Richard I. Tapper, MD, FACS

Richard I. Tapper, MD, FACS

Urologist / Compliance Officer

Dr. Richard Tapper joined Genesis in August 2012 as Compliance Officer for Genesis Healthcare Partners. His duties include the establishment of a compliance plan and the subsequent implementation and enforcement of that plan with the goal of insuring that Genesis remains in compliance with federal and state regulations and continues to be a safe and pleasant place to render patient care.

Previously Dr. Tapper was the senior partner at Genito Urinary Surgeons, Inc., a multifaceted nine member Urology group practice in Toledo, Ohio which he joined in 1974. In 1997 Dr. Tapper and his partners expanded their Urologic healthcare facility into Parkway Surgery Center, a fully accredited multi-specialty outpatient surgery center performing 9,500 cases per year. Since its inception, Dr. Tapper served as Chairman of the Board and Medical Executive Director of the ASC.

During his 37 years in the private practice of Urology Dr. Tapper was a very active member of the Toledo medical community, serving as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Medical Director of the Division of Urology and Medical Staff President at The Toledo Hospital. Between 1985 and 2003 Dr. Tapper was an active member of the Board of the Promedica Health Systems, a non profit healthcare organization comprised of 1,644 physicians and 11 hospitals. Promedica serves Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan providing care for 2.6 million patients annually.

Dr. Tapper was instrumental in bringing the 22nd Lithotripter to the United States and in establishing the first co-operative community partnership between 22 Urologists and 7 hospitals in the U.S. He remained Medical Director and Chairman of the Board of the Toledo Community Lithotripter for 15 years.

Since 1974, as Clinical Professor at The University of Toledo-College of Medicine, he had the pleasure of working with Urology residents throughout all phases of their education and training.

On the state level he enjoyed working with the Ohio State Medical Association, the American Medical Association and various Ohio Urologic societies, serving over the years as President of the Ohio Urologic Society, the Northwestern Ohio Urologic Society and the Northwestern Ohio Urologic Association.

Dr. Tapper was born and raised in northern Ohio. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at The Ohio State University where he was nominated to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society and Landacre Society honoring excellence in Medical research at The Ohio State Medical College. Over the next five years (1967-1972) Dr. Tapper completed his Internship and Residency training in General Surgery and Urology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Following a brief stint as a Clinical Instructor at Vanderbilt, Dr. Tapper completed two years of active duty as a Major in the United States Army.

Dr. Tapper is certified by the American Board of Urology, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a long standing member of the Society of Pediatric Urology. He was honored by his peers (2007-2008 and 2009-2010) naming him to "The Best Doctors in America and in 2010 was named to the distinguished publication "America's Top Urologist."

Over the past 37 years Dr. Tapper has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge which he hopes to share in meaningful ways as a new member of San Diego's medical community.


1960 - 1964 The Ohio State University

Professional Education

1960 - 1964 The Ohio State University
Degree:  B.A.
1963 - 1967 The Ohio State University
Degree:  M.D.

Internship - Hospital

1967 - 1968 Vanderbilt University

Graduate Training, Residency or Fellowship

1968 - 1969 Vanderbilt University
1969-1972 Vanderbilt University

Teaching Appointments

June - July 1972 Clinical Instructor
Vanderbilt University
1974 - 2011 Clinical Associate Professor (Department of Urology)
University of Toledo Medical College

Military Service

Major – United States Army
August 1972 – August 1974

Hospital Staffs

  • Sharp-Grossmont Hospital
  • The Toledo Hospital
  • University of Toledo Medical College 
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Fulton County Health Center
  • Wood County Hospital
  • St. Anne’s Hospital

Practice Situation

Private practice of Urology in group practice: 
Genito-Urinary Surgeons, Inc. 1974 – 2011

Medical Organizations

  • American Urologic Association
  • North Center Section of American Urologic Association
  • Academy of Medicine – Lucas County
  • Society of Pediatric Urology

State, National and/or other County

Ohio State Medical Association
Northwest Ohio Urologic Society


Certified by American Board of Urology
Fellow of American College of Surgeons


Ohio 1967 – Present
New Mexico 1992 – Present
Michigan 1985 – Present
California 2003 – Present

Other Professional Societies

Alpha Omega Alpha
Landacres Society (Research)

Distictions and Honors

“America’s Top Urologist” Honors of Distinction and Excellence
“The Best Doctors in America”
2007 – 2008
2009 – 2010


Vice Chairman: 
Department of Surgery – The Toledo Hospital 1989–1991
Division of Urology – The Toledo Hospital 1991–1993
Medical Staff President Elect,
The Toledo Hospital, 1993–1995
Medical Staff President,
The Toledo Hospital, 1995–1997
Toledo Community Lithotripter Corp., 1985–2000
Medical Director: 
Toledo Community Lithotripter Corporation, 1985–2000
Board Member,
ProMedica Health Systems 1985–2003
Medical Executive Director,
Parkway Surgery Center, 1997–2011


Cardiovascular Insufficiency after Subclavian Pulmonary
Anastomosis.  Circulation 36,247 1967, Tapper, R.I., Vasko, Jr.,
Kilman, J.W.

Cerebral Vascular Insufficiency after Blalock-Taussig Shunts
Annals of Thoracic Surgery Vol. 5, No. 4 April 1968.  Vasko, J.S.,
Tapper, R.I., Kilman, J.W.

Cardiovascular Effects of Prolonged Induced Severe
Hypercalcemia.  Supplement #2 Circulation 36,247 967. 

Surgical Significance of Chylous Ascites Archives of Surgery
95,355 1967. 

Therapeutic Modalities in Adenocarcinoma of the Female Urethra.
Journal of Urology, Vol. 109, No. 4 April 1973, Rhamy, R.K.,
Boldus, R., Allison, R.C., Tapper, R.I.

Phlegmonous Colitis – An Abdominal Catastrophe.  American
Surgeons 39,286 May 1973.  Jacobs, J.K., Tapper, R.I.,
Ackerman, J.