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Dr. Richard Peterson, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Galax, VA, with other offices in Bethesda, MD and Bel Air, MD (and 1 other location). He has 31 years of experience. His specialties include Anesthesiology. Dr. Peterson is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital, Harford Memorial Hosp and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. He speaks English.


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Specialties & Expertise

Dr. Richard Peterson has the following 1 area of expertise, 1 specialty and 1 board certification.


Anesthesiologists are physicians who are trained to administer anesthetics, which are medicines used to block nerve sensation. Anesthesia can be either local to one specific part of a body, like a tooth, or regional to block feeling to a larger portion of the body, such as during an epidural for child birth. It can also be more general to block sensation to the entire body, resulting in unconsciousness.
Anesthesiologists assist in surgery by determining how much anesthesia is necessary and by monitoring the patient's level of responsiveness and vital signs throughout the procedure. The anesthesia specialist will also bring the patient out of anesthesia and then continue to monitor his or her vital signs post-operation.
Besides assisting in surgeries, anesthesiologists may also treat patients suffering from chronic pain.


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Locations & Directions

Pathology Associates of Southwestern Virginia Inc

200 Hospital Dr
Galax, VA 24333

Aisthesis Safe Sedation

4330 E West Hwy
Bethesda, MD 20814

Northern Chesapeake Anesthesia Associates

500 Upper Chesapeake Dr
Bel Air, MD 21014

Northern Chesapeake Anesthesia Associates

501 S Union Ave
Havre De Grace, MD 21078

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