Chief of Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine
UFASSAM, Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, San Antonio, Texas
Board certification in Family Practice; Board Certification in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine.
Col Richards earned his Bachelor of Science of Mechanical Engineering with Honors in 1989 from the University of Louisville Speed Scientific School, Louisville, Kentucky. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1994. After two years of general surgery training he then completed a Family Practice Residency in 1999. In 2011 he completed the USAF Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship.
Colonel Richards Air Force career began in 1999 as a Family Practice Physician for 2 years. He then served as a Flight Surgeon for 5 years and was subsequently assigned to head up the Institutional Review Board at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. After completing the USAF UHM Fellowship, he became the Flight Commander at the David Grant Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine Facility at Travis AFB California. In July 2013 he was assigned his current position as Chief of Hyperbaric Medicine at SAMMC.
As a Senior Flight Surgeon with approximately 700 flying hours in 16 weapon systems, Colonel Richards has had numerous deployments to Central America, Europe, Mideast, and Pacific theaters. He is the subject matter expert on hyperbaric, altitude, and operational medicine research, and serves as the primary physician member for the USAF Surgeon General’s Human and Animal Research Panel.