Dr. Richards joins Cancer Center staff

Radiation Oncologist Dr. Troy Richards recently joined the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center family. Dr. Richards is currently the Radiation Oncologist for Ochsner Health System Shreveport | LSU Health System Shreveport and has served as their Medical Director for the past 3 years.

Dr. Richards was working toward a degree in electrical engineering when a pre-med friend invited him to volunteer at a hospital in New Orleans. The very first night he volunteered, he fell in love with medicine and, while he graduated with his electrical engineering degree, he stayed in school to become a doctor. Radiation requires a lot of physics and computer modeling, which Dr. Richards said compliments his electrical engineering background.

“People are scared when they hear ‘cancer’ and all the implications that word has,” said Dr. Richards. “My job is to develop a game plan to cure the disease.”

Richards has exceptional clinical skills, educational background, training, expertise, and over 12 years of experience in the field of Radiation Oncology; including Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Brachytherapy, IMRT, 3D Conformal Radiation, SBRT, VMAT, 4D Planning, Prostate Seed Implants, Cyberknife, Tomotherapy, and Total BodyIrradiation.

“My goal at the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center is to help the patient and do the best I can to take care of them,” said Dr. Richards. “This small town cancer center serves a great purpose, especially when it comes to radiation, which is a daily service. Transportation can be difficult for our patients and having a center in Natchitoches makes treatment more accessible.”

Some of Dr. Richards greatest strengths are his honesty, integrity, bedside manner, and ability to really connect with his patients on a one to one basis. He is able to communicate a difficult concept with both patience, understanding, and compassion. It is easy to see that Dr. Richards is a people person, loves people, and especially his patients; and is able to instill this enthusiasm into everyone he interacts with.

Troy Richards, M.D.
Board Certified Radiation Oncologist
Medical Director Department of Radiation Oncology
Ochsner Health System| LSU Health Shreveport
Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center

Education:
Medical School: Tulane Medical School- New Orleans, Louisiana
Internal Medicine Internship: UTMB- Galveston, Texas
Radiation Oncology Residency: UTMB- Galveston, Texas
Chief Resident Radiation Oncology- UTMB- Galveston, Texas
Professional Memberships:
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center
211 Medical Drive Natchitoches, LA 71457
Sarah Stewart- 318-464-3850
NLCC Administrator