Dr. Richard Fermelia, MD

Dr. Richard Fermelia, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 55
Dr. Richard Fermelia, MD is a general surgery specialist in Lincoln, NE and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med in 1989 and specializes in general surgery, breast surgical oncology, and more.Read his story

2221 S 17th St Ste 303

Lincoln, NE 68502

Contact Information

(402) 476-6626

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
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Dr. Fermelia's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Fermelia "Dr. Fermelia was born and raised in Wyoming in Rock Springs in the southwest corner, the grandson of coal mining grandfathers. His father was a dentist in that community for many years. Dr. F went to the University of Wyoming for a Bachelor of Arts, and to the Uniersity of Utah to Medical school. Residency was in Dallas Texas at the Parkland Hospital, also known as the University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Fermelia started and remained in practice in Cheyenne. In Cheyenne, Dr. Fermelia developed a vascular surgery program, a breast care program, a trauma program and a bariatric program. He know joins Dr. Rick Windle in Nebraska, where Dr. Windle has enjoyed an excellent reputation as a respected and talented general surgeon. Dr. Fermelia has a 24 year post residency experience and expertise in general surgery, a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal / gastrointestinal contents including esophagus, stomach, spleen, small bowel, colon, appendix, liver, pancreas, hemorrhoids, gallbladder and bile ducts. General Surgeons also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, cancer, soft tissue, trauma, and hernias. Dr. Fermelia's primary interest is in complex abdominal laparoscopic surgery. His interests and expertise include laparoscopic heartburn surgery, stomach, gallbladder and bile ducts, bariatric, colorectal, hemorrhoid, and appendix. Dr Fermelia has extensive experience in inguinal and abdominal wall hernia surgery, both laparoscopic and open. Breast surgery for both benign and malignant breast disease as well as other cancer surgeries remain an interest. Dr. F was one of the first surgeons in Wyoming to perform breast stereotactic biopsy, incorporate breast ultrasound into surgical practice, and perform sentinel lymph node biopsy. Dr. Fermelia would be pleased to have patients make an appointment to have a "lump or bump" or skin lesion removed in the office or in the operating room. Dr. Fermelia likes to offer the best of technology to patients, which includes the option of having hemorrhoid treatments as an outpatient in the form of infrared therapy. This is a painless technique that can be a great additional option to rubber banding techniques and conventional hemorrhoid surgery. Dr. Fermelia practiced vascular surgery for 10 years before developing a comprehensive laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery program. Dr. Fermelia and his then partners developed the first bariatric surgery program in Wyoming. As the remaining bariatric surgeon in Wyoming, both Dr. Fermelia and the program he developed had a "Centers of Excellence" verification initially from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and then ultimately from the MSAQIP national centers / surgeon of excellence programs. Dr. Fermelia is interested in reoperative bariatric surgery and helping patients maximize results of bariatric surgery, regardless of who performed the original surgery. Dr. Fermelia is an experienced acute care general surgeon and trauma surgeon. Starting in 2001, Dr. Fermelia lead the effort to successfully develop and maintain a Level II American College of Surgeons Trauma Center from its inception and practiced in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care his entire career. He served as the trauma medical director for 16 years. Personal: Dr. Fermelia is married to Shannon (27 years), who is an attorney and has two children, Lex (16) and Sadie (20). Dr. Fermelia enjoys swimming, golf, playing music, church activities, boating, snow skiing and especially spending time with his family. Dr. Fermelia enjoys surgical medical mission work in Haiti. His wife and daughter have joined him for these adventures in Haiti."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Fermelia "Interacting with and helping patients and their family are my favorite part of being a surgeon.  I will go out of my way to make the process of surgery and the recovery as easy and smooth as I can.  There can be some obstacles sometime including insurance coverage, surgical scheduling, getting back to work, etc, but you have my word I will do my best to minimize it.  I will be your advocate.  I am a careful and comprehensive communicator, and I like to make sure patients and their families are fully informed about their problems, what they can expect around surgery and the recovery period.  I will literally spend as much time as you need to make sure your questions are answered.  I do not use a advanced practice provider, nurse practitioner, PA or other intermediary.  You will talk to me personally and I hope to get to know you and your familypersonally.  I will be literally immediately available to you both before, during and after your recovery."
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10  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Gastroenterological Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Other
  • Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

18  Conditions Treated

56  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Bowel Obstruction Repair
  • Bowel Resection
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colon Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Lipoma
  • Excision of Neck Mass
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • GERD Treatment
  • Hemorrhoid Banding
  • Hemorrhoid Removal
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia and Hydrocele Repair
  • Hernia Repair
  • Infrared Coagulation (IRC) Hemorrhoid Removal
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery for Cancer and Diverticular Disease
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Melanoma Removal
  • Minimal Access Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Melanoma Surgery
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Port Removal
  • Small Bowel Resection
  • Small Bowel Surgery
  • Splenectomy
  • Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Surgical Mesh Removal
  • Trauma and Critical Care 
  • Traumatic Resuscitation
  • Tube Feeding
  • Venous Access Creation and Care
  • Wound Repair
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  • University Of Wyoming
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Dallas
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Great surgeon and physician. He did my gastric bypass in 2014 and I have been successful in my weightloss journey. He is available to his patients before, after surgery and has guided me through this journey. Always willing to answer questions and cares even though I’m no longer his patient....Read More
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He performed my son's appendectomy a couple weeks ago and everything went great! He gave me his cell phone number before the surgery and told me that I could call him any time to ask questions and to bring my concerns to him to potentially save me another trip to the er. I appreciated his...Read More
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Dr Richard Fermelia is the best,He carefully and patiently took time with me to explain every detail of the surgery and answered my questions. Even drawing a picture for me as a visual. I am 73 years old and have seen many Doctots but none of them like Doctor Fermelia giving me the time to...Read More
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Dr Fermelia performed two surgeries on me, ruptured appendix and blocked biles within a week. I’m so grateful because he was god sent. Never have I met a caring loving doctor like him. I understand now how patients fall in love with their doctors, if I could give him a 10star he would qualify....Read More
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Dr. Fermelia performed my appendectomyn at St Elizabeth Hospital on July 9th, and my daughter and I both are very pleased with his professionalism as well as how personable and friendly he is. VERY highly recommended as he is polite, caring and knowleadgle in his career! Very good surgeon.
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