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 7/10/2020, 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

251 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

very helpful and efficient! Thanks, Dr Rickard & staff!

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

a great and exceptional doctor !

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Great experience. Dr R knew my history and was very easy to talk to. Excellent bed side manner.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Excellent doctor with excellent bedside manner. very easy go talk to and extremely through.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Doctor Rickard is very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to talk to about health concerns

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Doctor Rickard is exceptional

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

already have recommended Dr. Rickard!

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020


Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

very good the dr was very good at explaining everything to me

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Dr. R. is A+ responsive on mychart, reassuring in person and definitely listens to me. Great dr!

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Dr Rickasrd takes a very analytical approach to determine the best treatment option by using a Zio Patch and his expertise is far above TN providers.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

The Clevland Clinic is the besThe Cleveland Clinic is the Best Cardiac Care facility in The country. All my past experiences have been positive and I have recommended CCF over all other facilities in the country. Dr Rickard is at the top of his profession as are all other providers in the Cardiac Group.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

dr rickard is the best. don't ever let him leave. he cares about his patients like they are family

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

*Dr. Rickard took his time to answer questions and explain everything to me. I felt like I had a dr. that was finally listening to me.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Dr Rickard made me feel better about my choices for treating my AFib

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Always a great experience dealing with Dr. Richard and his staff.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

Dr. Rickard is always very helpful and attentive to any questions.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

loved Dr Rickard. great Dr. first time I met him. He was awesome. Very glad I was able to see him

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Excellent visit with Dr. Ricard and his staff (EKG and ECHO). All involved were professional, informative, and courteous!

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

This video visit was for a second opinion on my heart condition. I was very satisfied with virtual discussion with Dr Rickard. He understood my issues and was able to give me the information I needed. The virtual visit worked very well. I felt like i was sitting in the office next to him!

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

My experience with Dr rickard was excellent! He took time explaining the upside and downside of each procedure and the chance of them working. I'm 63 and he was one of the best doctors I have ever seen. Absolute joy talking with him!!

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2020

Dr. Rickard is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Dr. Rickard has been the best all three times I have seen him. That's why I come all the way from Michigan to see him. Also, my daughter has to come from Philadelphia to drive me to Cleveland. It is well worth it!!

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

dr rickard is the best as well as all the staff

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

best dr ever, and staff

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Love Dr. Rickard he is through and takes the time to talk to his patients.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Rickard is awesome. The team at desk J2 Dash one and two are very kind.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

I feel very comfortable and secure with the treatments and recommendations I have received from Dr. Rickard.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Always a great experience in seeing Dr Rickard and the staff.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

I was amazed that Dr. Rickard came in on a day off just to see me and get me on his schedule because I was from out of town and referred to him from one of the other doctors.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

I feel very informed about the procedure that I am having done. Doctor Rickard explained everything to me.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Dr. Rickard is probably the best of all the doctors I've seen at the Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

dr. John Rickard and his staff are all five star

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

dr. John Rickard and his staff are all 5 star

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Dr. Rickard was excited that my results were so good! he was definitely happy for me!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

always a good experience with Dr. Rickard.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Rickard is vey very good

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Dr. John Rickard is a tremendous doctor who showed great concern about my health. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Dr Rickard is a very skilled physician & has excellent bedside manner!

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

I saw Dr Rickard and we discussed my diagnosis Supraventricular Tachycardia and how the medication he originally prescribed did not work for me. so he gave me another medication he felt maybe better to slow down the arrhythmia in my heart. He did encourage me that my heart was strong and I didn't have to worry about having a heart attack...the new medication should work if not there are other meds he will try...all in all it was good exoerience.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Dr Rickard is a kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2019

*Doctor John Rickard was such a kind and thoughtful doctor. Spent a lot of time with me and my family - Wonderful doctor!!

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Fabulous physician! Kind,knowledgeable, willing to explain diagnosis and really listens to my feedback. The Cleveland Clinic better keep this doctor! Also, the office staff was wonderful.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

I would most likely not be here if I wasn't for this provider. He is excellent and I am extremely fortunate!

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