Ronald Witteles

Cardiologist, Heart failure cardiologist

Bio:   Dr. Ronald Witteles is a Cardiologist who specializes in the treatment of patients with Heart Failure. He has particular expertise in the treatment of Amyloidosis, Sarcoidosis, and cardiac complications of cancer therapy (sometimes called "CardioOncology"). He serves as Co-Director of the Stanford Amyloid Center, one of the world's leading centers for the care of patients with amyloidosis, and serves as Co-Director of the Stanford Multidisciplinary Sarcoidosis Program. He is an Associate Editor for JACC: CardioOncology, the world's leading journal dedicated to the field of CardioOncology. Dr. Witteles has published extensively in his areas of expertise, and has won many awards for his excellence in both patient care and education.

Dr. Witteles serves as Program Director for the Stanford Internal Medicine residency program -- directly supervising the training of more than 140 physicians each year. He holds board certification in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology.
4.7 out of 5
170 Patient Ratings
82 Patient Comments

Amyloid Center

Amyloid Center
  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • 2nd Floor, Room A260
  • Stanford , CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-725-6186
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Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Clinic

Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Clinic
  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • 2nd Floor, Room A260
  • Stanford , CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-724-4942
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Heart Transplant Program

Heart Transplant Program
  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • 2nd Floor, Room A260
  • Stanford , CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-5468
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Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (2012)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (2007) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (2004) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (2003) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (2007)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2003)
  • Chief Resident, Stanford University, Internal Medicine (2004)
  • Internship: Stanford University School of Medicine (2001) CA
  • M.D. with Honors, University of Chicago, Medicine (2000)
  • B.A., Northwestern University, Biology/Neuroscience (1996)
  • F.A.C.P., American College of Physicians, Internal Medicine (2010)
  • F.A.C.C., American College of Cardiology, Cardiology (2008)
  • Chief Fellow, Stanford University, Cardiovascular Medicine (2007)
  • Medical Education: University of Chicago Pritzker (2000) IL

Honors & Awards

  • Calvin Fentress Research Fellowship, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1999)
  • Charles Dorsey Armstrong Clinical Excellence Award, Stanford University Dept. of Internal Medicine (2003)
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Stanford University Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (2006)
  • Clinical Research Award, Stanford Univ. Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (2007)
  • David W. Rytand Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching by a Department of Medicine faculty member, Stanford University Department of Internal Medicine (2009, 2010)
  • First Author - Selected as one of 10 most important heart failure articles in 2004, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2005)
  • First Author - Selected as one of 15 most important heart failure articles in 2007, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2008)
  • Francis G. Ebaugh, Jr. Research Award, Stanford University Dept. of Internal Medicine (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • M.D. with Honors (highest distinction by U. of Chicago), University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2000)
  • National Associates' Research Award, American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine (2004)
  • National Research Fellowship Award, Heart Failure Society of America (2006)
  • Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award, Stanford University Dept. of Internal Medicine (2002, 2003)
  • Timothy F. Beckett, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Medicine Fellow, Stanford Univ. Dept. of Internal Medicine (2006)

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Director, Coronary Care Unit (CCU) (2008 - 2009)
  • Co-Director, Stanford Amyloid Center (2008 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Stanford Multidisciplinary Sarcoidosis Program (2019 - Present)
  • Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program (2011 - Present)
  • Sr. Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program (2009 - 2011)

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4.8

Friendliness

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

4.8

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

4.8

Recommended to others

4.5

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jul 2020

good

SHC Patient, Jun 2020

Dr Witteles and staff are AWESOME!

SHC Patient, Jun 2020

I wish I was cared for by Dr. Witteles from the onset. About a year ago. He has the experience, knowledge, and care for my case. I feel so fortunate to have him.

SHC Patient, Jun 2020

Dr. Witteles is an outstanding cardiologist and takes good care of me.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Good

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Best doctor in the world bar none.

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

Dr. Witteles is Fantastic

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

Dr. Witteles saved my life. And has given me a good as can be quality of life. I am a stage 4 congestive heart failure patient. Thanks!

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

Dr. Witteles is an extremely professional and kind man. He is always clear about my condition and never leaves me w/questions.

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

EXCELLENT.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

I am privileged to have Dr. Witteles as my physician. He combines expertise with kindness and compassion.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Great doctor!!!

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4.7 out of 5
170 Patient Ratings
82 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jul 2020

good

SHC Patient, Jun 2020

Dr Witteles and staff are AWESOME!

SHC Patient, Jun 2020

I wish I was cared for by Dr. Witteles from the onset. About a year ago. He has the experience, knowledge, and care for my case. I feel so fortunate to have him.

SHC Patient, Jun 2020

Dr. Witteles is an outstanding cardiologist and takes good care of me.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Good

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Best doctor in the world bar none.

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

Dr. Witteles is Fantastic

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

Dr. Witteles saved my life. And has given me a good as can be quality of life. I am a stage 4 congestive heart failure patient. Thanks!

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

Dr. Witteles is an extremely professional and kind man. He is always clear about my condition and never leaves me w/questions.

SHC Patient, Oct 2019

EXCELLENT.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

I am privileged to have Dr. Witteles as my physician. He combines expertise with kindness and compassion.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Great doctor!!!

