General Surgeon Richard Yarger, M.D. Retires After 40 Years


Castleview Hospital Press Release 

After four years of devoted service at Castleview Hospital and 40 years of experience serving as a general surgeon, Richard Yarger, M.D. is retiring on July 10 of 2015.

Dr. Yarger joined Castleview Hospital in March of 2011, after 36 years of experience as a general surgeon. During his time as a surgeon, he was responsible for several contributions to the Price-Castleview healthcare community:

  • He advanced our minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery program with the addition of state-of-the-art laparoscopic video equipment. This enabled advanced procedures such as laparoscopic common bile duct exploration to remove retained gallstones and laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication to treat acid reflux disease and hiatal hernia.
  • He introduced the new technology of minimally invasive RF vein ablation to treat venous insufficiency and varicose veins so that it is a relatively painless same day procedure.
  • In addition, he introduced the less invasive AMI method of hemorrhoid surgery that substantially reduces pain and recovery time.

All of this was made possible by the excellent support from the Castleview administration and staff.

Dr. Yarger received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, graduating with Honors in Biology. Then, he went East to medical school where he earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York. He continued in New York where he completed his five-year surgical residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute and MI Bassett Hospital of Columbia University. Dr. Yarger is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and holds membership in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and Carbon Emery Medical Society. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons Trauma Board and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Yarger’s favorite part of Castleview Hospital and what he will miss the most are the people. He has enjoyed serving our community and getting to know the people and has grown to love the area.

“The past four years have not only completed my career, they have been the brightest,” he said. “This is because of the marvelous support of the Castleview community and administration made possible by such people as Mark Holyoak, Terrri Watkins, Suzie Eaquinto, Ruth Cambra and so many others that would fill two pages. I wish to thank them and the community at large for all they have done to make my experience here the best of my career.”

Dr. Yarger will return to live with his family in Yakama, Washington. He will enjoy his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, traveling, scuba diving, piloting his plane and his dogs Maggie and Millie.

Castleview Hospital will miss the trusted hands of general surgeon Dr. Yarger, but is grateful for his dedicated years of service. Castleview Hospital will be gaining a new general surgeon beginning July 13,, 2015. Kyle K. Jeffery, M.D. will be joining the team and begin seeing patients upon his arrival.

Castleview Hospital has been serving surrounding communities since 1980. It is a family of approximately 400 associates, physicians and volunteers. Castleview Hospital includes Emery Medical Center. Our mission is to make our community healthier and provide high quality health care close to home. For more information, please visit our website at



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