Richard Zak, MD is a board-certified fellow of Gastroenterology. He graduated Cum Laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles and attended medical school at the University of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine where he also completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Zak completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA and went on to practice in Northern California. In 2011 He transitioned to the Rocky Mountains and relocated to Pagosa Springs to help develop the Endoscopy program at Pagosa Springs Medical Center.
As a Gastroenterologists Dr. Zak enjoys treating patients with a broad range of gastrointestinal diseases but has a particular interest in liver disease and hepatitis C. He also enjoys using latest medications for treatment because of their high rates of success. He has extensive experience treating complex inflammatory bowel disease with advanced therapies.
Compassion and quality of care are core personal values of Dr. Zak. He finds that being a specialist allows him to realize those values because it enables him more time to listen to his patients and focus on treating the person and not just the disease.
Dr. Zak and his wife Lauren, a retired nurse, enjoy the serenity and close knit community of Pagosa Springs. He has expressed his pride in being able to provide a service he loves doing, so his patients can receive excellent care within their community.
In his spare time, Dr. Zak enjoys taking in the peacefulness of wilderness camping, hiking, and horseback riding.
Dr. Zak specializes in endoscopies and colonoscopies and is accepting new patients.