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Derek Richardson is a board-certified Family Physician with 8+ years of clinical experience. He works as a hospitalist for Wake Forest Baptist Health in Lexington, NC. In addition to his career he is currently enrolled in an MBA program at Indiana University to obtain business education to complement his substantial medical knowledge and clinical experience. His biggest area of interest is harnessing the power of technologies such as big data, machine learning, and internet of things to radically shift our current healthcare environment away from a strict focus on providing acute and reactive care towards a model that strives to prevent disease and actively engage patients in leading healthier lifestyles.
Derek received his undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Virginia with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. After receiving his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine he completed residency training with the Air Force. His first four years of practice as an attending were as an officer stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He had significant exposure to teamwork and leadership opportunities during his time in the military. Derek was chief of a disaster relief triage team, and ran a base-wide program to distribute, manage and educate on life-saving defibrillators. He was an integral part of a large multi-disciplinary team that successfully obtained NCQA accreditation to designate the clinic as a Patient Centered Medical Home.
Throughout his career he has taken an interest in education and evidence-based medicine. As a fourth-year medical student he taught problem based learning to incoming medical students. In residency he prepared and presented a year-long board review lecture series and now he teaches Physician Assistant students at Wake Forest.
Derek currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife; who works as a physician for Duke and has graduate degrees in public health and biophysics/physiology. They have two children and enjoy hiking, camping, and traveling as a family.
June 2016 – Present
Wake Forest Baptist Health, Lexington Medical Center,
Faculty member with Wake Forest; work nights as a
Apr 2013 – May 2016
U.S. Air Force Academy, Family Medicine Clinic, Colorado
Worked as family physician in full spectrum family practice
Aug 2014- Dec 2015
Swedish Medical Center, Carepoint Hospitalist, Englewood,
Worked as a hospitalist on medical wards in a trauma one
Jul 2012 – Apr 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy, Cadet Clinic, Colorado Springs, CO.
Provided care to active duty population to include flyers
Jul 2004 – Jul 2005
Real Estate Agent, “Crescent Realty”, Hanover MA
Obtained experience in customer service as a real estate
|Aug 2017 – Present|| University of Indiana Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis,|
M.B.A Program in Progress (Expected graduation May 2019)
|Jul 2009 - May 2012|| David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA|
Family Medicine Residency
|Aug 2005 - May 2009|| Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA|
MD in May 2009
|Aug 1999 - May 2003|| University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA|
BA with Distinction, Major in Psychology with Minor in Biology
|Jun 2007 – May 2009|| Clinical Honors: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery,|
Psychology, Family Medicine
|2003 - Present||Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi|
|2009 - Present||American Academy of Family Physicians|
|2009 - 2016||Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians|