Meet Our Medical Staff

Richard R.M. Francis, M.D.
MBA, FRCS Ed., FRCS Ed. (Tr & Orth)

Diplomat of the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (UK)

"I knew what I wanted to do from my first exposure to spine surgery in medical school. What grabbed me was that you could take a child with a severe deformity and—within just a few hours—correct it to the point where it was almost normal."

Dr. Francis has been practicing medicine for nearly two decades. Since founding Spine Associates in 2003, he has built a considerable reputation by maintaining a conservative approach to treating all spine conditions in both children and adults. He has made it his goal to stay at the forefront of technology, yet maintain a personal connection with patients and their families. Dr. Francis is one of few spine surgeons capable of performing surgeries on children as well as adults and prides himself as one of the first surgeons in the nation asked to perform the artificial disc replacement and to use robotic assistance in spine surgery.


Spine Associates is proud to be affiliated with the following hospitals
Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
University General Hospital

Dr. Francis is consistently recognized as one of Houston’s top doctors. Learn more about Dr. Francis by clicking on one of the links below.

Houston Top Docs 2005

Houston Top Docs 2006

Houston Top Docs 2007

Houston Top Docs 2008

Houston Top Docs 2009