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Richard Alvarez, MD


Richard Alvarez, MD

A native of Knoxville, TN, Dr. Richard Alvarez has built a local and national reputation for being a leader in the field of foot and ankle surgery. He currently serves as the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga.

Dr. Alvarez takes an active role in foot and ankle research and has contributed over 10 book chapters, and more than 30 publications to foot and ankle literature. He strongly believes evidence-based research aids practitioners in making good decisions in the management of various foot and ankle injuries and diseases. Dr. Alvarez also sees many patients with diabetic neuropathic fractures and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as a considerable number of patients who’ve had strokes or traumatic brain injuries.

Dr. Alvarez has served as the president of the Orthopedic Foot Club, and as a faculty member and instructor for numerous national meetings throughout his career. His past experience also includes being a foot and ankle consultant for the San Francisco 49’ers, the New Orleans Saints, and the U.S. Winter Olympic Team.

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