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My particular area of expertise is in Interventional Cardiology - fixing problems in the heart using catheters - avoiding the need to do open heart surgery.

Michael E. Ring, MD
Michael Ring, MD is a Spokane, WA cardiologist heart care specialist doctor.

Michael E. Ring, MD, FACC Providence-employed provider


Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Accepting new patients

Board Certification

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology

Patient Rating

4.7 / 5

122 W. 7th Ave.
Suite 450
Spokane, WA 99204
P: (509) 455-8820
F: (509) 838-4978
122 W. 7th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204
P: (509) 474-3278

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  • Washington
  • Idaho


  • General and Interventional Cardiology (including coronary and peripheral vessels)
  • Structural Heart Disease
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Aortic Stenosis


Medical School

Vanderbilt Medical School - Nashville, TN


Internal Medicine; University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ


Internal Medicine; University of Arizona


Cardiology; University of Arizona
Interventional Cardiology; Boston University - Boston, MA


Awards & Achievements

  • Voted by fellow physicians for Spokane’s “Best Doctor” award for Cardiology, 2003-2013.
  • Research Fellow of the Massachusetts American Heart Association.


More than 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 20 abstracts presented at national scientific conferences (recent selected publications and abstracts listed below):


Cannon LA, Kereiakes DJ, Mann T; Popma JJ, Mooney MR, Mishkel GJ, Lee TC, MD, Wilson BH, Stuckey TD, Orlow S, McGarry T, Ring ME, Kellett MA, Underwood P, Dawkins KD: TAXUS PERSEUS Small Vessel: A Prospective Evaluation in a non-Randomized Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of the Use of the TAXUS Element Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System for the Treatment of De Novo Coronary Artery Lesions in Small Vessels. EuroIntervention 6: 920-927, 2011. http://www.pcronline.com/eurointervention/34th_issue/161/

Daratha KD, Short RA, Corbett C, Ring ME, Alicic R, Choka R, Tuttle KR, Risks of Hospital Readmission and Death in Patients with Kidney Disease. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 7: 409-416, 2012.

Povsic TJ, Vavalle JP, Aberle LG, Kasprzak JD, Cohen MG, Mehran R, Bode C, Buller CE, s Montalescot G, Cornel JH, Rynkiewicz A, Ring ME, Zeymer U, Natarajan M, Delarche N, Zelenkofske SL, Becker RC, Alexander JH on behalf of the RADAR Investigators: A Randomized, Partially Blinded, Multicenter, Active-Controlled, Phase 2b, Dose-Ranging Study Assessing the Safety, Efficacy, and Pharmacodynamics of the REG1 Anticoagulation System in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes: Results of the RADAR Phase 2b Trial. Eur Heart Journal; 2012 published on line August 2, 2012.

Waksman R, Ghali M, Goodroe R, Ryan T, Turco M, Ring M, McGarry T, Dobies D, Shammas N, Steinberg D, Swymelar S, Kaneshige K, Torguson R. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention With Second-Generation Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents Versus Everolimus-Eluting Stents in United States Contemporary Practice (REWARDS TLX Trial). Am J Cardiol 110: 1119-1124, 2012. http://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(12)01520-2/abstract


Ring ME, Daratha KB, Short RA, Dominik DA, Shuler L, Tuttle KR: Two-Year Safety and Revascularization Outcomes Following Coronary Artery Intervention with Bare Metal Stents Versus Strategies of Selective or Predominant Drug Eluting Stents in a Community Setting. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 51 (no. 10 suppl. B): B35, 2008 (Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology, 2008).

Ring ME, Daratha KB, Parrish PR, Dominik DA, Short RA, Tuttle KR: Comparison of Long Term Outcomes After Coronary Stenting in the Bare Metal Stent and Drug Eluting Stent Eras. Am J Cardiol 2009; 104:156-157D (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics, 2009).

Kereiakes DJ, Cannon LA, Mooney M, Lee TC, Ring M, Underwood P, Dawkins KD, The PERSEUS Small Vessel Trial of the Novel Thin Strut Platinum-Chromium TAXUS Element Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent (submitted to 2010 ACC Scientific Sessions)

Ring ME, Jin R, Wu Y, Grunkemeier GL: Use of a Bare Metal Stent or Balloon Angioplasty Alone in Contemporary Percutaneous Coronary Interventional Practice is an Independent Predictor of In-Hospital Mortality. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 57 (no. 14 suppl. A): 127, 2011 (Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology, 2011).

