Richard Snyder, M.D.

Richard Snyder, M.D. USAP Bio

About Me 
I am a physician anesthesiologist with special interest in anesthesia for major spine procedures.  I enjoy the technical and medical challenges of complex patients undergoing complex procedures.  I completed a fellowship in regional anesthesia and am facile with ultrasound-guided and surface anatomy techniques.  I am also interested in the human interaction aspects of medical care and the importance of high-quality compassionate communication with patients and between colleagues.  I have presented workshops on using techniques from improvisational theatre to improve medical communication at hospitals, academic centers, and national medical meetings.  My approach to care is to get to know patients and staff as real people with important and interesting lives that go beyond the reason they are at the hospital. I also strive to respect the sacred nature of patients’ trust in me.  I serve all populations who need surgery and/or pain relief and love the profound nature of interacting with patients during some of the most intense experiences in their lives.

I have lived in Seattle for 28 years and have served on neighborhood committees as well as board chair of the University Heights Center--one of Seattle’s original public school buildings now functioning as a community center.  I have two young adult children: one an aspiring musician and producer in New York City and the other a law student at University of Washington planning a career in social justice work. My hobbies include theatre arts, singing, choral performance, the Italian language, skiing, travel, taking part in culture, and enjoying food.


Board Certification Anesthesiology
Fellowship or Subspecialty Certifications 1990-1991 Virginia Mason Medical Center
Residency 1988-1990 Stanford University Hospital
Internship1987-1988 Kaiser Santa Clara
Medical School 1982-1987 Stanford University School of Medicine
​​​​​​​Undergraduate 1978-1982 Bowdoin College