Dr. Vazquez

Welcome to the Minimally Invasive General Surgery website of Richard M. Vazquez, MD, FACS

Dr. Vazquez is a private practice general surgeon and geographical full-time faculty member (Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery) at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois from 1965 to 1969 and completed his general surgical residency in 1974 at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Vazquez attended the University of Illinois graduate school in bioengineering and physiology while he attended medical school and his residency program. The American Board of Surgery granted him certification in April 1975 and the American College of Surgeons granted him fellowship in 1976.

Dr. Vazquez has continuously practiced general surgery in the Chicago area for 38 years and for the past 31 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. His interests have included nutritional support. He co-founded the Nutritional Support service at NMH and co-directed the service from 1978 through 1985. He has contributed service to several committees of SAGES (Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) and he is an active member of the SLS (Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons). Past Sages committee assignments include CME, Patient Safety and Outcomes, and Educational Resources. Current Sages assignment: Conflict of Interest task force sub-committee of CME Committee.

Currently approximately one half of his clinical practice is devoted to phlebology and endovenous treatment of chronic venous insufficiency. He actively participates in the American College of Phlebology as a Chair of the distance learning task force. He earned the credential of RVT (registered vascular technologist), and RPVI (registered physician vascular interpretation) ARDMS in early 2009.The American Venous Forum elected him to membership in 2004.

Among his professional achievements, Dr. Vazquez served as Chief Medical Officer of the Illinois State Police from 1988 to June 2002. During this time, he acted as the professional medical and surgical advocate for all state troopers, code personnel, and their families for all serious injuries and illnesses referred to his unit.

Surgeons from many surgical specialties have applied the laparoscopic technique to a broad range of surgical procedures including appendectomy, hysterectomy and lung and bowel surgery. Today, more than 90% of all gallbladder surgery is performed laparoscopically using minimally invasive surgical techniques.

In his general surgery specialty, the procedures that he most commonly performs are laparoscopic operations in the abdomen. In addition, Dr. Vazquez provides laparoscopic surgical exposure of the spine from the anterior abdominal approach to the spine for spine surgeons. Many patients referred to Dr. Vazquez for specific problems have asked him during the course of their treatment, “What other medical and surgical services do you perform?”

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Content reviewed and updated on September 26, 2014.