Title: Professor of Medicine
Company: Mercer University School of Medicine
Location: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Richard Leighton, Professor of Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cardiology and medical instruction.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1951 from Western Maryland College, now known as McDaniel College, Dr. Leighton continued his education with a medical doctorate from the University of Maryland in College Park in 1955. He later acquired an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Toledo Health Science Campus in 2020.
Beginning his career in academia in 1965 at The Ohio State University, Dr. Leighton advanced from an assistant to associate professor of medicine. He subsequently served as director of the coronary care unit on campus from 1968 to 1969 and was director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories from 1970 to 1974. Joining the Medical College of Ohio as a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology, he succeeded in that role for the next 16 years, also serving as acting chairman of the department of medicine during 1988, the vice chairman from 1988 to 1990, the vice president of academy affairs and dean of the School of Medicine from 1990 to 1995, and the senior vice president of academy affairs and dean of the School of Medicine from 1995 to 1996.
Dr. Leighton was affiliated with the Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, Georgia as a cardiologist and professor of internal medicine in 1998. He was active as the chairman of the Memorial Health University Medical Center’s institutional review board between 1998 and 2018. More recently, Dr. Leighton served as an alternate member of the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York’s institutional review board since 2007 and as the medical director of the Center for Heart Disease Prevention at Saint Joseph’s Candler Health Systems in Savannah, Georgia, from 2007 to 2015.
Dr. Leighton became involved in his profession when his father had a series of heart attacks. When he went into the U.S. Navy, part of the training he received was course and reading electrocardiograms. He believes those two factors propelled his interest in medicine and cardiology. He considers his career highlight becoming the first chief of cardiology there at a new medical school called Medical College of Ohio where he helped to establish the program. As a tribute to his stellar career in medicine, Dr. Leighton has been showcased in more than 45 editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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