Richard Otero, M.D. followed in the footsteps of his father, pursuing a career in medicine and quickly reaching high points early his career, such as Chief of Staff and Chief of the GI Division at Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. Though these achievements bring him great satisfaction, he says the true rewards come from his patients, “I consider it an honor that each patient trusts me with their care. I want to do everything I can to be proactive in their care, but I also want to give them the knowledge and tools to be proactive themselves.”
Before his pursuit of medicine began, Dr. Otero completed his undergraduate work at Harvard College. He achieved his Medical Doctorate at Southwestern Medical School. He went on to pursue his internship and residency at the University of Texas Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, Texas and accepted a Fellowship in Gastroenterology there as well.
When asked why he chose the subspecialty of gastroenterology, Dr. Otero describes the diversity of the field, “[Gastroenterology] gives me the opportunity to work with patients and perform procedures—it is both mentally and physically challenging every day.”
When Dr. Otero finds time for himself, he enjoys traveling the globe, naming Turkey, Italy, Thailand, and Bali as some of his favorite stops around the world.
Education, Memberships and Affiliations
- Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas, Doctor of Medicine
- University of Texas—Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, Texas, Internship , Residency, Internal Medicine
- University of Texas—Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, Texas, Fellowship, Gastroenterology
- Member, Bexar County Medical Society
- Member, American College of Physicians
I consider it an honor that each patient trusts me with their care. I want to do everything I can to be proactive in their care, but I also want to give the knowledge and the tools to be proactive themselves.
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- Practicing medicine since 1981
- Languages Spoken: English and Spanish