Dr. Richard A. Ott, MD

Dr. Richard A. Ott, MD


Cardiac Surgery | Male | 64 years old

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Dr. Ott attended Washington University, lettering in baseball and football, while earning a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Biology. ...Read more

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in Irvine,CA |
Try to scheduled appointment with Dr.Ott , called his office 5 different times and date, still no call back from office manager, leave voice mail urgent to Dr.Ott, no call back from Dr.Ott. Unprofessional staff and most of all DO NOT CARE about patient feeling. Bottom-line is Why would you want a surgeon operating on You or Your family member, he do not even care to call his patient back.
in santa ana ca |
I want to thank Dr. Ott for his health care I had on 11/15/16 he did heart open surgery for a linking valve he is just a great Dr. I am so happy with his service I will recommend him
in Anaheim |
Dr Ott saved my life. Aorta Heart value replacement in 2014. I was released from the hospital in 3 Days. Feb 2016 I was admitted with a blood infection, my aorta heart value, tricuspid value had to be replaced and my ICD unit along with an abscess in my heart. I have been told by many Dr's I am lucky to be alive and Dr Ott probably was the only Dr that could handle my condition. Thank you Dr Ott and all the medical professionals that took care of me. Life is a gift. George Rodriguez
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Dr. Ott attended Washington University, lettering in baseball and football, while earning a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Biology.   He went on to St. Louis University for extended studies and to work in the research lab under Dr. Hillel Laks, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, a Professor at UCLA.

Dr. Ott attended Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois, earning his Medical Degree.  Upon graduation, he was accepted into an internship and residency program at the University of California, Irvine.    He went onto a cardiac fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tucson under Dr. Jack Copeland for two years.   He is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, specializing in the field of end stage heart failure, coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement, transmyocardial revascularization, atrial fibrillation ablation and mechanical cardiac devices.

Upon completion of his cardiac fellowship, Dr. Ott was recruited by the University of California, Irvine.   He was named the Director of Cardiac Transplantation and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery.   Dr. Ott completed the first heart transplant in Orange County and went on to perform 39 successful operations over the next 7 years, many patients remain alive and active today.  During this time, he expanded his practice to include the private sector of his community.   In 1996, Dr. Ott was the first surgeon in Orange County to perform the minimally invasive beating heart surgery and first multi-vessel beating heart surgery.

During his career, Dr. Ott has been an invited reviewer to scientific peer review journals, a guest lecturer in over 60 scientific symposiums, both national and international conferences, participated in clinical trials and published 54 original manuscripts in peer review journals.   He has edited 2 books and authored 6 book chapters and has 28 published abstracts.

During his career, he has completed 6,886 pump cases to date.  He is on staff at 3 area hospitals.    Since inception of the California CABG Outcome Report Program in 2003, Dr. Ott's case volume and mortality outcomes has ranked him in the top 3 in the state each year.   He is in the top 3rd for the largest volume practice with lowest mortality rates, well below the state and national averages.

Dr. Ott was awarded the most prestigious honor of membership in the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in 2001.    He was the first surgeon in Orange County to receive this award since 1976 and is only 1 of 700 surgeons worldwide with this honored distinction.

Dr. Ott's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Media & Publications
    • Managed Care and the Cardiac Patient
    • In Cardiac Surgery: State of the Art Reviews
    • Heart and Heart-Lung Transplanation Update
    • Managed Care and the Cardiac Patient
    • Mechanical Cardiac Assist in Cardiac Surgery: State of the Art Reviews
    • Managed Care Cardiac Surgery in the Elderly
    • Assisted Circulation
    • In Cardiac Surgery: State of the Art Reviews

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  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Septal Defect
  • Thrombosis


  • Medical School
    Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1980

  • Internship Hospital
    Uc Irvine Med Center

    Completed in 1981

  • Residency Hospital
    Uc Irvine Med Center

    Completed in 1984

    University Ariz

    Completed in 1987

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Va Hospital

    Completed in 1983

  • Undergraduate School
    St. Louis University

    Graduated in 1977

    Washington University

    Graduated in 1974

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Impella Device
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy