Dean, College of Community Health Sciences at The University of Alabama
Richard H. Streiffer, MD is the Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences at The University of Alabama. Dr. Streiffer, a native of New Orleans, earned a baccalaureate degree in Math from Tulane University, his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and completed his Family Medicine Residency at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. After several years in rural practice and serving as a preceptor for medical students in his office, he began an academic career at the University of Mississippi in 1984. He has subsequently served as director of the Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Denver, Colorado as director of Predoctoral Education in Family Medicine at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he started the first required Family Medicine Clerkship in Louisiana; and as founding director of the Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency program, the first community-based training program in Louisiana. He was recruited back to New Orleans in 1998 to found the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, a former “target” school, and served for 12 years as chair of that department, providing oversight to development of its clinical practice, student teaching programs and residency affiliations.