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Richard Shimer, MD

About Richard
Primary Service
  • General Surgery

Dr. Shimer is board-certified in Surgery. He is the founding and current Director of the nationally recognized regional trauma center at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Dr. He is a senior member of the Eastern Association of The Surgery of Trauma, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and represents Lake Charles and the surrounding Five Parish area on the Louisiana Emergency Response Network. Dr. Shimer has additional expertise in complex minimally invasive surgery. Prior to coming to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, he established Lake area Medical Center as a Bariatric Center of excellence as its founding Medical Director. He maintains a broad scope of practice with a particular interest in Emergency Surgery. Dr. Shimer is a US Army veteran who served his country in a variety of active duty assignments both overseas and as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Affiliates & Groups

  • A part of the Memorial Medical Group


  • American College of Surgeons
Insurances Accepted:
  • Aetna Health Inc., 
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield, 
  • Cigna Health And Life Insurance Company, 
  • Hmo Louisiana, Inc., 
  • Humana, 
  • IMA, 
  • Louisiana Health Service & Indemnity Company, 
  • Medicare, 
  • Meritain Health, 
  • Office Of Group Benefits, 
  • Self Insured, 
  • United Health Care, 
  • United Medical Resources, 
  • Vantage Health Plan, Inc.