Richard E McCarthy, M.D.

Richard E. McCarthy, M.D., Professor, Chief of Spinal Deformities, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. He is also the past President of the Scoliosis Research Society. His area of research is early onset spinal deformities in children, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and neuromuscular/syndromic scoliosis. He practices at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. His practice is almost exclusively spine with 80% children and 20% adults.

Background: After completing college at Fordham University (B.S. 1970) and medical school at SUNY Downstate (M.D. 1974) he completed his training in orthopaedics at Harvard (1980) with six months of the training at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, UK. His fellowship in spine and pediatric orthopaedics was with John Hall M.D. at Harvard.

Professional Certifications and Education

  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1975
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1982
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship & Consultant to Wrentham State School, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1981
  • Fellowship: Scoliosis Fellow & Chief Resident, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1980
  • Residency: Orthopaedics, Harvard Medical School, 1979
  • Residency: Orthopaedics, Northwick Park Hospital, London England, 1979
  • Residency: New England Medical Center, 1976
  • Internship: Boston City Hospital, 1975
  • University: M.D. DEGREE: State University of New York, 1974


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Surgery

Conditions/Diseases Treated

UAMS doctors treat a broad range of conditions some of which may not be listed below.

  • Children
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Clinic Location

Type of Doctor

  • For Adults, Children & Adolescents

Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Academic Appointment

  • Professor
    Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

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