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William O. Richards, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Gastrointestinal SurgeonDirector of Bariatric/Laparoscopic Surgery; Professor and Chair of SurgerySpecialty: Bariatrics, Surgery
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About William O. Richards, M.D., F.A.C.S.

As director of the University of South Alabama Surgical Weight Loss Center and the Professor and Chair of Surgery, Dr. Richards has special interest in all aspects of bariatric surgery, including laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic gastric bypass, and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Learn more about Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the University of South Alabama Center for Weight Loss Surgery.

Dr. Richards also performs esophageal surgery to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease using the LINX® Reflux Management System. Learn more about surgical options for treating GERD at USA Health.

Dr. Richards' other interests are in laparoscopic surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, including repair of hiatal hernia, achalasia, esophageal and gastric disorders, treatment of Barrett's esophagus, and gastric motility disorders.

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Wall Hernias
  • Achalasia
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Stones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Morbidly Obese
  • Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery


  • Medical School: University of Maryland at Baltimore | Baltimore, MD
  • Residency: University of Maryland Hospital | Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship: Emory University | Atlanta, GA and Vanderbilt University | Nashville, TN


  • English
A Weight Has Been Lifted

Patient Story: A Weight Has Been Lifted

Lance Lemcool had a weight problem that greatly altered his active lifestyle until gastric surgery with Dr. William Richards of USA Health got him back on his feet.

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