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UofL Physicians’ Dr. Richardson elected chair of American College of Surgeons

Published on November 18, 2011

J. David Richardson, M.D., F.A.C.S., a general, thoracic and vascular surgeon with University Surgical Associates, a division of UofL Physicians, was elected chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents. Richardson is also a professor of surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

As chairman of the Board of Regents, Dr. Richardson will work closely with ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, M.D., F.A.C.S. He also will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The college’s 22-member Board of Regents formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the college. The board’s diversity and the variety of experiences and interests among its members enable the regents to represent views related to many issues in contemporary surgery.

A 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in Lexington, Dr. Richardson remained at the University of Kentucky to complete a surgery internship and work as a junior assistant resident. He then moved to the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School, Health Science Center at San Antonio, to complete a general surgery residency and a thoracic surgery residency. After completing his surgical training, he returned to Kentucky and rose through the academic ranks at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

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 also has served on a number of college committees, including service as chair of the Research and Optimal Patient Care Committee and vice chair of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The college is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The college has more than 78,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.