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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


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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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 2/14/2022, Dr. Rickard has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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

255 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

53 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Great doctor took his time asked all the right questions

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Dr. Rickard is absolutely Amazing! He truly cares for his patients. I have been to numerous heart doctors and I can for the first time In 7 years feel comfortable with my care. Thank you Dr. Rickard!

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Best Dr experience I have ever had. He was very easy to talk to listened to all my concerns and answered every question that me and my wife had put us both at ease

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

If the rating would go higher I would give everyone in that department a 10

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Dr. Rickard is an excellent, caring, concerned, physician.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

I am very happy with Dr. Rickard and his staff. I am very pleased with the success of his treatments to resolve my a-fib issues.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

Doctor Rickard is tops in excellence

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Dr. Rickard is a great Doctor, very personable and and helpful. I have all the confidence in him

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Excellent doctor but very vague with my future surgery options.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Dr rickard and his staff are all so amazing, they are truly the best from start to finish. They go above and beyond

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Dr rickard is the best, he is so kind, knowledgeable, caring, he truly saved my life, I was a mess when I came to him and he changed my life around. I am so confident in him and his decisions, I would go no where else. I have recommended him highly

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

I am forever telling everyone, if they need an electro physiologist, dr rickard is the best and his staff as well. I would never go elsewhere, I trust him completely

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

My doctor was awesome. The wait for the procedure is 7 weeks which is a long wait since I waited over 3 months for first visit. But in the big picture, he is worth waiting for

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Dr John Rickard is wonderful,calling me at my home.very caring.couldnt have found a better Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Have not yet had my procedure but meeting Dr Rickard for the first time, I thought he was very caring.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dr. Rickard is very attentive and thorough.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dr. Rickard went as far to draw pictures to ensure I understood what was happening with my heart function.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dr. Rickerd was extremely knowledgeable and kind, as was his staff

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Other than taking a wrong turn on way in causing us to be late for our appt, things could not been better. FYI I have recommended Dr Rickerd to several friends!

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Dr Rickard is an excellent Dr.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Dr. Rickard has been outstanding. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

I was truly amazed at how quickly I was able to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rickard.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Dr. Ricard was very thorough and helpful in his explanation of my issues. He discussed a plan of attack and explained what such plan would accomplish. Happy with his efforts and explanations.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

I am thankful and very happy that dr rickard is my cardiologist

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Dr Rickard is always a good listener.Its refreshening to have a Dr give you eye contact and not look into a computer the whole visit.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Honestly, this physician is caring, thoughtful and direct. If you want a thorough analysis combined with humor and a voracious Intellect to solve problems he's your person.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Dr Rickard was excellent! This was the first cardiologist that took the time to understand my lifestyle and concerns. I felt like I was his only patient that day....not easy to do at a place that busy.I have already recommended him to a friend.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Great Doctor,Great Staff!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

I have already recommended Dr Rickard to other friends of mine

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

I first had Dr. Niraj Varma as my Cardiologist and with his going to London, England ( I wish him the very best). Dr. Varma said he would get me a new Cardiologist & got me to Dr. John Rickard and I cannot be happier since the first time I met him. So yes I'm very Happy with all of my Cleveland Clinic Doctors .

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Working with Dr. Rickard has been one of the most pleasurable experiences that I have ever had with a medical provider.

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

We live in Florida so it is expensive and travel heavy but we feel this Doctor is worth it.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr Rickard is extremely professional. I am fortunate to have him as my doctor. I trust him explicitly with my health care.

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Dr. Rickard was very sympathetic to my recent loss. He us a superb cardiologist and human being

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

This doctor is wonderful clinician!Smart and kind.

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Great place to come to with excellent doctors

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Good experience. . Dr rickard was very direct and helpful . A wonderful doctor. Lynda

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

I did recommend Dr Rickard to several people Including my Sister who Is currently a patient

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Dr rickard is an out standing doctor. He is patient, kind , knowledgeable, absolutley feel like I'm in the best hands possible.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Dr Rickard treated me with kindness and compassion. Explaining each element of my care needs. Saw that my concerns were relieved. I place my teust in the entire Cardiac team there at Cleaveland Clinic and tell everyone about the Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

He's the best Doctor ever!!!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Dr.Rickard and his staff were excellent!!!

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Dr. Rickard is absolutely amazing. He was so willing to listen and to find the answers to my issues I have had for many years. He gave me a plan of action and I left more comfortable than ever before with someone in charge of my care. Thank you!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Well worth the two (2) hour drive. I am happy that Dr. Rickard accepted me as his patient.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Jack is a terrific man and a great physician!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2022

Excellent evaluation and scheduling of needed procedure. I have a lot of trust and faith in Dr. Ricard.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

Dr.Rikard awesome doctor. Extremely kind and so informative and I feel he saved my life.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2022

Dr Rickard is a wonderful doctor. He always listens and answers all questions. He is a very kind, caring doctor. I am proud to have him for my doctor

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Dr. Rickard and and his assistant (Valerie Winter) serve as the true definition of a great patient experience.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Dr Rickard always takes the time to explain the results of certain procedures, as well as the medicine (pros and cons) that he prescribes.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Dr. Rickard is very knowledgeable and reassured me about multiple concerns where I could trust his experience and knowledge over what I find online. I recommend him.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Dr.Riickard was very thorough and answered all questions that I had.He also was very engaging and helped me feel at ease!

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Always a very good experience with Dr Richard and his team. Takes his time to listen a great person who cares.

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