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1801 Mesquite Ave
Lake Havasu City, AZ

800.447.8405

Our Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons of Mohave Centers for Dermatology & Plastic Surgery offer the area's only comprehensive multi-disciplinary skin cancer center which brings together a team of experts.  We are proud to be the leading, continuously operating provider of specialized dermatology and aesthetic surgery services in Mohave County for over 25 years!

Mohave Centers for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery is a comprehensivepractice that includes Dermatology, Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic services for patient improvement of the skin and body, serving Mohave County for over 27 years

Bryson Richards, M.D.

Bryson Richards, M.D.

Bryson Richards, M.D.

Dr. Bryson Richards was trained in advanced cosmetic plastic surgery at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. He is also a graduate of Cornell Medical School in New York City and chief plastic surgery resident at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

His expertise in plastic surgery has been requested by numerous societies that have invited him to speak at national meetings to thousands of other plastic surgeons. His paper, describing a technique that dramatically reduces pain after breast augmentation, was published in the distinguished national Aesthetic Surgery Journal and has been cited by other breast surgery articles. He also received the top resident research award for studying data at his institution in order to find patterns that would improve patient care.

Having a strong humanitarian commitment, Dr. Richards has volunteered his time performing cleft lip and palate repairs in Uganda, Africa. After spending 14 years of education and training in the nation’s best plastic surgery centers, Dr. Richards brought his family to the warm weather of the southwest. He enjoys the lifestyle that Las Vegas offers as well as the many outdoor activities enjoyed by those in this great community.

Dr. Richards balances his plastic surgery practice with many activities outside of medicine. He is happily married for over 10 years and has four wonderful children. He enjoys playing sports, skiing, boating, and mountain biking.  He has a gentle demeanor and care for patients, and will always spend the time to listen to and answer your questions. He makes every attempt to provide maximum convenience by honoring requests for same-day consultations, an effort pioneered by the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Richards welcomes patients from all over Arizona and Nevada, as well as those from other states and countries.

EDUCATION:        
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, Plastic Surgery Aesthetic Fellow, July 2013 – Present
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, Plastic Surgery Residency, June 2008 – June 2013
Weill Cornell Medical College – Cornell University, New York, NY, M.D., May 2008
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, BA, Major: Economics. Minor: Portuguese.  June 2004
HONORS/AWARDS:

  • Joseph M. Serletti, MD, Resident Research Award, 2013 – For Excellence in Academic Plastic Surgery at URMC
  • Senior Top Gun Award, 2012 – Overall highest score on plastic surgery in-service of plastic surgery residents at URMC.
  • Junior Top Gun Award, 2011 – Highest score on plastic surgery in-service exam at junior level among plastic surgery residents at URMC.
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 2004 – Undergraduate honors society
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, 2004 – International Economics Honors Society
  • Eagle Scout, 1996

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Richards, BG; Schleicher, WF; Zins, JE. Putting it all together: Recommendations for improving pain management in plastic surgical procedures – Surgical facial rejuvenation. Invited review paper from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. Print available Fall 2014.
  • Richards, BG; Schleicher, WF; Collis, G; Cherla, D; Isakov, R; Zins, JE. The Role of Injectables in Aesthetic Surgery: Financial Implications. Manuscript currently in review by ASJ.
  • Schleicher, WF; Richards, BG; Huettner, F; Ozturk, C; Zuccaro, P; Zins, JE. Skin sterility after application of vapocoolant spray. Manuscript submitted to Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, awaiting revisions.
  • Richards, BG; Schleicher, W; Collis, G; Cherla, D; Isakov, R; Zins, JE. Abstract 18: The Role of Injectables in Aesthetic Surgery: Financial Implications. Plast Reconstr Surg 2014 Apr; 133 (4 suppl): 986. (PMID: 24675311)
  • Jabs D, Richards BG, Richards FD. Quantitative effects of tumescent infiltration and bupivicaine injection in decreasing postoperative pain in submuscular breast augmentation. Aesthet Surg J. 2008 Sep-Oct;28(5):528-33. (PMID: 19083575)
  • Nandakumar G, Richards BG, Dakin G. Surgical adhesive increases burst pressure and seals leaks in stapled gastrojejunostomy. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2010 Sep-Oct;6(5):498-501.  (PMID: 20176513)

