Richard J. Powell, MD

Section Chief of Vascular Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Professor of Surgery and Radiology at Geisel School of Medicine

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Richard J. Powell, MD

Dr. Richard Powell is the Section Chief of Vascular Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Professor of Surgery and Radiology at Geisel School of Medicine. He has been a member of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Board of Governors since 2008. Rick completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1986. His Residency in General Surgery was completed at New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ in 1992. This was followed by a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center from 1992-1994. Following completion of his fellowship, Rick was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Yale Medical School until his return to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in 1997. Upon his return to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Rick directed the Vascular Surgery Basic Science Program until assuming the role of Section Chief in 2007. He is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Hitchcock Foundation.

Rick’s research interests focus on the health care economics of vascular care delivery and the minimally invasive treatment of vascular disease. He has published numerous studies on the use of gene therapy and stem cells in the treatment of patients with peripheral vascular disease. He has been or is currently the National or International Principle Investigator on multiple Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy clinical trials, including the first-in-human use of HGF gene therapy to treat patients with critical limb ischemia. He has had NIH funding continuously since 1997 and has served as a member on multiple NIH study sections. He has chaired the Research Council and Clinical Research Committee for the Society of Vascular Surgery.

As a busy clinical vascular surgeon, Rick has realized firsthand that the current costs of delivering medical care are not sustainable. Over the last four years, he has led efforts within the Section of Vascular Surgery to use process improvement techniques in the development of care pathways for complex vascular surgery procedures. This has resulted in streamlined approaches to patient care and the incorporation of evidence-based algorithms that also factor cost into implant selection. This work has resulted in improved patient satisfaction, maintenance of high-quality outcomes, and substantial reductions in cost. This has also become a central theme of the section and has been incorporated into the section’s academic portfolio as well as resident and fellow educational programs.

Rick enjoys cycling and cross country skiing and lives with his family in Etna, NH.