Dr. Joan Richardson is Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, and Director of the Division of Neonatology. She holds the John Sealy Centennial Distinguished Chair in Neonatology and the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics. She is a Scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and is the UTMB Institutional Emergency Preparedness Officer. Dr. Richardson received her B.A. degree in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she also completed her residency in Pediatrics.
She completed her fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego/LaJolla School of Medicine. Dr. Richardson has been a member of the UTMB faculty since 1974. She has held many administrative positions in the department and the institution, serving as Medical Director of UTMB Inpatient Services from 1999 to 2007 and Assistant Dean for Faculty Practice from 2004 to 2007. Before becoming Chair of the Department, she was Vice Chair from 1991-2008. Her interests center around medical education, health care administration, faculty development, and care of the high risk newborn.
As chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1989-2006), Dr. Anderson made a concerted effort to eliminate health disparities, promoted the careers of women, and was instrumental in obtaining faculty status for nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. He earned an international reputation for his accomplishments in maternal-fetal medicine. Based on his strong belief that "every child deserves to be well-born," Dr. Anderson has been a tireless advocate for women’s health and the medically underserved. He spearheaded the transformation of a 12-clinic satellite program into the university’s highly successful Regional Maternal Child Health Program aimed at providing quality health, education and social services in collaboration with many communities from East Texas to the Valley. With Dr. Anderson at the helm, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology rose from the lowest ranked in National Institutes of Health funding to fourth in the nation.
Dr. Anderson was named dean of the School of Medicine in 2006, and executive vice president and provost in 2008. He played a key leadership role in ensuring the highest standards for UTMB’s clinical, educational and research programs, bringing about greater collaborations, accountability and innovation.
After Hurricane Ike, he provided extraordinary and steadfast leadership for the academic and research enterprises.