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Areas 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”

Curriculum Vitae
Richard C. Thirlby, MD, FACS

Special Interests
Gastrointestinal research, inflammatory bowel disease, ileoanal pullthrough, Obesity or Bariatric Surgery, Ileoanal Reservoir Surgery
Clinical Experience
Surgery, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Liver Surgery
Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery, 1985; Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Education and Professional Achievements
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
Professional Activities and Awards

Member, American Surgical Association
President, Western Surgical Association
Winner, Virginia Mason Joel Baker Teaching Award
Board of Directors, American Board of Surgery
Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by Seattle Met magazine in 2009 and 2010
Dr. Thirlby is an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designee

Patient Ratings and Comments
Patient Ratings
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Patient Comments
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August 2017
Dr. Thirlby is an outstanding physician. I am convinced he saved my life. His continuing care and counsel are to be modeled. Unfortunately (for me and others), he will be retiring sometime in the not too distant future, but I completely trust his judgment in identified successor(s).
July 2017
Before - during & after my surgery, the ENTIRE hospital staff involved in my operation was ACCURATELY great - compassionate & caring!
May 2017
Very good.
November 2016
I have wanted to write a letter about Dr. Thirlby. He has been my surgeon and follow up doc for 4 years. He is always kind and answers all my questions. He acts very caring and understanding. I appreciate his honesty and I feel well taken care of.
January 2016
Dr. Thirlby is an amazing caring man. He was so kind and professional when I had my surgeries done.