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Richard P. Abben, MD

About Dr. Abben

Dr. Richard Abben, a native of Illinois, received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College and his medical degree from the University of Illinois' Abraham Lincoln Medical School in Chicago. He completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then completed a research and clinical fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Harvard’s teaching hospital, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Following completion of his cardiovascular training, he joined the staff of the Pacific Heart Institute in Santa Monica, California and later became co-director of Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Abben joined the staff of Cardiovascular Institute of the South in 1988 and currently is the Director of Cardiac Interventions and the Arrhythmia Center. He has broad experience in both interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology and is a lecturer, researcher, and published author in both areas. Because of this experience and his long-term commitment to patient care, he has developed a large clinical practice while at CIS. He has particular expertise in cardiac rhythm devices, having been one of the South’s first implanters of a cardiac resynchronization (Biventricular) pacemaker in 1998. His experience has allowed him to organize and direct an ongoing physician’s training course in device therapy. For over twenty years, he has also co-directed an international interventional cardiology symposium entitled Principles and Perspectives in Interventional Cardiology, an annual venue that has consistently attracted the leading minds in interventional cardiology as faculty members.

He is a member and fellow in numerous professional societies, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and the Heart Rhythm Society. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and is one of only a handful of physicians in the country that has completed subspecialty certification in both Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology. On multiple occasions, he has been named by Louisiana Life magazine as one of Louisiana's "Top Doctors.” He was also nominated as one of New Orleans City Business' Health Care Heroes of 2013.

Affiliations American Heart Association, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, Heart Rhythm Society
  • College
  • Augustana College
    Rock Island, IL
  • Medical School
  • University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln Medical School
    Chicago, IL
  • Residency
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Boston, MA
  • Board Certification
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Cardiovascular Disease)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine