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Richards, Michael Professor


As Chairman of the Department, I interact with the various components and departments of the Health Sciences Center, represent the Department to the larger medical community, develop our budget, manage the personnel, and assist faculty in developing research and educational activities. An administrative aspect of the job that I particularly enjoy is the opportunity to apply operations research methods and process simulation to the many complex hospital operational issues that impact emergency medicine.

I have focused much of my academic and administrative activities on hospital and health system preparedness. I have held positions as the Medical Director for the New Mexico Office of Health Emergency Management and the Director for the UNM Center for Disaster Medicine. I am also an active member of the DMAT and Director of the Disaster Medicine Fellowship.

Another major area of interest is EMS. In a prior career, I was a paramedic/firefighter and EMS administrator. In 2007, I concluded a seven year term as the State EMS Medical Director but remain active in the EMS community.

I have three young children – two boys and one girl - and an aquarium full of fish. My wife, Allison Richards, is an orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty training in hand surgery. I enjoy fly-fishing for rainbows in northern New Mexico, light tackle fishing in tropical waters, skiing, and spending time with my children.

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