Dr. Earl Ferguson, MD

Dr. Earl Ferguson, MD

Cardiology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 74
Dr. Earl Ferguson, MD is a cardiology specialist in Ridgecrest, CA and has been practicing for 43 years. He graduated from MD and PHD In Physiology in 1970 and specializes in cardiology and preventive medicine.Read his story

1081 N China Lake Blvd

Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Contact Information

(760) 499-3900

Insurance Accepted

  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Medicaid
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Ferguson performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Heart Disease
more than 22% of peers
more than 10% of peers
Electrocardiogram (EKG)
more than 5% of peers

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Dr. Ferguson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ferguson "Dr. Earl W. Ferguson, MD, PhD, is a healthcare executive, cardiologist, and preventive medicine specialist with a major interest in telemedicine, telehealth and telecommunications and computer applications to healthcare, including electronic health records, health information exchange and cardiovascular imaging. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). He was CEO of Sun BioMedical Technologies that he and his wife, Sun Hye Paik, PhD, DPharm founded in 2002 for research on inflammatory diseases, including early, undetected atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. He has developed a Cardiovascular Imaging Program at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, a Coronary Artery Risk Evaluation Program, and is developing a Coordinated Cardiovascular Care throughout the high desert region of Southern California. He is a Director at Growth Creators Incorporated developing innovative health information technologies (RADEKAL provider productivity tool, RITA -- Robotic Intelligent Teleheath Assistant, and other technologies). He is also on the ACPM Health System Transformation Task Force working with the CDC and the CMMI to improve integration of population and community health into healthcare. He provides cardiology inpatient consults to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. He also provides telemedicine consults to remote areas of the high desert of California and remotely monitors patients with pacemakers and automated implantable cardiac defibrillators. He was Interim Medical Director of the National Rural Accountable Care Organization, and was Executive Director of the Southern Sierra Telehealth Network established in 2001 that became part of the California Telehealth Network after he was a leader in its founding. He has served on numerous boards, including the California State Rural Healthcare Association, California Broadband Cooperative (Digital 395 Project), California Telehealth Network, California Health Information Partnership & Services Organization, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, and National Space Biomedical Research Institute External Advisory Council. He was a member of the Editorial Board, Telemedicine and eHealth Journal, for almost two decades. Dr. Ferguson is a retired US Air Force Colonel and was a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service as the Director of Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Health for NASA before moving to Ridgecrest in 1996 to develop advanced rural health information technology applications. He has been in public service his entire career, spending most of his Federal service career in academic and leadership positions, including commanding and supervising large healthcare systems, hospitals and medical centers."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Ferguson "I believe in evidence-based medicine and team based approaches to care, such as Accountable Care Organizations, for high value, high quality and cost-effective care, including preventive medicine and health promotion, in partnership with my patients to find the optimal solutions for their healthcare issues.  My background and perspectives on these issues are outlined in my book, American Healthcare Reform: Fixing the Real Problems, published 2014."

2  Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Preventive Medicine

3  Board Certifications

  • Aerospace Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Preventive Medicine*
  • Cardiovascular Disease
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

35  Conditions Treated

  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
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11  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Baylor University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1965
  • MD and PHD In Physiology
    Medical School | Graduated 1970
  • University Of Texas At Galveston / Medical Branch
    Medical School | Graduated 1970
  • Internal Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1971
  • University Of Texas Medical Branch At Galveston
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1971
  • Duke University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1973
  • Internal Medicine and Cardiology
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1973
  • Cardiology and Post-Doc In Biochemistry
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1975
  • Duke Univerity Med Ctr
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1975
  • Primary Course In Aerospace Medicine
    Other Education | Completed 1979

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ferguson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ferguson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ferguson to family and friends
2 total reviews

Likelihood to Recommend (2)

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  • 1

Dr. Ferguson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes
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