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

The Fellow who first spoke with me was engaging and seemed to have time to hear my concerns. The physician I was scheduled to see was quite obviously in a hurry, gave me a cursory evaluation, stood and never sat, changed one medication and sent me on my way. I completed a multi-part form on which I listed numerous symptoms and conditions, none of which were addressed or even acknowledged. I drove a combined 7 hours, waited for another and was briskly dismissed in a matter of just a few minutes. I complained of shortness of breath and pulmonary edema and was hospitalized for two days, AFTER Dr. Witteles assessed me and sent me away. I will never see that doctor again and am reluctant to divulge such information to another physician in this manner again.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

keeps us update on this disease and works with our cardiologist in Walnut Creed

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Witteles is outstanding and is consistently helpful & informative.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

I had an excellent experience with Dr. Witteles. He is expert in his care and patient and kind.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

I have total confidence in Dr. Witteles.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

My doctor is specialized, so don't know anyone else in my position. However, if I did I would highly recommend him.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Witteles is kind, patient, and caring, thank you!!!

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

My wife and I were very impressed with Dr. Witteles. He wasn't rushed and he gave us all the time we needed to ask questions and explore options.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Witteles was extremely patient with me. Explained all options clearly.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Excellent care providers!

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Dr. Witteles is always very clear in his communication. Very pleasant experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Dr. Witteles is wonderful, engaging and always helpful.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

outstanding physician

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr. Witteles is outstanding and answered all my questions clearly and completely.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr. Witteles and Dr. Kawana spent more than an hour explaining my condition, treatment options and follow up plan. Very professional.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

caring and competent physcian

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr. Witteles is a superb physician and I am so glad I found him, even though I live in Seattle, WA.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Dr. Witteles saved my life and I am forever in his debt. He is a bench mark in regard to what a patient needs in a specialist.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Always take time needed, especially since I drive over 3 hours.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Witteles is awesome as is his team!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

dr ron is the bomb

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Witteles answered every question thoroughly. I was so impressed by the fact that he really wanted me to understand & a very complicated diagnosis. I sing his praises!

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

excellent

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

I have a very serious heart condition. For the first time since contacting this condition, the doctors I talked to through their care and professionalism, really gave me a sense of hope!

SHC Patient, May 2017

I am extremely impressed with the quality of service that I am receiving at Stanford Medical Center (Heart Clinic). Thank you!!

SHC Patient, May 2017

Wonderful doctor. Very caring and his RN Emily is wonderful too. She returns my emails or phone calls quickly, sensitive to my needs and concerns.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Very good!

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Witteles is very knowledgeable, caring & personable. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

I am so fortunate to be a patient of Dr. Witteles.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Witteles and his nursing staff have been exceptional in the care they provide and the time they take to listen and give me options of treatment specific to my case and make recommendation. All positive so far.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

We also love Dr. Witteles!

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Exam was very thorough. Discussions were excellent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Witteles and his staff were excellent, clear, and took the time to hear and answer my concerns about a difficult turn in my course of treatment.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Witteles was excellent - I was very impressed!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

He is the best!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Wittelas is very patient and excellent at going into details when asked. I feel very confident being in his care.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Witteles is great.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

If I had any problem with this care provider, I would get another.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Always willing to spend the time I need, if there is something pressing.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Witteles had so much new and good information that I would have loved to have had more time with him. I understand why that likely wasn't possible.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Both Marie, and Dr. Witteles, were outstanding with the time they spent with us, their explanations and willingness to answer all our questions.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Witteles was able to explain complex medical issues in terms that a layman can easily understand.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Ms. Kimberly Sangalli (PA) physician assistant is a very compassionate and caring person. HER FOLLOW=UP CARE IS OUTSTANDING. My dr. spent enough time with me to explain my problem. My dr. & his PA definitely worth recommending her care to others.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I felt like Dr. Witteles gave me all the time I needed to understand my condition and treatment plan.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Witteles saved my life. He has been the bedrock of my ongoing care and recovery. I have all the confidence in the world in his abilities and his supporting staff. The care at Stanford is world renowned because of doctors such as Dr. Witteles and Dr. Shirley Park. I will continue to sing the praises of Stanford medical to all who will listen.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Witteles was very clear & informative. Answered all my questions on a difficult topic.

SHC Patient, May 2016

always very carrying and thoughfull

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Witteles is exceptional and I feel fortunate to have him available to me.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I arrived before the scheduled time admitting clerk - courteous, somebody came out waiting room, informed us that Dr. Witteles will be with me shortly. Shortly after, I was called in. Vitals & immediately, the nurse came, discussed problem. Then Dr. Witteles came, & satisfactory explain to me regarding my cardiac consultation - very satisfactorily.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Care provider was very professional knowledgeable/busy.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Very pleased with this physician. Extremely knowledgeable about my rare condition, excellent communicator, caring, and patient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

very good

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Witteles is great. Very assecesable, spend the required amount of time with me, very friendly

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Always listen with great interest on anything related to my health. The discussion goes highly educational on my part.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Thanks Dr. Witteles and Dr. Obrian for taking such good care of me!! My pacemaker working great - thank you Dr. Wang and nurses in surgery for making it go so smooth.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I am sure the Stanford Amloyd Center and staff are the best in the world. Dr. Wittles and Trish are wonderful. I am very confident in their abilities.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Very good experience & worth recommending to other patients. I LIKE MY DR.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Very good assistance over the phone.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

My doctors are always very helpful and explain every aspect of my conditions and med!

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I ask a lot of questions, they were all answered.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

As stated previously, working with Kim S. is great. She makes a good team with Dr. W. I have confidence that between the two of them, they know me and my issues.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

All good!

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Great and compassionate shows sincere concern.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Dr. Witteles clearly outlined the ways systemic sclerosis can affect the heart. He then told me that I haven't been affected in some of those ways. I truly appreciated hearing that. If the day comes that I have true cardiomyopathy from my disease, I know he'll take expert care of me.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Witteles.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Witteles was easy to talk to, informative and positive. Good experience.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

My best experience to date.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Good.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Dr. Witteles is an expert in explaining the disease and gave me & my family adequate time.