Dr. Richard Francis, MD

Dr. Richard Francis, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
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Age 53
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Dr. Richard Francis, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Houston, TX and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from University Of The West Indies, Jamaica, Faculty Of Medical Sciences in 1988 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

9301 Southwest Fwy Ste 600

Houston, TX 77074

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  • Accountable Health Plans of America
  • Advantra
  • Aetna
  • Affiliated Healthcare
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  • Assurant Health
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Low Back Pain
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more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Francis' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Francis "Dr. Francis has been practicing medicine for 29 years. Since founding Spine Associates in 2003, he has built a considerable reputation by maintaining a conservative approach to treating all spine conditions in both children and adults. He has made it his goal to stay at the forefront of technology, yet maintain a personal connection with patients and their families. Dr. Francis is one of few spine surgeons capable of performing surgeries on children as well as adults and prides himself as one of the few select surgeons in the nation utilizing robotic assisted spine surgery. He was the first surgeon in Houston to employ the Mazor Robotics Renaissance guidance system, and is now the first in the region to add the Mazor X™ surgical assurance platform to his spinal surgery program. PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS • Diplomat of the Intercollegiate Specialty Board of the Royal College of Surgeons of the UK in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. • Postdoctoral Fellow in Spine Surgery at the Baylor College ofMedicine in Houston, Texas. • Four years as Assistant Professor of Spine Surgery with theUniversity of Texas Medical School. • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh AREAS OF EXPERTISE • Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery • Adult & Pediatric Scoliosis Correction • Reconstructive Spine Surgery "People ask me how I stay so driven. The answer is that I feel tremendous joy when I correct a spine or reconstruct a spine deformity and help my patient return to a normal, healthier life. It makes it worth every minute." "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Francis "Dr. Francis is engaged exclusively in the care of Adult and Pediatric Spinal Disorders. This involves deformity correction such as scoliosis and kyphosis, treatment of degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, as well as tumors, infections and metabolic diseases of the spine. Additionally, he has a special interest in the revision, reconstruction and salvage of the previously operated spine. Dr. Francis prides himself as consistently being at the forefront of spinal surgery. Lumbar disc replacement has now been approved by the FDA. Lumbar disc replacement is now available to patients who qualify. In a nutshell, Dr. Francis provides comprehensive care of the whole spine. Dr. Francis's practice is based on the principle of conservatism. All reasonable forms of conservative care for patients will be exhausted before consideration of surgical intervention. This is only logical, as Dr. Francis recognizes that the peer- reviewed literature supports the fact that the majority of simple spinal conditions will respond positively in this way, with only a small proportion requiring surgery."
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11  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Surgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Francis does not have any board certifications listed.

112  Conditions Treated

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthrogryposis - Severe Scoliosis
  • Ataxia
  • Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Limb Pain
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lump
  • Malunion of Fracture
  • Mass
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuritis
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Neuropathy, Motor and Sensory
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
  • Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pediatric Spinal Disorders
  • Pediatric Tumor
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondolthesis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
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60  Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Degenerative Disc surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neurostimulation
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgical Procedures
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Surgery, Robotic Assisted
  • Surgery, Trauma
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Tumor Surgery
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

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.

Education

  • University of the West Indies
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1983
  • University Of The West Indies, Jamaica, Faculty Of Medical Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • University of Aberdeen / College Medicine And Medical Sciences
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Edinburgh
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Baylor University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Honors in Pharmacology, 11/1995
  • Scholarship to the Faculty of Medicine, 11/1993
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Francis' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Francis

3.9

Based on 150 reviews

5 Stars
66%
(99)
4 Stars
4.666666666666667%
(7)
3 Stars
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(3)
2 Stars
4.666666666666667%
(7)
1 Star
22.666666666666668%
(34)

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Everyone was so nice, professional, and I would recommend Dr. Francis and his team to others. I hope the rating was recorded. I'm not quite sure if it did. I rated 5 stars on all.
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Worst doctor I have ever had to deal with. Worse than the VA, only saw me twice and that was 3 hours past my appointment time, plus the fact of having to drive 4 hours round trip to see him. After running test tells me that you have problems and that I should get a second opinion. During the send...Read More
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I’ve had nothing but great service since my first trip to Dr Francis office. His entire team has been great. and I would recommend him to anyone that needs the medical attention Dr Francis and his team provides.
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I was extremely pleased with everyone from reception through departure after surgery. We were greeted with smiles and registration was very quick. Pre-surgery prep was started immediately and the nurses were very attentive and kind. Spoke with Dr Francis, anesthesiologist, and surgical nurses prior...Read More
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Dr. Francis and team explain every procedure was done! and answers all my questions! Very professional... that make my health be safe!!
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