Ken R. Richards, MD

Specialty: General Surgery

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2535 South Martin Luther King Drive

Chicago, IL 60616

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Fax: 312-326-2102

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2301 East 93rd Street

Suite 115

Chicago, IL 60617

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9831 South Western Avenue

Chicago, IL 60643

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8751 South Greenwood

Chicago, IL 60617

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Meet Ken R. Richards, MD

About me

  • Breast Surgery
  • Adrenal SurgeryAppendectomiesColo-Rectal SurgeryDebridementEndocrine SurgeryGallbladder SurgeryHemicolectomyHernia SurgeryLaparoscopic SurgeryLumpectomyMastectomyParathyroid SurgeryRenal DisordersSentinal Node BiopsySkin GraftingSurgical OncologyThyroid SurgeryTracheostomyWound Care/Ulcers



  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • University Of Maryland

Board certifications

  • General Surgery

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Trinity Hospital

Insurance accepted

  • AAH Preferred – Team Member Plan
  • AAH Select – Team Member Plan
  • AARP Medicare Advantage Access HMO
  • Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI
  • Aetna Coventry (Aetna Medicare) HMO
  • Aetna EPO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice (MC) POS
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare POS
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna Medicare Value Plan PPO
  • Aetna NAP - PPO
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna Premier Care Network
  • Aetna Select
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna State of Illinois HMO
  • Aetna State of Illinois Open Access Plus
  • Aetna State of Illinois PPO
  • Aetna Value Performance Network
  • Beech Street Network PPO
  • Benefit Plan Administrators (BPA)
  • Benefits Services and Systems, Inc
  • Blue Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Community FHP
  • Blue Cross Community ICP
  • Blue Cross Community MMAI
  • Blue Cross HMO Illinois
  • Blue Cross Med Select PPO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO-POS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Supplement PPO
  • Blue Medicare Advocate Health HMO
  • Blue Precision HMO
  • BlueCare Direct
  • Cigna APWU Health Plan Open Access Plus
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna Health Partners POS
  • Cigna Healthspring True Choice PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna NALC Health Benefits Plan
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Cigna Open Access POS
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry / FirstHealth
  • Coventry Health Care HMO
  • Coventry Health Care Open Access POS
  • Coventry Health Care POS
  • Coventry Health Care PPO
  • First Health Network PPO
  • FirstHealth / Coventry Personal Care
  • Galaxy Health Network PPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna EPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna PPO
  • HealthLink PPO
  • HealthSmart Preferred PPO
  • HST Care Connect EPO
  • HST Care Connect PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana Community Select HMO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Illinois CCN HMO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Humana Medicare Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Medicare Supplement Plan
  • Humana MMAI
  • Humana National HMO
  • Humana National POS
  • Humana National POS - Open Access
  • Humana POS
  • Humana PPO
  • Medicare
  • Meridian
  • Meridian MMAI
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • SEIU – Local 4 HMO
  • SEIU – Local 4 PPO
  • Tricare Prime
  • UFCW Local 1546 Health and Welfare Fund (UMC)
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Advantage Value HMO - POS
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete Plan 1 HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete Plan 2 HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Supplement
  • UHC National Railway Carriers & United Transportation Union Health and Welfare
  • UHC Railroad Employees National Health & Welfare Plan
  • UHC/ AARP Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • UniCare PPO
  • Union Health Services, Inc.
  • Union Medical Care PPO
  • United Health One Golden Rule
  • United Healthcare Charter HMO
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus PPO
  • United Healthcare Choice PPO
  • United Healthcare Core PPO
  • United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO
  • United Healthcare Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Medica
  • United Healthcare Medicare Complete Assure PPO
  • United Healthcare Navigate HMO
  • United Healthcare NexusACO OA
  • United Healthcare NexusACO R
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Oxford
  • Wellcare Health Plans HMO

Ratings and reviews

Overall rating

based on 207 patient ratings.


July 21, 2020 7:51 AM

Always pleasant, always professional, always patient, always concerned staff assistant.

July 20, 2020 10:33 AM

The advocate doctors work great as a team. The communication and collaboration is top notch and I really appreciate their work.

July 9, 2020 7:44 AM


July 9, 2020 7:44 AM

Great experience.

June 25, 2020 11:37 AM

This was my first visit with Dr. Richards. He was very kind and showed compassion for my concern. I felt very comfortable with him and his knowledge.

June 24, 2020 7:16 PM

Dr Richards answer questions I had regarding my surgery.He also scheduled follow up appt due to my returning to work.

June 24, 2020 7:16 PM

I had a good experience due to recovery going well. Thank you.

May 11, 2020 12:34 PM

I absolutely LOVE Dr. Ken Richards (surgeon) & Dr. X (ONCOLOGIST). They are both phenomenal. Love the bedside manner of each.

