Dr. Richard Carter, MD

Dr. Richard Carter, MD

General Surgery  |  
Male  |  
43 y/o

Accepting new patients

Richard F. Carter, MD received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1996. He received a Masters in Pharmacology and also completed his medical training at VCU Medical College of Virginia. After medical school, Dr. Carter stayed on to complete his Residency in General Surgery at MCV.

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Dr. Carter's Experience

Dr. Carter's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in General Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lump
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Lipomas
  • Melanoma
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Tonsillitis
  • Ulcer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventral Hernia


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  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vaginal Surgery
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Virginia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • Va Commonwealth Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • VA Commonwealth University-Medical Colloge VA
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • VA Commonwealth University-Medical Colloge VA
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Carter has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Carter's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Carter to family and friends
based on 22 total reviews (13 with comments)
Dr. Carter's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
in Richmond, VA |
My mother has been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and referred to Dr. Carter for surgery. Dr. Carter and his nurse Christina did a great job educating us on treatment options and helped us made an informed decision. Surgery went well and my mother is now recovering. I would highly recommend Dr. Carter and Richmond surgical team.
in Bowling Green, VA |
I have recently been diagnosed with Early Breast Ca and was referred to Dr. Carter. The office staff as well as Dr. Carter have been so caring and considerate that it has made dealing with this diagnosis easier. My phone calls are returned the same day by Dr. Carter or the staff. I will be having surgery soon and know I will receive the best of care.
in North Prince George, VA |
I would definitely recommend Dr.Carter to family and friends. Great bedside manner. Very caring and compassionate. He takes the time to clearly explain and make sure you understand all processes and procedures.
in Sandston, VA |
I would highly recommend Dr. Carter and his staff. I have had an excellent experience as his patient and really could not wish for anyone better to take care of me during breast cancer treatment and mastectomy. Dr. Carter is personable and professional and takes time with you during your appointment. I have been truly blessed to have him as my surgeon.
in Richmond, VA |
I am pleased to have Dr. Carter a my surgeon. I saw him frequently in the hospital and my visit prior to surgery answered all my questions.
Richmond, VA |
Dr Carter is a kind, compassionate, excellent surgeon. He is a good listener and explains things in a very easy to understand professional manner. I would highly recommend Dr Carter if you are in need of a surgeon.
in Glen Allen , VA |
Dr. Carter is very professional . He does not rush his appointments and he is takes the time to listen to his patients . He is proactive and really cares! I'm fortunate to have him as my physician .
in South Hill, Virginia |
Facing surgery most often brings apprehension and anxiety. In late summer 2015, those emotions, and others, were exactly what I was experiencing. My family doctor recommended Dr. Carter and an initial appointment was quickly made. Dr. Carter and staff immediately made me feel at ease and explained the upcoming procedure, all the while giving me options to consider. Recovery from surgery was rapid. Dr. Carter and staff have continued to provide exceptional care during follow up visits.
in Glen Allen, VA |
Dr. Carter is not only a skilled surgeon but a genuinely caring, compassionate and interested physician. He would garner a "10" in every respect of care!
in Richmond, VA |
I would recommend Dr. Carter without hesitation. I will never ever again need to look for a surgeon if the need arises, because I have found the surgeon, that I can say if he doesn't operate, no one will!!!! He has a demeanor that puts you instantly at ease. He takes the time to ensure you have all the information you need to make decisions regarding your health. His office staff is a reflection of him as well. NEVER have I had a need that was not addressed in a timely fashion.
in Richmond, VA |
Dr. Carter is wonderful! My son has a very hard to figure out illness and has been suffering for two years. He's always willing to listen and never talks down to you. I recommend him 100%!
I felt very comfortable with the information he provided and his abilities.
Very knowledgable and personable!!!
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Carter accepts 28 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    HealthKeepers Plus POS
  • Assurant Health
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
    Carelink HMO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Navigate HMO
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Carter has admitting privileges

Retreat Doctors' Hospital
2621 Grove Ave
Richmond, VA 23220
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CJW Medical Center - Chippenham
7101 Jahnke Rd
Richmond, VA 23225
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Johnston-Willis Hospital
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
North Chesterfield, VA 23235
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Henrico Doctors' Hospital
1602 Skipwith Rd
Richmond, VA 23229
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Parham Doctors' Hospital
7700 E Parham Rd
Richmond, VA 23294
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