Waksman R, Ghali M, Goodroe R, Ryan T, Turco M, Ring M, McGarry T, Dobies D, Shammas N, Steinberg D, Swymelar S, Torguson R: REWARDS TLX: Registry Experience at Washington Heart Center: TAXUS Liberte vs. Xience V. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 57 (no. 14 suppl. A): 120, 2011 (Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology, 2011).

Daratha KB, Ring ME, Himmelfarb J, Tuttle KR: Risk of Mortality and Re-Hospitalization among Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction and Acute Kidney Injury. J Am Soc Nephrol 23: 119A, 2012 (American Society of Nephrology, Kidney Week; 2012).

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Cardiology; Governor Washington State Chapter; 2011-2014.
  • American College of Cardiology PINNACLE Network Work Group; 2010-2012.
  • American College of Cardiology NCDR Public Reporting Advisory Group; 2013-2016.
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
  • Spokane County Medical Society: President 1997; Board of Trustees/Executive Committee; 1993-98.
  • Spokane Society of Internal Medicine; President 2008.



Medical Interests

Valvular heart disease (special focus on aortic stenosis), coronary artery disease (prevention, diagnosis and treatment), peripheral vascular disease (diseases of noncoronary blood vessels), resistant hypertension, evaluation and treatment of heart attacks and chest pain symptoms and hyperlipidemia.

Procedural interest and expertise in structural heart disease (including transcatheter aortic valve replacement and balloon aortic valvuloplasty), coronary artery interventions (including angioplasty, stenting and rotational athrectomy) and peripheral vascular interventions (for claudication and renal artery stenosis).

Clinical trial experience as principal investigator in more than 25 multi-center studies of various cardiac-related medical devices and drugs.

Personal Interests

  • Nature photography
  • Outdoor sports (cycling, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, stand-up paddle boarding)
  • Travel
  • Gardening


Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments. These comments are the views and opinions of patients and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the views of Providence.

4.7 out of 5 (97 Ratings, 26 Comments)


This was the 2nd time I had seen Dr. Ring. First time was in an emergency situation when he had to put in a stent. He was awesome. Very kind, personable and has a great sense of humor. I so appreciate what he did for me on [...] and he was so caring and concerned about me and my health when I saw him on [...]

Assistance from all the Providence staff, especially Dr's Ring and [...]

There is nothing bad to report. Dr. Ring & his team are top notch!

' The entire staff was kind, caring and experienced.

very professional ...caring, pleasant ,easy to communicate with

Very good.

Thank you Providence

I had a heart attack. Dr. Ring was an important link in a long chain of people working very hard to keep me alive. I'm receiving very good professional care. I'm so lucky.

Seemed rushed & his mind preoccupied.

All OK!

Dr Ring is my Cardiologist I have been going to him for more than 10 years. He is excellent.

all were very good

very good

This appointment followed a specific procedure done in January and was part of a follow-up to that procedure. Dr. Ring also arranged for a device check and it was determined I will need a new one within a few weeks or months. My experiences with this provider have all been professional, informative and sensitive to my feelings and needs.

I received the best treatment from the Heart Clinique team that I could have I received excellent care from every member of the heart clinic team.Dr Ring, I thank you again, you are the best.

Dr. Ring is the best!

I was very pleased with all the questions Dr. Ring and Dr. [...] ask me. They gave me piece of mind!

I was out of Washington when hospitalization was required for a stent. Dr. Ring's office accommodated an appointment slot quickly to see me as I was only in town for 3 days for that purpose.

Dr. Michael Ring, created a great deal of anxiety for me. He told me, "Although you don't qualify for the [...] procedure, if you don't receive open heart surgery, you have two years to live..." [...] I left the hospital feeling like I had been slugged in the head with a baseball bat. [...]

All good.

Dr.RIng & his group were attentive & thorough.

All good!

Always seems in a hurry.

I liked having a transcriptionist during the visit. Dr. Ring was able to pay closer attention to me and my care.

Dr. Ring is an exceptionally qualified and brilliant cardiologist. I couldn't praise him enough!

Dr. Ring is personable, knowledgeable, and informative during my visits.