J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, a general, thoracic, and vascular surgeon from Louisville, KY, was elected Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents during the College’s 97th Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Richardson is a professor of surgery and vice-chair of the department of surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
The College’s 22-member Board of Regents, which reflects the diverse experiences and interests of its members, formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the College. Dr. Richardson will also chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees.
A 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Dr. Richardson completed a surgery internship and worked as a junior assistant resident at the University of Kentucky. He completed a general surgery residency and a thoracic surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio. He then returned to Kentucky and rose through the academic ranks at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, holding the positions of assistant professor of surgery, associate professor of surgery, professor of surgery, vice-chair of the department of surgery, and chief of the division of general surgery. He has held his current positions of professor of surgery and vice-chair of the department of surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine since 1982 and 1985, respectively. He has also been chief of surgery service and director of emergency medical services at the University of Louisville Hospital since 2005.
A Fellow of the College since 1980, Dr. Richardson began serving on the Board of Regents in 2003 and served as a member of the Board of Regents Executive Committee from 2010 to 2011. He has also served on a number of College committees, as Chair of the Research and Optimal Patient Care Committee (2004–2011), and as Vice-Chair of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group (2011). He has been an active member of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT), and served as Chair of the Emergency Services-Prehospital Subcommittee (1992–1999) and as a member of the COT’s Executive Committee (1992), Membership Committee (1993), Verification/Consultation Committee (1993), and as Chair (1985–1987) and Vice-Chair (1981–1985) of the Kentucky Committee on Trauma. He was an ACS Governor-at-Large representing the state of Kentucky (1989–1990) and served as President (1989) and Secretary-Treasurer (1987) of the College’s Kentucky Chapter.
Dr. Richardson’s contributions to the surgical profession include leadership roles as director (1987) and chairman (1998–1999) of the American Board of Surgery; president of the American Association for Surgery of Trauma (1999); president of the Kentucky Surgical Society (1987); president of the Kentucky Vascular Surgery Society (1989); and president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress (1999). He has also served on the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Medical College Admission Test Content Review Committee (1988), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee (2000–2007), and on the board of directors of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (1994).
A prolific scholar and author, Dr. Richardson has published 342 articles in peer-reviewed publications, 46 book chapters, and two books of surgical literature. He also has served as editor of the journal The American Surgeon since 2005. Dr. Richardson received the School of Medicine Distinguished Educator Master Teacher Award, the University of Louisville Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, the Alumnus Association Red Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching at a University Level, the Ephraim McDowell Kentucky Physician of the Year 2011, and he has been honored four times as outstanding teaching faculty within the department of surgery.