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Department Cardiovascular Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Korean
Surgeon No
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.9353
Desk:
216.445.6320
Fax:
216.444.8856
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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Biography

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

Appointed
2005

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Interventional Cardiology
Cleveland, OH USA
2002

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
2000

Residency - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
1997

Internship - University of Washington Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Seattle, WA USA
1995

Medical Education - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
1994

Undergraduate - University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA USA
1990

Additional Training

    • Peripheral Vascular Intervention
    • Cerebral Vascular Intervention

Professional Highlights

    • Board Member, American Heart Association

Certifications

  • 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

Memberships

    • 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 4/19/2022, 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

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 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Dr Cho was excellent and super kind and engaging in discussing my care. She is a pleasure to visit and answers all my questions and concerns with patience. I never feel like she is rushing through the appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Dr Leslie Cho is outstanding: she is supremely experienced and knowledgeable, inquires about all details of concern, patiently responds to questions, is kind and she genuinely cares about her patient. She has been my cardiologist for the past 15+ years, although I live several hundred miles from the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2022

Excellent care from a top-notch physician. I appreciated her clarity and brevity.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Cleveland Clinic has always been excellent from scheduling to diagnostics to treatment and it's why we continue to travel from PA 1-2 times a year to see Drs there. Dr Cho and her staff are fantastic.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

Excellent Doctor. Very caring and explained things well. I would definitely recommend her.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

Being a first time visit for a second opinion, it went very well. I'm confident with Doctor Cho's opinions.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

This was the first time I met Dr. Cho. She was very easy to talk to and I felt confident in her evaluation of me.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

I feel very comfortable with Dr Cho and her recommendations for my health care. She is very personable and always gives me the time I need with her.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Dr. Cho was AMAZING. She gave us answers that we've been looking for!!! Also, such a sweet and kind lady!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

*Dr. Cho was kind, comforting and yet firm about what I should and should not do. But I felt cared for.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Very good exceptional staff from cleaning staff to doctors.

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.

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