Meet Dr. Wardell
RICHARD M. WARDELL, MD
Thanks to an international upbringing, Dr. Wardell has competed in and followed just about any sport you could name: tennis, basketball, baseball, cricket, cycling, hockey, equestrian, football, golf, rugby, soccer and sailing.
Dr. Wardell underwent shoulder surgery at 14 and had stress fractures in his back and foot in high school and college. His two brothers and many friends also are dedicated athletes who have experienced injuries; his wife, a fellow Division I college tennis player, tore her ACL twice. “As a doctor now, I focus on what we all wanted to know when we were hurt: how serious is this injury or condition, and why?” Dr. Wardell says. “I love that I’m able to explain a problem to my patients and understand exactly what it will take to heal them.” Fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine, Dr. Wardell has experience in a broad spectrum of basic to advanced treatments, including hip and shoulder arthroscopy and surgery for complex knee injuries including multiligamentous injuries and patellar instability. He also is committed to individualized care. “Each patient’s goals are different,” he notes. “It’s important to remember that the same injury in two people may not lead to the same treatment plan for both.”
Born in California to parents from New Zealand, Dr. Wardell spent five years in England as a child due to his dad’s teaching career. He and his wife, Lauren, met as tennis players at the College of William & Mary – where he was co-captain for two years and won awards for his work ethic – and have two young daughters. Dr. Wardell’s hobbies include wakeboarding, biking, skiing and binge watching recorded sporting events from around the world on his DVR.
College of William & Mary, B.S. Neuroscience (graduated 2010, magna cum laude)
University of Central Florida College of Medicine (graduated 2015, with honors)
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency – J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, West Virginia University (2015-2020).
Work included training U.S. Army Special Forces on external fixator and fasciotomy techniques, and teaching basic casting and splinting to medical students.
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship – University of New Mexico (2020-21)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Virginia Orthopaedic Society
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