Dr. James Rittelmeyer was born in Savannah Georgia. His family moved from Georgia to Mississippi to Tennessee back to Mississippi then to Indiana before settling McLean Virginia when he was 11years old. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1974 with a degree in chemistry and from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his Internship, Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego California. He remained on staff as the Director of Electrophysiology and Pacemaker Clinic for four years.
Dr. Rittelmeyer completed his Internship, Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.
In 1987 he joined Dr. Emile Barrow at the North Louisiana Clinic in Monroe. While at Saint Francis Medical Center he performed the first coronary angioplasties in Monroe. In 1989 he moved back home to Virginia and was in private practice for 21 years where he was president of a 10 physician cardiology group. Looking for warmer weather he moved to Tampa Florida where he was Chief of Cardiology at the Tampa Veterans Administration Hospital for 5 years. In 2015 he was encouraged by Drs. Barrow and Napoli to return to Monroe and join them in the practice of Cardiology.
Dr. Rittelmeyer began his Cardiology training in 1981 when angioplasty was first introduced. He has been involved in interventional cardiology since that time and has trained Interventional Cardiology Fellows at the University of South Florida while at the Tampa VA. He received Interventional Board Certification in 1999, the first year Interventional Cardiology Boards were given. He has over 30 years experience in all aspects of coronary intervention including high risk procedures.
In 1981 Dr. Rittelmeyer implanted his first pacemaker. Since then he has performed over 1,000 pacemaker and defibrillator implants. More importantly he has experience in understanding the interaction between the device (pacemaker or defibrillator) and the patient. These devices are very complicated and optimal settings can only be achieved with physician participation. Listening to the patient and understanding how the device has helped or hurt the symptoms of heart disease is vital to managing the care of the patient. All too often the devices are left at default settings and no clinical evaluation is performed.
Our Partnerships P & S Surgical Hospital
Our partnerships play a crucial role in how we care for our patients. Thanks to these partnerships we have access to resources that can help improve the overall cardiac care of our patients. Our partnerships include P & S Surgical Hospital, Saint Francis Medical Center, Glenwood Regional Medical Center and Monroe Surgical Hospital.