Get to know joint replacement and trauma surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Richmond and learn what drives his personal approach in caring for patients. Dr. Richmond is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. His practice focuses on operative and nonoperative treatment of fractures of the upper and lower extremities, pelvis and acetabulum (hip socket), as well as hip replacement and nonunion/infections following fractures.
What is your own practice philosophy?
My practice is divided between emergency trauma surgery and more “elective” fracture repair and hip reconstruction, in addition to providing general orthopaedic care to patients. In every case, I try to educate and empower my patients as much as possible so that they are able to make appropriate choices regarding their treatment and be active participants in the recovery process.
What made you choose to become a trauma/hip specialist?
On the trauma side of my practice, I enjoy the challenge and excitement of emergency surgery. On the elective side, I enjoy being able to take the time to formulate a treatment plan with my patient, whatever their condition or injury may be, and whether their care requires surgery or not.
What trends in your specialty area do you see emerging?
There has been a shift towards more “minimally invasive” procedures over the past 20 years that I have been practicing. Some of this has been beneficial, but often times the “tried and true” treatments give much better, more predictable results. I like to incorporate new ideas into my treatment plan once they have been adequately tested.
How do you stay current in your field?
I am very involved in several professional societies, and I participate in surgeon education around the country. Working closely with colleagues everywhere keeps me up to date with new developments.
Outside of work, what are your personal interests, art, music, a sport?
My priority is spending time with my wife and two (semi) grown children. I am also an avid runner. I took up long-distance running about 11 years ago when a patient with a bad foot injury challenged me to run a marathon after she did. I caught the bug. Before that the ideal weekend day was sleeping in and reading the newspaper all morning before watching football. Now the perfect Sunday is to start a 10-20 mile run before the sun comes up!