Born in Spokane, Washington, Richard B. Foulkes MD grew up in eastern Washington state. Later, he served his country honorably, in the Navy and Marines during the Vietnam War. Dr. Foulkes attended Tufts University graduating Cum Laude before attending Rush Medical College in Chicago. Graduating in the top 10% of his class, Dr. Foulkes chose to pursue ophthalmology with Dr. David Patton at the Catholic Medical Center in Queens, New York, and Cornell Medical College, where he distinguished himself becoming chief resident in his 3rd year. While in his training, Dr. Foulkes met the founder of the LASIK procedure, Dr. Lucio Burato. He became convinced that this procedure would change the world, allowing for nearly anyone to consider improving their vision, using the combination of the excimer laser and the "flap". He has devoted himself to this work since 1997. With his research, lectures, and writing, he has influenced doctors around the World. Dr. Foulkes has performed over 48,000 LASIK procedures and over 20,000 cataract procedures. Dr. Foulkes Is a Member of the Following Associations: American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery ( ASCRS) Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Dr. Richard Foulkes is the medical director of Foulkes Vision Institute. He and his team are extremely committed to providing the latest state of the art technology for their patients. Dr. Foulkes personally promises to continuously invest in the most current technology as it becomes available and to use this technology with safety as his primary focus.
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Top Care Areas for Dr. Foulkes by Patient Volume
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Dr. Foulkes's volume for this condition ranks within the 61st percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to his peers.
Dr. Foulkes's volume for this condition ranks within the 59th percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to his peers.
Dr. Foulkes's volume for this condition ranks within the 47th percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to his peers.
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Where our data comes from - The data you see on providers' Healthgrades profiles comes from both the provider and public sources. The Top Care Areas section uses public data from billing claims that providers submit to insurance companies. That data is filed nationwide on behalf of the provider to either the government or a private health insurance company.
How we evaluate our data - Patient volume is analyzed by provider and compared nationally with all providers who perform the same procedure, or treat the same condition. We organize the volume data in percentile ranking from 'may perform' for the lowest claims volume to 'Very High' for the highest claims volume data. For a given condition or procedure, performance categories are defined based on 80%, 90%, and 95% confidence intervals from the average patient volume for all providers in our database. Providers identified as ‘may perform’ do not have sufficient volume for Healthgrades to create a statistical evaluation.
Dr. Foulkes does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Foulkes' Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Myopia, Infantile Severe
Wrong Power Intraocular Lens
Cataract Removal Surgery
Contact Lens Treatment
Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL)
Diabetes Eye Care
Diabetic Eye Exam
KAMRA™ Inlay Procedure
Keratoconus Treatment With Contact Lenses
Laser Cataract Surgery
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
Visian Impantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
YAG Laser Capsulotomy
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Illinois.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ
Medical School | Graduated 1989
Lenox Hill Hosp
Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
Cornell-New York Hosp
Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
Lenox Hill Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed
Art Center College of Design
Other Education | Completed 1979
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Foulkes has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Foulkes has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Foulkes to family and friends
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Dr. Foulkes' Performance
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Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes
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