Treatment & Services
- Biventricular Pacemaker
- Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing Section
- Cardiovascular Medicine Department
- Clinical Trials
- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
- Lead Extraction (ICD, Pacemaker)
- Pacemaker Implant
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Abnormal Heart Beats - Women
- Abnormal Heart Rhythms
- Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Atrial Flutter
- Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Infection
- Heart Palpitations
- Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
- Sudden Cardiac Death (Sudden Cardiac Arrest)
- Supraventricular Tachycardia
- Ventricular Fibrillation
- Ventricular Tachycardia
- Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Columbus, OH USA
Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
Residency - Case Western Reserve
Fellowship - Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, OH USA
Fellowship - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - Case Western Reserve
- 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
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
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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 4/27/2018, 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.
173 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.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.9|
|Knows Medical History||4.8|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.9|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
8 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018
I was very impressed with the knowledge of my condition by the provider and other possibilities for my care that I was unaware of. It was very reassuring that the providers had so much knowledge and experience in my treatment. I definitely feel more comfortable working with them to be hospitalized and treat my problem. Thank you.
Reviewed on May 29, 2018
absolutely wonderful doctor and greatly appreciated his throughness, but we waited 1 hr and 45 min after our scheduletime before we went back with a nurse and were never informed of how behind the doctor was. (very difficult for people who may be traveling out of state for appts.)
Reviewed on May 15, 2018
Wonderful physician! I feel blessed to be under his care, and for the Cleveland Clinic!
Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018
Provider was very direct in taking responsibility for what he was recommending as care Indicating it is his job to to do the procedure effectively.
Reviewed on Apr 10, 2018
a very long wait for device check short wait for doctor
Reviewed on Apr 3, 2018
love Cleveland Clinic. been coming 27 yrs to see Dr Wilkoff. sixteen hour trip and well worth it
Reviewed on Jan 26, 2018
I loved that Dr. Wilkoff spoke directly to my child (16), helping empower her in an area she feels powerless.
Reviewed on Jul 18, 2017
Felt doctor listened
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