Dr. Ackerson’s surgical practice focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of all conditions of the hand and forearm, including arthritis, traumatic injuries, sports and overuse-related conditions. As a fellowship trained orthopaedic hand surgeon, he specializes in treating disorders of a complex array of structures including the skin, nerves, vessels, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bones.

Practice Philosophy

The foundation of my approach to medicine involves a collaborative effort between myself and my patients, helping each patient assume an active role in their
treatment. Rather than a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all mentality, my philosophy emphasizes the importance of treating the individual. This entails careful
consideration of the details that makes each patient – and their medical problems – unique. Once the problem is diagnosed, we then develop a treatment
plan. Through a coordinated effort involving the doctor, patient, and hand therapist, we implement the patient-specific treatment plan and strive to achieve the best outcomes possible.



Originally born on Long Island, New York, Dr. Ackerson has since lived in various locations across the United States. He served in the United States Marine Corps immediately following college, prior to attending medical school. Following his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Colorado in Denver, he completed his Hand Surgery fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Growing up on the East Coast, Dr. Ackerson developed a passion for the outdoors, and this has continued to grow. His favorite activities include skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and backpacking. Practicing Hand Surgery and Orthopaedics in Grand Junction provides the opportunity to provide first-rate medical care while enjoying unrivaled access to some of the most fantastic terrain that the west has to offer.

Richard Michael Anderson, MD


University of California Los Angeles Hand & Microvascular Surgery, 2013-2014


University of Colorado Orthopaedic Surgery, 2008-2013


University of Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, 2008

Leadership Experience

United States Marine Corps Reserve, Captain/Major, 2002-2004.
United States Marine Corps, Air Support Control Officer, 2nd Lieutenant/ 1st Lieutenant / Captain, 1995-1999
Certifications & Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery; American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Honors, Academic Appointments and Affiliations

Resident Research Award, 2013 University of Colorado Department of Orthopaedics Combat Action Ribbon (United States Marine Corps, Iraq, 2003)
Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (United States Marine Corps, 1999)
Eagle Scout (1990)
Hospital Affiliations & Staff Privileges

St. Mary’s Hospital
Family Health West
Community Hospital
Grand Valley Surgical Center

Dr Ackerson is great. He spent a lot of time with me.|
Stephanie K.

Very happy with everything!
Karie P.