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Richard Ponce, MD

How are star ratings for providers determined?

Star ratings are based on responses to survey questions that focus on a patient's likelihood to recommend the provider's office to family and friends as well as the provider's care, including whether the provider listened carefully, spent enough time with you, explained things in an easy-to-understand way, and seemed to know important information about your medical history. Press Ganey averages and converts all survey responses into a single star rating, with five stars being the highest.

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Accepting new patients?

  • Yes


Professional Distinctions

  • Teacher of the Year (1994), Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • President Elect (2007), Santa Barbara County Medical Society
  • Delegate (2007), California Medical Society
  • Member (2001-present), Health Information Services Committee, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Member, Housestaff Education Committee, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Recognized by Castle Connolly as among the Nation's Top Doctors

Practicing since:

 1992 (32 years)

At Sansum Clinic since:

 1993 (31 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • University of California, San Francisco


  • University of California, Los Angeles


  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Additional Information


  • Member, American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine
  • Member, Santa Barbara County Medical Society

Sansum Clinic Involvement

  • Chair, Internal Medicine
  • Director, Travel Clinic
  • Diabetes Education Task Force