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Robert Regier Rich Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Rich has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in medical education

    VESTAVIA HILLS, AL, July 13, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Robert Regier Rich, MD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Rich celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With 50 years of industry experience, Dr. Rich has been recognized as professor emeritus and dean emeritus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2017, having been associate vice president since 2014, associate vice provost of inter-professional education since 2014, a professor of medical education since 2012, a professor of microbiology since 2004, and senior vice president of medicine and dean of the School of Medicine from 2004 to 2010. Prior to obtaining these roles, he was executive associate dean and professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology for the Emory School of Medicine at Emory University from 1998 to 2004, and he served the Baylor College of Medicine as distinguished service professor from 1995 to 2002, vice president and dean of research from 1990 to 1998, head of the immunology section from 1978 to 1998, chief of clinical immunology from 1979 to 1991 professor from 1978 to 1995, and assistant professor and associate professor of internal medicine from 1973 to 1978.

Previously, Dr. Rich served as assistant in medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1972 to 1973, and research associate for Harvard Medical School from 1971 to 1973. Prior to these appointments, he excelled as an intern and resident in internal medicine at the University of Washington from 1966 to 1968, and clinical and chief clinical associate for the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1971. Dr. Rich began his career with the U.S. Public Health Service from 1968 to 1970.

Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Rich pursued an education at Oberlin College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. He concluded his studies in 1966 at The University of Kansas, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine. Following these accomplishments, Dr. Rich was recognized as diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, and was certified in Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Dr. Rich has participated in numerous endeavors in his professional circles. He has held the role of investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1977 to 1991, member of the Immunobiology Study Section for the National Institutes of Health from 1977 to 1981, advisory panelist on research for the Association of American Medical Colleges from 1990 to 2012, and vice chair of the Board of Directors for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System from 2004 to 2010. Moreover, he contributed to the Transplantation Biology and Immunology Committee for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 1982 to 1986, during which time he served as chair from 1984 to 1986. Likewise, he was involved with the Arthritis Foundation in multiple capacities, including on the National Research Center Grants Committee from 1983 to 1986, on the National Research Committee from 1984 to 1989, on the House of Delegates from 1985 to 1991, and on the Blue Ribbon Committee on Research from 2000 to 2001. Besides these opportunities, Dr. Rich has held many titles for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia.

Dr. Rich found success with his written works as well, contributing many articles to esteemed industry journals. He has been productive with the Journal of Immunology as an associate editor from 1978 to 1982, a section editor from 1991 to 1996, deputy editor from 1997 to 2002, and editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2008. He additionally served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Immunology from 1989 to 1996 and the Clinical and Experimental Immunology from 1995 to 2000. Dr. Rich has been an associate editor for the Journal of Infectious Diseases from 1984 to 1988, advisory editor for the Journal of Experimental Medicine from 1980 to 1984, and editor-in-chief for multiple editions of "Clinical Immunology: Principles and Practice" from 1996 to 2018.

In addition to his primary trade, Dr. Rich remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He has been a member of the American Medical Association, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. He maintained involvement on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine from 1990 to 1993, the Board of Directors for the National Association for Biomedical Research from 2002 to 2005, the Board of Directors for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology from 1987 to 1993, and on the Board of Directors for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology from 1998 to 2003, for which he also served as president and board chair from 2001 to 2002.

Dr. Rich was associated with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology as chair of the Basic and Clinical Immunology Interest Section from 1992 to 1993, chair of the Professional Education Council from 1996 to 1998, and vice president from 2001 to 2002. He was also active with the American Association of Immunologists as chair of the Public Affairs Committee from 1994 to 2000 as well as the Clinical Immunology Society as a councilor from 1990 to 1996 and president in 1995. Most recently, Dr. Rich was a councilor for the American Clinical and Climatological Association from 2001 to 2005 and a trustee for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International from 2003 to 2005.

In light of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Rich has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. He was recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and a Senior Staff Fellow of the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1971. Likewise, he was presented with the Research Career Development Award from 1975 to 1977, the Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health in 1987, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Immunologists in 1999, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Immunologists in 2008, and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in 2012. Dr. Rich was selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, and Who's Who in the World.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Rich has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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