Richard Chavez

Central Sterile Processing Consultant

Richard specialized in processing and sterilization with over 30 years of experience in managing the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) for hospitals ranging in size from small facilities to Level 1 Trauma Centers. Prior to joining Surgical Directions, Richard was tasked with reviewing and improving the processes and training for a 16-hospital system. Richard ensured the hospitals met Joint Commission standards in sterilization, high level disinfection and low level disinfection with no discrepancies.

Richard served in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2005 after 20 years of dedicated and honorable service. During his career, he held several positions including flight superintendent where he oversaw the operations of enlisted staff for an eight-room surgical suite and eight surgical clinics that encompassed 110 staff members.


Uniformed School of Healthcare and Science
Surgical Service Technologist
Orthopedic Surgical Technologist

Community College of the Air Force
Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Academy

Basic Life Support