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Richard Mullins, MD

Richard Mullins, MD


Specialty:Knee and Hip Replacement, Sports Medicine
Board Certified:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fellowship:Knee and Sports Medicine, Louisiana State University
Residency:Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Medical School:Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – MD
Undergraduate Degree:Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire – BS in Biochemistry
Professional Associations:American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
Washoe County Medical Society
Nevada State Medical Association


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 more than 30 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 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.

Dr. Mullins is easy to talk to. He listens. Surgery was performed with a warm, compassionate, experienced team. And I was walking the next day. I particularly appreciate that he arranges for a post-op visit the day after surgery, and physical therapy to begin asap. I would definitely recommend Dr. Mullins and his team.
Vicki Brunet
When Dr. Mullins told me I needed surgery on my knee, I knew I could trust his judgment. It takes about a year to completely rehabilitate, but I’m doing well so far. Sometimes I forget I had surgery.
Teresa Cartmill
Dr. Mullins and his staff at Great Basin Orthopaedics made my surgery experience as easy as possible, and I'm very happy with the way my shoulder is healing. If you are having pain, take the time to see Dr. Mullins: He will be honest, open, and will provide you with the best care to get better quickly.
Ailene Azzam
Dr. Mullins is extremely efficient. Our daughter loved going to see him (well not really, but had to because of her injury) His bedside manners and his explanation to a young girl helped with her recovery. We have recommended your office numerous times and will continue I am sure, with the sport she is in.
I'm so happy to say that within two weeks of seeing Dr. Mullins, I was able to walk without crutches, and now, a month later, I rarely even notice my knee has a problem. I can't imagine what might have happened had I gone to another doctor. I was able to return to my work full duty within three weeks of my injury! His staff is extremely professional and made me feel welcome. Follow up on my progress has been great. He's definitely a five-star physician, with a great office.
Christine Lopez