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Richard C. Thirlby, MD, FACS
Richard C. Thirlby, MD, FACS
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Surgery, Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Liver Surgery

Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery, 1985; Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Joined Virginia Mason - January 1987


Areas(s) of Expertise
Gastric bypass surgery for morbid obesity
Ileal pouch procedures for ulcerative colitis
Surgery for Crohn’s disease
Spincter-sparing surgery for rectal cancer
Surgery for “post-gastrectomy syndromes”

Special Interest(s)
Gastrointestinal research, inflammatory bowel disease, ileoanal pullthrough, Obesity or Bariatric Surgery, Ileoanal Reservoir Surgery

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, 1978

General Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, 1984

Gastric Physiology Research Fellowship, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Dallas VA Medical Center, 1982

On Patients
"I enjoy working with all kinds of patients and am personally committed to providing the best possible individualized care."

On Specialty
"I like the challenge of taking care of complex surgical problems and being able to offer patients an improved quality of life."

On Virginia Mason
"I like being able to consult with and benefit from the expertise of a wide variety of medical and surgical specialists, all within the same medical center. In addition, Virginia Mason provides me with the opportunity to do clinical research and teaching, which I enjoy very much."