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Lars Carver Richardson, MD

  • Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Team Physician: New England Patriots, Boston Bruins; Harvard College, Wheelock College, Wentworth College
  • Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Richardson specializes in athletic and traumatic injuries of the knee, ankle and shoulder. He has extensive experience in the care of athletes ranging from professionals to weekend warriors.



Clinical Interests
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction
  • PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction
  • Meniscus (knee cartilage) injuries
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Cartilage repair
  • Ankle instability
  • Achilles tendon injuries
Medical Education
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital|Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. Richardson played lacrosse at Harvard, graduating cum laude in History and Literature. He earned an MD from Columbia Medical School where he was captain and president of the Rugby Football Club. He completed the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, where he served as Chief Resident at MGH, running the West Trauma Service. Following his residency, Dr. Richardson completed a six-month foot and ankle fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a year-long fellowship at MGH in Sports Medicine.

Before coming to MGH in 2014, Dr. Richardson held a position as Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedics at BIDMC for 12 years. He has been working with the sports teams at Harvard since 2000. With his partner, he provides orthopaedic care for 42 varsity teams and two Rugby clubs. He has also provided orthopaedic care for the Boston Bruins since 2003. He works with multiple local colleges, always trying to get athletes safely and swiftly back to competition.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Richardson currently serves as the local principle investigator for a project on the epidemiology of concussions in Ivy League sports.

Current interests include injuries due to overtraining and non surgical treatment of Achilles ruptures.


Select Publications:

Chacko AT, Ramirez MA, Ramappa AJ, Richardson LC, Appleton PT, Rodriguez EK. Does late night hip surgery affect outcome? J Trauma. 2011 Aug;71(2):447-53; discussion 453.

Ramirez MA, Rodriguez EK, Zurakowski D, Richardson LC. Detection of orthopaedic implants in vivo by enhanced-sensitivity, walk-through metal detectors. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007 Apr;89(4):742-6.

Ramirez MA, Richardson LC. Pulmonary embolism associated with spontaneous bilateral Achilles tendon rupture. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2007 Jul-Aug;46(4):283-7.

Richardson LC, Reitman R, Wilson M. Achilles tendon ruptures: functional outcome of surgical repair with a "pull-out" wire. Foot Ankle Int. 2003 May;24(5):439-43.

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MGH Sports Medicine Center
175 Cambridge Street
4th Floor
Boston MA, 02114-2723
Phone: 617-726-6155
Fax: 617-726-3438

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