Dr. E Irby Jr, MD


Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

Dr. E Irby Jr, MD

Dr. E Irby Jr, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Richmond, VA. He is 62 years old and has been practicing for 36 years. Dr. Irby Jr is affiliated with Parham Doctors' Hospital.

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Dr. Irby Jr's Care Philosophy

I believe in treating every patient as I would want to be treated. Often surgery is not needed. I try conservative treatment first, surgery should be the last option. For those requiring surgery, these surgeries are often done under epidural anesthesia as an outpatient.

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Patient Comments (15)
Denver, CO |
Patients will notice that Dr. Irby is very busy as he breezes in and out of the examination rooms spending only as much time as needed to test function and answer any immediate questions they may have. He is very personable.
in Richmond, VA |
I was injured at work and was referred to Dr. Irby. I had heard of Doctors really not concerned about Workers Compensation cases since their primary concerned was to get the employee "back to work" as soon as possible since they were paid by the employers workers compensation insurance company. I was totally impressed with Dr. Irby!!! He cared only about me!!! Also, I was seen by Dr. Irby's PA, Lindsey. She was extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. !! He and his PA are the BEST!!!!
Henry - These kind words are truly appreciated! Thank you for sharing! Best, Sarah
in Richmond, Va |
Truly cared about me. Told me all of my options. Helped me as we came up with my treatment plan. Most caring doctor I have seen .
These kind words are truly appreciated! Thank you for sharing your experience, Charlie!
Heathsville |
I was not at all impressed with Dr. Irby. He came into the exam room and went straight for the computer, never even introduced himself. After having computer problems, he then examined me while all the while listening to a brief medical history that I relayed. He never asked me one question and quickly dismissed my pain and told me to see a rheumatologist despite the fact I had already seen one and my GP had referred me to him. I left in tears.
in Chesterfield, VA |
Dr. Irby, his staff and Parham Doctor's Hospital and staff were all EXCELLENT! Dr.Irby performed surgery on my back on 11/28/2015 with great results. Pain relieved immediately and recovery was amazingly easy. I would recommend him to anyone with a back problem. Overall, this was the best medical treatment that I have received in 44 years in Richmond!
in Richmond Va |
I was very disappointed in the service I got with him. He came in my room and talk to my spouse more than he talked to me he touched me one time I screamed in pain . He said it was just muscle you'll be fine. My next visit I saw his assistant who insisted that they did not give me any medications the time before which they did and then insisted other things and she didn't know nothing about. One month later I'm still in pain. I have asked to see a new doctor. I would not recommend him.
Richmond, VA |
No rush to surgery. We tried alternatives, but when it was clear I wasn't getting better, I was in surgery the next day. Doing very well post op.
Glen Allen, VA |
in Chesterfield County, VA |
Dr. Irby does not rush into surgery Dr. Irby makes every effort to provide the best treatment for his patients. My spinal fusion was a major surgery; the results have been better than expected! I would recommend Dr. Irby!
Richmond, VA |
I just had an initial appointment with Dr. Irby and he made me feel very comfortable. He took the time to explain my MRI results, listened to my questions honestly, and I left with a feeling that he cared and was going to take my recovery seriously. This was the first time I had spoken to a doctor since my injury that I left feeling this way.
in Hanover, VA |
A bit of a disappointment. My appointment with Dr. Irby was at 8:30am on March 15, confirmed by the office's telephone msg the day before. Arrived at 8am and was told that Dr. Irby was not in until 9:30-10:00am. I waited. At about 9:30 Dr. Irby's PA took me to an examining room, interviewed me and ordered x-rays, then returned to discuss her conclusions with no further explanation for Dr. Irby's absence. When I make an appointment to see a doctor, I expect to see a doctor. Sorry.
in Chester, VA |
Dr. Irby is not going to perform surgery on you unless there is no other option. If he does have to perform surgery he is very honest about the recovery time.
in Midlothian, VA |
Dr. Irby is extremely professional in placing his patients interest above his own. He guided me to use a full range of less invasive (and less costly) alternatives and dignified me by letting me make my own fully informed decisions. He also demonstrated exemplary compassion, sacrificing planned holiday time off when he determined that my condition would improve and my suffering duration be shortened by opening up an extra day to do my procedure late afternoon on New Years Eve. I trust him!
Dr. Irby did my back surgery and I highly recommend him. He listens and cares to returning to being pain free.
in Richmond, VA |
Dr Irby is skilled at his craft, but his patient load is too high. Examples: - 1 week wait time to get a follow-up appointment - No callbacks on prescriptions that have run out - Possible technical difficulties or overwhelmed on callbacks on imaging results - Likely not enough time spent per patient research, as a 2nd and 3rd opinion were vastly different than Dr Irby's based on imaging results summary from radiologist.
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Dr. Irby Jr's Care Philosophy

I believe in treating every patient as I would want to be treated. Often surgery is not needed. I try conservative treatment first, surgery should be the last option. For those requiring surgery, these surgeries are often done under epidural anesthesia as an outpatient.

Dr. Irby Jr's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Richmond Magazine Top Docs commendation, 2004
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Vertebral Fracture


  • Medical School
    Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1981

  • Internship Hospital
    Eastern Virginia Med School

    Completed in 1982

  • Residency Hospital
    Carolinas Medical Center

    Completed in 1986

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Spine Surgery Fellowship

    Completed in 1987

    St Luke hospital

    Completed in 1987

  • Undergraduate School
    Washington And Lee University

    Graduated in 1977

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spine Surgery