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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
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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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 8/30/2021, 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:

  • Medtronic plc
  • Philips

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

180 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

The dr. & PA's & nurses have been fantastic!!

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

I would absolutely recommend this provider to anyone. Gave 100/10 by combining their expierience while also seeking to understand me as a person. Thorough and accurate while recalling back what I described. I quickly came to admire Dr. Wilkof

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Staff and doctor were really not the proper referral for me as I should have been seen by a surgeon (local MD made wrong referral) and thus I still need to come back for a surgeon and procedures if necessary. I was disappointed at 2 hr. Travel one way. Dr. Wilkoff was very helpful at explaining my situation which was not done locally.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Dr Wilkoff is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr Wilkoff is so thoughtful and caring

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Overall The Cleveland Clinic operates EXCELLENTLY from start to finish. Only thing, it would be beneficial if the patient could be updated while waiting for their appointment to see the doctor, when the doctor is running late.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

This was a very comfortable, personable visit with Dr. Wilkoff. I felt understood, and, any questions were addressed very well. I felt doctor and patient were on the same page by the end of the visit.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr. Wilkoff had not reviewed any of the records sent by my local doctor or even my "problem" page In Epic.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Doctor Wilkoff explains what results were of procedures and future plan with clarity and conciseness.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Doctor was very straight forward even though my news was not the best. He explained the bottom part of my heart was beating faster than the upper part of my heart.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

When I left I felt unsure that my appointment was complete. other than the receptionist that I questioned about if my appointment was actually finished the doctor was the last person I spoke with except the person that put on the monitor. No one offered any information about my CDs or paperwork that I brought with me or how I would be contacted after everything was reviewed.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

I travel from south Florida to the heart unit annually. dr. Wilcoff n his office are very accommodating. as well as the. afib study I have been on .Cleveland clinic. has my heart

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

I very much liked this doctor and would seek more help from him if I needed it and would recommend him to others

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr Wilkoff was very caring, thorough, pleasant, and extremely clean on explaining my present heart condition, and possible options to improve the function of my heart .

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

Dr Wilkoff and his staff are excellent

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Dr. Wilcoff is an exceptional physician and a very caring person.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr. Wilkoff was excellent

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr. Wilkoff was very thorough

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

I was amazed by Dr. Wilkoff compassion and sense of care toward me as someone he has never met before. Dr. wilkoff has a wonderful energy and you can feel that he is a wonderful human being.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Dr Wilkoff was amazing...offered excellent information in very easy-to-understand analogies. Brought up information I had not heard from other doctors.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Top notch hospital and doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

excellent interaction with dr w

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Excellent physician, covers all issues, explains everything well to patient.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Excellent physician.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

dr Wilkoff did an excellent job of communicating my options and getting me scheduled as quickly as possible,

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Even though it was a Telehealth visit Dr Wilkoff still gave me as much time as I needed for my visit. He made it personable even though I couldn't be in his office for the visit. I am very happy that I was able to get him as my doctor and I am very confident in the advice and care he provides me!

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

As I have to travel a far distance, staff is always good about working with me so I can see both of my doctors in one visit. I appreciate that.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr Wilkoff and his office were excellent at scheduling my appointment and preparing me with knowledge for what I needed to do to prepare for my surgery. Everyone in the team was outstanding.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

I've been seeing Dr. Wilkoff for 33 years. Has never failed me and I always been able to talk with me personally or on email

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Dr. Wilkoff is superb. I could not have been in better hands.

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