James E. Klemis, M.D., FACC

Practicing Since
  • 2004
  • Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York: Fellowship in Coronary and Vascular Intervention
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • University of Tennessee, Memphis
  • Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology
  • Board Certified, American Board of Vascular Medicine, Vascular Medicine
  • Board Certified, American Board of Vascular Medicine, Endovascular Intervention
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Tennessee
  • Chief Medical Resident
  • Chief Cardiology Fellow
  • 2 years of additional training in interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular medicine/intervention including carotid artery stenting at the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute in New York City
  • Course Director - Memphis Carotid Intervention Course (Nov 2006)
  • International Faculty - Second International Summit with the Experts (SISE) 2006 Puerto Rico (Dec 2006)
  • Primary Investigator, PROGUARD Carotid Stent Trial (One of the 40 International investigators and the first in the area to evaluate a new technology for less invasive treatment of carotid artery stenosis)
Hospital Affiliations
  • Baptist Memorial Hospitals
  • Saint Francis Hospital
  • Methodist Hospitals


  • What you don't know can hurt you!
  • Venous Disease: More than just a cosmetic issue...
  • Carotid Artery Disease and Stroke
  • An Overview and Insight on New Treatments
Special Interests
  • Clinical and Interventional Cardiology
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease/Intervention
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Echocardiography
  • CT Angiography
  • PFO/ASD closure for stroke and migraine treatment
  • Venous disease, including DVT and venous insufficiency
  • Stroke: evaluation, prevention, and management
  • Noninvasive diagnosis of vascular disease
  • Chest Pain/Coronary Artery Disease: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a condition in which blockages in the heart arteries which can lead to chest pain or a heart attack. If you have risk factors such as smoking, diabtetes, high cholesterol, or a strong family history of CAD you might be at risk. We will work with you to lower your risk of heart attack with medication. If you have chest pain or a heart attack, Dr. Klemis is one of several physicians at Stern who are experts at restoring blood flow to blocked coronary arteries.
  • Varicose Veins/leg swelling: Dr. Klemis has set up a program for the evaluation and treatment of venous insufficiency, a condition which can lead to swelling, pain, varicose veins, or even non-healing wounds or ulcers in the legs. He offers an innovative nonsurgical treatment to alleviate these symptoms. Please visit the website below if you are experiencing any of these symptoms to see if you might benefit from treatment: www.evlt.com
  • Leg Pain: Many people have pain in their legs which limits activity. There are many causes of leg pain, including blocked arteries (peripheral arterial disease, or PAD), venous disease (pain and swelling), arthritis in the back/hips/knees, and problems with the nerves supplying the legs either from a bulging disc in the back or damage to the peripheral nerves (neuropathy) from diseases such as diabetes. Additionally, other conditions such as restless leg syndrome (RLS) can result in abnormal hyperactive leg movements, especially at night which can cause pain. We work in collaboration with other specialties such as orthopedic and neurosurgeons as well as neurologists to make sure you are diagnosed correctly and can help alleviate your pain in many circumstances.
  • Stroke: There are many preventable causes of stroke and we offer innovative nonsurgical approaches to help reduce your risk of stroke. Dr. Klemis is trained in many special procedures which help restore blood flow to blocked arteries which supply the brain, including carotid and vertebral arteries. If you have warning signs of a stroke such as slurred speech, transient loss of vision or blurry vision, weakness or numbness on one side of the face/body, or unexplained recurrent dizziness you should undergo a thorough evaluation of treatable causes of stroke.

With an extensive background in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Klemis went on to pursue additional training in vascular medicine and learned innovative less invasive treatments for vascular disease at the prestigious Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York, one of the busiest centers in the world for vascular disease and the leading center for carotid artery stenting in the US. He worked alongside pioneers in the field of vascular intervention and became the first midsouth physician to become board certified in both vascular medicine and endovascular intervention, as recognized by the American Board of Vascular Medicine. He recognizes the systemic nature of vascular disease and believes a comprehensive evaluation should include attention to all areas affected by vascular disease, not simply the heart. He is currently helping to develop innovative protocols to determine the etiology of stroke and that would help reduce the risk of future therapies. Above all, he values skilled and compassionate care and feels each patient should be treated as if they were a family member. "I was drawn to Memphis after looking at a map and seeing that it was the epicenter of stroke and vascular disease in the United States. I feel that with collaboration among area physicians, we can work together to recognize, prevent, and treat vascular disorders". Dr. Klemis has appointments available Wednesdays and Fridays at the Germantown office of Stern Cardiovascular Center. He can be reached at 901-271-1000.