Published on January 21, 2019

General Surgeon Joins MidMichigan Physicians Group in West Branch

Photo of Richard Schulz, DO, General Surgeon at MidMichigan Medical Center - West Branch.

Board Certified General Surgeon
Richard K. Schulz, D.O., M.B.A., F.A.C.O.S.

Board Certified General Surgeon Richard K. Schulz, D.O., M.B.A., F.A.C.O.S., has joined MidMichigan Physicians Group and serves on the medical staff at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. Dr. Schulz currently welcomes new surgical patients to his office located on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch at the Medical Offices, 2431 S. M-30, Suite 200, West Branch.

As a general surgeon, he specializes in a broad range of surgical treatments for disease and conditions, including breast, small bowel, colon, gallbladder, hernia repair and more. Dr. Schulz holds a special interest in breast cancer surgery, including sentinel node biopsies, mastectomies, lumpectomies, and providing wound care.

He received his medical degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri, and completed his residency training in general surgery at St. John Detroit Review Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Schulz also completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas.

According to Dr. Schulz, he was drawn to the field of general surgery due to a life altering occurrence. While in college, he was working in a hospital and was fortunate to be allowed to attend and observe the pathologists at work. During one of the sessions, a young man who passed away from a motorcycle accident was brought into the morgue for evaluation. “The young man turned out to be a friend of mine. I felt myself feeling vulnerable and unaware with what had taken place. Because of this experience, I became more aware of the tenacity of life, its fragility, and overall its importance,” he said. “As a result, I decided to concentrate on becoming a surgeon.”

Dr. Schulz believes a strong physician and patient relationship is a vital component to providing optimal care. “These relationships are one in which we work together to accomplish a common desired goal and are built on the foundations of mutual respect and dignity,” he said. “Working together as a team not only includes working with the patients and their families, but also developing interprofessional relationships with other providers to incorporate all aspects of the patient’s care and recovery,” said Dr. Schulz.

Dr. Schulz welcomes new surgical patients to his office located at 2431 S. M-30, Suite 200 (located within the Seton Cancer Institute). Appointments may be made by calling his office at (989) 343-1134. Those who would like more information about Dr. Schulz may visit www.midmichigan.org/schulz.

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