May 11, 2020 12:34 PM

ALL positive experiences from beginning to end of the surgical procedure.

May 7, 2020 11:25 AM

Dr. Ken is WAS the best I'll come back for more surgery if I need to.

May 7, 2020 8:39 AM

Dr. Richards was fantastic. He is a very personable guy and straight up. I spoke to him after my procedure but unfortunately the coronavirus hit and my follow up will be rescheduled once we are back to normal. But I couldn't be more "pleased" and thankful for Dr. Richards. He is a class act!

April 22, 2020 8:14 AM

He explained well what I had concerns about. This visit 3/11/2020 was AFTER my surgery 2 weeks.

April 22, 2020 8:14 AM

The experience was positive for a 80 year old. I truly appreciated his calling my son and grandson as I had requested. Altho I am sure he was busy.

April 21, 2020 11:06 AM

He was professional and knowledgeable.

April 10, 2020 12:00 AM


April 6, 2020 1:58 PM

Dr Richards was fantastic. was very thorough and great to talk to

April 6, 2020 1:58 PM

GREAT Experience

April 6, 2020 1:38 PM

He was very good in explaining what needs to be done.

March 24, 2020 8:01 AM

Dr. Ken Richards and his staff were very professional and informative.

March 14, 2020 11:29 AM

Dr. Richards was very professional as well as his staff. He made feel comfortable and He knew what he was talking about. The office was clean and he gave options on my procedure which is rare.

March 14, 2020 11:29 AM

My wait time was quick.

March 9, 2020 11:54 AM

Dr. Richards 1. read diagrams and showed & explained everything I needed to know about my breast cancer making it so easy to go through entire procedure.

March 9, 2020 11:54 AM

All my experiences so far has been good.

February 6, 2020 11:25 AM

He was very personal and provided a good and thorough explanation about my procedure.

February 5, 2020 1:27 PM

I could never find a better provider.

February 5, 2020 1:27 PM

Even thought it was cancer it was a very good experience with THIS provider. Dr. Ben Richards.

February 1, 2020 11:15 AM

Dr Richard's is an excellent surgeon and gives good information in his follow up appointments.

January 30, 2020 1:08 PM


January 30, 2020 1:08 PM

Dr. Richards performed my cancer surgery 5 years ago. He has been there for me when needed ever since. I would definitely use him whenever I could if necessary. I do not feel scared when I see him. He is caring and sincere. He tells you the truth as best as he can.

January 30, 2020 8:26 AM


January 30, 2020 8:26 AM

Excellent staff/facility.

January 11, 2020 8:22 AM

Dr Richard's was courteous and knew I was there for a post opt procedure. He was familiar with my surgery.

January 11, 2020 8:22 AM

It was a good experience after tending to my surgical site he told me it was doing well and what I could expect on my next visit.

January 9, 2020 6:50 AM


December 12, 2019 10:58 AM

Very nice. Greeting at the front desk. Wait time was not very long. Was in and out.

December 12, 2019 10:58 AM

Very good experience.

December 5, 2019 7:57 AM

His team is amazing and he is awesome.

November 22, 2019 12:04 PM

My experience was good. The nurses, reception, doctors was excellent.

November 22, 2019 12:04 PM

My experience was very good no complaints.

November 14, 2019 8:30 AM


October 30, 2019 7:00 PM

He's a exceptionally doctor, he has been with me in helping to get me back to a healthy me. I told him I was special.

October 27, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr.Ken Richards was my surgeon, I would like to Thank him for who he is and for the brilliant surgeon he is. And thank him for making me feel better, and not treating me like another patient recognizing that every situation is different. Thanks for your good care and concern in my case. Your " manner ' put me and my family at ease. He informed us of everything that was to come and assured us it's going to be ok.

October 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Richards is very concerned about problem.

October 20, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Richard's did a great job. Very professional.

October 9, 2019 7:00 PM

I felt comfortable and safe.

October 8, 2019 7:00 PM

Overall, I had a very positive experience at Trinity Hospital. Dr. Ken Richards spoke w/me about any concerns just before surgery. He put me at ease for surgery. He understood that this is my 4th time dealing w/cancer so, he listened to my concerns carefully.

September 26, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Richards explained my procedure where I could understand and the results.

September 25, 2019 7:00 PM

He seemed concerned about my surgery.

September 13, 2019 7:00 PM

I had an excellent experience with Dr. Richards. He is very personable, caring and he took time to listen to my many questions and concerns. He answered them throughly and put me at ease. Just before surgery, he called my oncologist to ask him a couple of questions that I was still concerned about. I was literally going into surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Richards. This is my fourth time having cancer and I have never had a surgeon who made me feel comfortable going into surgery as Dr. Richards. I really appreciate his "bedside manner." I wish more doctors were like him; he's truly a keeper.

