Jeffrey Rich, MD

Jeffrey Rich, MD
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Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus



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About Jeffrey Rich, MD

Jeffrey Rich, MD, is the Chairman of Operations and Strategy for the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Rich served as a Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In addition, he held leadership positions within the National Quality Forum, including Vice Chairman of the Consensus Standards Approval Committee, Chair of the Council on Research and Quality Improvement and Co-Chair of the Planning Group on Cardiac Surgery Performance Measures.

Dr. Rich is a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and transcatheter-based procedures. He practiced at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for more than two decades and held various positions there, including Scientific Director of Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute, Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant Program, Director of the Ventricular Assist Device Program and a member of the Cardiac Executive Committee.  Dr. Rich was also an Assistant Professor of clinical surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and served a general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Stanford University.

Dr. Rich has served as principal investigator on more than two dozen clinical trials and a reviewer for several academic journals, including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He has authored more than 50 publications and 3 book chapters regarding quality, costs and efficiency in cardiac care. He is currently a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, an organization for which he has served in leadership positions for more than a decade, the American Association for Thoracic Surgeons, the National Rural Health Association, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Stanford University Medical Center
Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Palo Alto, CA USA

Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
General Surgery
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL USA


  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 2/22/2019, Dr. Rich 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.

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