Richard K. Decker, MD, FAAP
Dr. Richard Decker, who joined Johnson County Pediatrics in October 1993, has announced his retirement at the end of the summer 2018. Dr. Decker is easy to spot as he carries his toolbox to visit patients. The toolbox carries items including an otosccope, stethoscope, prescription pad and even a hammer – a reflex hammer that he uses during well checks with his patients.
A native of Wichita, Dr. Decker attended the University of Southern Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in mathematics in 1973. He earned a medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha in 1977, and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Nebraska in 1980.
“I first was drawn to being a pediatrician because of the newborn intensive care aspects and the challenge of caring for tiny premature infants,” Dr. Decker says. “Now that I have been practicing more than 30 years, I appreciate all of the lives I have been able to have a small part in caring for from birth to adults.”
Patients might also see Dr. Decker walking his bicycle through the side door at JoCo Peds. In his free time Dr. Decker enjoys exercising, sometimes riding his bike to work. He also likes to hike, fish, swim, scuba dive, do yoga and participate in group exercise at the health club. He considers himself spiritual, attends church regularly and has a daily devotional.
Dr. Decker volunteers at his son’s school and helps coach Upward Basketball. His family includes his wife Ellie and children – grown daughters Elizabeth and Amanda and a son, Benjamin.
Dr. Decker is not accepting new patients.