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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 - Women
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • 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 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

See publications for Leslie Cho, MD.

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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 7/6/2023, 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

200 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 4.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

56 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Dr Cho made it a good experience

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Excellent physician with great clinical skills.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Always a pleasure to see Dr. Cho

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

I felt comfortable with the care received from this doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Team functioned extremely well together. There seemed to be a high level of mutual respect between doctor amd staff.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Dr. Leslie Cho was excellent both as a professional and as a caring human being. She was informative, encouraging and reassuring.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

My overall experience was excellent from registration, to EKG testing, to Dr. Cho's administrative staff and nurse and Dr. Cho, all were professional, courteous and helpful.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Dr Cho as a cardiologist has done more for me than any other.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Dr. Cho is one of my favorite doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. She is empathetic and shows care and concern. She also helps build confidence and helps me to set small goals. I am so thankful for her care for the last 12 years.

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 8, 2023

*Dr. Cho connected me to *Dr. Richard in 1 week.

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.

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