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 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 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 - 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 School - 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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As of 4/14/2018, 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

227 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
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

After the doctor left, the door was left open and my wife and I were not sure whether to leave or not or how to find our way out of there. We also were given no paperwork whatever that we had even seen doctor Rickard. We finally had to flag down someone in the hallway to the doctor if we could leave and show us how to get out of there. This also was very stressful.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Dr Richards is an excellent doctor I'm real happy with him

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

very happy with this provider

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Dr Rickard was running about 30 mins late - his nurse notified me and Rickard apologied. very well run office.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

the department in which I saw Dr Rickard seems understaffed with clerical. check in is always slow as Patients have to await 10 to 30 minutes just to get signed in. My check out on this visit was also an unacceptable wait time and confusing even as to who to check out with. It appeared there was only one clerical checking paitents out for the whole department.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

Dr. Rickard's team is the absolute amazing, especially Valerie (Medical Secretary)

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

Dr. Rickard has saved my life. before I started seeing him, I had zero quality of life. now, I am able to do things I want to again.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

Dr. Rickard is a wonderful doctor and human being. He listened to my concerns as this was a follow-up visit. He made me feel as though he had all the time to listen to me. He explained my heart problem so I understood in a clearer fashion what was going on with my heart. He asked if I had any more questions/concerns for him to answer. He exhibited a caring feeling about my heart and my worries. He was very positive about my future and certainly quieted my fears.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

Dr. Rickard was very caring and informative. He looked you in the eye and you could tell he cares. His explanation of the procedure was very clear as well as risks and success rates. He assured us his team would be in touch with us for scheduling, and in a week we were contacted.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Richard is outstanding. He is professional, thorough and pleasant. Easy to talk to and explains in normal terms his diagnosis and suggestions.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

i love dr ricard he is kind and treats you like you are hus only patient. he spends a good deal of time with you and makes sure you understand the instructions. i am so glad i foynd dr riccard

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

During my first visit the care provider showed concern for what questions I had and was good with the decisions of my treatment.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018

it was obvious that this office is very busy. the doctor took time to listen, review my records, and personally ran a ekg. I have total confidence in him!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2018

Excellent care. Dr. were so knowledgeable. Best hospital.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2018

Cardio dr. was the best. My hometown dr. couldn't fix my heart rhythm but, Cleveland Clinic, got my heart fixed.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

I received the treatment I needed the same day i saw Dr. Rickard

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018

You are #1 in USA in my opinion. Excellent management, medical technology and best physicians per speciality. I had heart re-synchronization pace maker installed. Dr. Rickard and Dr. Keil did a marvelous job on a difficult surgery task!!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

This was my first visit to Dr. John Rickard. He was very attentive to my needs and concerns, and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

my CCF docs are the best. Dr Rickard & his secretary Valerie are A-1 for patient care

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