Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Harvard University/Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA
Mini Trauma Fellowship, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, TX
General Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Member, American Medical Association; Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery; Selected Top Doctor in metro Atlanta - 2016
After training, Dr. Richard served at the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) in Fort Campbell, Ky. Appointed Director of the new Bariatric Surgical Service at the BACH, Dr. Richard performed both the first open and laparoscopic gastric bypasses. He also began Fort Campbell's first surgical weight loss program, single-handedly training the OR staff, nursing staff, nutrition and psychology departments, as well as fellow surgeons, to allow for safe and effective treatment of obesity.
As an active trauma surgeon for the US Army, Dr. Richard deployed to the Afghan theater of war shortly after 9/11. He was recalled in 2004, two years after leaving the Army, to serve in Iraq as a Senior Trauma surgeon in Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
After leaving the Army in 2002, Dr. Richard joined Obesity Solutions in Gainesville, Ga. He joined The Longstreet Clinic in April 2010 when his practice, Surgical Specialists of Georgia, merged with TLC.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gwinnett Medical Center
Special Practice Interests
Comprenhensive Bariatriac Surgery — laparoscopic, open, and revisional; Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Dr. Richard also has a distinct interest in weight loss surgery patients who regain weight. He has employed medical weight loss, as well as revisional weight loss surgery to treat weight regain. “One of the most frustrating patients is the gastric bypass patient who has gained weight back,” he says. “Mostly this is due to a return of old habits. However, we often find treatable conditions, if we take the time and effort to look for them. It is very gratifying to get this group of patients back on the road to a healthy lifestyle.”
To combat this condition, Dr. Richard uses the StomaphyX device for endoscopic pouch reduction and has extensive experience in revisional weight loss surgery that includes using the gastric band over an existing gastric bypass.