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Richards, BG; Schleicher, WF; Zins, JE. Improving pain management in surgical facial rejuvenation. (Accepted for Podium Presentation at the Ohio Valley Society for Plastic Surgeons meeting in West Virginia, June 2014.)
  • Richards, BG; Schleicher, W; Collis, G; Cherla, D; Isakov, R; Zins, JE. The Role of Injectables in Aesthetic Surgery: Financial Implications. (Accepted for Podium Presentation at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting in San Francisco, CA. April 2014.)
  • Richards, BG; Schleicher, W; Collis, G; Cherla, D; Isakov, R; Zins, JE. The Role of Injectables in Aesthetic Surgery: Financial Implications. Podium presentation at the American Association of Plastic Surgeons Meeting, Miami, FL. April 2014.
  • Richards, BG; Schleicher, W; Collis, G; Cherla, D; Isakov, R; Zins, JE. The Role of Injectables in Aesthetic Surgery: Financial Implications. (Accepted for Podium Presentation at the Ohio Valley Society for Plastic Surgeons meeting, June 2014.)
  • Richards, BG; Khouri, J;  Mushin, O; Bigler, NJ; Christiano, JG. Pedicled Rectus Abdominus as Flow-Through Conduit for Free Flap Reconstruction of No-Man’s Land Defects of the Lower Middle Back. World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Meeting, Chicago, IL.  July 2013. Poster presentation.
  • Richards, BG; Meskill, DM; Langstein, HN. A critical review of the use of Toradol in Plastic Surgery – Is it safe? American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting, New York, NY. April 2013.
  • Khouri, J: Richards, BG; Mushin, O; Christiano, JG. Pedicled Rectus Abdominus as Flow-Through Conduit for Free Flap Reconstruction of No-Man’s Land Defects of the Lower Back. ASPS Senior Residents Conference, Chicago, IL.  Dec 2012.
  • Richards, BG; Studwell, S; Girotto, JA. Allegations and Outcomes: A Ten Year Analysis of Surgery Liability Claims. American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Oct 2012. (Publication in process – Annals of Plastic Surgery)
  • Richards, BG; Studwell, S; Girotto, JA. Allegations and Outcomes: A ten year analysis of surgery liability claims. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Meeting, Amelia Island, FL. October 2011.
  • Richards, BG; Jabs, D. Quantitative effects of tumescent infiltration and bupivicaine injection in decreasing postoperative pain in submuscular breast augmentation. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – The Aesthetic Meeting. San Diego, CA. May 2008. (E-poster)
  • Ducic, I. Richards, BG. Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors. American Association of Lower Extremity Peripheral Nerve Surgery (AALEPSN) Meeting; Washington, DC. October 2007. Presentor: Dr. Ivan Ducic.
  • Nandakumar, G; Richards, BG; Dakin G. Effect of Bioglue on the integrity of stapled gastrojejunostomy in an ex vivo porcine model. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS); Washington, DC. June 2008. (Poster)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

July 2013- Current    Department of Plastic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, OH
Sponsor and Fellowship Director: Dr. James E. Zins. Projects include: The Role of Injectables in Aesthetic Surgery: Financial Implications. (Podium presentations at both ASAPS 2014 and AAPS 2014 meetings). The Sterility of a Vapocoolant Spray, sponsored by Gebauer Company, manuscript submitted to Journal of Dermatologic Surgery. Recommendations for improving pain management in surgical facial rejuvenation – invited review from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal. Other projects underway include: Review of use of Toradol in Plastic Surgery, Outcomes of lower eyelid phenol/croton oil peels, review of neck rejuvenation surgery, facelift in the massive weight loss population, and prospective analysis of adverse outcomes when using a vapocoolant spray prior to botox injections.

July 2008- June 2013    Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center
Sponsor: Dr. John A Girotto. Allegations and Outcomes: A ten year analysis of surgery liability claims. Presented at Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Oct 2011 and Oct 2012 ASPS annual meeting. Publication in process to Annals of Plastic Surgery.
Sponsor: Dr. Howard Langstein. A critical review of the use of Toradol in Plastic Surgery – Is it safe? Presented at American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, April 2013. Publication in process to the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Sponsor: Dr. Gui Christiano. A cadaver study. Pedicled Rectus Abdominus as Flow-Through Conduit for Free Flap Reconstruction of No-Man’s Land Defects of the Lower Middle Back.
            
March 2007-May 2008    Department of Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Sponsor: Dr. Gregory Dakin. Effect of Bioglue on the integrity of stapled gastrojejunostomy in an ex vivo porcine model. Published in Journal of Obesity Related Diseases. Poster presentation to American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.  

Sept 2006-Jan 2008    Plastic Surgery Research
Sponsor: Dr. Dean Jabs (ASAPS member). The quantitative effects of bupivicaine and tumescent infiltration in decreasing post operative pain in submuscular breast augmentation. Research published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Summer 2005        Division of Plastic Surgery, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Sponsor: Dr. June Wu. Wound healing in diabetic mice and rats. Two hypothesized methods were studied in their ability to optimize wound healing.

Summers of Virology Research, Virion Systems, Gaithersburg, MD
1998, 2001, 2002    Sponsor: Dr. Greg Prince. Private funded research for vaccines of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Dissected cotton rats, recorded histology scores of their lungs, organized and prepared projects.

LICENSURE / BOARD CERTIFICATION:

USMLE Step 1: Passed
USMLE Step 2: Passed
USMLE Step 3: Passed

Arizona State Medical License - 49178
Nevada State Medical License - 15319
Ohio State Medical License – License Number: 35.121801.

OTHER WORK / EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

  • Changing Children’s Lives, Plastic Surgery Volunteer Mission – Mbale Hospital, Mbale, Uganda, February 2012
  • Four year starter, BYU Collegiate Lacrosse Team. National champion finalist 1998, national champion semifinalist 2001, 2002, 2004.
  • Missionary, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1998-2000
  • Disabled Skier Partner – National Ability Center, Park City, Utah, 2003-2004.
  • Youth Lacrosse and Soccer Coach
  • Children’s Advocacy Center Mentor, New York, NY, 2006-2008

PERSONAL:

  • I was raised in Potomac, Maryland, the oldest of 10 children. I have siblings in residency and medical school in various other fields. I met my lovely wife Jen (Bigler), a Las Vegas native, in college and have been married now for nearly 10 years. We have four children, Daniel (6), James (4), Andrew (2), and a girl, Emily (4 months).
  • I am fluent in Portuguese. Outside of the hospital I enjoy snow skiing, lacrosse, competitive soccer and wakeboarding. We enjoy traveling, seeing new places, and meeting new people.