Biography & Education

I perform coronary stenting and other interventional procedures, but my passion is in cardiac prevention. Early detection of coronary artery disease is critical, as nearly 50% of men and women will die of cardiovascular disease. By the time that a person has cardiac related chest discomfort or a positive stress test, coronary stenting and/or coronary bypass graft surgery are often required; waiting for symptoms to occur is also not a good option given that 1/2-2/3 of cardiac patients will first present with a heart attack or death. We now know that we can reduce the risk of heart attack or death from heart disease in up to 90% of individuals by appopriate changes in diet, exercise, and body weight, abstention from cigarette smoking, and if appropriate, medications. We can detect coronary/vascular disease BEFORE cardiac events occur by noninvasive testing, such as with EBT (which is a low radiation CT scan that evaluates for calcium in the coronary arteries as a marker for coronary disease, a so called "Mammogram of the Heart"), or by carotid IMT (which uses ultrasound to evaluate for vascular disease in the carotid artery). These techniques, in conjunction with advanced lipid testing (Berkeley Heart Labs and others) can help guide changes in lifestyle and medications so that the risk of heart attack and dying from cardiac disease can be markedly reduced.
  • Cardiology
Education Background
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Residency: New England Deaconess Hospital
Fellowship: Stanford University, CA
Fellowship: University of Chicago, IL
  • English

Care Locations

Minor & James Medical
515 Minor Ave
Seattle 98104
Fax 206-215-4550
550 17th Ave.
Suite 680
Seattle, WA 98122
Fax 206-215-4550
Accepting New Patients



Board Certifications
  • Interventional cardiology
Clinical Interests
  • Angioplasty
  • Blood Management Techniques
  • EBT Screening
  • Interventional Cardiologists
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Procedural Medicine


Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.8 out of 5 (91 Ratings, 9 Comments)


He talked quite fast and hard to take in a lot of info at one time. I felt rushed when he went thru all the points on instruction sheet to take home which I had to call office later to clear up info
Swedish Patient

Dr. Oppenheim always take the time that he spends with you to make sure that everything problem and concern is addressed and that when you leave you feel confident about the care he provides. He has been my doctor for over 20 years and I have the utmost confidence in the care he provides. He also has that personal touch that adds to the medical he provides.
Swedish Patient

My only comment that would be below "excellent, fantastic" would be this: while the doctor and PA answered questions I asked perfectly, given what I learned from their answers, they might consider volunteering such information. I'm not asking for mind reading or their wasting time with explaining matters of common knowledge, only noting that if another patient hadn't asked my questions, they might missing some good information. Both Dr. Oppenheim and his PA were a millimeter short of fantastic.
Swedish Patient

I have recommended Gary Oppenheim to several peers.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Oppenheim is a very caring and thoughtful provider.
Swedish Patient

I've already recommended Dr. Oppenheim to a friend who just moved back to Seattle and needs a cardiologist.
Swedish Patient

Excellent action plan and discussion highlighting his expertise and care for my case
Swedish Patient

Direct attention between doctor & patient could be improved. Seemed strange having a computer monitor between the doctor & myself.
Swedish Patient

Exceptional experience and happy my PCP recommended Dr Oppenheimer. I intend to follow-up with and have my yearly check ups with him. Thank you.
Swedish Patient