Bruce Lindsay, MD

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

  • Atrial Fibrillation Center
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Clinical Trials
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Lifevest
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure
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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
  • Genetics of Arrhythmias
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Long QT Syndrome (LQTS)
  • Sudden Cardiac Death (Sudden Cardiac Arrest)
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
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About Bruce Lindsay, MD

Bruce D. Lindsay, MD, is Section Head, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at the Cleveland Clinic. He served as President of the Heart Rhythm Society from 2007 to 2008, and chaired the Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Program in Boston in 2006, which was attended by more than 13,000 international physicians, scientists and allied health professionals. Dr. Lindsay served a term on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Cardiology, formerly chaired the College's Board of Governors, and is a member of the National Cardiovascular Database Management Board. He currently chairs the ABIM test-writing committee for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Specialty/Clinical interests: Abnormal heart rhythms, Long QT Syndrome, atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, sudden cardiac death, ventricular tachycardia, biventricular pacemaker, catheter ablation, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, pacemaker implant, pulmonary vein isolation ablation

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Lindsay performs ablations and device implantation procedures to treat patients with a variety of arrhythmias. He performs more than 200 ablations per year.

Success Rates:
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Education and Training: Dr. Lindsay is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. He served in the National Health Service Corps from 1980 to 1983. He completed a cardiology fellowship at Washington University where he undertook additional training in the treatment of patients with heart rhythm disorders. Dr. Lindsay joined the faculty at Washington University in 1985 and became Professor of Medicine and Director of Electrophysiology. He accepted the position of Section Head, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at Cleveland Clinic in 2008.

Publications and Speaking: Dr. Lindsay’s clinical research and publications have focused on identifying patients with an increased risk of cardiac arrest, improving technology for implantable defibrillators, malfunctions of implantable cardiac devices, and advances in the use of ablation to correct abnormal heart rhythms. He is a contributing author to the Heart Rhythm Society state-of-the-art consensus document for ablation of atrial fibrillation. Through his commitment to education, Dr. Lindsay has served on the faculty at meetings throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and China.

About Dr. Lindsay: “What really drives me is my passion for helping people and knowing that, at the end of the day, I’ve helped make their lives better.”

Leisure activities: In his free time, Dr. Lindsay enjoys exercising, running, swimming, spend time with his family, and walking his dog.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Cardiac Electrophysiology
St. Louis, MO USA

Fellowship - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO USA

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Internship - University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Medical School - Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA USA

Professional Highlights

  • Past President, Heart Rhythm Society 2007-2008
  • Board of Trustees, Heart Rhythm Society 2001-present
  • Program Chair, Annual Scientific Sessions of Heart Rhythm Society 2006
  • Chair, Board of Governors, American College of Cardiology 2001
  • Board of Trustees, American College of Cardiology 2000-2008


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Specialty Interests

Abnormal Heart Rhythms, Long QT Syndrome, atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, sudden cardiac death, ventricular tachycardia, biventricular pacemaker, catheter ablation, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, pacemaker implant, pulmonary vein isolation ablation

Awards & Honors

  • 2014, Ceveland Magazine Best Doctors
  • 2014, ACC National Database Management Board
  • 2012-present, Chair, ABIM Test Writing Committee
  • 2003-2014, ABIM Test writing Committee
  • 2003-2009 Executive Committee, Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2007-2008, President, Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2003-2008, Board of Trustees, ACC
  • 2006-2007, President Elect, Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2005-2006, Vice President and Program Chair for Scientific Sessions, Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2001-2006, Board of Trustees, Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2003-2005, Chair, Health Policy Committee, -Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2000-2003, Executive Committee, ACC
  • 2001-2002, Chair, Board of Governors, ACC
  • 1999-2001, Board of Governors, ACC

Innovations & Patents

  • Magnetic catheter navigation for ablation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias


  • Heart Rhythm Society
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/27/2017, Dr. Lindsay has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

219 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2017

Dr. Lindsay is a truly outstanding heart specialist who has made a profound improvement in both the quality and the life expectancy of my life. He is an exceptionally caring and kind care provider for Cleveland Clinic a premier health care institution.I shall always remember Dr. Lindsay for all that he and his team members have done for me.Cleveland Clinic is welcome to share my comments as it deems necessary.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2017

Dr. Lindsay was very thorough in his understanding of my concerns and explained in great detail my opinions. Impressive physician.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2017

I felt that I left the CC with some direction and a solid game plan. Prior to the visit with Dr. Lindsay, I was considering seeking care outside the CC.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2017

Dr Lindsay and I did discuss my future treatment and the medicine that I want to discontinue in the future. We set a schedule for a follow up appointment. I also asked to come back for annual checkups after the follow up appointment. I'm so impressed that I will be his patient as long as he will see me.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2017

I want to thank Dr. Lindsay for working so hard in medical school, and doing 200 operations a year to perfect his skills. I am a lucky man to have him as my surgeon.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2017

Dr. Lindsay was completely focused on me, the patient. He is a calm thoughtful communicator and a highly attentive listener. He converted the complexity of my case and treatment into clarity, with ease. He also addressed thoroughly a question I had about my cardiac care that were not the immediate matter about which I was seeing him, and he recommended how I might best follow up regarding them -- then immediately called a specialist and arranged a quick appointment the next day for me.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2016

very good

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2016

I have been extremely satisfied

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2016

see me next year - celebration time

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2016

Very good experience at the clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2016

All good

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2016

A great team of physicians!

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2016


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Reviewed on Sep 14, 2016

dr Lindsay is an exceptional physician and a credit to his profession. I feel fortunate to be under his care!

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2016

very clear expectations!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2016

overall, I couldn't have asked for better, more professional and "caring" care than I received.One suggestion: over half of the staff I encountered, although they each introduced themselves by name, had their name badge turned backward. I met and was cared for by approximately 50 people over 2 days and without being able to read the name badges, wasn't able to remember names for questions or later commendation.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2016

He was excellent. I went away after the first visit without worry, even though things were pending. He was very calming and I so appreciated his manner.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2016

I felt very informed when I left.

Reviewed on May 18, 2016

Dr Lindsay is excellent!

Reviewed on May 18, 2016

Dr Lindsey is an "excellent" surgeon and doctor. My ablation surgery has definitely been 100% successful. Cleveland Clinic and this area is very fortunate to have a physician with Dr Lindsey's expertise.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2016

Dr. Lindsay is the best.

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