Richard L. Kern, Jr., MD

neurosurgeon

About Dr. Richard L. Kern

Dr. Kern currently serves as the Department Chair of Neurological Surgery at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dr. Kern received his Doctorate of Medicine from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He completed both his General Surgery Internship and Neurosurgical Residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Before coming to Wichita Falls, Dr. Kern was in practice for 15 years with faculty appointment at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, working with the Neurosurgical Group of Chattanooga. There, he performed a wide variety of cranial and spinal procedures and was involved in medical staff leadership, including serving as Chief of Staff at Erlanger Medical Center.

EDUCATION
  • Neurosurgical Residency Training – July 1997-June 2002
  • University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas/Parkland Hospital Dallas, TX
  • General Surgery Internship — July 1996-July 1997
  • University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas/Parkland Hospital Dallas, TX
  • Doctor of Medicine – May 1996
  • East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science – May 1992
  • North Carolina State University, College of Engineering, Raleigh, NC
CERTIFICATION
  • Board Certified, Neurological Surgery – 2028
RESEARCH & WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Neurological Surgery Specialists of North Texas, PLLC – July 2019 – Present
  • 3808 Kemp Blvd., Suite A
  • Wichita Falls, TX  76308
  • (940) 234-3000
  • Richard L. Kern, Jr., MD, PLLC – July 2017 – Present
  • 3808 Kemp Blvd., Suite A
  • Wichita Falls, TX  76308
  • (940) 234-3000
  • Neurosurgical Group of Chattanooga — July 2002 – July 2017
  • 1010 E. Third Street, Suite 202
  • Chattanooga , TN 37403
  • Neurosurgery Department Internet Web Site contributions on Chiari Malformation-UT Southwestern – January 2001
  • Investigative Neurosurgery Senior Elective – Duke University – July & November 1995
  • Mentor: Dennis A. Turner, MD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery & Neurobiology, Department of
  • Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Hartford Student Scholar – Neuroscience Research – Duke University – June-August 1993
  • Funded by a Hartford Foundation Grant
  • Mentor: Dennis A. Turner, MD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery & Neurobiology, Department of
  • Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Software Engineer–Telecommunications Division, 1988-1992
  • Alcatel Network Systems/Transcom, Raleigh, NC
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, OFFICES & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
  • Erlanger Medical Center
  • Chief of Staff 2015-2017
  • Vice Chief of Staff 2013-2014
  • Secretary of Staff 2010-2012
  • Chief of Surgery 2009
  • American Medical Association
  • President, Medical Student Section East Carolina Chapter 1994-1995
  • Director of Residency – Day Fair fundraising event 1994
  • President-Elect AMA Medical Student Section 1993-1994
  • Director of Freshman Medical Student Recruiting Reception 1993
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Member of NCMS Medical Education Committee 1995-1996
  • Governing Council 1994-1995
  • Finance Committee Representative, Governing Council 1995-1996
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Psychiatry Clerkship Honors 1995, East Carolina University
  • Merck Leadership Award 1995, East Carolina University
  • Hartford Student Scholar 1993, Duke University
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta National Premedical Honor Society 1991, NC State University
  • Best Actor Award 1989, NC State University
PUBLICATIONS
  • REVIEWS, BOOK CHAPTERS
  • MACKENZIE, WH, KERN, RL 1989 “Genetics in Human Affairs” COURSE SYLLABUS REDESIGN North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • PRESENTATIONS AND ABSTRACTS
  • SENZEL, L, KERN, RL, AFSHARI, C, BARRETT, JC – “Role of Proteoglycan Components on Tumor Suppressor Gene Function”- -STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATION 1991 – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC