Dr. Richard deShazo, host of “Southern Remedy”, is the Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he is also a professor of medicine and pediatrics.
A physician-scientist specializing in clinical immunology, he is also a medical educator, administrator, journal editor, entomologist, public radio and television producer, proud military veteran, family man and Methodist.
He received a B.A. from Birmingham Southern College and his M.D. from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.
After his internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, he completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in adult and pediatric clinical immunology and allergy, later training in rheumatology and geriatrics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is board certified in these specialties.
In 1980, Dr. deShazo joined Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans as associate professor of medicine and pediatrics and co-investigator and director of immunology for the Tulane-LSU AIDs Clinical Trials Center, one of the first centers funded by the National Institutes of Health to study HIV infection. He also served as director of clinical operations for the Department of Medicine, chief of rheumatology for the Department of Pediatrics and associate chief of staff for education at the New Orleans VA Medical Center.
He returned to Alabama as professor of medicine and pediatrics to become the second chair and director of the residency program in internal medicine of the Department of Medicine at the University of South Alabama in 1989.
Four years after joining the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center as professor of medicine and pediatrics and chair of the Department of Medicine, he was designated a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor, in 2002. The Department of Medicine added more than 60 new faculty, three fellowship programs and a medicine/pediatrics residency program during his service there.
He has served as president of the Association of the Professors of Medicine, president and recipient of the Founders Medal of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, and as an elected member of a variety of professional boards.
He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Medicine and Who’s Who in the World, and has been listed in Best Doctors and America’s Top Doctors for the last 20 years. His research and scientific work includes more than 150 peer-reviewed original scientific publications in journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine, along with numerous book chapters and scientific abstracts and a recent series of publications on civil rights and American medicine.
After stepping down as a department chair in 2010, deShazo has collaborated with other UMMC faculty and staff to develop programs to address Mississippi’s poor health.
He is host of a national award-winning, statewide medical program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio and serves as a producer of a series of award-winning health documentary programs for MPB TV.
With UMMC colleagues, he developed a state-wide, church-based Community Health Advocate Training Program sponsored by UMMC and recognized by the Mississippi Humanities Council with a Humanities Partnership Award. He is involved in a variety of activities to improve health literacy, promote racial reconciliation and reduce health disparities in Mississippi.
Among his many honors is the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Hoff Medal of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Morton Research Medal of the Southern Medical Association. He is a distinguished fellow of the American College of Allergy.
He and has three children and six grandchildren.
His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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