M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Global Health
Adam Richards MD PhD MPH DTM&H is Associate Professor of Global Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, where he is an active member of the MPH Program in Global Humanitarian Health, and Associate Professor of Medicine the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Adam’s research leverages training in internal medicine, epidemiology, tropical medicine and health services research to develop measurement tools and evidence-based interventions to improve health equity and human rights through clinical and population-based participatory research. For two decades he has partnered with community organizations in Myanmar to understand and address the double burden of infectious and chronic diseases among displaced, war-affected and post-conflict populations.
Since 2001 he has served as a Board Member and Senior Technical Advisor to Community Partners International (CPI), a non-profit organization that empowers communities affected by conflict, violence, and displacement, in remote and hard-to-reach contexts, to meet their essential health, humanitarian and development needs. www.cpintl.org
Adam served on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR, www.phr.org ) from 2009-2020 and has been an active member of PHR’s Asylum Network since 2005. He co-founded the Los Angeles Human Rights Initiative at UCLA and has trained and mentored dozens of clinicians to conduct forensic evaluations of individuals seeking asylum in the United States.
Adam is a licensed physician (internal medicine) who provides clinical care of adults in the hospital (inpatient wards), in outpatient clinics (primary care), on the streets (outreach to persons experiencing homelessness) and in 2020-21, in hotels/motels modified for COVID-19 (Los Angeles County Surge Unit for quarantine/isolation of individuals with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV2).
Prior to joining GWU Adam was Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research at UCLA (2013-2019), where he also completed a PhD (Health Services Research) and fellowships in leadership/policy/community based participatory research (RWJF Clinical Scholars Program) and cardiovascular disease equity (American Heart Association / Pharmaceutical Roundtable-Spina Outcomes Research Fellow and The Los Angeles Stroke Prevention/Intervention Research Program in Health Disparities Fellowship). He holds an MD and MPH (epidemiology and international health) from Johns Hopkins University.