Dr. Richard Pettit, MD

Dr. Richard Pettit, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 66
Dr. Richard Pettit, MD is a general surgery specialist in Richmond, VA and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine in 1978 and specializes in general surgery.Read his story

7607 Forest Ave Ste 220

Richmond, VA 23229

Contact Information

(804) 285-9416

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Umbilical Hernia
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Inguinal Hernia
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more than 99% of peers
Hernia Repair
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Dr. Pettit's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pettit " Dick Pettit, M.D., received his undergraduate degree in Biology at George Mason University in 1974 and received his medical degree from VCU?s Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in 1978. He then completed a general surgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Pettit served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri Medical School-Kansas City and Assistant Professor of Surgery, after residency, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He has served as Chairman of Surgery at Henrico Doctors? Hospital as well as multiple other committees. He is an active member of both the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia. Dr. Pettit practices all aspects of general surgery and surgical oncology related to breast, endocrine, abdominal and colorectal disease. He and his medical assistant, Kristina Truesdale, also provide a unique expertise in the management of complex hernia problems and have a special interest in abdominal wall reconstruction in many of these patients. Dr. Pettit has two children and enjoys outdoor sports, music and drumming."
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1  Specialties

  • General Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

53  Conditions Treated

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54  Procedures

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Tumor Ablation, Liver
  • Laparotomy
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paracentesis
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Wound Repair
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • George Mason University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Med College Va
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Mc
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Med College Va
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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What People Say About Dr. Richard Pettit, MD
I'm pregnant and was having gallbladder issues, Dr Petit was very helpful in finding a solution.
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Richmond, VA – Sep 10, 2018
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Dr. Petit is my absolute favorite surgeon. Back in 2015 when I had a cyst on my side. He suggested I have it exercised and I appreciate that. He has awesome bedside manners and he’s very knowledgeable. I was upset last year when I had to have a cyst removed i went thru hell because he didn’t accept...Read More
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Lyn in Richmond , VA – Sep 02, 2018
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I had tried to book with other offices for two years . One office told me it would be two months for an appointment. I called and was booked the next day. I showed up had called in my pre-approval, but it had not arrived. The office front line person called in and voila it was there. Dr came in...Read More
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Mark langenfeld in Chesterfield VA, VA – Jul 05, 2018
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My initial visit was very impressive. Reception/registration was efficient and friendly. Appointment was on time. Doctor and nurse were friendly, informative, comfortable. Very positive experience over all.
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Kevin Glancy (KGLANCY) in Henrico, VA – Jan 29, 2018
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Dr. Pettit and his associate were very thorough and gave me the answers to questions I needed re: my gallstones and gallbladder problem, which was news that I didn't know might be a problem. If and when I need to have the gallbladder removed, he will be the surgeon I contact and, he was highly...Read More
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Patricia V Sowers in Midlothian, VA – Jan 28, 2018
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