Richard Joseph Duma, MD, PhD

Richard Duma

Title: Epidemiologist, Writer, Microbiologist, Pathologist, Physician, Researcher, Educator

Location: Palm Coast, Florida, United States

Richard Duma, Epidemiologist, Writer, Microbiologist, Pathologist, Physician, Researcher and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in internal medicine and education.

Dr. Duma started out as an engineering major but decided to go into a career of medicine while matriculating at Virginia Polytechnic University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the institution in 1955 and received an MD from the University of Virginia in 1959. He later earned a PhD from the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College in 1978. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Alabama Medical Center before joining Harvard University as a research fellow. From 1967 to 1991, he taught at the Medical College of Virginia and in that time served as Chairman of the Division of Infectious Diseases. He became a tenured professor of medicine, infectious diseases and pathology while at the institution. Furthermore, Dr. Duma served with the Medical Corps of the US Naval Reserve from 1960 to 1962.

A highlight of Dr. Duma’s career is his work with naegleria amoebas, which are brain-eating organisms. These are found in bodies of warm water like lakes, ponds, and hot springs. This was new to Dr. Duma because they were not prevalent in the United States. The work he did was in partnership with a doctor in Czechoslovakia. In his career, he became a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygienic and the American Society of Rickettsiology. Furthermore, Dr. Duma maintained professional affiliation with such organizations as the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society of Internal Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, the Academy of Medicine and the Royal Society of Medicine.

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