richard H. koehler, md


Dr. Koehler joined the medical staff of Nantucket Cottage Hospital in 2012 as a full-time general surgeon. He has been board certified in general surgery for 25 years, and has 22 years of experience in advanced laparoscopic surgery, the modern technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions. He is also a clinical associate in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is an instructor in advanced trauma operative management and advanced trauma life support.


Dr. Koehler is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, with a full scholarship through the United States Navy. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston. He was also a medical staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he did research on the molecular biology of atherogenesis.


Dr. Koehler began his academic surgical career in the United States Navy Medical Corps in Oakland, California, and at the University of California, where he was Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UC-Davis, East Bay. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, serving with the 1st Marine Division, 1st Medical Battalion. He has lectured and taught over 80 courses in the U.S. and in Europe, and published many papers, all on laparoscopic surgery.



Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.