Richard Alvarez, MD

Richard Alvarez, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Chattanooga, TN

Professor & Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

Office Address

  • 979 E 3rd St
    Suite C430
    Chattanooga, TN 37403
    Phone: (423) 624-6584
    Fax: (423) 624-6588

Richard Alvarez, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Chattanooga, TN

Professor & Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot & Ankle Surgery

Education & Medical Training

  • Tulane UniversityTulane University
  • University of Tennessee College of MedicineUniversity of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • University of Tennessee College of Medicine at ChattanoogaUniversity of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health CareUniversity of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care

Certifications & Licensure

  • GA State Medical LicenseGA State Medical License1979 - 2015
  • TN State Medical LicenseTN State Medical License1975 - 2016
  • American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Regional Top DoctorCastle Connolly, 2014
  • Nominated for Distinguished Physician AwardHamilton County Medical Society, 2008
  • Surgery Residents' Teaching AwardUniversity of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, Department of Orthopaedic, 2006

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Technique Tips: Arthroscopic Assisted Treatment of Unicameral Bone Cyst in the Calcaneous  Alvarez RG, Arnold J, Foot and Ankle International, 11/1/2007
  • Stage I and II Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Treated by a Structured Non-operative Management Protocol: An Orthosis and Exercise Program  Alvarez RG, Marini A, Schmitt C, Saltzman CL, Foot Ankle Int, 1/1/2006
  • Ipsilateral Arthrodesis of the Metatarsophalangeal and Interphalangeal Joints  Mizel MS, Alvarez RG, Fink BR, Temple HT, Foot Ankle Int, 1/1/2006

Books/Book Chapters

  • Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics Chapter: Blade Plate Fusion of the Hindfoot in Neuropathic Arthropathy. 
    Alvarez RG, Gaines MG
    Editors: Easley M.
  • OKU Foot and Ankle IV Chapter: Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Diagnosis and Non-Surgical Management. 
    Alvarez RG, Prater JP, Marini A
    Editors: Lin S. and Pinzur M.
  • Footworks II: A Patient's Guide to the Foot and Ankle Chapter: Healing. Page 250 - 270
    Alvarez RG, O'Connor PL
    Editors: O'Connor PL and Schaller TM.Patrick L. O'Connor, Portage, MI


  • Stage I and II Posterior Tibialis Tendon Dysfunction Treated By a Structured Non-Operative Management Protocol: an Orthosis and Exercise Program. Alvarez RG, Marini A, Schmitts C, Saltzman C, Rudd J, American Orthopedic Association, Huntington Beach, 1/1/2005
  • The Application of Extracorporeat Shock Wave Therapy (Orthotripsy) in the Treatment of Heel Pain/Fasciitis. Ogden JA, Alvarez RG, Cross J, Levitt R, AAOS, Orlando, 3/15/2000
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave for Treatment of Chronic Heel Pain Syndrome. Alvarez RG, Ogden JA, AOFAS Summer Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1/1/1999


  • "Non-Operative Treatment Stage II Acquired Adult Flatfoot." San Francisco - 1/1/2008
  • "Current Diagnostic and Treatment of Heel Pain Syndromes." Chattanooga - 6/20/2007
  • "Symposia on High Energy v Low Energy Shock Wave" 3/1/2006


  • Video: "Tibiocalcaneal Arthrodesis Using a Pediatric Condylar Blade Plate." Alvarez RG, Argo D, AAOS
  • Video: "Orthopedics: Four Critical Problem Areas" J.W. Frymoyer, J. Howe, S. Trevino, R. Alvarez, Network for Continuing Medical Education

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Tennessee Network 5
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • Empire BCBS HMO
  • Empire BCBS PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Healthfirst New York
  • HIP of New York - Select PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • MVP Healthcare HMO
  • MVP Healthcare PPO
  • Oxford Health Freedom
  • Oxford Health Liberty
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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