Dr. Lopez sees each patient as a unique individual and approaches their care with this in mind. His goal is to develop a personalized treatment plan that often includes anatomic drawings and pictures to explain their situation and the surgical procedures involved. He is rewarded by learning from his patients that they appreciate his honesty and the way he takes time to explain and discuss their condition. With Dr. Lopez you can be certain that he will inspire confidence about your future good health.

Dr. Lopez served as Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at Vanderbilt University, and as staff surgeon at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee and in Portland, Oregon. He was recruited to Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles to expand their liver surgery program. He has served on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Regional Review Board, the Joint Operations Committee for One Legacy, the Medical Advisory Board of the American Liver Foundation, and the Cancer Support Community.

Medical School
  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  • Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Portland, OR
  • Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Portland, OR
  • New England Deaconess Campus Hospital, Boston, MA
  • English
  • Spanish


Liver and Pancreatic Disease Center
20911 Earl Street
Suite 245
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 793-4263
(310) 371-5351


  • General Surgery (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Liver Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Hepatitis A/B/C


Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna HMO Plan
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Calif. Care HMO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Shield 65 Plus Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Shield Access + HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plus POS
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna HMO Plan
  • Cigna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC HMO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield HMO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Health Net HMO
  • Covered CA Health Net PPO
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Medi (Medicare-Medi-Cal)
  • Scan Senior Health Plan HMO
  • Secure Horizons Senior/UHC HMO
  • United Healthcare PPO/POS/EPO
Insurance Medical Groups
  • Accountable IPA
  • Global Care Medical Group IPA
  • Health Care LA IPA
  • HealthCare Partners Medical Group
  • Little Company of Mary IPA - HCP
  • Preferred IPA
  • Primary Care Associates Medical Grp

Medical Groups

Affiliated Medical Groups
  • Providence Medical Institute



Patient Ratings and Comments
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4.8 out of 5 (35 Ratings, 7 Comments)


Excellent surgeon and friendly, personable and considerate.

Dr. Lopez was exceptional with [...] and will go to him.


I have always been impressive of how Dr. Richard Lopez listened and took my complaints seriously and would go out of his way to facilitate any procedure or referrals so I can get the medical attention as soon as possible.

Always, friendly, concerned, well-informed, professional.

I'm always calm & fell at ease when I'm at this office.

[...] and Doctor Lopez are the best.