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Richard D deShazo, MD FACP
Dr. Richard deShazo received his MD degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.
After completion of an internship in pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, he completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in adult and pediatric allergyimmunology and late training in geriatrics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
In 1980, Dr. deShazo joined Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and became a co-investigator and director of immunology for the Tulane-LSU AIDs Clinical Trials Center, one of the first centers funded by the NIH to study HIV infection.
Dr. deShazo returned to Alabama 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 to assist in expansion of the school and its primary care mission to the underserved.
Dr. deShazo joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1998 as Chair of the Department of Medicine. He was designated a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor in 2002.
He has served as president of the Association of the Professors of Medicine, the organization of the chairs of medicine for the United States, and as president and recipient of the Founders Medal for the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. He served as an elected board member of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Specialists. He presently serves on the Council of Academic Societies of the American Association of Medical Colleges. 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 for the last 13 years and America's Top Doctors for a similar period.
In the last five years, Dr. deShazo has collaborated with other UMMC faculty to develop programs to address Mississippi's health crisis. After stepping down as department chair in 2010, he now devotes considerable effort to this issue. He hosts a national award winning, live, statewide weekly medical program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio and has served as a producer of a series of national award-winnnig documentary programs for MPB television on obesity. He has been actively engaged in a variety of activities to improve health literacy, healthy disparities and racial reconciliation in Mississippi, since arriving in the state. The deShazos are active in the Methodist Church.