Patrick Richard, MD
About Patrick Richard, MD
Dr. Patrick Richard is a board-certified radiation oncologist, primarily specializing in the use of external beam radiation for the treatment of several types of malignancies. In his practice, he collaborates with many other cancer specialists using a multi-disciplinary approach to care. Dr. Richard is a regular attendee at Boulder Community Health’s weekly general, breast, central nervous system, and colorectal cancer conferences and contributes radiation oncology best practice recommendations for each new cancer case reviewed. He is the radiation oncology representative on Boulder Community Health’s Cancer Committee and is a member of the Breast Program Leadership Committee, where he helps maintain the clinic’s NABPC accreditation status as a comprehensive breast cancer center.
He is also an active investigator in the Western States Cancer Research Program NCORP (WSCR-NCORP), which is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded clinical trial program active at RMCC Boulder. Over the past year, he has been working closely with them to open and recruit patients to cutting-edge radiation specific phase III clinical trials. WSCR has invited him to act as the radiation oncology co-investigator for the research program, where he will review ongoing and future protocols for possible implementation in various clinics. For a list of possible clinical trials offered by Dr. Richard, please visit the WSCR website.
Dr. Richard has a personal interest in using and recommending integrative oncology care for his patients and has recently completed a year-long training program at the University of Michigan in integrative oncology where he learned how to best use and recommend evidence-based, complementary, and integrative treatments for his patients. Through this approach, he hopes to provide comprehensive, open-minded, holistic care to his patients during their course of radiation to help them achieve their goals and possibly improve their outcomes. He has also recently completed the US Oncology tier 2 emerging physician leadership program. He is using his growing experience to lead the development of the unique integrative oncology multi-disciplinary conference at RMCC Boulder, which is starting to prospectively review new and established cancer patients receiving care at RMCC Boulder.
By working closely with medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists, he ensures patients receive the highest level of care and access to cutting-edge treatment. Dr. Richard’s practice encompasses a wide range of cancers, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, gynecological, and urological cancers. This broad experience allows him to apply cutting-edge treatment and stay up to date on the newest recommendations for radiation therapy regardless of the cancer type.
Clinical Care Expertise
Central Nervous System (CNS)
Head and Neck Cancer
Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR/SBRT)
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
Radiation Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Masters of Public Health, Tulane University of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Patient Care Philosophy
I believe in caring for my patients as a whole person, not just as a person with cancer, but simply as a person first. I focus not only on the diagnosis and appropriate treatments, but also the physical, social, financial, and personal stressors in my patients’ lives that can also impact their ability to tolerate treatment. In doing so, I develop a strong working relationship with them and their loved ones throughout their journey with cancer and survivorship after. A critical step in delivering cancer care is developing rapport with my patients and having a down-to-earth, humble personality that lends itself to effective patient-centered care. Given the disruption a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment can have on a person and their loved ones, I attempt to make the experience as educational, empowering, and enjoyable as possible. I often act as a motivator and cancer “coach” for my patients, attempting to be with them every step of the way. I feel that my approachable, dependable bedside manner allows me to deliver the best care possible and empower my patients and their caregivers to achieve great outcomes.
American Brachytherapy Society
American College of Radiation Oncology
American Radium Society
American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Radiology Leadership Institute
Radiologic Society of North America