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Steven Gordon, MD


Steven Gordon, MD

Appointed: 1994

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Steven Gordon, MD
Department: Infectious Disease
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code G21
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Steven M. Gordon, MD, Chairman and Staff Member in the Department of Infectious Disease and a Staff Member in the Transplantation Center.

He is certified in Internal Medicine, as well as Infectious Disease by the American College of Physicians. His specialty interests include healthcare epidemiology, infective endocarditis, and cardiac device infections

Dr. Gordon earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics in Chicago, as well as a residency with the U.S. Public Health Service. He was a Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control, Hospital Infections Program, as well as a Fellow with Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society Healthcare Epidemiology of America  for which served as President of the society (January 2011). He is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and member of  American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Gordon has received a number of honors and awards over the years.  Most recently, he was appointed to serve on the Defense Health Board which serves as a Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Defense.  He has also presented a number of national and international meetings, as well as having published more than 160 articles and multiple book chapters.

Professional Highlights

Appointed to Defense Health Board (Federal Advisory Committee to Secretary of Defense) June 2013
Past President , Society of Healthcare Epidemiology (January 2011)
Past Member, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, Centers for Disease Control, 2004-2008.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Emory University Hospital
Infectious Disease
Decatur, GA USA
Residency - U.S. Public Health Service
Preventive Medicine
Atlanta, GA USA
Fellowship - Centers for Disease Control, Hospital Infections Program
Epidemiology/Preventive Medici
Residency - University of Chicago Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
Internship - University of Chicago Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
Medical School - Cornell University Medical College
New York, NY USA
Undergraduate - Hamilton College
Clinton, NY USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Infectious Disease

Specialty Interests

cardiac device infections, infective endocarditis, ventricular assist device infections, mycobacterial diseases, general infectious diseases

Additional Training

  • Epidemic Intelligence Officer, Center for Disease Control, Division of Hospital Infections, 1987-1989
  • General Preventive Medicine Epidemiology, Centers for Disease Control 1989-99


  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Fellow, Infectious Disease Society of America
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, Infectious Disease Society of Ohio
  • Member, American Society of Transplantation

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/26/2016, Dr. Gordon 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. Gordon receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • 3M Company
  • Thoratec Corporation

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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Languages Spoken

  • English