Dr. Steve Richards is assistant chief of staff and director of inpatient services at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Utah and earned his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Richards completed his surgical internship at the University of California, San Diego and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is an active staff member at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and a consulting staff member at Baylor University Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association; the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; the Scoliosis Research Society; the American Medical Association; the Dallas County Medical Society; and the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Richards in on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and is a consultant reviewer for Spine.


Medical School
St. Louis University School of Medicine (1981)
University of California at San Diego (1982), Surgery
U. of UTAH Hospital (1986), Orthopedic Surgery
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1987), Pediatric Orthopedics & Scoliosis

Research Interest

  • Blount’s disease of the tibia (bow legs)
  • Clubfeet
  • Congenital pseudoarthrosis of the tibia
  • Scoliosis in children and adolescents
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Current Treatment Preferences for Early Onset Scoliosis: A Survey of POSNA Members
Fletcher, N. D., Larson, A. N., Richards, B. S., Johnston, C. E. J Pediatr Orthop 2011 31(3) 326-30
Smoking, the xenobiotic pathway, and clubfoot
A. Sommer, J.T. Hecht, B. S. Richards, et al. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 2011 91(1) 20-8
Right thoracic curves in presumed adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: which clinical and radiographic findings correlate with a preoperative abnormal magnetic resonance image
? B.S. Richards, D.J. Sucato, C.E. Johnston, M. Diab, J.F. Sarwark, L.G. Lenke, S. Parent Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2010 35 (20) 1855-60
Kyphectomy Improves Sitting and Skin Problems in Patients with Myelomeningocele
S. Garg, M. Oetgen, K. Rathjen, B.S. Richards Clin Orthop Relat Res 2010
Complications associated with the use of bone morphogenetic protein in pediatric patients
M.E. Oetgen, B.S. Richards J Pediatr Orthop 2010 30 192-198

Honors & Awards

  • Vice-President
    Scoliosis Research Society (2009)
  • President
    Pediatric Society of North America (2008)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Scoliosis Research Society