Richard Y. Zhu, MD, has been recognized as a 2023 Castle Connolly Top Doctor — the second time he has received the prestigious Top Doctor honor.

CHICAGO, IL, March 06, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Richard Y. Zhu, MD, has been recognized as a 2023 Castle Connolly Top Doctor — the second time he has received the prestigious Top Doctor honor. Only about 7 percent of the nation’s licensed physicians are selected annually as Castle Connolly Top Doctors in their regions for their specialties.

Dr. Zhu is a bariatric (weight-loss) surgeon with The Ascension Center for Bariatrics and Weight Loss at Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago, where he also serves as medical director.

Dr. Zhu has special expertise in performing robotic and minimally invasive bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and revisional (redo) surgeries. He has performed more than 1,000 robotic procedures.

He also performs general surgical procedures such as complex hernia repairs and colon resections, as well as endoscopic procedures.

Dr. Zhu is certified by the American Board of Surgery — with additional subspecialty certification in metabolic bariatric surgery — and by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

“I help my patients improve their overall health by helping them reach a healthy body weight,” he says. “I strive to give each person safe, outstanding, and personalized care, and a big part of that is our multidisciplinary bariatric team.”

The team includes obesity medicine physicians, dietitians, psychologists, exercise specialists, and a navigator who guides patients in their journey toward better health.

Dr. Zhu is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

“From their very first visit, our patients will have an experienced, multidisciplinary team that listens and understands their needs,” Dr. Zhu says. “This team will help our patients through their journey toward better health every step of the way.”

Top Doctors are nominated by peer physicians and selected by the physician-led Castle Connolly research team.

“I am both humbled and honored to once again be named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor by my physician peers. It is an honor only a very select few can achieve and a recognition of the highest quality of care I want to bring to my patients,” Dr. Zhu says.

Dr. Zhu earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed a five-year surgery residency at Ascension Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago.

He speaks Chinese and Mandarin.

About Castle Connolly
Castle Connolly publishes its Top Doctors list at and in a variety of print and online partner publications. Nominations are open to all board-certified MDs and DOs. The Castle Connolly team chooses honorees based on nominee criteria that includes their medical education, training, hospital appointments, and disciplinary histories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

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