Richard Cheng, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Richard Cheng is a cardiologist who specializes in the comprehensive care of patients with heart failure. Having trained in both advanced heart failure and interventional cardiology, his approach combines medical therapy optimization with minimally invasive surgeries and novel devices that can improve heart function. As both a heart transplant and interventional cardiologist, he also specializes in supporting patients in cardiogenic shock – a type of shock that may occur when the heart can't pump well enough to meet the body's needs – with temporary circulatory pumps as a bridge to recovery or heart transplantation.

Cheng's research is focused on how to rescue patients in cardiogenic shock or cardiac arrest and on optimizing the performance of minimally invasive repair of leaky heart valves. His research interests include temporary mechanical circulatory support, stents and stent-valves (tiny tubes that can be placed surgically to keep blood vessels open) in patients with heart failure, minimally invasive mitral and tricuspid valve repair, and coronary artery disease after heart transplantation.

After earning his medical degree at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Cheng completed residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He completed fellowships in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant at Cedars-Sinai.

Cheng belongs to the American College of Cardiology, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and American Heart Association.
Fellowship, 06/2019 - Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship, 06/2018 - Interventional/Structural Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship, 06/2017 - Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Residency, 06/2014 - Internal Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
MD, 06/2011 - Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  1. Morikawa T, Miyasaka M, Flint N, Manabe O, Dawkins S, Cheng R, Hussaini A, Makar M, Kar S, Nakamura M. Right-to-Left Shunt Through Iatrogenic Atrial Septal Defect After MitraClip Procedure. 2020. PMID: 32646695

  2. Cheng R, Dawkins S, Hamilton MA, Makar M, Hussaini A, Azarbal B, Patel JK, Kobashigawa JA, Trento A, Makkar RR, Kar S. Percutaneous Mitral Repair for Patients in Cardiogenic Shock Requiring Inotropes and Temporary Mechanical Circulatory Support. 2019. PMID: 31806229

  3. Cheng R, Tank R, Ramzy D, Azarbal B, Chung J, Esmailian F, Kobashigawa JA, Moriguchi JD, Arabia FA. Clinical Outcomes of Impella Microaxial Devices Used to Salvage Cardiogenic Shock as a Bridge to Durable Circulatory Support or Cardiac Transplantation. 2018. PMID: 30281541

  4. Sato T, Azarbal B, Cheng R, Esmailian F, Patel J, Kittleson M, Czer L, Thottam M, Levine R, Dimbil S, Olymbios M, Anzai T, Hamilton MA, Khayal T, Kobashigawa JA. Does ex vivo perfusion lead to more or less intimal thickening in the first-year post-heart transplantation? Volume 33 of Issue 8. 2019. PMID: 31230384

  5. Sato T, Cheng R, Azarbal B, Kittleson M, Patel J, Czer L, Levine R, Dimbil S, Olymbios M, Anzai T, Kransdorf E, Chang DH, Hamilton MA, Esmailian F, Kobashigawa J. Combined heart and kidney transplantation-Is there a protective effect against cardiac allograft vasculopathy using intravascular ultrasound? 2019. PMID: 31301966

  6. Cheng R, Kar S, Siegel RJ, Nakamura M. Cleft mitral leaflets and severe mitral regurgitation: Testing the limits of percutaneous mitral valve repair. Volume 93 of Issue 6. 2018. PMID: 30430718

  7. Wunderlich NC, Beigel R, Ho SY, Nietlispach F, Cheng R, Agricola E, Siegel RJ. Imaging for Mitral Interventions: Methods and Efficacy. Volume 11 of Issue 6. 2018. PMID: 29880112

  8. Cheng R, Kransdorf EP, Wei J, Patel JK, Kobashigawa JA, Azarbal B. Angiogenesis on coronary angiography is a marker for accelerated cardiac allograft vasculopathy as assessed by intravascular ultrasound. Volume 31 of Issue 11. 2017. PMID: 28786501

  9. Cheng R, Dawkins S, Tat E, Makar M, Hussaini A, Makkar RR, Trento A, Siegel RJ, Kar S. Relation of Residual Mitral Regurgitation Despite Elevated Mitral Gradients to Risk of Heart Failure Hospitalization After MitraClip Repair. Volume 120 of Issue 9. 2017. PMID: 29025679

  10. Cheng R, Vanichsarn C, Patel JK, Currier J, Chang DH, Kittleson MM, Makkar R, Kobashigawa JA, Azarbal B. Long-term clinical and angiographic outcomes of percutanenous coronary intervention with everolimus-eluting stents for the treatment of cardiac allograft vasculopathy. Volume 90 of Issue 1. 2016. PMID: 27862865

  11. Cheng R, Tat E, Siegel RJ, Arsanjani R, Hussaini A, Makar M, Mizutani Y, Trento A, Kar S. Mitral annular calcification is not associated with decreased procedural success, durability of repair, or left ventricular remodelling in percutaneous edge-to-edge repair of mitral regurgitation. Volume 12 of Issue 9. 2016. PMID: 27753604

  12. Cheng R, Ramzy D, Azarbal B, Arabia FA, Esmailian F, Czer LS, Kobashigawa JA, Moriguchi JD. Device Strategies for Patients in INTERMACS Profiles 1 and 2 Cardiogenic Shock: Double Bridge With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Initial Implant of More Durable Devices. Volume 41 of Issue 3. 2016. PMID: 27658844

