“I like to learn about each patient’s injury and lifestyle in order to develop an effective treatment plan. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring all that the Bay Area has to offer.”
- Fellowship: Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery
- Board-Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Member, American Society of Surgery of the Hand
Dr. Richards obtained his undergraduate degree in neurobiology at Cornell University, his masters of public health at Columbia School of Public Health, and his medical degree at New York Medical College.
He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Program. He then returned to Cornell University’s Hospital for Special Surgery to complete his fellowship training in hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery.
Dr. Richards volunteered locally for Operation Access and San Francisco General Hospital, helping provide upper extremity care for Bay Area’s uninsured population and education for orthopedic residents.
He has volunteered in Africa, as well, and has joined the disaster relief teams in Haiti.
- Dr. Richards is honored to be recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America for the East Bay Region for 2014 and 2015. Click to Learn More
- Dr. Richards was recognized by America's Best Physicians in 2016
- Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF
- Current Treatment of Tennis Elbow, Frontiers in Medicine, Jackson Hole, WY 2017
- Duypuytrens Disease, Frontiers in Medicine, Jackson Hole, WY 2017
- Elbow Fractures and Dislocations, San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Program, 2017
- Latest Treatments of Elbow Arthritis, San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Program, 2017
- Functional Anatomy of the Shoulder, UCSF/UCB Medical School, 2016
- Finger Amputation and Soft Tissue Flaps, San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency, 2015
- Wrist ligament Injuries UCSF “Doctors Demystify The Hand" Course, 2014
- Mallet and Distal Phalanx Injuries, UCSF “Doctors Demystify The Hand" Course, 2012
- Shoulder Multidirectional Instability and Frozen Shoulder, UCSF “Doctors Demystify The Shoulder” Course, 2011
- Common Shoulder Injuries – Impingement, The Rotator Cuff, and A-C Joint dislocations, Alameda County Chapter of California Chiropractors Association, 2011
- Elbow Fractures, San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency, 2010
- Wrist Instability – Scapho-Lunate ligament Tears, UCSF Orthopaedic Residency Program, 2010 and San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency, 2009
- "The Midaxial (Universal) Approach the Lateral Elbow'. Published March 2011 - Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Authors M. Schrumpf, A. Daluiski, Joshua Richards, R. Hotchkiss
- For detailed information on orthopedic conditions, please visit Dr. Richards' personal library at www.orthodoc.aaos.org/jcrichards/library.cfm.
- For videos of shoulder surgical procedures, please visit www.orthoillustrated.com.
- Dr. Richards featured on MyLifeStages.org's "Ask the Expert" regarding the topics of Muscle Cramps, Ganglion Cysts, Olecranon Bursitis, Thumb Pain, Multiple Joint Pain, and Management of Chronic Pain.
- Arthroscopic Debridement Elbow
- Ulnar Nerve Transposition
- De Quervain's Release
- Distal Radius Fracture Repair With Volar Plate
- Finger Fracture Fixation
- Ganglion Cyst Excision
- Limited Palmar Fasciectomy Dupuytren's Contracture
- Open Carpal Tunnel Release
- Scaphoid Fracture Fixation
- Trigger Finger Release
- Biceps Tenodesis
- Distal Clavicle Excision
- Total Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
- Subacromial Injection
“Webster Orthopedics - San Ramon Office - I have never walked into a doctors office for a 1st appointment feeling like I was someone they have known forever. This started with the woman who greeted me at the front desk, another who was helping someone else but took that second to greet me, to the woman who took me to a smiling X-Ray Tech, and especially Dr. Richards, who didn't look at a clock and wanted to make sure I understood what he had told me and was so patient at any question I would have asked. Each individual (and there were others that walked by) smiled, greeted warmly and made me feel special...Amazing, looking around - they did that with everyone!!!! BIG KUDOS to the staff at the San Ramon Office - IMPRESSIVE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! Still smiling....thank you!” – J. Archuletta
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