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 and 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 is nationally and internationally renowned for the world’s best cardiovascular care. 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

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH United States

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH United States

Residency - Duke University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Durham, NC

Medical Education - Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Undergraduate - Georgetown University
Washington, DC


  • 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 2/26/2023, 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

376 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 3.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

71 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2024

Dr Rickard spent lot time & very caring sad to lose him to Dubai, they are getting the best

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2024

We love Dr. Rickard! Hopefully after his four years are finished in Abu Dhabi he will return to the US at the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2024

I actually DID recommend Dr. Rickard to a high school classmate of mine who may be a patient at the Clinic. Unfortunately, Dr. Rickard is going to the Middle East for four years. He will be missed.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2024

It was a pleasure meeting and talking with the Doctor. He provided very insightful information and provided reassuring comments about my situation.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2024

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Reviewed on Jun 11, 2024

It is evident that Dr RIKARD is both competent and dedicated

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2024

Fantastic doctor Worth driving four hours for

Reviewed on May 29, 2024

Dr Rykard explained everything in detail, with care and respect. I was impressed with his certainty regarding my arythmia issues.

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Congratulations to Dr. Rickard on his new position. He will be missed!

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr Rickard was excellent. He explained everything in great detail.

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Very happy with Dr. Rickard & his crew'.

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

Dr. Rickard and nurse explained everything in a clear and understandable manner.

Reviewed on May 6, 2024

Dr. Rickard goes above and beyond for his patients. I always feel like my problems are considered and that he wants the best outcome for me. I really appreciate his attentiveness and compassion for me.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

This appointment was rescheduled due to physician unavailability.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr Rickard answers all my questions and concerns. Me makes me feel comfortable and confident in his treatment plan for me

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

Dr. Rickard is a great guy!

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Dr Rickards communications and manner was top notch. I felt like he genuinely cared and he showed a lot of interest in my questions and took appropriate amount of time explaining

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Dr. Rickard is the best there is and well worth the 2 hour drive from Toledo

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Found the staff very helpful since I was never there before to help navigate the stations and find where I needed to go. Dr Rickard was very helpful and made me feel at ease as to being able to help my condition.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Rickard does not make you feel rushed. He is one of the BEST!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

We are extremely pleased with Dr. Rickard! We highly recommend him to anyone that needs his services

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr Rickard is a great Doc

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

Dr. Rickard is a very likeable person. I don't think I could have had a better doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Dr. Rickard is the best.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr. Rickard made me feel comfortable, and I trusted him from our first meeting.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2024

Dr. Rickard is a great doctor/ he listens and advise with his expert advice.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Dr Rickard was very patient with all the questions from the 2 family members in the room and 1 on the phone from NC

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Had a cordial, informative consult with Dr Rickard.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Dr Rickard has always been excellent-- very informative and caring

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Thank You to Dr. O'Brien's Staff for taking care of recommending & scheduling Apt with Dr. Rickard for me, since it was Dr. O'Brien's Mentor surgical staff who found AFib after my Surgery with Dr. O'Brien, they noted to follow up on it and Dr. O'Brien's Staff followed up on it for me after my Post Op Apt. Keep up GREAT Job to Dr. O'Brien's Staff!!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Well worth the wait to see Dr. Rickard, very pleased with how his office worked. Keep up GREAT Job there, too!!

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Rickard was very friendly, engaging and thorough--a really great experience.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Rickard is an outstanding clinician, I trust him with my life,literally.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr. Rickard is the best !!

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

I felt Dr. Ricard took my questions seriously while he explained his answers. I was comfortable during our appointment.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

I trusted Dr Rickard & feel safe under his care.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr. Rickard listens, explains, and works with me to map out a plan for the best quality of life I can have. He sees me as an individual, not just a 75 year old woman with a pacemaker. As a result, my quality of life is excellent, and I participate in my life with full confidence.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

Doc Rickard is always very attentive, inclusive and compassionate during my visits. He never appears rushed and makes sure I thoroughly understand my test results and our future plan of action for my health and continued care. He is an invaluable asset to CC and certainly to the heart and vascular unit.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

So grateful to have Dr Rickard on my care team! He is a skilled and compassionate clinician and should be in line for CCF leadership!!

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

I'm blessed to have dr Rickard as my dr

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Doctor. Rickard was great

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Rickard is very kind and caring. He never hurries my visit with him. Wonderful care!!!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr Rickard is a wonderful doctor. I really like him a lot and he always speaks to you about anything and any concerns that you have

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr Rickard appears in every way to be a very skilled EP cardiologist. My outcome appears to be successful and I have complete faith in his ability.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

I told the doctor I did not tolerate metoprolol well in the past and he still prescribed it for me. He didn't listen to me and my unique situation. I'm highly disappointed because my treatment plan does not look promising

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr Rickard was wonderful!!! I will recommend himTo everyone I know that may have a need!

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr. Rickard is very professional, understanding and caring. Pleased that he is my cardiologist.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr. Rickard is outstanding and very caring. I have been going to him for 7 years.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Very calming Doctor. If felt confident that his work had my best interest in mind and he would assist me on my life journey.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Always a good rapport with Dr. Rickard

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023


Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr.Richard is pleasant, very calm and knowledgeable. I am very impressed by his bedside manner and his willingness to help me!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Dr. Rickard was very understanding of my problem. He listened to my concerns and gave clear explanations.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

I have always gotten a good response from Dr Rickard office but when I called in last October to make an app't with Dr. Rickard, the representative that I spoke to would not give me an appointment with him . They made me see Dr. Barzilai that I had never seen before, he was just as exasperated as I was. Things like this need to be corrected.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Very limited on dates that Dr. Rickard was available

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Rickard was fantastic!

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr Rickard is knowledgeable, caring, and provides good suggestions.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

I wish all of your doctors were as open and unpretentious as Dr. Rickard. S very real health care provider

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr Rickard answers all questions and remains very positive.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

I had to wait 4 months to see the Dr. Rickard

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr Rickard is a gifted physician with exceptional human interaction.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr Rickard explained things very clearly.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr Rickard is more than worth the 2 hour drive from toledo. Erin & Lashay are the best. I would look like to find a general practitioner at CC for my everyday needs.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Rickard couldn't of been kinder nor compassionatemade me feel very much at ease and reassured.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Dr Rickard was very personable and used sound judgment in his recommendations for my care. I am blessed to have him as my doctor

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Dr. Rickard is the best! I cannot say enough about the level of care he provides, and how he puts my mind at ease about my condition.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

He is excellent. Compassionate and personable. He answered all my questions. I appreciate him very much. I know I made the right choice to entrust him with my care.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2023

Dr. Rickard is on top of my heart issue. I monitor my Afib every week and he said if anything crops up just to message him on My Chart and he will get things moving on his end. As busy as he must be he displays concern for my well being like I'm the only person he treats. In addition, I know someone has my back so to speak. I'm lucky to have a doctor of his caliber caring for me.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Both my wife and I met simultaneously with Dr Rickard. We both found him to be thorough, knowledgeable and professional. He had hand written notes that he assemble the night before because he said "I would never be able to do this prior to meeting with my patients the same day as the appointment. He reviewed test results, asked pertinent questions regarding any symptoms, discussed potential corrective actions and an overall assessment.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr. Rickard was very caring and explained everything in an easy, caring and understanding way. He is an excellent doctor, the best in my opinion.

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