Dr. Richard Garza, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 63

General Surgery

Dr. Richard Garza, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Monterey, CA and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Baylor College Of Medicine in 1985. He is affiliated with Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Richard Garza, MD

Monterey County Surgical Assocs

2 Upper Ragsdale Dr Ste B230 Monterey, CA 93940
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(831) 649-0808

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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Garza is affiliated with Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula Monterey, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Garza's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Appendicitis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Garza treats Appendicitis more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Garza treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Chronic Appendicitis
  • Parasitic Appendicitis
Ventral Hernia
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Garza treats Ventral Hernia more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Garza treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Gallstones
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Garza treats Gallstones more than 83% of his peers

Dr. Garza treats this condition more than 83% of his peers

Dr. Garza's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Appendicitis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis of Aorta
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Constipation
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Iliac Aneurysm
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
  • Megacolon
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Rib Fracture
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skin Grafts
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spider Veins
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Ventral Hernia

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Dr. Garza accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Coventry Health Care
Medicaid
Principal Financial Group
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
WellPoint

Dr. Garza's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Garza

4.3

Based on 37 ratings

5 Stars
78.37837837837837%
(29)
4 Stars
2.7027027027027026%
(1)
3 Stars
2.7027027027027026%
(1)
2 Stars
0%
(0)
1 Star
16.216216216216218%
(6)
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Excellent removal of gallbladder and appendix as well as follow up aftercare. Highly recommend.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 07, 2019
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Dr. Garza did a wonderful job on my right inguinal hernia. I walked out of the hospital a few hours later, and was back to normal in less than a week.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Sep 24, 2019
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Dr. Garza is wonderful. We are so thankful for him and his team. Our ten year old daughter was rushed to the hospital and they ended up ordering an ultrasound. Dr. Garza met us in ultrasound and watched instead of waiting longer for the results to come back. He ultimately diagnosed her with appendicitis. They didn’t wait and prepped her for surgery with Dr. Garza at 1am on a Sunday. Even at 1am he was pleasant, professional, informative and kind. He was able to answer all of my ridiculous questions and put our mind at ease our little girl would be just fine. He did the surgery in about a half hour and talked me through everything to keep an eye out for and what to expect. We are now two weeks post op and he just gave her a clean bill of health. My little girl is good as new. Thank you Dr. Garza and team. God Bless.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Naomi in Marina, CA – Jun 12, 2019
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Very good service.
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May 22, 2019
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I was admitted to Community of the Monterey Peninsula several hours after arriving in the emergency room. I was advised that I needed my gallblader removed and that Dr Garza would perform The surgery. I met Dr Garza later that evening. He explained what was to take place the following day. I connected with Dr Garza immediately that afternoon. He was professional in every way. He put my mind at ease regarding my scheduled surgery. I went to sleep that night, my mind totally at rest. I was visited daily by members of Dr Garza's staff of doctors. I was equally impressed with their caring bed side manner and their overall professionalism
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Apr 26, 2019
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Dr. Garza has operated on myself once and my 93 year old mother twice. He is the best I have had the blessing to work on us. He is so kind and gentle, knows what he is doing! I am so thankful that we were able to have him work on the both of us. He saved my life!
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Mar 23, 2019
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I first saw Dr. Garza when I was hospitalized for an infected probable spider bite. He operated on it and provided great follow through. I felt like I was listened to and he also had everything biopsied to cover bases. When I came to his office, I was taken promptly and the nursing staff was pleasant and great at taking care of the wound.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Roxane in MONTEREY, CA – Aug 24, 2018
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Dr. Garza saved my husband's life almost a year ago when the doctor performed emergency abdominal surgery on him late at night. The Doctor was very thorough and efficient in diagnosing the problem, using the best technology available and consulting with us. He performed the surgery promptly and skillfully; his follow-up care during the recovery period in hospital was outstanding. He visited frequently & kept us informed. He was very reassuring; an intelligent, kind, and caring doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Bobbie in Monterey, CA – Mar 12, 2018
