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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

265 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

53 Patient Comments

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 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.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022


Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Dr Rickard is a excellent doctor, I was refer to him 2 years ago. He help me by placing a pacemakee in me. I feel he has save my life. I speak very highly of the physicans and Cleveland clinic Hospital

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Dr. Rickard was pleasant but also aggressive in proposing care options and treatment. He and Dr. Finet worked well together and helped me understand how my issue could progress and what a possible plan of care looks like. I appreciate that they were open about the degree of severity of my heart disease. I am at a place where it was time for that level of frankness.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

Dr Rickard is amazing. So kind and takes his time with patients. Always answers all your questions. Just an amazing doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Dr Rickard and his staff make my every concern theirs. I feel so confident in all they do for me.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

I was so very pleased with my visit and treatment by all involved in this visit. My wife and I were impressed and very satisfied with Dr. Rickard. He made me comfortable and cleared my worries.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Best doctor and staff ever

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Terrific office , doctor and staff. Great job

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Had a long wait to get the appointment. I had to make it at a facility pretty far from home. It was worth the trip and the wait. Dr. Rickard is amazing.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

I know that Dr. Rickard did hear my concerns, and did take them into account. It was very good to feel like he listened to me and is working WITH me to optimize my health!! I am very satisfied with him as a doctor. When I first started seeing him, I was completely bummed out that I HAD to see him due to my condition. Now, I have accepted the facts (after he explained the cause of my condition in more detail than other doctors) and am doing all I can to get more healthy. I find myself walking into his office with joy in my heart. I know that this sounds completely silly to say in these terms, but I attribute my better outlook on my health due to Dr. Rickard's patience, time to give explanations, and probably repeating himself every time I see him. :)

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Saw Dr. Rickard in the Chardon office. He is amazing!! So helpful and knowledgeable. The staff is very friendly, quick, make you feel comfortable. I highly refer others to him.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Glad that Dr. Rickard had a plan of action that hopefully will provide me some relief from afib.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Cleveland Clinic and the doctors and staff are all very kind and helpful

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Wonderful experience with this provider. Dr. Rickard was very kind and extremely helpful.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Dr. Rickard gave us the time we felt we needed to answer our questions

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Dr. Rickard is one of the best! I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Dr. Ricard is absolutely the best! I have seen him five times over two years. His original diagnosis and treatment probably saved my life. He has always been extremely kind and helpful. It is a pleasure to meet with him, and I always feel better afterward.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. Rickard is truly a great person and doctor. He is not only a very skilled physician he is also someone I consider as a good friend.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Excellent experience! Listened to my needs and scheduled me with a fantastic doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr Rickard has been my EP for several years and I couldn't be happier with anyone else.

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