About Richard Butler, MD

Dr. Butler is a trauma and acute care surgeon at Western Surgical Group. With a focus on emergency general surgery and critical care, he is passionate about delivering emergency care that improves the quality of life for patients facing critical injury or illness.

Dr. Butler employs state-of-the-art technologies, including the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System, to optimize patient outcomes. His approach to patient care is rooted in the overall patient experience, only using the latest techniques to enhance the quality of care and emphasizing the total impact his care will have on the person receiving it.

Originally from Oregon, Dr. Butler is an avid outdoorsman and was drawn to Reno for its climate and recreation. When he’s not changing lives through critical care, you can find him exploring the great Nevada outdoors with his wife.

Postgraduate Training:

  • Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2022–2023
  • Residency, General Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2017–2022


  • Doctor of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, 2013–2017
  • Post-baccalaureate coursework, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2010–2011
  • Bachelor of Science, Micro/Molecular Biology, Cum Laude, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2005–2009

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Surgery


  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

Professional Certifications:

  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Certification
  • Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma Certification
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support Certification
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Certification

Awards & Honors:

  • Chief Resident of the Year Award, Baylor University Medical Center, 2022
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction and Award, 2016

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, since 2016
  • American College of Surgeons, since 2014