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Very nice doctor. Straight to the point. Fast procedure. Nice staff.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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Salinas, CA – Dec 05, 2017
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Dr. Garza is a great doctor. I was admitted to the Emergency Room with emergency issues. He was subsequently called. His questions and bedside manner were excellent. There were a lot of tests, including CT scans and x-rays. It was his call to either operate or monitor. He visited me again and told me I looked better than my x-rays and counseled me he thought it a good idea to monitor for awhile, rather than undergo immediate surgery. I agreed. It made all the difference.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mike in Monterey, CA – Sep 11, 2017
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Dr Garza was wonderful, my mom who is 82 had a severe right artery blocked 95 % in her neck. She was very anxious about having surgery but Dr Garza was very calming and was right there for her. Not only is he an excellent surgeon but he cares about his patients and takes the extra time with them and family members. His follow up is impressive. I would highly recommend him he has a very calming demeanor but yet confident in his abilities as a surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Vicki Schafbuch in Monterey, CA – Aug 11, 2017
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Dr. Garza was friendly and informative. He made me feel at ease and comfortable. I always felt that I had nothing to worry about!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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James F. in Seaside, CA – Oct 21, 2016
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I had to have emergency gall bladder surgery at CHOMP. Surgery was well-explained, incl. possible complications. Dr. Garza did a great job.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Monterey, CA – Jun 05, 2016
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Dr. Garza was assigned to me after I was admitted to Community Hospital with a very serious illness that required a major surgery and a number of other procedures, all of which Dr. Garza did with impeccable skill. He was patient and kind through the entire ordeal. He explained each step of the way to me and tried his best to keep me from having surgery, which I greatly appreciated. Dr. Garza is a highly skilled and trained surgeon and I couldn't have received better care anywhere else.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Elizabeth in Pebble Beach, CA – Apr 29, 2016
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There is no other surgeon that I would choose to do my surgeries. We have been thru several emergency's and I am here and doing fantastically.. This is a Dr. I have and will trust with my life and feel quite comfortable in his care. He is professional and caring and I wish everyone could have him as there surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Janet Snodgrass in Castroville, CA – Apr 20, 2016
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Dr. Garza performed an inguinal hernia surgery on me. The entire process was flawless. During my initial consultation, he explained the procedure to be done and answered all my questions. He was especially good about listening to my concerns and being straightforward with me about all my options for the best outcome. The results of the surgery were excellent with a minimum of discomfort. He is also a very kind, caring doctor and human being.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Duane B. in Monterey, CA – Mar 30, 2016
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Always pleasant, a good listener, extremely knowledgeable and caring
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Carmel, CA – Mar 09, 2016
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Dr. Garza removed an infected cyst from my back. No pain during (OK, anesthesia was used), no pain afterward, good instructions for managing wound, recovery right on schedule. Dr. Garza is helpful and friendly, and he's willing to answer any questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Gary Simon in Monterey, CA – Feb 09, 2016
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Dr Garza is a professional, yet he treated me like a friend. He explained my tests, he explained my surgery, he even gave me advice on how to reduce my scar
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Carmel, CA – Jan 24, 2016
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Dr. Richard Garza has been my surgeon since Dec. 2010, when my kidney's failed and I went on Kidney Dialysis. He has done at least a dozen surgeries on me and all have come great with no problems. I highly recommend Dr. Garza to do your surgery needs. I was real lucky CHOMP assigned him to my first surgery Jesse McFarland
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jesse McFarland in Seaside, CA – Jan 15, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Richard Garza, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Monterey, CA and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Baylor...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Thoracoabdominal Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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Board Certifications

Education

Baylor College Of Med
Residency Hospital
Baylor College Of Medicaine
Residency Hospital
1985
Baylor College Of Medicine
Medical School
1985
Baylor University
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Richard Garza, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Garza frequently treats Appendicitis, Ventral Hernia, and Gallstones. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Garza treats.

Where is Dr. Richard Garza, MD's office located?

Dr. Garza's office is located at 2 Upper Ragsdale Dr Ste B230, Monterey, CA 93940. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Garza speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Monterey County Surgical Assocs

Monterey County Surgical Assocs2 Upper Ragsdale Dr Ste B230 Monterey, CA 93940
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Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula

Monterey, CA

80% Patients that would definitely recommend, 10% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)