Skip to main content

Justin E. Richards, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:



STC, T1R77

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-1934

Phone (Secondary):

(410) 328-2628


(410) 328-3138

Education and Training


2000-2004:    Bachelor of Arts, Major- Religion, Minor- Music, Chemistry, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, NC

Medical Education:

2004-2008:    Doctor of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Post-Graduate Training:

2008-2009:    Internship - Department of General Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2009-2011:    Research - Division of Orthopaedic Trauma, Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute, Nashville, TN

2011-2012:    Internship - Department of General Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2012-2015:    Residency - Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2015-2016:    Fellowship - Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Research/Clinical Keywords

trauma anesthesiology and critical care, resuscitation of the multiply injured patient, damage control orthopaedics, hyperglycemia, multiple organ failure

Highlighted Publications

Guillamondegui OD, Richards JE, Ely EW, Jackson JC, Archer-Swygert KR, Norris PR, Obremskey WT. Does hypoxia affect ICU delirium or Long Term Cognitive Impairment following Multiple Trauma without Intracranial Hemorrhage? J Trauma. 2011; 70:910-915. PMID: 21610396

Richards JE, Guillamondegui OD, Archer KR, Jackson JC, Ely EW, Obremskey WT. The Association of Reamed Intramedullary Nailing on Long-Term Cognitive Impairment. J Orthop Trauma. 2011; 12(25):707-13. PMID: 2208975.

Richards JE, Kauffmann RM, Zuckerman SL, Obremskey WT, May AK. The Relationship of Hyperglycemia and Surgical-Site Infection in Orthopaedic Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jul 3;94(13):1181-6. PMID: 22760385

Richards JE, Kauffmann RM,Obremskey WT, May AK. Stress-induced Hyperglycemia as a Risk Factor for Surgical-Site Infection in Non-diabetic Orthopaedic Trauma Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Jan;27(1):16-21. PMID: 22588532

Richards JE, Hutchison JB, Mukherjee K, Jahangir AA, Mir HR, Evans JM, Perdue AM, Obremskey WT, Sethi MK, May AK. Stress Hyperglycemia and Surgical Site Infection in Stable Non-Diabetic Adults with Orthopedic Injuries. J Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Apr;76(4):1070-5. PMID: 24662873

Kumar AB, Shi Y, Shotwell MS, Richards J, Ehrenfeld JM. Hypernatremia is a Significant Risk Factor for Acute Kidney Injury After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Retrospective Analysis. Neurocrit Care. 2014 Sep 18. PMID: 25231531

Mukherjee K, Albaugh VL, Richards JE, Rumbaugh KA, May AK. Glycemic control in critically ill surgical patients: risks and benefits. Open Access Surgery. 2015 March; 2015(8): 27-42.

Richards, JE, Obremskey WT, May AK. Re: Critique on hyperglycemia and surgical site infection. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Jun;78(6):1234. PMID: 26151528

Morris BJ, Richards JE, Guillamondegui OD, Sweeney KR, Mir HR, Obremskey WT, Kregor PJ. Obesity Increases Early Complications After High-Energy Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures. Orthopedics. 2015; 38(10):e881–e887. PMID: 26488782

Richards JE, Matuszewski PE, Griffin SM, Guillamondegui OD, Koehler DM, O’Toole RV, Bosse MJ, Obremskey WT, Evans JM. The Role of Elevated Lactate as a Risk Factor for Pulmonary Morbidity after Early Fixation of Femoral Shaft Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Jun;30(6):312-8. PMID: 27206261

Grissom TE, Richards JE, Herr DL. Critical Care Management of the Potential Organ Donor. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2017 Spring;55(2):18-41. PMID: 28230718  

Conti BM, Richards JE, Kundi R, Nascone J, Scalea TM, McCunn M. Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta and the Anesthesiologist: A case report and literature review. A A Case Rep. 2017 Apr 4. PMID: 28379869

Conti BM, Fouché-Weber LY, Richards JE, Grissom T. Video Laryngoscopy for Intubation after Smoke Inhalation. Anesthesiology. 2017 Apr 10. PMID: 28398933

Richards JE, Scalea TM, Mazzeffi MA, Rock P, Galvagno SM. Does lactate affect the association of early hyperglycemia and multiple organ failure in severely injured blunt trauma patients? Anesth Analg. 2018 March;126(3): 904-910. PMID: 29283920

Research Interests

Active Research Projects: Glucose and Lactate in Critically Ill Trauma Patients, Hyperglycemia and Surgical Site Infection in Orthopaedic Trauma

Grants and Contracts

2010 - 2011


"Prospective Evaluation of the Incidence of Hyperglycemia in Orthopedic Trauma Patients"

Grant Number: UL1 RR024975

Vanderbilt CTSA

Total Indirect Cost: $1,536


(Co-I, PI Brent J  Morris, MD)

"Orthopaedic Patient Recognition of Attending Improves Satisfaction Evaluations"

Grant Number: UL1 RR024975

Vanderbilt CTSA

Award Total: $1,988

Total Indirect Cost: $1,988