September 2, 2019 7:00 PM

They were very nice and concern. When I was cold laying on the bed the nurse gave me a warm blanket and a pillow. I will always come to Trinity Hospital.

August 12, 2019 7:00 PM

Very professional and warm atmosphere.

July 31, 2019 7:00 PM

(Very good).

July 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Richards & his staff were wonderful. I had very little bruising from the mass removal on my thigh.

July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Richard was very nice and took time to explain the procedure to me and answer all of my question and concerns.

July 12, 2019 7:00 PM

good pre surgery counseling in office

July 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Very professional.

June 27, 2019 7:00 PM

I received the best care.

June 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Richards is very knowledgeable in his field and he takes time to explain your condition and the procedure that he will preform if surgery is needed.

June 23, 2019 7:00 PM

I had a good experience

June 12, 2019 7:00 PM

I have no complain. My provider was wonderful. Thank God.

June 7, 2019 7:00 PM

Very knowledgeable and polite have to go back for follow up

May 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Has excellent reputation.

May 14, 2019 7:00 PM

My visit was excellent.

May 5, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Richards seems to be well informed, polite, courteous, speak to me with respect, and answers all of my questions to the best of his ability - I have seen him on 3 occasions.

April 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Concern & caring - Helpful.

April 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Treated very well.

April 9, 2019 7:00 PM

It was a great pleasure to have Dr. Richards as my surgeon. His office provided the very best of care and advice.

April 6, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr Ken Richard's and his hole office and surgical team were awesome

March 28, 2019 7:00 PM


March 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. K. Richards, is a exceptional physician and I would recommend him to anyone for their health concerns.

March 14, 2019 7:00 PM

This provider took care of me with no problem. I was well taken care of by him and his staff.

March 8, 2019 6:00 PM


March 7, 2019 6:00 PM

Very good.

February 21, 2019 6:00 PM

I found the doctors to be reliable & helpful & kind in dealing with my situation.

February 20, 2019 6:00 PM

Best visit of all.

February 18, 2019 6:00 PM

Total quality excellence on subject addressed.

February 17, 2019 6:00 PM


January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

I arrived and was taken in office within 10 minutes...Dr Richard...explained what was going to happen..asked if I was ok....was very nice..put me at ease right away..very professional...and what I needed to do at home ..after procedure.......i like Dr very much. I will be seeing him again..i am comfortable with him ...thats very important to me....i will give Dr Richard a 10 out of 10. more if i could..i. like him and trust him....he is definitely a cool guy. ..hes. ..nice.....highedt praises to you Dr

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Reassuring; great communication; clear explanations.

January 13, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Richards is a great doctor

December 13, 2018 6:00 PM

I had a work related injury. I was recommended by a family member to Dr. Richards. I'm very pleased by the outcome!!

December 4, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr Ken Richards was wonderful, caring and sensitive, understanding love him and his staffs

December 3, 2018 6:00 PM

Very understanding very caring explain to me very well on how to keep the area where he was working with keeping clean sanitize. Very gentle assistant on keeping up and explaining me about my medication very nice bedside manner I see him again and recommended him to members and patients. Sincerely yours.

November 20, 2018 6:00 PM

Very good and professional - Easy to talk to and show concern - -

November 12, 2018 6:00 PM

My doctor Ken Richards is one of the top notch surgeons I have had I hold him as one of the best as a surgeon and a person that listen and will advice you on your overall health issues he is the best thank you for him. God bless him for me.

October 22, 2018 7:00 PM


October 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Richards is great.

September 11, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Richards was very kind & friendly - made me feel at ease immediately - I am thankful for a dr. like him.

September 11, 2018 7:00 PM

He was very nice to me I thank him very much.

June 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Great job!

June 9, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Richards is very professional and "down to earth." He talked on a level I understood and respected my understandings of my condition. He did not talk down to me. Very respectful of my age.

May 21, 2018 7:00 PM


May 6, 2018 7:00 PM

My experience was great. This provider listens attentively to my problem and then address it.

May 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Richards was very understanding polite a wonderful doctor.

May 2, 2018 7:00 PM


April 30, 2018 7:00 PM

I found all of the staff kind and efficient. No question was asked; that was not answered.

April 30, 2018 7:00 PM

The provider was very good, and his staff was excellent I would rate them all as 10 provider is one of the best you could ask for.

April 23, 2018 7:00 PM

I had excellent experience with Dr. Richards. He made me very relax about the surgery I was having and I felt I could not have picked a better doctor.

April 8, 2018 7:00 PM

My experience was very nice, I have already recommend someone to him.

March 27, 2018 7:00 PM

I am well please with provider.

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