Dr. Richard Koehler, MD

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Age 61
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Dr. Richard Koehler, MD
Dr. Richard Koehler, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Oak Bluffs, MA. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 35 years. Dr. Koehler is affiliated with Martha's Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Martha's Vineyard Hospital

1 Hospital Rd

Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Contact Information

(508) 693-9012

Dr. Richard Koehler, MD

Dr. Richard Koehler, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Richard H. Koehler MD FACS specializes in Advanced Abdominal Laparoscopic Surgery, with 25 years of experience. He has an interest in laparoscopy for intraabdominal adhesion-related complications and for hernia surgery. Dr. Koehler has publications on laparoscopic surgery in peer-reviewed journals; he has lectured and taught extensively, nationally and internationally, on laparoscopic advanced hernia surgery and on laparoscopic adhesiolysis. 

While actively practicing laparoscopic surgery, he is also doing novel research on the effectiveness of traditional surgical masks, as well as higher level face masks, in protecting both the patient and the surgeon. He has presented his findings at a European symposium on nanoparticles in surgical smoke, and has published the initial findings this year in the Journal of the International Society of Respiratory Protection. His hope is to develop the world's most efficient filtering facepiece respirator.

He holds 3 patents on respirator facemasks.

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Dr. Koehler's Experience

Dr. Koehler'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
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adhesions
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gallstones
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Lipomas
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia


  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Adhesiolysis
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Colectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hemorrhoid Removal
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Herniorrhaphy
  • Laparotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Surgery, Trauma
  • Thoracentesis
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

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.


  • Boston College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1978
  • Tufts University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • Tufts New England Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Tufts New England Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Advanced Laparoscopy Course Bethesda Naval Medical Center
    Other Education | Completed 1992
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor 1992-Present
    Other Education | Completed 1992
  • Advanced Trauma Operative Management Instructor 2004-Present
    Other Education | Completed 2008
  • Basic Laparoscopy Course Sutter Medical Institute
    Other Education | Completed 1991
  • Gordon Research Conference Invitee, American Association For The Advancement Of Science
    Other Education | Completed 1987

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Magna cum Laude, Boston College,
  • Order of the Cross and Crown, Boston College,
  • Humanitarian Service Award (Oct. 17th San Francisco earthquake assistance),
  • Navy Acheivement Medal,
  • Combat Action Ribbon (Navy/Marine Corps),
  • Navy Unit Commendation,
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation,
  • Fleet Marine Force Ribbon,
  • National Defense Medal,
  • Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (with Marine Corps Eagle, Globe & Anchor for service in combat with USMC forces),
  • Overseas Service Ribbon,
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kuwait,
  • Navy Commendation Medal,
Media & Publications
  • Reoperative experiences and adhesion formation in laparoscopic ventral incisional hernia repairs: a multi-institutional clinical study.,
  • Diagnosing the occult contralateral inguinal hernia: Combined use of diagnostic laparoscopy and TEPP laparoscopic repair.,
  • Recurrences in laparoscopic incisional hernia repairs.,
  • Therapeutic laparoscopy for trauma.,
  • Triage of American combat casualties: The need for change.,
  • Laparoscopic evaluation of abdominal trauma: A preliminary report,
  • Videothoracoscopy in the evaluation and treatment of thoracic injury: A preliminary report,
  • Gasless laparoscopy and conventional instruments: The next phase of minimally invasive surgery,
  • Thoracoscopic repair of missed diaphragmatic injury in penetrating trauma: Case report. . R.H.Koehler, R.S.Smith. J Trauma 1994;36:424-427,
  • Successful laparoscopic splenorrhaphy using absorbable mesh for grade III splenic injury: Report of a case. R.H.Koehler, W.R.Fry, R.S.Smith. Surg Lap Endo 1994;4:311-315,
  • SURGICAL FACE MASK, INCLUDING REUSABLE MASKS,WITH FILTERED INHALATION AND EXHALATION VALVES US Patent Application Publication No US 2012/0103339 A1, May 3, 2012;Appl No. 13/284,646;,
  • US Patent Application Publication No US 2012/0103339 A1, May 3, 2012;Appl No. 13/284,646; SURGICAL FACE MASK, INCLUDING REUSABLE MASKS, WITH FILTERED INHALATION AND EXHALATION VALVES; Provisional Patent App. No. 61/173/927 filed April 29, 2009,

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Koehler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Koehler to family and friends
based on 21 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Koehler's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
in Nantucket, MA |
Very knowledgeable, attentive to details. Excellent surgeon.
Nantucket, MA |
Dr Koehler is extremely accommodating when explaining the procedure and other options available. He never made me feel like I was simply "next in line". The staff surrounding him is just as accommodating..
in Nantucket, MA |
I was referred via the e.r. for a visit for gallstones. Dr. Koehler assessed my need for a cholecystectomy & hoped for a lapriscopic to shorten recovery, etc. He was vastly knowledgable w/out being pretentious & I felt relieved & very confident in his skill-set and expertise.....he told me of his familiarity with my condition, & his life-long career (yet he has a jovial, youthful way)in this field & teaching. My lapriscopic turned 'open' midstream & Dr.Koehler was a pro! Dr. K. is the best!!
Thanks so much! Just remember you can always reach me by my cell. If you lost it just call my office and they'll have it.
in Nantucket ,Ma |
Could not have been happier with entire process. Dr.Koehler professianal and personable. Minimal amount of pain after Hernia surgery and have recovered as well as back to work quickly. He explained procedure beforehand as well how I would feel afterwards , all spot on .
Thanks so much! Just remember you can always reach me by my cell. If you lost it just call my office and they'll have it.
in Nantucket, MA |
Excellent experience! Dr. Koehler took the time to explain the procedure and recovery thoroughly. He was very positive, caring and professional. His staff was great as well.
Thanks so much! Just remember you can always reach me by my cell. If you lost it just call my office and they'll have it.
in Nantucket, MA |
Dr. Koehler is a wonderful physician who takes his work very seriously. I have been under his surgical care twice and both times he made me feel very much at ease; communicated with me clearly every step of the way; and was genuine in his follow-up care. He has a great sense of humor and he surrounds himself with a professional team. I particularly like Jo, who coordinated all my care and checked on me regularly. I would recommend him highly to anyone needing his services. .
Thanks so much! Just remember you can always reach me by my cell. If you lost it just call my office and they'll have it.
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Humana
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  • Tricare
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  • Tufts Health Plan
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Hospitals where Dr. Koehler has admitting privileges

Martha's Vineyard Hospital
1 Hospital Road
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
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Nantucket Cottage Hospital
57 Prospect St
Nantucket, MA 02554
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