Richard J. Myers, M.D.

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Attending Surgeon, Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Orthopaedic Trauma Specialists

As part of the Sentara Orthopaedic Trauma Specialists team, Dr. Myers practices at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, and provides additional services at the Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital Level 3 trauma center. As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, Dr. Myers completes surgeries on all parts of the body and often treats multiple injuries at the same time, depending on the nature of the trauma. He works closely with the hospital emergency departments and other specialists to evaluate and treat patients with a variety of complex injuries to the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Particular areas of focus include extremity injury care, pelvic/acetabular fracture treatment, bone infection, late sequelae of fracture (nonunion/malunion), and hip/fragility (osteoporotic) fracture care. Additionally, a portion of his practice involves both primary and revision arthroplasty care to meet the growing needs of our aging population.

Dr. Myers earned his medical degree from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, followed by internship and residency at Oregon Health & Science University and an orthopaedic traumotology fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (University of Maryland Medical Center).

  • Areas of Interest of Specialty

    • Bone and joint infection
    • Fracture healing problems (nonunion, malunion)
    • Fragility fractures and metastatic disease to bone
    • Limb salvage
    • Multidisciplinary / collaborative trauma care
    • Orthopaedic trauma
    • Polytraumatic injuries
    • Pelvic and acetabular trauma
    • Simple and complex fractures
    • Traumatic amputations and amputee care
  • Education & Training

    Doctor of Medicine (2009)
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, R.I.

    Internship, Department of Surgery
    Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.

    Residency, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.

    Fellowship, Orthopaedic Traumatology
    R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Md.

  • Academic Appointments

    Course Director, Eastern Virginia Medical School M4 Elective: “Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery” (Pending)
    Community Faculty Appointment, Eastern Virginia Medical School (Pending)
    Faculty/Instructor, AO Trauma North America (2017-Present)

  • System Leadership Appointments

    Member, Orthopaedic Task Force, Sentara Healthcare (2017-Present)

    Member, Surgical Executive Committee, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (2017-Present)

    Member, Orthopaedic Process Improvement Committee, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital (2016-Present)

  • Affiliations & Societies

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: Candidate Member
    • American Orthopaedic Association: Emerging Leaders Program
    • Orthopaedic Trauma Association: Candidate Member
    • Virginia Orthopaedic Society: Associate (A) Member

  • Awards & Distinctions

    • Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement (COTA) fellow grant, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
    • Delegate, American Orthopaedic Association Resident Leadership Forum, Oregon Health & Science University
    • Inductee, Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Inductee, Sigma Xi scientific research society, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    • Morris Hughes Award, Department or Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Oregon Health & Science University

  • Publications, Abstracts & Presentations

    Myers R, Kim H, Hsieh AH, O’Toole RV, Sciadini MF. “When should we change drill bits? A Mechanical comparison of new, reprocessed, and damaged bits.” J Orthop Trauma. 2017. [Epub ahead of print, Feb 1].

    Myers R, Kim H, Hsieh A, O’Toole R, Sciadini M.  “When Should We Change Drills? A Comparison of New, Refurbished, & Damaged Bits.”  2015. Podium presentation at the 2015 Maryland Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting.

    Myers RJ, Zusman NL, Larsen SD, Ching AC, Hart RA, Yoo JU. “Prevalence and Identification of Preoperative Depression in Operative Cervical Patients: The Role of Gender and Other Demographic Factors.” 2014.  Manuscript under review.

    Myers R, Murdock E, Farooqi M, Crawford D.  “A Unique Case of Common Peroneal Nerve Entrapment and Review of the Literature.”  Orthopaedics.  2014. In press.

    Phillip T, Myers R, Mirza A. “Sacroiliac Arthrodesis: A Systematic Review.”

    Oregon Journal of Orthopaedics, 2014. Kowalik T, Mahylis J, Kagan R, Wallenburg R, eds.  Myers R, Roster B, Dehaan A, Seddon J eds emeritus.

    Myers RJ, Zusman NL, Larsen SD, Ching AC, Hart RA, Yoo JU.  “Operative Parameters, Not Preoperative Patient Characteristics Are Associated With Major Medical Complications After Cervical Spine Surgery.”  2013. Poster Presentation at the 2013 Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting.

    Myers RJ, Zusman NL, Larsen SD, Ching AC, Hart RA, Yoo JU.  “Role of Gender on the Diagnosis, Prevalence, and Affect of Depression in Cervical Spine Surgery Patients.” 2013.  Podium presentation at the 2013 North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Lousiana.

    Myers R, Mirza A, Ahn J.  “Is This Article Going to Change My Practice? A Critical Evaluation of Literature.” Instructional Course Lectures. 2013. Presented at the 2013 AAOS Annual Meeting.

    Oregon Journal of Orthopaedics, 2013. Myers R, Roster B, Dehaan A, Seddon J, Kowalik T, Mahylis J, eds.

    Oregon Journal of Orthopaedics, 2012. Myers R, Roster B, Dehaan A, Seddon J, Mirza A, eds.

    Myers RJ, Linakis SW, Mello MJ, Linakis JG. “Competitive Wrestling-related Injuries in School Aged Athletes in U.S. Emergency Departments.” West J Emerg Med. 2010 Dec;11(5):442-9.

    Bakhos LL, Lockhard GR, Myers R, Linakis JG. “Emergency Department Visits for Concussion in Young Child Athletes.” Pediatrics. 2010 Sep;126(3):e550-6. Epub 2010 Aug 30.

    Mello MJ, Myers R, Christian JB, Palmisciano L, Linakis JG. “Injuries in youth football: national emergency department visits during 2001-2005 for young and adolescent players.” Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Mar;16(3):243-8. Epub 2009 Feb 4.