In 1953, Orthopaedic Associates, renamed in 2012, Richards Orthopaedic Center and Sports Medicine, was started by Dr. Robert Richards Sr., MD. He was the only Orthopedic Surgeon in all of Franklin, Fulton, Adams, and Cumberland Counties, making house calls and performing surgeries in multiple hospitals.
He was the first surgeon in the 4 county region to perform IM Nailing surgical procedures of long bones in the 1960s. This technique was originated by Dr. Kuncher during World War II.
Dr. Richards Sr. was also the first surgeon to perform total hip replacements in a non-teaching hospital in the state of Pennsylvania. He did the first total hip in the early 1970s.
He opened a free Shriners Crippled Children’s Clinic in the early 1970s. This benefited many underprivileged crippled children with orthopedic deformities including polio, scoliosis, cerebral palsy, and club foot.
Richards Orthopaedic Center and Sports Medicine has been the official team doctor for the Shippensburg University Football Team and Sports Medicine Program since the early 1960s, initiated by Dr. Richards Sr.
For over 40 years, “ROC” has covered the Chambersburg Trojan football team and athletes in the school district as team physician, another program started by Dr. Richards Sr.
Dr.Richards, Sr. currently is retired but still resides in Chambersburg. He continues to actively participate in the Shippensburg University Sports Medicine Clinics and Shippensburg University Football Program and volunteers at the Chambersburg Hospital.
ROC is currently made up of Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Robert Richards Jr., MD, two surgical podiatrists, Dr. Karli Richards, DPM, ACFAS, CWSP and Dr. Katherine Cashdollar, DPM, physical therapist, James Kinton, PT, DPT, OCS, physician assistant, Shannon K. Alloway, PA-C and an X-ray department.
The entire staff at Richards Orthopaedic Center is proud to carry on the excellence in patient care and the advancement in surgical procedures that was started by Dr. Richards, Sr. We strive to equal his compassionate dedication to the field of medicine, in the preventive, diagnostic, and surgical art of patient care. We are currently accepting new patients.