Professor of Medicine
Section Head, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation
Leslie Cho, MD, is Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. She is also Section Head, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cho is board-certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, and internal medicine. Her specialty interests focus on general cardiology, heart disease, and peripheral arterial and vascular disease and their attendant therapies and treatments. Dr. Cho specializes in heart disease in women.
Dr. Cho received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating cum laude. She received her medical degree from the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine, and took her residency in internal medicine at the University Of Washington Medical Center where she received the John Humphrey Award as Most Outstanding Internal Medicine Resident. Her clinical training continued when she accepted a fellowship in cardiology, followed by a fellowship in interventional cardiology and peripheral disease, both from Cleveland Clinic.
Prior to her appointment to Cleveland Clinic in 2005 as Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center, Dr. Cho was Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section on Interventional Cardiology in the Division of Cardiology at Loyola University Medical Center, where she also served as both Director of Carotid Intervention and Director of Interventional Cardiology Research.
Dr. Cho’s clinical research interests are women and heart disease and the role of nutrition in hypercholesterolemia. Her research has garnered her many grants to study various therapeutic treatments for heart disease. In 1998, she received the American Heart Association’s Women in Cardiology award. In 1999, the World Heart Federation named her Fellow of Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention.
She is author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in leading medical journals, and she has authored medical textbooks and contributed chapters to medical textbooks related to her specialty interests.
Dr. Cho is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and serves on the Peripheral Disease Committee. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Heart Association.