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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Biventricular Pacemaker
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Cardioversion
  • Clinical Trials
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction (ICD, Pacemaker)
  • Lifevest
  • Pacemaker Implant
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Heart Beats - Women
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Bradyarrhythmias
  • Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Infection
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
  • Sudden Cardiac Death (Sudden Cardiac Arrest)
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
View all 15 Specialties +


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About Bruce Wilkoff, MD

Bruce Wilkoff, MD, is the Director of Cardiac Pacing and Tachyarrhythmia Devices and a staff cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Section of Cardiac Pacemakers and Electrophysiology at Cleveland Clinic. He is Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Wilkoff is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and a Certified Cardiac Device Specialist.  Since 1988, he has served on the examination writing committee for Special Competency in Cardiac Pacing and Defibrillation.

In addition to office visits, Dr. Wilkoff also offers scheduled follow up virtual visits to select patients, through the Cleveland Clinic Express Care ® Online app. This platform allows patients to see their physician live, using their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Specialty/Clinical interests:  Abnormal Heart Rhythms, bradyarrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, biventricular pacemaker, lead extraction, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, pacemaker implant, cardiac implantable electronic device infection

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Wilkoff has performed more than 10,000 pacemaker and defibrillator procedures and more than 3,000 transvenous lead extractions throughout his career.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1994. Success rates for specific procedures are available at

Education and Training: Dr. Wilkoff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. He received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, followed by a fellowship in cardiology from University Hospitals and a fellowship in research from the Ohio State University Hospital and School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wilkoff was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 1986 as a clinical associate, in 1987 as full staff in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and in 2005 as Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Wilkoff is recognized as an international expert in the design of new technologies to improve the performance of pacemakers and defibrillators. He is involved in numerous multi-center clinical trials to study medical applications for pacemakers and defibrillators. Dr. Wilkoff holds nine U.S. patents, including a special algorithm for defibrillator tachycardia detection and an efficient controller for pacemaker rate responsiveness.

Publications and Speaking: Dr. Wilkoff has authored or co-authored more than 375 articles published in scientific journals. He serves as a reviewer for many leading professional journals including American Heart Journal, American Journal of Cardiology, and Circulation, and he serves on many editorial boards including Circulation Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Heart Rhythm, and Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is associate editor of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology.

Dr. Wilkoff is co-editor of "Clinical Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation and Resynchronization Therapy", which is the most comprehensive and authoritative text in the field of implantable cardiac rhythm devices. The fifth edition of this book was published in 2017. Dr. Wilkoff is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society and the American Heart Association. He has held leadership positions on committees and councils in each of these organizations and recently served as the President and member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committees of the Heart Rhythm Society.

About Dr. Wilkoff: “I want patients to be confident that when they come to the Cleveland Clinic their problems can be solved.”

Leisure Activities: Using his computer, listening to music, ballroom dancing, and spending time with his wife, children and 4 grandchildren.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Cardiovascular Diseases
Columbus, OH USA

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA

Residency - Case Western Reserve
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio,

Fellowship - Ohio State University College of Medicine
cardiovascular electrophysiology
Columbus, OH USA

Fellowship - Case Western Reserve University
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Case Western Reserve
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio,

Professional Highlights

  • Editorial Board: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology; Journal of Interventional Electrophysiology. Associate Editor: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology (PACE) 
  • International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (formerly NASPExAM), Examination Writing Committee, 1988-present
  • Heart Rhythm Society - National Committees: Board of Trustees, 2004-2007; Chairman Health Policy Committee Chairman, 2006-2008. 
  • Co-Editor of the major Textbook on Implantable Electronic Device Therapy, currently in the 3rd Edition: Ellenbogen KA, Kay GN, Lau CP, Wilkoff BL. Clinical Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation, and Resynchronization Therapy. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2007. 


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

Abnormal Heart Rhythms, bradyarrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, biventricular pacemaker, lead extraction, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, pacemaker implant, cardiac implantable electronic device infection Abnormal Heart Rhythms, Bradyarrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Death, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Tachycardia, Biventricular Pacemaker, Lead Extraction, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, Pacemaker Implant, Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Infection

Awards & Honors

  • 2004-Present, Cleveland Magazine "Top Doc"
  • 2014America’s Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)

Innovations & Patents

  • Awarded on February 3, 2004 -- Patent No. 6,687,544. System and method for determining safety alert conditions for implantable medical devices.
  • Awarded on December 4, 2001 -- Patent No. 6,327,501 B1. System and method for determining safety alert conditions for implantable medical devices.
  • Awarded on February 20, 2001 -- Patent No. 6,192,273. Non-programmable automated heart rhythm classifier.
  • Awarded on March 16, 1999 -- Patent No. 5,882,352. Automatic Adjustment of Detection Rate Threshold in an Implantable Antitachycardia Therapy Device.
  • Awarded on August 15, 1995 -- Patent No. 5,441,524. Energy Efficient Multiple Sensor Cardiac Pacemaker.


