Some people are lucky enough to realize their calling at an early age – Richard Mullins is one of them. From the age of 10, Dr. Mullins knew his passion lay in medicine, guided, in part by family members he respected who were pursing medical careers. Equally influential on the young Mullins was his tendency towards broken bones. He experienced a lot of them, as well as a few dislocated shoulders, usually as a result of a sporting adventure gone wrong. Each injury led to a successful recovery and guided Dr. Mullins toward a gratifying career in orthopaedics.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Mullins attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he received a bachelor degree in biochemistry. He attended medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Recognizing his keen interest in sports-related injury, Dr. Mullins pursued additional training with a Knee and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Louisiana State University.
For over 22 years, Dr. Mullins has been a practicing orthopaedic surgeon, offering him an incredible breadth and depth of experience. Much of his practice is dedicated to injuries of the knee and shoulder with additional specialization in total knee and hip replacement. His skill and expertise is put to work regularly on college athletes as one of the official Orthopaedic Consultants for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.
Dr. Mullins believes in putting patient needs first – a philosophy that brought him and his colleagues at Great Basin Orthopaedics together. He works to get patients in the door for treatment as quickly as possible and then slows things down, taking his time with each patient to explain options and get them involved in their care. He simply believes in treating patients the same way he would treat a friend – with thoughtful care and individual attention.
Dr. Mullins and his wife found their way to Reno 22 years ago thanks to the pull of the mountains. They wanted a setting where they could enjoy outdoor activities like backpacking and golf while raising their four children. With the kids now grown and pursuing their own futures, Dr. Mullins and his wife are not going anywhere. Long ago they decided that Reno was “home”.
Dedicated to the community he loves, Dr. Mullins chooses to give back. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine and is a member of the Washoe County Medical Society and Nevada State Medical Association. He was as a Boy Scout troop leader for eight years, served as team physician for Sparks High School for 20 years and is currently team physician for North Valleys High School
As a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Mullins is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine.