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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


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing Section
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
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About John Rickard, MD

John Rickard, MD, MPH, is a specialist in treating cardiac (heart) rhythm disorders in the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Specialty interests: Cardiac resynchronization (pacemaker) therapy, including optimization of nonresponders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (improving the condition of patients with heart failure who do not respond to pacemaker therapy); laser lead extraction; pulmonary vein isolation

Number of Patients: Dr. Rickard has performed more than 500 electrophysiology procedures throughout his career.

Success rates: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1994. Success rates for specific procedures are available at:

Education and Training: Dr. Rickard earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., and a master’s in public health specializing in clinical effectiveness from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.  Dr. Rickard completed his residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., followed by fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and electrophysiology at Cleveland Clinic.

He was assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiology and Electrophysiology at John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., and the Director and Founder of the Johns Hopkins Cardiac Resynchronization Optimization Clinic before joining Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Rickard was named to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2015.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Rickard has been published extensively in medical journals as the author or coauthor of nearly 50 articles related to his research in cardiac rhythm disorders and resynchronization therapy. He has presented his research findings at national medical meetings, including the American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society annual meetings, and has coauthored chapters on heart rhythm disorders and treatment in medical textbooks. Dr. Rickard completed a review of the use of cardiac resynchronization therapy for the Center for Medicare Services. This review will help define new Medicare coverage for patients who require pacing-capable devices.

About Dr. Rickard: “I enjoy cardiac electrophysiology because of the tremendous impact our therapies can make in people's lives.”

Leisure activities: Dr. Rickard is an avid sports fan and enjoys world travel.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard University
Boston, MA USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Duke University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Durham, NC USA

Medical Education - Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC USA

Undergraduate - Georgetown University
Washington, DC USA


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

Specialty Interests

Cardiac electrophysiology, cardiac resynchronization therapy, lead extraction, pulmonary vein isolation ablation.

Awards & Honors

  • 2013 Medtronic Emerging Leader, Chicago, Ill.
  • 2010 Gus P. Karos Scholarship to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.
  • 2010 Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Fellowship Research Award, Fellows Research Day, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2003 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society  
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for John Rickard, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/17/2021, Dr. Rickard 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. Rickard receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • St. Jude Medical, Inc.

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.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

211 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Excellent provider

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

I really can't say enough about this Doctor, Cleveland Clinic is awesome because of people like this Doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

My appointment was very good the doctor actually answered all of my questions and make sure I understood the procedure. Very pleased

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Great experience with Dr. Rickard.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

The Doctor was straight forward and didn't just plug me into the system to cover his butt. He explained the plan to me and what the options were to cover my issues. I thought he had my health and best interest at heart and I have a lot of respect for the man.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Not many options for getting to be seen by a doctor. I'm having heart issues and it took me a couple weeks to see anyone. If your heart has issues don't you want to see someone before two weeks?

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr. Rickard is bright, courteous and efficient. One of the absolute best!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

I would always recommend Dr. Rickard for any electro cardiology needs.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Dr.'s Rickard & Albert took wonderful care of me.

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

I enjoy how my provider always goes over things to make sure he has all details to make the right decision for my well-being we talk about everything and like that about him

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Dr. Rickard was very calming and reassuring

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr. Rickard was kind, courteous, and sympathetic.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

dr rickard has a great bed side manner and listens to your problems ans is very concerned about my health

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

This doctor is only in an office close to me one day a week. I have worked with him before in him resolving a medical condition I had. It would be great if he was more accessible.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Doctor knew I wanted all the information and he gave it to me, we discussed my options and I took the info back to my wife so I knew she was comfortable with the decision. We thought long and hard and called back a week later with the decision.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Dr. Rickard always makes me feel important

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Dr. Rickard is the best

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

We have a great deal of confidence in the care we get from Dr. Rickard. While he is clearly competent he isn't so arrogant that he he shuts us out. Very down to earth.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

excellent experience! Dr. Rickard was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable! Fantastic experience from start to finish!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

Phenomenal visit with Dr. Rickard! He was not only extremely knowledgeable and informative, but also very compassionate and caring. Dr. listened to all our concerns and answered all our many questions! Spoke to us with respect and professionalism. wonderful Doctor and person.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

The doctor is very caring ,he's very concerned with my health in fact I feel very comfortable with him like family

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

excellent all the way around - Doctor warm and thorough

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Dr Rickard is very. good

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

very pleased wit DR Rickard performances over the past years I been a patient of his.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Dr Rickard is an outstanding physician. I have high confidence in his judgement. I would recommend him to my friends and family in a heartbeat.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Very Friendly Doctor and Staff

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

My mother and I had a very good experience in every aspect at this facility. I will highly recommend this facility and this physician to anyone who needs any medical services.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr. Rickard was wonderful throughout our visit. He was determined to find the problem and offer his professional and caring solution.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr. Rickard gives Dad such excellent care. Dr. Rickard is so kind and takes the time to listen to Dad. We are very grateful for his care.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr Richard was patient and answered my questions thoroughly. very good first visit.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Dr. Richard's office staff and nurse were unbelievably helpful. Dr Rickard was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about my situation. He put my mind at ease and I feel like I am in good hands with his care.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Makes experience at Dr. Rickard's office was exceptional. I've been to the Cleveland Clinic before and have always felt this hospital was superb. Dr. Rickard continued to make me feel this way about this hospital.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

My appointment was amazing so was everyone that saw me that. I love Cleveland Clinic and all of my doctor's and their nurses

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

dr. Rickard answers any questions and listens to any concerns you may have. he is great to have as my doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Dr. Rickard is very kind, caring and informative, great personality and makes you feel comfortable

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Dr. Rickard receives my highest rating! He resolved a problem that was misdiagnosed by a previous electrophysiologist.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

This was the first trip to a hospital where I felt listened to and respected. I felt that the doctor cared and he explained everything so well. Best doctor experience I've ever had.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

I wish Cleveland Clinic was my local hospital/healthcare provider!

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Excellent experience with Dr. Rickard

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

it's nice to visit the doctor without having to drive to Cleveland.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

*Dr. Rickard is very personable, I feel very comfortable with him. I feel very confident in his care, I think he is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

This is the way health care should be. Dr. Rickard is the best!

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Dr. Ricard did a great job of explaining everything to me.

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