Dr. Larry Richardson & Team

Larry Richardson, MD

Larry Richardson, MD

Larry Richardson, MD Larry Richardson, MD

About Dr. Richardson

After completing medical school, Dr. Richardson began his specialty career as an emergency medicine physician. He enjoyed the satisfaction and adrenaline rush of working with patients needing acute care. However, over time he noticed a disturbing trend of younger and younger patients coming to the emergency room with diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, and strokes.

Many of those individuals were overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. He came to realize that a better way for him to treat such patients would be to help them reduce their weight before they developed the medical complications (including death) that he was seeing in the Emergency Department.

As a result, he embarked upon educating himself in the field of medical weight management so that he could become both a teacher and a deliverer of better preventive health care. Knowing that even top athletes benefit by having a good coach, Dr. Richardson tries to be the best coach for all his patients. In his quest for knowledge and training, he joined the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, whereby he eventually led that group as president, chairman of the board, fellow, master fellow and even Bariatrician of the Year.

Dr. Richardson has taken and passed the specialty testing for advanced obesity certification, which allowed him to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine and its subsequent replacement, the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Part of his current mission now is to train other doctors in treating obesity and its associated medical complications. He tries to have his patients not only focus on a specific number on the scale, but to teach them healthy lifestyles and habits that will sustain them and their families throughout life. His emphasis is not on dieting as much as it is on healthy eating, appropriate exercise and behavior changes.

Dr. Richardson’s practice provides simplified nutritional information, which helps each patient experience success in losing and controlling weight by following individualized guidance. His program has been in place for over 30 years of actual practice, resulting in many thousands of patient success stories!

Education

  • BS: Houston Baptist University, 1975
  • MD: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1979
  • Internship: Youngstown Hospital Association, Youngstown OH - July 1979 to June 1980
  • Residency: Emergency Medicine: Youngstown Hospital Association - July 1980 to June 1982, served as Chief Resident - July 1981 to June 1982

Experience

  • Urgent Care Chief: Health Maintenance Plan, Cortland, OH, 1981 – 1983
  • Emergency Department Physician: Memorial Care Systems, Houston, TX, 1983 – 1985
    • Co-Director, 1984
  • Urgent Care Director: Kelsey-Seybold, PA, Houston, TX, 1985 – 1986
  • Emergency Department Physician: King's Daughter Hospital, Brookhaven, MS, 1986 – 1987
  • Private Practice: Natchez, MS, 1986 – 1988
    • Medical weight management
    • General practice
  • Emergency Department Physician: Medical Networks, Houston, TX, 1988 – 1989
  • Private Practice: Humble and Spring TX, 1988 – Present
    • Medical weight management
    • General practice

Certifications & Licensure

  • American Board of Bariatric Medicine
  • Licensed in Texas 

Memberships and Awards

  • Master Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association, 2016
  • Member of the Obesity Medicine Association, 2015 – Present
  • Member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 1987 – 2015
  • President, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, 1998 – 2000 and 2009 – 2011
  • Bariatrician of the Year, 1996
  • Who's Who in Executives & Professionals, 1994

Publications

  • Author of a Consumer Reports-recommended book Diet and Weight Loss, 1993
  • Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials, Chapter author, 2010 & 2016
  • Obesity Algorithm from ASBP, Contributor, 2014

Dr. Richardson’s Approach

Dr. Larry Richardson is an obesity medicine physician with 30 years of experience in medical weight management. He specializes in the study and science of overweight, obesity and associated conditions.

Dr. Richardson's staff will help you identify your ineffective eating habits and change them for the better. In addition, our program also uses medications specifically designed to help you through this change, along with ways to monitor your diet and the types of food you are eating.

Our medically supervised weight loss program also consists of medical testing including: periodic body composition analysis, EKGs (which evaluate your heart) and various lab work – complete blood counts (CBC) platelets, blood chemistry, and lipid and thyroid panels. These tests will be taken at appropriate intervals in Dr. Richardson’s office to ensure that you are continuing down a steady and healthy path for medically appropriate weight loss.

This program is not a quick fix. Because we believe in a proven approach to weight loss, each month you will have a consultation at Dr. Richardson’s office where we will evaluate your progress to ensure a continuation of healthy weight reduction. However, patients are encouraged to call the office between visits if they are experiencing difficulty or problems with their program or medications.

We are not just a weight loss clinic or a surgical solution. We focus on shepherding our clients into lasting lifestyle changes that help them manage their weight for the long term.

Saif K. Ahmedi, PA-C

Saif K. Ahmedi, PA-C

Saif K. Ahmedi is a certified physician assistant for Dr. Larry Richardson, sharing a similar passion for helping men, women, and children maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Mr. Ahmedi graduated from University of Texas’s Medical Branch in Galveston, where he received a bachelor of science in respiratory therapy with highest honors. He then attended the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he received a master of science in physician assistant studies.

Mr. Ahmedi is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association and the American Association of Physician Assistants, as well as a lifetime member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He has received recognition as an outstanding student and was recognized on the Who’s Who list of medical professionals.

Since 2012, Mr. Ahmedi has been specializing in bariatric medicine as Dr. Richardson’s physician assistant. He brings to us a wealth of knowledge and experience in family care, and we are glad to have him as part of our team. Our patients enjoy his compassionate, personalized, results-oriented approach to weight loss and overall health.

Education

  • MS: Physician Assistant Studies, University of St. Francis, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • BS: Respiratory Therapy, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Experience

  • Certified Physician Assistant: Faiz Ahmed MD, Houston, TX, 2011-2012
    • Internal Medicine
  • Certified Physician Assistant: Riaz Mazcuri, MD, Houston, TX, 2011-2012
    • General Psychiatry
  • Certified Physician Assistant: M. A. Khan, MD, Houston, TX, 2011
    • Family Practice
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist: Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest, Houston, TX, 2001 – 2008
    • Respiratory Care
  • Certifications & Licensure
    • Certified Physician Assistant
    • Respiratory Care Practitioner
    • Licensed in Texas

Memberships and Awards

  • Obesity Medicine Association, 2012 – Present
  • American Association of Physician Assistants, 2010 – Present
  • Outstanding Student of the Year Award at UTMB Respiratory Care Department, 2006
  • Dean’s List, 2005 – 2007
  • Who’s Who, 2005 – 2007
  • Recipient of Minnie and Ward Savage Presidential Scholarships in Allied Health, 2007
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Lifetime Member