Richard graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1982. After passing his initial surgical entrance exams he entered the Australian Orthopaedic training program and graduated as a surgeon in 1991, becoming a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1992.
In 1992 Richard was offered a fellowship to work at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, where he furthered his operative skills, and researched hip and knee replacement.
On return to Australia in 1995, Richard combined his Orthopaedic surgery practice with Undergraduate and Post Graduate teaching and research.
He is Director of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and runs a private practice at the Epworth Hospital.
Richard has been closely involved with many innovations in Orthopaedic Surgery, including minimally invasive hip and knee surgery; computer guided joint replacement surgery and more recently the introduction of stem cell technology for the treatment of fractured bones.
He is in demand nationally and internationally to speak at scientific meetings and his research has been widely published in scientific journals.