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
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Cardioversion
  • Clinical Trials
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lead Extraction (ICD, Pacemaker)
  • Lifevest
  • Pacemaker Implant
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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

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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 7/2/2020, 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:

  • Philips
  • Medtronic plc
  • Abbott Laboratories

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

179 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

soSo BLESSED to have him as my doctor!

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr. Wilkoff is always 100% involved with my care and gives me his complete attention. He really makes you feel as though you're absolutely clear on your care and all plans for my care and procedures in the future.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

I am so pleased with the total complete package at Cleveland clinic and Dr. will cough and his staff are excellent I know that's why I Cleveland clinic is a number one heart hospital in the world

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

It's always a pleasure to deal with the staff at Dr. Wilkoff's office - they are always prompt, courteous, friendly and most competent.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Dr Wilkoff is a fantastic doctor but is hard to get appointment with him

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Again Dr Wikoff is a fantastic doctor. I owe my life to him.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

I had a problem with the manner in which the MD communicated with me. His back was turned to me, and he spoke looking at his computer. I finally moved my chair from the backwall to the wall he faced so that we could sit face to face.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr. Wilkoff's experience and knowledge of my medical needs made what seemed to be a difficult and dangerous procedure elsewhere, seem more routine. Dr. Wilkoff's knowledge and experience brought a sense of relief to my family.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Dr Wilkoff was great. I had been advised by another Dr that I needed a pacem

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

thanks to Dr Wilkoff I don't have a pacemaker I didn't need

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Everything was easy to find and Dr. Wilkoff was very helpful.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Dr. Wilkoff was outstanding as a physician - although wouldn't be the life of a party as he presented himself to me. But that is good.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

I did have trouble with the audio. I could hear Dr. Wilkoff, but he couldn't hear me. We connected by using the phone.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Dr. Wilkoff is an amazing doctor. I am lucky to be able to see him and be his patient. He has saved my life several times.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Dr. Wilkoff and team were incredible! Excellent experience during my pacemaker lead extraction!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr wilcof is very professional at all times!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

I feel that Dr. Wilkoff took a an enormous amount of time to explain everything related to my heart's status. This was a great comfort to me as was his caring demeanor. Dr. Wilkoff is one of the best physician's I have ever consulted.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Dr. Wilkoff has been very thoughtful and professional during the two mychart video appointments I have experienced. He encouraged discussion that made me feel more comfortable and was very thorough and clear in explaining and answering all questions. He is just great!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

I am grateful to Dr Wilkoff. I know that his expertise

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Doctors were awesome re: polite, caring, professional & they listened...

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

nurse and doctor was very respectful and attentive considering circumstances

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr Wilkoff's office did a great job of squeezing me in as I was referred to him for an initial consultation.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Outstanding visit. The nurse who took the medical history was great and Dr Wikoff did a wonderful job of explaining the options and answering questions.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

There was great collaboration with the pacer clinic. I had a great experience starting in the pacer clinic and moving to the appointment with Dr. Wilkoff.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Dr. Wilcoff has always been thorough in not only his treatment but in explaining why it is necessary.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Dr. Wilkoff and his team represent everything one could hope for from medical professionals! A model for care.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

exceptional and extremely professional experience with Dr Wilkoff !

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

dr. Wilkoff has excellent patient communications skills and high technical competence.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

The doctor discussed with me various options that two previous heart specialist had not so,a good experience.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

Dr. Wilkoff and Dr. Dresing are wonderful doctors.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Dr. Witkoff was fantastic. He called in another doctor who talked about my issue. I felt like they really cared.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

I was very impressed on how he answered all my questions. I didn't feel rushed. I would highly recommend this Doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

all the people in the team from the doctors to the floor maintenance have 5 stars.

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