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Richard Ponce, MD

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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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Specialties

Locations

Accepting new patients?

  • Yes

About

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 (28 years)

At Sansum Clinic since:

 1993 (27 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • University of California, San Francisco

Internships

    • University of California, Los Angeles

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Additional Information

Affiliations

  • 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

About Ratings

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.

Who receives a Press Ganey survey?
Press Ganey emails or mails surveys to patients who received care at UC San Diego Health. This process ensures that feedback comes directly from patients who have been treated by our providers.

Are all comments posted?
We post both positive and negative comments from patient surveys. We do screen the comments to eliminate private patient information, foul language and irrelevant information.

How are my ratings and comments shared?
The survey is voluntary and confidential. Comments displayed on our website are anonymous. No patient names or contact information will be displayed.

Why doesn't my provider have a star rating?
Star ratings are displayed on a provider's profile only after Press Ganey receives a minimum of 30 survey responses within the past 12 months. This provides balance and ensures that the data is statistically valid.

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