Richard M Peterson
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Peterson, MD

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  • Surgery
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About me

About Me

Dr. Richard Peterson obtained his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside. He then went on to obtain a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA. He obtained his MD degree from the American University of the Caribbean. He completed his General Surgery residency at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He then went on to pursue a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the University of Southern California with world-renowned laparoscopic surgeon Dr. Namir Katkhouda. This training has made him one of a select few surgeons who perform a completely hand-sewn laparoscopic gastric bypass.
Following the completion of his training he entered into Active Duty service with the United States Air Force. He served two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. During his time in the Air Force, Dr. Peterson served as Chief of Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He expanded the program to be the largest bariatric surgery program in the Department of Defense. He also served as the Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General on Bariatrics during this time. Dr. Peterson was recently selected by his fellow physicians as one of San Antonio's Best Doctors. Dr. Peterson is fluent in Spanish, enjoys running and resides in San Antonio with his wife and two children.




English, Spanish


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Medical School:
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

St Angnes Healthcare

University of Southern California


Board Certification:
American Board of Surgery

Treatment and care

Treatment and Care

Specific areas of interest and expertise include:

  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominoperineal Resection
  • About the Digestive System
  • About the Men1 Gene
  • Achalasia
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Ampullary Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fistula
  • Appendicitis
  • Bariatric Surgery Overview
  • Barrett'S Esophagus
  • Benign Liver Tumors
  • Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer (BRPC)
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Prevention
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Colectomy
  • Colon Cancer
  • Complex Abdominal Wall Hernias
  • Components Separation
  • Conn's Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Crohn'S Disease
  • Cryosurgery
  • Cushing'S Syndrome
  • Cyberknife
  • Distal Pancreatectomy
  • Diverticulitis
  • Enterocutaneous Fistula
  • Epigastric & Umbilical Hernias
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophagectomy
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
  • Familial Isolated Hyperparathyroidism
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Femoral (Thigh) Hernia
  • Flank (Lumbar) Hernia
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Gerd)
  • Gastrointestinal Complications of Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine (Carcinoid) Tumors
  • Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors (Health Professionals)
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)
  • Genetics of Colorectal Cancer
  • Giant Abdominal Wall Hernia
  • Goiter
  • Health Risks of Being Overweight
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatic Artery Embolization
  • Hernia Overview
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap-Band)
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma)
  • Liver Cysts
  • Liver Metastases
  • Liver Resection
  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Microwave Ablation
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Syndromes
  • Nissen Fundoplication
  • Obesity
  • Open Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Open Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Ostomy Surgery: Ileostomy & Colostomy
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Neuroendocrine (Islet Cell) Tumors
  • Pancreatic Pseudocysts
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Portal Vein Embolization (PVE)
  • Posterior Retroperitoneoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Preoperative Progressive Pneumoperitoneum
  • Presacral Tumors
  • Proctocolectomy
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Recurrent Hernia
  • Revisional Bariatric Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spigelian Hernia
  • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
  • Surgery to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Upper (GI) Endoscopy
  • Ventral (Incisional) Hernia
  • Volvulus (Twisting of the Colon)
  • Whipple Procedure (Pancreaticoduodenectomy)
  • Yttrium-90 Radioembolization