Dr. Richard E. Topping

MD Orthopedic Surgeon

Professional Experience

1996-Present Founding Partner Tygart Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

1997-2012: Team Doctor at Alderson Broaddus College.

2002-2012: Co-Medical Director of Athletic Training Alderson Broaddus College.

2002-2012: Clinical Professor of Athletic Training Alderson Broaddus College.

2000-2002: Chief of Surgery - Davis Memorial Hospital.

Board certification

Board Certified American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. December 31,2018.

Professional Societies

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Arthroscopy Association of North America.

West Virginia State Medic al Association.

WV State Orthopaedic Society.

McCue Society.


09/94 International College of Surgeons Resident Research Award.
06/94 AOA-Zimmer Annual Travel Award. June 5-8, 1994, Sun Valley, Idaho.
07/93 International College of Surgeons Resident Research Award.
05/92 Young Investigator Award from the Virginia Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association.
11/91 Fifth International Conference on Cell Mediated Calcification and Matrix Vesicle - New Investigator Award.


Resident Award "Impaired Fracture Repair and Type X Collagen in Diabetes", Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation, July 1,1994 - June 30,1995.


I am the luckiest person in the world, My job is fixing people. As a former high school and college intramural athlete, as well as current recreational weekend warrior and avid outdoor sportsperson, I understand how important it is to enjoy an active lifestyle. Thomas Jefferson said, "A healthy mind needs a healthy body." The entire goal of the profession of orthopedic surgery is to return people to higher and better levels of function to allow them to enjoy an active and pain-free lifestyle. I get my greatest joy by returning patients to more engaged and happy lifestyles by decreasing and eliminating their pain.

I grew up in Virginia and obtained my medical training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. While there, I helped take care of the University of Virginia Cavalier sports teams as well as seeing many different types of patients with difficult and complex problems. In 1996, I moved to Elkins, WV and founded Tygart Valley Orthopedics. The small town environment of Elkins and the surrounding communities became an ideal place for my wife,

Teri, and I to raise our three children, Ashlee, Lindsay, and Bailey. The community hospital setting at Davis Memorial Hospital allows me to maintain the skills I had learned in my orthopedic training in a personal and friendly setting. Further, it is extremely satisfying to have formed many friendships and relationships with patients and their families over my 201/2 years in practice here in central WV.

Although I still enjoy all aspects of orthopedic surgery, it has become my pleasure to focus a large portion of my practice on hip and knee replacements.

These are especially satisfying, as they take an often-debilitated person and return them to a much happier and active lifestyle by eliminating their pain with joint replacement. I also offer minimally invasive surgery, working through smaller incisions for improved cosmesis and quicker wound healing. By performing knee replacements this way, patients recover from their surgery in a faster, less painful, fashion. Sports medicine procedures and arthroscopic shoulder reconstructions are Other examples with less invasive options for common problems. I see many patients who present to my office with torn rotator cuffs. They are usually in a great deal of pain and with loss of function. Once they have recovered from their all-arthroscopic repair surgery, it is gratifying to see the great improvements in their pain and activity level, At Tygart Valley Orthopedics, we form long-term relationships, often caring for patients in their youth and following them as they mature into young adults, working and living in the community. At the same time, it is fulfilling to follow middle-aged recreational weekend warriors such as myself as they go through the aging process and need a periodic tune-up. Finally, it has become my philosophy and primary goal as President and founding partner of Tygart Valley Orthopedics that patients always feel welcome. Although they may come as a patient, seeking help and often fearful of what their condition may be, they leave as a friend, beginning a long-term relationship.


1992-1996: Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedic, Charlotte, VA.

1990-1992: University of Virginia, Department of Orthopaedics', Charlottesville, VA. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

1989-1990: University of Texas, Department of Surgery, San Antonio, TX. General Surgery Internship.

1985-1989: University of Virginia Medical School

1981-1985: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Major: Chemistry - B.A. Degree


Topping, R.E., Bolander, M.E. and Balian, G,: Immunolocalization of Type X collagen in rat fracture callus. Fifth International Conference on Cell Mediated Calcification and Matrix Vesicles. November 16-19,1991, Hilton Head Island, SC.

Topping, R.E., Bolander, M.E. and Balian, G.: Expression of type X collagen in fracture callus of normal and diabetic rates. Smith & Nephew Richards 10th Annual Orthopaedic Residents' Conference - August 21-22, 1992, Memphis, TN.

Topping, R.E., Stone, R., Lovell, G., Pranter, L., Toemer, D., Green, P. and Balian, G.: Bone morphogenetic proteins increased type X collagen synthesis in vivo. 1993 Keystone Symposia, "Extracellular Matrix in Development and Disease" March 29 - April 4,1993, Breckenridge, CO.

Topping, R.E. and McLaughlin, R.E.: A modified nail for humeral nonunion. Virginia Orthopaedic Society, May 1,1993, Williamsburg, VA.

Topping, R.E., Bolander, M.E. and Balian, G.: Decreased type X collagen in diabetic fractures. The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, 15th Annual Meeting, September 18-22,1993, Tampa, FL.?

Topping, R.E., Anderson, P.C. and Balian, G.: Type X collagen expression by incubated periosteum. Orthopaedic Research Society 40th Annual Meeting, February 21-24, 1994, New Orleans, LA.

Topping, R.E,, Anderson, P.C, and Balian, G.: Type X collagen expression by periosteum, 1994 Keystone Symposia "Molecular and Cellar Biology", February 13-26, 1994, Taos, NM.

McLaughlin, R.E., Topping, R.E.: Further follow up of nailing humeral nonunions. Little Orthopaedic Club, April 15,1994, Charlottesville, VA.

Topping, R.E., Davis, T. and Blanco, I.E.: Management of Supracondylar humerus fractures: A comparison of pinning techniques. Orthopaedic Trauma, Los Angeles, CA, September 1994.

Topping, R.E,, Anderson, P., Goss, D. and Balian, G.: Effect of factors influencing type X collagen expression in periosteum. Orthopaedic Research Society 41st Meeting, February 1995, Orlando, FL.

Mierisch, C.M., Topping, R.E., Anderson, P.C., Balian, G., Diduch, D. R.:

Growth factors stimulate chondro genesis in periosteum explants, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA.


Topping, R.E., Stone, R,, Lovell, G., Pranter, L., Toemer, D., Green, P. and Balian, G.: Bone morphogenetic proteins increased type X collagen synthesis in vivo. 1993. Keystone Symposia, J. Cellular Biochemistry, (Supplemented) 17A:1993.

Topping, R.E., Anderson, P.C, and Balian, G.: Type X collagen expression by incubated periosteum. Transaction of the 40th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, Vol. 19:390, 1994.

Topping, R.E., Anderson, P.C. and Balian, G.: Type X collagen expression by periosteum. 1994 Keystone Symposia, J. Cellular Biochemistry. (Supplement) 18C:279,1994.

Topping, R.E,, Bolander, M.E. and Balian, G.: Type X collagen in fracture callus and the effects of experimental diabetes. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 308:220-228, 1994.

Davis, T., Topping, R.E. and Blanco, J. S.: External fixation of pediatric femur fractures, Clin. Orthop., 318:191-198,1995.

Moskal J.T., Topping R.E., Franklin, L. L.: Hypercholeserolemia: An association with osteonecrosis of the femoral head. American Journal of Orthopedics 1997 Sept, 26 (9):609-12.

Topping, R. E., Blanco, J. S., Davis, T.J.: Clinical evaluation of crossed-pin fixation in displaced supracondylar humerus fractures. J. Pediatr Orthop. 1195 Jul -Aug: 15 (4):435-9.

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