Dr. Richard Topping, M.D.
"I am the luckiest person in the world. My job is fixing people. As a former athlete, as well as current recreational weekend warrior and avid outdoor sportsperson, I understand how important it is to enjoy an active lifestyle. Thomas Jefferson said, “A healthy mind needs a healthy body.” The goal of orthopedic surgery is to return people to higher and better levels of function to allow them to enjoy an active and pain-free existence. I get great joy returning patients to more engaged and happy lifestyles by decreasing and eliminating their pain.
I grew up in Virginia and obtained my medical training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. While there, I helped take care of the University of Virginia Cavalier sports teams as well as seeing many patients with difficult and complex problems. In 1996, I moved to Elkins, WV and founded Tygart Valley Orthopedics. The small town environment of Elkins and the surrounding communities became an ideal place for my wife, Teri, and I to raise our three children, Ashlee, Lindsay, and Bailey. The community hospital setting at Davis Medical Center allows me to perform complex, cutting edge surgery in a personal and friendly setting. It has been extremely satisfying to have formed many friendships and relationships with patients and their families over my entire career here in central WV.
Although I still enjoy all aspects of orthopedic surgery, I have focused more of my practice on hip and knee replacements. It is gratifying fixing an often debilitated person and returning them to a happier and active level by eliminating their pain with joint replacement. I offer minimally invasive surgery, working through smaller incisions for improved cosmesis and quicker wound healing. This allows patients to recover from their surgery in a faster, less painful, fashion. Sports medicine procedures and arthroscopic shoulder reconstructions are other examples with less invasive options. Patients who present to my office with torn rotator cuffs are usually in a great deal of pain and with loss of function. Once they have recovered from their all-arthroscopic repair surgery, it is rewarding to see the improvements in their pain and activity level. At Tygart Valley Orthopedics, we form long-term relationships. We care for patients in their youth and follow them as they mature into young adults, working and living in the community. We take care of middle-aged recreational weekend warriors such as myself as they go through the aging process and need a periodic tune-up. Finally, it has become my philosophy and primary goal as President and founding partner of Tygart Valley Orthopedics that patients always feel welcome. We want you to leave as a friend, beginning a long term relationship as we take care of all your orthopedic needs."
Bachelor of Science - University of Virginia
Medical School - University of Virginia
Residency - University of Virginia
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - University of Virginia (Department of Orthopaedics)
American Association of Hip & Knee Surgery
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Arthroscopy Association of North America
West Virginia State Medical Association
West Virginia Orthopaedic Society
Board Certified American Board of Orthopedic Surgery