University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

About Dean G. Richard Olds

G. Richard Olds

Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs & Founding Dean

Dr. G. Richard Olds is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was an infectious disease fellow and one of the nation’s first Geographic Medicine fellows at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also served as medical chief resident and a faculty member. In 1986, Olds went to Brown University where he rose to full professor of medicine, pediatrics, molecular, cell and developmental biology and headed that institute’s International Health Institute. In 1993, he became professor and chairman of medicine at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University and in 2000, was appointed as professor and chair of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In 2010, he became vice chancellor of health affairs and founding dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside.

Olds is a tropical disease specialist who has served on the WHO expert committee on schistosomiasis, the WHO working group in the health of school aged children, and the board of a Gates Foundation Initiative to de-worm children in sub-Saharan Africa. Olds is author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews, primarily focused on international health issues.

Known as an educational innovator, Olds has taught undergraduates at Brown and medical students during all four years of training at Case Western Reserve University, Brown and Medical College of Wisconsin. He has won an outstanding teaching award at each institution and he was elected by his peers to the Society of Teaching Scholars at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Olds advised more than 100 students a year at the Medical College of Wisconsin and received the MCW Student Assembly’s “Standing Ovation” Award for these activities.

Olds came to UCR to develop a School of Medicine — the first public medical school in California in more than four decades — which was intended to address the severe doctor shortage in Inland Southern California. In addition, the medical school is developing pipeline programs to bring more diversity into the medical profession, transforming the orientation of medical education to emphasize cultural competency, prevention and outcomes, and serving as a catalyst to improve the health of an area of California that fares poorly in several health indicators.

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