Phone: (406) 449-7943
Fax: (406) 449-2916
After Hours: (406) 459-6111

Our Physician-Richard D. Paustian, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., F.S.C.A.I., F.A.S.E.

Dr. Paustian is a specialist in cardiology and cardiovascular diseases. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana for his undergraduate training and received a major in biology. He attended the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana where he graduated with honors. He went from Indianapolis to Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Emory University Affiliated Hospitals and specialized in internal medicine. He spent an additional three years at Emory training in cardiology and cardiovascular diseases. He has received special training in the management of patients with heart attacks and congestive heart failure as well as those who require open-heart surgery.

Dr. Paustian is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Cardiovascular Diseases, Adult Echocardiography and Cardiac CT Angiography. He currently (January 2014) is the only cardiologist in the State of Montana with the echocardiography credential and the ct credential. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (F.A.C.C.), a Fellow at the American College of Physicians (F.A.C.P.), a Fellow of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (F.S.C.A.I.) and a Fellow in the American Society of Echocardiography (F.A.S.E.). He has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1996 by his peer physicians in the State of Montana.

Style 1Dr. Paustian did additional training starting in 2002 to provide diagnosis and treatment to patients with peripheral arterial disease.

Dr. Paustian moved to Helena from Atlanta, Georgia in August 1983 accompanied by his wife Jan. They were lured to this area by their love of the outdoors and enjoy hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting. Dr. Paustian and his wife have two sons, Ryan and Sean. Dr. Paustian has also been an avid runner and has completed 22 marathons as well as countless 5K, 10K and half-marathon runs.

An injury in June 2011 markedly slowed down Dr. Paustian. As a result of three herniated discs in his lower back (from working on a retaining wall by himself over the objections of his wife (surprise!), he developed a partial paralysis of his left foot. His running turned to walking and his work in the office slowed down ever so slightly. He underwent back surgery in late November 2011 and returned to work in The Clinic in 10 days and to the cardiac catheterization lab in 17 days. He is now back walking over four miles per day and has resumed snowboarding and skiing this season (2013-14).