Richard Wu, M.D.

  • Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Cardiac Arrhythmia Research
  • L. David Hillis, M.D. Professorship in Clinical Research in Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiology
  • Cardiac Ablation Procedures
  • Genetic Disorders - Familial Arrhythmias


Richard C. Wu, M.D., is a Professor in the Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He also serves as the Dallas Heart Ball Chair in Cardiac Arrhythmia Research and the L. David Hillis, M.D. Professor in Clinical Research in Cardiology.

Dr. Wu specializes in evaluating and treating cardiac arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders) and has special expertise in performing cardiac ablation procedures.

He earned his medical degree at the Duke University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency, a postdoctoral cardiology fellowship, and a cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at John Hopkins Medicine. He also holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in chemistry from Duke University and studied cellular biology for a year at the University of California, San Francisco.

Board certified in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2006. He has been named a Best Doctor in America every year since 2009, and has been a D Magazine Best Doctor multiple times.

Dr. Wu’s research interests include atrial fibrillation ablation, catheter ablation guided by 3-D cardiac imaging, idiopathic ventricular tachycardia, and novel catheter ablation technologies. His research has been supported by the Southwestern Medical Foundation, Charles Y.C. Pak Foundation, and Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

He has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters, and has served as a reviewer for publications that include the American Journal of Cardiology and HeartRhythm.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Personal Note

The son of a physician, Dr. Wu has three children.

Meet Dr. Wu

Heart Rhythm Disorders Specialist in Dallas

Cardiologist Richard Wu, M.D., a nationally recognized specialist in evaluating and treating cardiac arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders), has been at the forefront of using cardiac ablation procedures to treat these conditions for 15 years.

His state-of-the-art technique involves expertly eliminating (ablating) tiny areas of heart tissue in which irregular heart rhythms originate.

D Magazine Best Doctor, Dr. Wu also has been named a Best Doctor in America every year since 2009.

He specializes in treating the complete range of heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation, ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias, tachycardias (fast heartbeat) and bradycardias (slow heartbeat), and arrhythmias caused by congenital heart conditions.

“Cardiac arrhythmias affect a broad range of patients – from young children to the elderly – and they often come to us very sick, with a lot of symptoms and sometimes life-threatening conditions,” he says.

“One of the most gratifying things about what I do is helping these people get back to the things they enjoy doing.”

In addition to performing cardiac ablations, Dr. Wu works with his UT Southwestern Medical Center Heart Rhythm Management and Cardiothoracic Surgery colleagues to treat arrhythmias with therapies such as medications, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).

He and his team also see patients referred for conditions such as advanced heart failure and provide expert second-opinion evaluations.

In addition to helping patients, Dr. Wu also enjoys his role as a UT Southwestern professor, mentoring young physicians in training, teaching them his specialty, and tangibly advancing the future of medicine.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2001-2002), Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Fellowship - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1997-2001), Cardiovascular Disease
  • Residency - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1995-1997), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1994-1995), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Duke University School of Medicine (1990-1994)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Heart Rhythm Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Cardiology
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2021-2022
  • Best Doctors in America 2010
  • Charles Y.C. Pak, M.D. Cardiology Research and Training Grant 2010
  • D Magazine Best Doctors in Dallas 2010
  • NASPE Advanced Training Clinical Fellowship 2001
  • Stanley J. Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Scholarship 1999
  • New catheter ablation technologies
  • Idiopathic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Catheter ablation guided by 3D cardiac imaging
  • Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Clinical Focus

  • Cardiac Ablation Procedures
  • Genetic Disorders - Familial Arrhythmias
  • Heart Rhythm Disorders
  • Heart Rhythm Treatment/Electrophysiology

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Q&A by Dr. Wu