  • Fellow,American College of Cardiology
  • Fellow,American Heart Association
  • Fellow,Heart Rhythm Society
  • HeartFailure Society of America
  • Asian Pacific Heart Rhythm Society
  • European Heart Rhythm Association
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 7/3/2019, Dr. Wilkoff 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. Wilkoff receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Spectranetics Corp
  • Medtronic plc

Royalty Payments. Dr. Wilkoff receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Medtronic plc

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

231 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr Wilkoff has an excellent bedside manner and was very instructive about my condition.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

have recommended Dr. and Cleve Clinic to many friends here in Naples. few have already visited.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Everyone should be fortunate enough to face such a professional and capable care provider.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr Wilkof personally contacted me in regards to my questions pertaining New ICD leads. I don't think I've ever had a Dr call me himself to discuss procedures or questions. I am very grateful for both his response pre surgery & kindness, efficiency in my IVD replacement. I found him to be an amazing physician!

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Dr. Wilkoff is very patient and attentive. He answered all of my questions and never acted like he was in a hurry during the appointment. Very professional and courteous.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

i would recommend Dr Wilkoff for everyone

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr was very professional... informative.... and polite.... great doc

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

This was the best experience I have ever had at a hospital or doctors visit. You are the best in every aspect and I recommend you to everyone that needs services.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr Wilkoff and his staff are the best doctors and hospital that I have ever been with. very very good.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

I truly appreciate Dr. Wilkoff and the way he talks to me.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Very pleased with Dr Wilkoff as a service provider, but he is always running late.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

doctor was thorough, explaining everything and options I could choose from.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

very good experience, doctor, nurse And technician

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Dr. Wilkoff was professional, nice, thoughtful and caring. I felt total confidence in him. I was so glad I was there and he was seeing me.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Dr. Willkoff listens and very patient. I have his undivided attention during my appointments.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

I have the been a cardiac patient for 16.5 years and Dr. Willkoff has my respect and trust.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

Dr. Wilkoff is the best.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

Dr wilcof was very friendly and answered all my questions

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Dr. Wilkoff is kind, compassionate and a great doctor. He makes you feel how much he cares about your condition. I'd recommend he to anyone. He really cares for your well being.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

My 1st appointment and all following were very well managed by your staff. Dr. Wilcoff was very affable. Put me at ease with his knowledge. Looking forward to my next appointment and get more info with my condition.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Dr. Wilkoff was excellent in our meeting. I appreciated his candor, objectivity, and direct explanations concerning the replacement of a "bad" lead.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

DR. Wilkoff was simply outstanding. He was thorough, technically competent and did such a great job in reviewing my case and options that I had only a couple questions to ask out of 27 I had written down.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

There was only a wait time of 10 m8nutes until I saw Dr. Wilkoff. Since he is in so demand, I was surprised at how prompt he was.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

Very happy with Doctor Wilkoff and his staff.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

Had to wait a bit to see the doctor but it wasn't horrible.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

I must confess I didn't click well with Dr. Wilkoff. He seemed a bit impersonal, and too engrossed in reading my medical history most of the time. Also, I had expected to talk to an electrophysiologist who had experience doing ablations, but this was not Dr. Wilkoff's area of expertise. I didn't get much if any new information from him about ablation procedures.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

I found both the ekg nurse and Dr Wilkoff's nurse to be respectful, courteous, and friendly

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Excellent Clinic with a great experienced team. Excellent facilities, surgery and recuperation rooms. Dr. Bruce Willkoff is a great professional, and person. I am very glad that I went to Cleveland Clinic for my medical procedure.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr was very helpful

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

The doctor spent the right amount of time with me explained what was wrong with my heart what procedures were available and how they were performed and what to expect I did not have a single question when I left there everything was explained thoroughly

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr Wilkoff went above and beyond to explain condition and address our concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

Very pleased with office visit with Dr Wilkoff. Explained my questions in a way I could understand. Every one at the clinic was very kind and helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr Wilkoff is a great LISTENER.Hears the concerns and understand where the patient is and then guides a path that makes sense.His experience and judgement of options is non-biased and truthful to my current condition.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

This was a "second opinion" visit. I will take Dr. Wilkoff's recommendation and discuss them with my regular electrophysiologist.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2018

I really think Dr. Wilkoff knows what he is doing and is sincerely concerned for his patients. He is the first Heart doctor I think I can trust.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

Dr. Wilkoff is very good and explains well.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

I saw Dr. Wilkoff and Dr. Culver two of the best doctors I have ever seen and I have a very serious condition.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

Dr. Wilkoff is an excellent doctor and was able to solve problems with my healthcare needs that many other doctors had failed to identify and or solve

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2018

Waited an hour and a half to see Dr. But he spent much time with me.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

Best service and professionalism I have had with Heart Dr in over 5 yrs. Very clear with what my condition is and what we need to do for it.

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