Robert Regier Rich, MD

Robert Rich

Title: Dean Emeritus; Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Alabama
Location: Vestavia, Alabama, United States

Robert Rich, MD, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Alabama, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Academia.

With more than 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Rich has been recognized as a professor emeritus and a dean emeritus of the University of Alabama since 2017. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a professor with the school from 2004 to 2017, the dean and the senior vice president of medicine from 2004 to 2010 and an associate vice president and an associate vice provost of inter-profile education from 2014 to 2016. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Rich excelled with Emory University as the executive associate dean and a professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology.

From 1995 to 2002, Dr. Rich was active as a distinguished service professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, having been a professor since 1978 and both an assistant and an associate professor since 1973. He also served as the vice president and the dean of research from 1990 to 1998, the chief of clinical immunology from 1979 to 1991 and the head of immunology from 1978 to 1998. He further flourished as an assistant in medicine with the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1972 to 1973 and a research associate with Harvard Medical School from 1971 to 1973. Earlier in his career, Dr. Rich was a clinical associate, a chief clinical associate and a senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1971.

Dr. Rich initially pursued an education with Oberlin College, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. He continued his studies with the University of Kansas, earning a Doctor of Medicine in 1966. He concluded his training at the University of Washington as an intern and a resident of internal medicine from 1966 to 1968. Certified with a special qualification by the Diagnostic Laboratory of Immunology, Dr. Rich is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

A respected voice in his areas of interest, Dr. Rich has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of American Physicians. He has also been associated with the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American Society of Microbiologists, Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. A trustee of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, Dr. Rich has participated on the boards of directors of the National Association of Biomedical Research, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Throughout his career, Dr. Rich has been recognized for his contributions, including having received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Immunologists. He was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the National Institutes of Health presented him with a Merit Award. Dr. Rich has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World.

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Dr. Rich’s University of Alabama Faculty Page

Dr. Rich’s Doximity

Who’s Who Newsletter

Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Website

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