Dr. Richard R. M. Francis, Orthopedic Surgeon, Houston, TX, 77401
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Dr. Richard R. M. Francis, MD, MBA, FRCS Ed, FRCS Ed (Tr & Orth), Houston, TX, 77401

Dr. Francis has been practicing medicine for nearly two decades. 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 first surgeons in the nation asked to perform the artificial disc replacement.

At Spine Associates we treat the spine, the whole spine and only the spine. We specialize in the treatment of spine deformities such as scoliosis, degenerative conditions, tumors, infections and metabolic diseases. We care for both local and international patients, children and adults—even the most challenging conditions—and excel in treating patients who have had unsuccessful spine surgery. Whether it’s a spine deformity, spine injury or degenerative disease, we are confident we can find a solution that will allow you to quickly return to your normal life.

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We exist to provide our patients with the best spinal care available using recent medical advances and current technologies to achieve the best result.

Type of Spine Care Professional

  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Areas of Expertise

Conditions
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Coccydynia
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Ligament strain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Muscle Pain / Muscle Strain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Trauma
  • Tumors
  • Whiplash
Treatments
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Lumbar
  • Coccygectomy
  • Discectomy
  • Facet Debridement
  • Foramenoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminaplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy / microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Revision Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinous Process Release
  • Upper Back Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty

Languages

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Certifications

  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburg, Scotland, February 1999
  • Doctoral Fellowship in Spine Surgery from Baylor College of Medicine, February 2000

Professional Distinctions

  • Diplomat of the Intercollegiate Specialty Board of the Royal College of Surgeons (United Kingdom)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Spine Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas
  • Former Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas
  • MBA from Rice University Published articles on General Orthopaedics and Spine Surgical Care
  • Qualified to perform the lumbar and cervical artificial disc replacement surgeries

Professional Affiliations

  • NASS (North American Spine Society)
  • AMA (American Medical Association)
  • HMF (Houston Medical Forum) Foundation
  • Surgical Hospital Memorial
  • Hermann Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • University General Hospital