Richard Besdine

Richard W. Besdine, MD
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Services Policy & Practice 
Brown University, Providence, RI

Richard W. Besdine, MD, has devoted his career to the well-being of elderly persons through efforts in geriatrics and palliative medicine.  He is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Chief of Geriatrics for Lifespan, and first Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine, all at Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Dr. Besdine served as Interim Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown Medical School (2002-2005). He is past President of the American Geriatrics Society, and past chair of its Board of Directors.

Dr. Besdine has trained more than 125 faculty geriatricians while leader of the three fellowship programs he founded; he has been listed in all editions of Best Doctors in America for internal medicine and geriatrics.  He has authored more than 125 scholarly publications on aging, and edits widely in medicine. 

Dr. Besdine spent 1995-1997 in Federal service; he was Director of the Health Standards and Quality Bureau and first Chief Medical Officer for the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS), responsible for setting standards, inspection, enforcement and improvement of health care quality for our nation’s 70 million Medicare beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients; he managed a nearly $1 billion annual budget.