happy with Dr. Cho and her staff.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Very happy with Dr. Cho.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Very nice doctor, this was my first visit with her. Very professional. I liked her.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Dr Cho is always caring, she listens, and an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

doctor is great!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

I had a great visit with Dr. Cho both she and her nurse Rose went over my history asked questions and listened to the reason I came.which was my bp being all over the board.Hoping they can figure out what to do with my bp's..The entire staff was very courteous and prompt!!Glad I found a great group

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

I am very pleased with Dr. Cho! She's very attentive and truly cares

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Dr. Cho was thoughtful, caring and put me right at ease.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Everyone I talked to while making my appt. was very kind. Didn't want to order tests first and because my appt. was at the end of the day and dr. Wanted tests it was to late so I had to schedule for another day. Phone call said they would get back with me and took a week or so. (This was prior to this appt.)

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr. Cho is responsive and caring while being honest and direct. I believe she has come to know me as an individual even though I only see her once a year. She is knowledgeable and respectful and a great listener.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

All are good. Every one are very nice. Dr Cho is number 1 .

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Dr. Cho, NP Christine and other team members are wonderful. I especially appreciate their specialization with a focus on ladies cardiac care. I am so very grateful that Dr. Cho started the ladies Cardiovascular Clinic. We ladies are often an underserved population who have different signs and symptoms then gentlemen may experience. Within the ladies cardiac clinic I feel that I have a voice and that my concerns are heard.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

The care coordination is highly effective with appointments clustered. MyChart is a great system and the ability to email health professionals and the EPIC team people is so very comforting. I have been able to see cardiologist, EP cardiologist, NPs, lab, EKG and ultrasound people in one building. I have discovered the benefits of the tele-heath option for the dietician and the pharmacist and loved it. I have then been able to use the MyChart email to ask follow up questions on food plan and medications. I also emailed the EPIC people to ask if there was a place that I could make a pdf as an attachment of diagnostic and other medical reports from primary care doctor from another hospital system to place in MyChart, but this is not possible. so a work around is that I made the pdf attachment and then send directly to the cardiologists office. The EPIC people were very nice and answered all of my questions about this process.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Dr Cho is a very dedicated physician, I often recommend her!

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