Richard M. Slusher, DO, has joined the Johnston Health medical staff and Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, which has offices in Smithfield and Clayton. He is in practice with Dr. Marc Stevens, formerly of Johnston Orthopaedic Center. A native of Detroit, Dr. Slusher has lived in North Carolina since 2005, when he accepted a four-year stint as a staff orthopedic surgeon at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg. He later worked as a staff orthopedist at a hospital in Tennessee, but it was North Carolina where he and his family wanted to put down roots.
“We love the state,” Slusher says. “And I liked being in a small community where you can get to know people.” When he answered a recruiter’s call to visit with Dr. Stevens in Smithfield, Slusher thought the small practice was a good fit. Later on, he and Stevens decided to join the larger group, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates. “I’m glad we did it,” he says in retrospect. “We can refer our patients to orthopedists who are trained in many sub-specialties, including foot and ankle. Coordinating the right care for our patients is the most important thing.”
Slusher earned his medical degree in 1999 from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO. In 2004, he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago. In addition, he did a fellowship at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, which is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and the Cincinnati Bengals. It was there that he gained experience taking care of high school, Division I college, and professional athletes. “I enjoy sports medicine,” he adds. “I like the recreational athlete, the weekend warrior.”
Slusher, who is board certified in orthopedic surgery, is on the medical staff at Johnston Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton. He is also in the active duty reserves, and over the past 15 years he has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Botswana and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife Ellen have two children, and they divide their time between homes in Southern Pines and Clayton. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and cheering for the University of Michigan football team.