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Richard J. Rivers, MD, PhD, MBA

Richard J. Rivers, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Ophthalmological Anesthesia, The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Baltimore, MD 21287


Dr. Richard J. Rivers is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is ophthalmological anesthesia. He serves as chief of anesthesia at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Rivers received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University and his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He was a transitional resident at the University of Toledo Hospital before performing an anesthesiology research fellowship and a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. Dr. Rivers then completed a Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rivers was on faculty at the University of Rochester and then became chief of anesthesia at Lattimore Surgical Center in Rochester. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty as chief of Anesthesia in 2002 and completed an M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2009.

Dr. Rivers’ primary research interest is vascular communication and the regulation of blood flow.

He is past president of the Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society and is a member of many professional organizations including the Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

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