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Ryan Nord, MD

Ryan Nord, MD

out of 5
429 Ratings






Nelson Clinic

401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Waterside Commons

2035 Waterside Road, Suite 100
Prince George, VA 23875
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Stony Point 9109

9109 Stony Point Drive
Richmond, VA 23235
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Medical School

Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Case Western Reserve University, Residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery


Offering a unique way to give patients a good night’s sleep
Although many people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to snore and even stop breathing at night, many don’t realize it. However, they might recognize some common symptoms, such as snoring or waking up tired even after a full night of sleep.

While many people find effective treatment with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, Dr. Ryan Nord, director of sleep surgery in VCU’s Department of Otolaryngology, is there for those who can’t tolerate the face mask or get targeted results. He focuses on reversing the causes of disordered sleep, starting with medication and specialized surgery. Those treatments can help open up the nasal passages and create more space in the throat, allowing for the normal oxygen supply to continue.

Dr. Nord also offers Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy, where a small device is implanted under the skin in the upper chest. Every evening, the device then delivers mild stimulation to keep key airway muscles moving during sleep. “Basically, the device synchronizes the patient’s own breathing, and it’s a much less invasive procedure than traditional sleep apnea surgery,” says Dr. Nord, adding that the outpatient surgery requires no permanent alteration to a person’s anatomy and allows for easier recovery.

The VCU Multidisciplinary Sleep Center is among an elite group of medical centers recognized nationally for its results and patient-centered care with Inspire. Few centers in Virginia provide Inspire therapy, an implantable medical device available for moderate to severe sleep apnea in patients who meet other select criteria. VCU Health is nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence for Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation (Inspire) based on exceptional results and patient care.

“Everyone is similar in their desire to lead happy, healthy and productive lives,” says Dr. Nord, noting that about half of his patients are there for a second opinion to treat their sleep apnea. “Despite this desire, many people are unable to reach their potential because they can’t get a good night’s sleep. My initial motivation to become a physician centered on this key aspect of our wellbeing. My enthusiasm has strengthened throughout the years as I see my patients thrive after a normal pattern of sleep is restored.”

Patients who come to Dr. Nord should expect a thorough head and neck exam at their first visit. He also might conduct an endoscopy, a quick and painless imaging procedure that allows him to help identify root causes of many complaints. Patients also will be asked to tell their medical story and what brought them to him.

“As I listen to my patients, I learn their struggles,” he says. “As I continue to listen, I learn how to help. To be successful in otolaryngology requires being adept at investigative medical diagnose, a compendium of knowledge related to medical treatments of disorders in the head and neck, and master of the technical aspects of surgery.”

He knows it also takes more than technical success. “It takes empathy and shared decision making to reach the best outcome,” he adds.

Every year, therapy options become more individualized, allowing physicians to truly match the approach to the exact condition in the patient. As part of the Multidisciplinary Sleep Center, Dr. Nord collaborates with specialists in related fields to resolve the most complicated cases.

Away from the operating and examination rooms, Dr. Nord enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. In the evenings, you can find him observing the sky as an amateur astronomer. In warmer months, the CrossFit athlete also is mastering his standup paddle board technique.

Learn more about Sleep Apnea

Clinical Interests

Upper airway surgery for obstructive sleep apnea; General Otolaryngology; Sinonasal disorders; Thyroid disorders; Salivary gland disorders; Hearing loss and chronic ear disease

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429 Ratings

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Dr Nord is a very knowledgeable physician. I am very comfortable voicing my concerns during the visit and he attentively listens when I talk.
March 2024
Didn't show a great deal of interest. He found what he found, nothing to be done about it, see ya later.
March 2024
I highly recommend Dr. Nord for this problem, concern as he has a wealth of experience, data, knowledge about it. He is one of our nation's experts in this field, well published & knowledgeable but you'd never know it! He is calm & reassuring. Answered all my (extensive) questions very patiently.
March 2024
Dr. Nord is a great listener & was very thoughtful & thorough
February 2024
Good experience.
December 2023
Care provider very good and, professional, curtious.
September 2023
Dr. Nord is very professional [...]
August 2023
Made me feel very welcome and comfortable.
July 2023
Dr asked me several times if I had any more questions. Very nice
June 2023
Great experience!
May 2023
Very good experience. Dr. Nord explained the procedure, the risks, the benefits, the after-care directions.
May 2023
May 2023
Dr Nord was very kind and knowledgeable of his specialty. He did a thorough examination of me. He had a discussion with me about my options and what the next step should be.
April 2023
I have great confidence w/Dr. Nord and [...]and all the staff.
March 2023
Professional, knowledgeable
February 2023
Very good
January 2023
Most of my cares was taken care of by an intern with the attending physician.
December 2022
Dr Nord and staff are great ambassadors of VCU Health, dedicated, caring, professional, comforting, and explained each stage of what treatment I will encounter.
October 2022
Dr. Nord was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.
September 2022
April 2022
Dr Nord was great
February 2022
Dr. Offered to refer me to another Dr who might be able to help me with my particular problem. I have not heard back on this.
February 2022
Dr Nord seems like a good surgeon but his bedside manner leave something to be desired. I always feel like Dr Nord Is irritated with me and my concerns. I am always waiting to be seen by Dr Nord because he is running late.
November 2021
I can't believe a Doctor this good and busy spends so much time and explains everything like he does.
October 2021
So glad I was referred to Dr Nord!
October 2021
He's awesome.
July 2021
Dr Nord is very caring and attentive. He took all the time to discuss my condition
July 2021
Dr. Nord was very attentive and answered all my questions & explained what he was going to do. So I could understand.
June 2021