Orthopedic Surgery

Torkelson, Richard E., MD

Dr. Richard E. Torkelson was born and raised in Lusk, Wyoming. After attending the University of Wyoming, he entered medical school at the University of Colorado in 1967. Upon completion of his internship at San Bernardino County Hospital in California in 1972, he returned to Colorado and attended the University of Colorado Medical Center for his orthopedic residency program, graduating in 1976.

In 1977, he began his orthopedic surgery practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He and his wife Dorothy have a son, a daughter and six grandchildren. He has served as Chief of Staff and chairman of the Department of Surgery and was on the Board of Directors of DePaul Hospital.

He treats patients within all areas of orthopedic surgery, with the exception of spinal disorders.

His outside interests include raising Arabian horses, Young Men’s Literary Club and being an avid fan of the Denver Broncos.

Medical School

  • University of Colorado, 1971


  • San Bernardino County Hospital, 1972


  • University of Colorado, 1976

Licenses and Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Organizations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Clinical Orthopaedic Society
  • Wyoming Medical Society
  • Laramie County Medical Society
  • Past Board Chairman
  • DePaul Health and Fitness Institute


Orthopedic Services

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