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

Appointment:
216.444.6697
Desk:
216.444.4975
Fax:
216.445.6161
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
View all 11 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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Biography

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 http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

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

Appointed
1986

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Columbus, OH USA
1986

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cardiology
Cleveland, OH USA
1984

Fellowship - Case Western Reserve University
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1984

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1982

Residency - Case Western Reserve
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio,
1982

Internship - Case Western Reserve
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio,
1980

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
1979

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

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. 

Certifications

  • 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.

Memberships

  • 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

See publications for Bruce Wilkoff, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 3/3/2022, 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

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

186 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

Dr. Wilkoff took the extra time to explain my condition and how the heart malfunctions during Afib. He spent over an hour with us reviewing my history and answering questions. Dr. Wilkoff then spent time reviewing all the treatment options he felt were the best for my care. He is an excellent physician and a very compassionate caregiver.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

My doctor was extremely helpful and informative and listened to what my concerns were

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2022

Dr. Wilcoff is exceptional and I am grateful to be his patient.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Very impressed with patient care and Skill level of Dr. Wilkoff and his Surgical team. You should have been there. Before I was sedated, Dr. Wilkoff asked me how I was doing. My response was "let's Rock and Roll. He seemed to smile. As I was falling asleep I could hear his voice saying to the team "Here is what we are going to do. It reminded me of a symphony when then Coductor looks over his Ochestra and raises his hands. Everone is focused, instruments poised and ready. Just absolutely anazing

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Dr. Wilkoff was vey reassuring in his approach. He explained my past history and how that affected my current problems.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Dr. Wilkoff is great and explains everything very well. A+ in my book

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

The entire experience was amazing. We flew in from Arkansas because we wanted a second opinion and my wife saw online that Cleveland Clinic was the best. Then I ended up with the best Doctor also. Our prayers were answered. The technician that did my pacemaker work up was the best I have ever had. Very professional and knowledgeable. The doctors nurse was as good as any other heart doctor I have had. Very thorough and informative. And it is obvious why Dr Willcoff is the best. I immediately decided to move all my heart exams and monitoring to him and his team at Cleveland Clinic. Coming to Cleveland Clinic was the best decision I could make. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

I have been under Dr Wilkoff's care since 2000. I believe I would not be here today if not for his knowledge and ability. He has always been courteous and insightful Explaining situation and answering any questions

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

It was very helpful to talk with Dr. Wilkoff to discuss my condition and options before making a permanent decision..

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

It's unfortunate our relatives who live out of state don't have the excellent cardiac care I am receiving from Dr. Wilkoff.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Dr. Wilkoff is excellent!!!!

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

This was my first experience with Cleveland clinic and I have to say it was by far the best hospital experience I have ever had. From the first desk I was at in registration to check out 3 days later everyone that took care of me was top notch. Dr Wilcoff was amazing! I have not felt this good in years. It was obvious to me he was not going to discharge me until they found out what was causing my problem and took care of it for me. I feel he truly saved my life. Thank you so much to everyone involved. I just can't say enough good things about my experience.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr Wilkoff is excellent because of his compassion, knowledge, and good communication skills.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr Wilkoff was very thorough and explained everything very well

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Physician is outstanding. Nurse, likewise.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2022

Both NP and the doctor are excellent listeners, and have a reassuring way about them. Wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Dr Wilkoff clearly described my options and risks. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Dr Wilkoff really took the time to listen explain and give me possible solutions He also took the distance we had to travel into account

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

The Doctor was great he set our minds at ease and made a plan. I couldn't have been any more happy with the doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

The doctor took the necessary time to explain the procedure' benefits and risks and steps needed to be completed before a final decision could be reached between the doctor and myself.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

We are relieved to have Dr Wilkoff thoroughly explain the options for care, including a percentage risk for certain aspects of care.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

We would have preferred to get an earlier calendar day appointment for an initial visit with Dr Wilkoff; however we were willing to wait for the first available date as we believe he Is the best physician available to provide treatment for this problem. We had to wait about 8 weeks for an appointment.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

The time with Dr. Wilkoff never felt rushed. He was thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

I feel very lucky to have gotten an appointment with Dr Wilkoff. What started out as an appointment to get a second opinion has resulted in Dr Wilkoff becoming my primary cardiac physician

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Dr Wilkoff is THE expert in his field

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Dr Wilkoff is the best!!

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Wonderful experience! Dr was awesome!

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