  13. Azarbal B, Cheng R, Vanichsarn C, Patel JK, Czer LS, Chang DH, Kittleson MM, Kobashigawa JA. Induction Therapy With Antithymocyte Globulin in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Transplantation Is Associated With Decreased Coronary Plaque Progression as Assessed by Intravascular Ultrasound. Volume 9 of Issue 1. 2016. PMID: 26747860

  14. Cheng R, Arsanjani R, Tat E, Cox J, Uberoi A, Aron R, Kar S. Not Your Typical Hole-in-the-Wall: Percutaneous Closure of an Acquired Post-Myocardial Infarction Ventriculoatrial Gerbode Defect. Volume 8 of Issue 14. 2015. PMID: 26604054

  15. Cheng R, Hachamovitch R, Makkar R, Ramzy D, Moriguchi JD, Arabia FA, Esmailian F, Azarbal B. Lack of Survival Benefit Found With Use of Intraaortic Balloon Pump in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Pooled Experience of 1517 Patients. Volume 27 of Issue 10. 2015. PMID: 26208379

  16. Kobashigawa J, Patel J, Azarbal B, Kittleson M, Chang D, Czer L, Daun T, Luu M, Trento A, Cheng R, Esmailian F. Randomized pilot trial of gene expression profiling versus heart biopsy in the first year after heart transplant: early invasive monitoring attenuation through gene expression trial. Volume 8 of Issue 3. 2015. PMID: 25697852

  17. Cheng R, Chan AP, Ehdaie A, Bersohn MM. Heeding the sign: macroscopic T-wave alternans. Volume 128 of Issue 5. 2015. PMID: 25637757

  18. Cheng R, Azarbal B, Yung A, Chang DH, Patel JK, Kobashigawa JA. Elevated immune monitoring early after cardiac transplantation is associated with increased plaque progression by intravascular ultrasound. Volume 29 of Issue 2. 2015. PMID: 25429902

  19. Cheng R, Azarbal A, Currier J, Thomson LE, Hamilton MA, Esmailian F, Azarbal B. Tricuspid Regurgitation, the Forgotten Valvular Lesion-A Contemporary Review of Etiology, Prevalence, and Management Options. Volume 16 of Issue 3. 2015. PMID: 26451764

  20. Cheng RK, Aboulhosn J, Nsair A. Percutaneous angioplasty of stenotic outflow graft anastomosis of HeartMate II. Volume 7 of Issue 6. 2014. PMID: 24835325

  21. Cheng R, Hachamovitch R, Kittleson M, Patel J, Arabia F, Moriguchi J, Esmailian F, Azarbal B. Clinical outcomes in fulminant myocarditis requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a weighted meta-analysis of 170 patients. Volume 20 of Issue 6. 2014. PMID: 24642377

  22. Hillstrom HJ, Garg R, Kraszewski A, Lenhoff M, Carter T, Backus SI, Wolff A, Syrkin G, Cheng R, Wolfe SW. Development of an anatomical wrist joint coordinate system to quantify motion during functional tasks. Volume 30 of Issue 4. 2014. PMID: 24615208

  23. Nsair A, Liem DA, Cadeiras M, Cheng RK, Allareddy M, Kwon M, Shemin R, Deng MC. Molecular basis of recovering on mechanical circulatory support. Volume 10 of Issue 1 Suppl. 2014. PMID: 24262353

  24. Cheng R, Hachamovitch R, Kittleson M, Patel J, Arabia F, Moriguchi J, Esmailian F, Azarbal B. Complications of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for treatment of cardiogenic shock and cardiac arrest: a meta-analysis of 1,866 adult patients. Volume 97 of Issue 2. 2013. PMID: 24210621

  25. Cheng RK, DePasquale EC, Deng MC, Nsair A, Horwich TB. Obesity in heart failure: impact on survival and treatment modalities. 2013. PMID: 23944985

  26. Wei J, Azarbal B, Singh S, Rafiei M, Cheng R, Patel J, Esmailian F, Currier J, Kobashigawa J. Frequency of coronary artery fistulae is increased after orthotopic heart transplantation. Volume 32 of Issue 7. 2013. PMID: 23664527

  27. Cheng R, Chang M, Yuan Ng C. Risks from Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: A Review of Methods, Efficacy, and Safety. Volume 4 of Issue 6. 2012. PMID: 28496733

  28. Ellis SJ, Hillstrom H, Cheng R, Lipman J, Garrison G, Deland JT. The development of an intraoperative plantar pressure assessment device. Volume 30 of Issue 4. 2009. PMID: 19356358

  29. Ellis SJ, Cheng R, Prokopis P, Chetboun A, Wolfe SW, Athanasian EA, Weiland AJ. Treatment of proximal interphalangeal dorsal fracture-dislocation injuries with dynamic external fixation: a pins and rubber band system. Volume 32 of Issue 8. 2007. PMID: 17923310

  30. Varma H, Cheng R, Voisine C, Hart AC, Stockwell BR. Inhibitors of metabolism rescue cell death in Huntington's disease models. Volume 104 of Issue 36. 2007. PMID: 17726098

  31. Cheng RK, Asai T, Tang H, Dashoush NH, Kara RJ, Costa KD, Naka Y, Wu EX, Wolgemuth DJ, Chaudhry HW. Cyclin A2 induces cardiac regeneration after myocardial infarction and prevents heart failure. Volume 100 of Issue 12. 2007. PMID: 17495221