Dr. Richard RM Francis, MD

Dr. Richard RM Francis, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

36 Years of Experience


Accepting patients


    Dr. Francis has been practicing medicine for nearly two decades. Since founding Spine Associates in 2003, he has built a considerable reputation by maintaining a conservative approach to treating all spine conditions in both children and adults. He has made it his goal to stay at the forefront of technology, yet maintain a personal connection with patients and their families. Dr. Francis is one of few spine surgeons capable of performing surgeries on children as well as adults and prides himself as one of the first surgeons in the nation asked to perform the artificial disc replacement and to use robotic assistance in spine surgery. All patients are offered an appointment to see Dr. Francis within three days of calling, and on the same day if needed. At every visit, patients are seen directly by Dr. Francis. The referring provider receives a letter or call regarding the patients’ consults within 24 hours. We’ve built close relationships with teams of neurologists, physiatrists and pain specialists to assure timely delivery of care. We emphasize the value of conservatism. Because most spine conditions will resolve with non-operative care, we only offer surgery after examining and exhausting all reasonable forms of conservative treatment options. For the comfort of our patients waiting to be seen, our inviting waiting area features a flat screen television, magazines and a fully-stocked coffee bar and a charging station for universal smart phones and tablets.

    Medical Specialties and Areas of Expertise

    Orthopedic Surgeon

    Education & Training

    Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Fellowship)

    Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Fellowship)

    Baylor College of Medicine (Fellowship)

    Doctorate - University Of West Indies Faculty Of Med Kingston Jamaica

    Masters Degree - Rice Universiy

    Board Certifications

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1988

    American Board of Surgery since 1992

    Medical Conditions Treated

    conditions treated by an Orthopedic Surgeon, like Dr. Richard Francis, may include:

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    Medical Procedures Performed

    procedures performed by an Orthopedic Surgeon, like Dr. Richard Francis, may include:

    Orthopedic Consultation, Spinal Cord Surgery, Arthroscopy, Orthopedic Follow Up, Spinal Cord Tumor, Spine Specialist Consultation, Spine Specialist Follow Up, Vertebroplasty, Musculoskeletal Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma, Orthopedic Brace, Spinal Cord Minimally Invasive Surgery, Spinal Cord Reconstructive Surgery, Spinal Cord Second Opinion, Laminectomy, Knee Surgery, Hip Surgery, Hand Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Knee Replacement Surgery, Hip Replacement Surgery, Hip and Knee Surgery Consultation, Hip and Knee Surgery Follow Up, Orthopedic Reconstruction Consultation, Hand and Wrist Reconstruction, Orthopedic Reconstruction Follow Up, Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Total Shoulder Replacement, Cartilage Transplantation, Elbow Replacement Surgery, Osteotomy, Ligament Reconstruction, Orthopedic Trauma Follow Up, Deformity Correction (Post Trauma), Joint Contracture Release, Limb Reconstruction, Open Reduction and Internal Fixation Surgery, Spine Immobilization, Allograft Reconstruction, Nail Cement Spacer Reconstruction, Prosthetics, Osteotomy, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Fingers Reconstruction, Reverse Shoulder Replacement, Spinal Infusions, Kyphoplasty, Partial Knee Replacement, Casting and Splinting, Revisional Hip Replacement Surgery, Revisional Knee Replacement Surgery, Limb Lengthening and Realignment, Spinal Cord Surgery Consultation, Orthopedic Second Opinion, Independent Medical Exam (Orthopedic), Orthopedic Consultation (Spine), Orthopedic Follow Up (Spine), Diskectomy / Discectomy, Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation Consultation, Arthrodesis, Arthropathy, Orthopedic Consultation (Ankle), Orthopedic Follow Up (Ankle), Ankle Second Opinion, Knee arthroscopy, Hip arthroscopy, Shoulder Reconstructive Surgery Consultation, Shoulder Reconstructive Surgery Follow up and Viscosupplementation

    For detailed information, please contact Dr. Francis' office.


    Top Insurances

    • Aetna

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

    • Bravo Health

    • Cigna

    • Humana Health

    • Medicare

    • UnitedHealthcare

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    Spine Associates

    9301 Southwest Freeway

    Ste 600

    Houston, TX 77074

    (713) 383-7100

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    Ratings & Reviews

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    Overall rating

    Based on 26 reviews

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    Office Experience

    96% of patients found the doctor and staff friendly and the office clean and modern

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    100% of patients felt that their time spent with the doctor was meaningful and impactful and that any follow ups were addressed quickly

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    Wait Times

    82% of patients were satisfied with the wait time

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    Appointment Booking

    100% of patients found it easy to book an appointment

    Patients give Dr. Richard Francis an Excellent overall experience rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Francis has been rated and reviewed by 26 patients. These ratings are based on a variety of factors, including the amount of time patients spent with Dr. Francis, his bedside manner, appointment waiting time, friendliness of the office staff, clarity of diagnosis, and more.

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    Memberships & Associations

    North American Spine Society




    Lumbar disc herniation: A discussion of its pathogenesisand surgical treatment by micro-discectomy

    West Indian Medical Journal , January 1988

    The use of thromboprophylaxis forroutine total hip replacements by British orthopaedic surgeons

    British Journal of Hospital Medicine 57:9, April 1997

    The use of the supracondylar nail fordistal femoral fractures in elderly osteoporotic patients. A re

    Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, June 1996

    The supracondylar intramedullary nail in elderly patients with distal femoral fractures (Abstract).

    The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1998

    Trauma protocols on the internet

    Orthopedic Product News, December 1997

    Surgical approaches and reconstruction of the sacrum.

    Principles and Practice of SpineSurgery, October 2002

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Dr. Richard Francis accepting new patients?

    Yes, Dr. Richard Francis is accepting new patients at this time.

    Does Dr. Richard Francis offer online booking?

    Please contact Dr. Francis's office at (713) 383-7100 for information about online booking, telehealth, or to schedule an appointment.

    Does Dr. Richard Francis offer telehealth appointments?

    Please contact Dr. Francis's office at (713) 383-7100 for information telehealth appointment availability or for scheduling assistance.

    Which language(s) does Dr. Richard Francis speak?

    Dr. Richard Francis speaks English.

    Which board certifications does Dr. Richard Francis have?

    Dr. Richard Francis is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and American Board of Surgery.

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