Richard Schulz, D.O., M.B.A., is a board certified general surgeon, performing many aspects of general surgery, including: breast, small bowel, colon, gallbladder, hernia repair and more. Dr. Schulz has a special interest in breast cancer surgery, including sentinel node biopsies, mastectomies, lumpectomies, and providing would care.
When asked why he was attracted to general surgery, Dr. Schulz replied, “Like others before me, there was a life altering occurrence that placed me on the path of becoming a surgeon.” While in college, he was working in a hospital and was fortunate to be allowed to attend autopsies and observe the pathologist at work. During one of those sessions, a young man who passed away in a motorcycle accident was brought into the morgue for evaluation. “The young man turned out to be a friend of mine that I had seen only two days prior,” he said. “As a result, 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. As a result, I decided to concentrate on becoming a surgeon.”
Philosophy of Care
“I believe a strong physician and patient relationship to be a vital component in providing optimal care,” said Dr. Schulz. “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. Working together as a team not only includes working with the patients and their families, but also by developing interprofessional relationships with other providers to incorporate all aspects of the patient’s care and their recovery.”
Special Interests and Procedures
Dr. Schulz performs breast surgery (biopsies sentinel node biopsies, lumpectomies and mastectomies), small bowl surgery, colon surgery, gallbladder surgery, hernia repairs, vascular access device placement, upper and lower endoscopies, skin biopsies, wound care, and more.
Dr. Schulz and his wife, Dawn, live in West Branch with their 2 children, while their oldest attends college in Michigan. He enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and solving puzzles. His free time is spent supporting their children who are Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do, as well as being involved in Travel Soccer and High School Softball. Dr. Schulz’s personal interests have been in multiple sports over the years, with weight training as his most predominant. He has held state titles in powerlifting and continues to train regularly.